Flying Fish Grill

★★★★★
  • Mission St

    Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

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  • 831-625-1962

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We looked up their address on google maps but still couldn't find it. We walked around that block and actually had to ask someone where it's at... I remembered my friend told me it was hard to find but I thought that he was just blind... apparently I am too!

I think we had a group of 13.... They were able to fit us into these two booths which worked out perfect! It felt like a private room but not quite. We met the owner and our waiterartender was really friendly... I named him our bartender because every 5 mins we would ask him for a bottle of sake!!! =)

We ordered an army of appetizers and they were all good... especially the tuna tartare.....

I ordered the shrimp n scallops.... very mild curry sauce that was spicy....very wonderful flavor that just lingers on the back of your tongue. My girl ordered the Seabass with potato.... even better than my dish, it was actually the dish I heard about.... regret not getting it but I'll be back soon!

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★★★★★

We looked up their address on google maps but still couldn't find it. We walked around that block and actually had to ask someone where it's at... I remembered my friend told me it was hard to find but I thought that he was just blind... apparently I am too!

I think we had a group of 13.... They were able to fit us into these two booths which worked out perfect! It felt like a private room but not quite. We met the owner and our waiterartender was really friendly... I named him our bartender because every 5 mins we would ask him for a bottle of sake!!! =)

We ordered an army of appetizers and they were all good... especially the tuna tartare.....

I ordered the shrimp n scallops.... very mild curry sauce that was spicy....very wonderful flavor that just lingers on the back of your tongue. My girl ordered the Seabass with potato.... even better than my dish, it was actually the dish I heard about.... regret not getting it but I'll be back soon!

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fabulous. period

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★★★★★

fabulous. period

Pros: everything is great

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Flying Fish Grill is located in downtown Carmel and they're very well known for the won ton chips and ginger salsa they offer at the beginning of your meal...very, very, very delicious!!! They're one of my all-time fave places to eat...seared ahi tuna is awesome and so is the sea bass. Mmm...

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★★★★★

Flying Fish Grill is located in downtown Carmel and they're very well known for the won ton chips and ginger salsa they offer at the beginning of your meal...very, very, very delicious!!! They're one of my all-time fave places to eat...seared ahi tuna is awesome and so is the sea bass. Mmm...

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We are locals and we love this place! I can't even IMAGINE where the person who gave this one star was eating - certainly NOT at Flying Fish! Owners Kenny and Tina Fukumoto have started several successful restaurants in the Carmel area over the years, and this remains a favorite. Often we just get several appetizers and share, rather than a full meal. Nice wine list, pricing is reasonable for Carmel, service is exceptional and the food is fresh and prepared with skill and love. They make all the sauces there in house too! We usually wait to visit Carmel until "locals time" (October through about May) and usually on an early weeknight, we get wonderful service that way and plenty of parking. If you're going during busy times, reservations are a must as this is not a big place! Ambiance is rustic and charming, dress is casual, food is spectacular!

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★★★★★

We are locals and we love this place! I can't even IMAGINE where the person who gave this one star was eating - certainly NOT at Flying Fish! Owners Kenny and Tina Fukumoto have started several successful restaurants in the Carmel area over the years, and this remains a favorite. Often we just get several appetizers and share, rather than a full meal. Nice wine list, pricing is reasonable for Carmel, service is exceptional and the food is fresh and prepared with skill and love. They make all the sauces there in house too! We usually wait to visit Carmel until "locals time" (October through about May) and usually on an early weeknight, we get wonderful service that way and plenty of parking. If you're going during busy times, reservations are a must as this is not a big place! Ambiance is rustic and charming, dress is casual, food is spectacular!

Pros: Wonderful food, wonderful service, unique ambiance

Cons: Weekends/tourist season - we avoid!

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Excellent food in a cozy but modern restaurant. It was the best meal I have had out in quite some time and even the dessert was well worth the calories. Service was also very good as the staff was very informative and friendly.

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★★★★★

Excellent food in a cozy but modern restaurant. It was the best meal I have had out in quite some time and even the dessert was well worth the calories. Service was also very good as the staff was very informative and friendly.

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My wife and I had dinner tonight at Carmel by the sea restaurant called The Flying Fish. What an excellent pick, we had (2) entrees, (1) appetizer a bottle of wine and one dessert for $115.00 dollars. Great value for the money the service was great, the food was excellent and we had a very romantic dinning experience.

Highly recommend, (Nashville, TN)

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My wife and I had dinner tonight at Carmel by the sea restaurant called The Flying Fish. What an excellent pick, we had (2) entrees, (1) appetizer a bottle of wine and one dessert for $115.00 dollars. Great value for the money the service was great, the food was excellent and we had a very romantic dinning experience.

Highly recommend, (Nashville, TN)

Pros: Food, menu selection, Asian Seafood, wait staff

Cons: no outdoor eating

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Wher do I even start, my Husband and I did the walk in thing at The Flying Fish Restaurant on a monday night. We ordered the Shrimp curry soup excellent value at $7.50 for a heaping bowl. The house appetizer was fried wontons with a red chili sauce, excellent... I ordered the 9 oz lobster with curry rice and steamede veggies, and my Husband ordered the house speciality of chillian sea bass... we had a bottle of wine and the entire tab was $107.00 dollars. What a great value, the food was excellent, the ambiance was very romantic (fireplace dinner side). The service was excellent, there was zero wait time and the food was really good... what a gem of a find! definitely a place to come in the future!!

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★★★★★

Wher do I even start, my Husband and I did the walk in thing at The Flying Fish Restaurant on a monday night. We ordered the Shrimp curry soup excellent value at $7.50 for a heaping bowl. The house appetizer was fried wontons with a red chili sauce, excellent... I ordered the 9 oz lobster with curry rice and steamede veggies, and my Husband ordered the house speciality of chillian sea bass... we had a bottle of wine and the entire tab was $107.00 dollars. What a great value, the food was excellent, the ambiance was very romantic (fireplace dinner side). The service was excellent, there was zero wait time and the food was really good... what a gem of a find! definitely a place to come in the future!!

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I make it a point of comparing Sea Bass from all points across America and The Flying Fish was right on target. Very close friends of ours who are locals in Pebble Beach treated my wife and I to an evening of site seeing and fine seafood. I found the chips and salsa refreshing but the Sea Bass was out-of-this-world. My only regret was in returning the next day to purchase a Flying Fish gift card to surprise our friends for a going-away present, the establishment was closed until 5PM (after our flight back to Texas) It will have to wait until next time. Great food and great service.

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★★★★★

I make it a point of comparing Sea Bass from all points across America and The Flying Fish was right on target. Very close friends of ours who are locals in Pebble Beach treated my wife and I to an evening of site seeing and fine seafood. I found the chips and salsa refreshing but the Sea Bass was out-of-this-world. My only regret was in returning the next day to purchase a Flying Fish gift card to surprise our friends for a going-away present, the establishment was closed until 5PM (after our flight back to Texas) It will have to wait until next time. Great food and great service.

Pros: Great seafood

Cons: Hard for wheel chairs

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I went there for Christmas of 2007, the appetizer is the chips with salas source. It was the best appetizer ever. I could not resist. I have a the special of the night, lobster. The lobster was great, juicy and i could taste the freshness of the lobster. My boyfriend had the seabass. The seabass was juicy with the crushy slices of almond on top of it. It was delicious. The environment is very cozy, i think it is Japanese style. I think it is very romantic too. Highly recommand and i will definitely go again. The service was wonderful.

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★★★★★

I went there for Christmas of 2007, the appetizer is the chips with salas source. It was the best appetizer ever. I could not resist. I have a the special of the night, lobster. The lobster was great, juicy and i could taste the freshness of the lobster. My boyfriend had the seabass. The seabass was juicy with the crushy slices of almond on top of it. It was delicious. The environment is very cozy, i think it is Japanese style. I think it is very romantic too. Highly recommand and i will definitely go again. The service was wonderful.

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We walked in loving the ambiance. Never been there before. It all seemed great UNTIL we tried the so called California Roll which was made of low grade imitation crab for a whopping $7.00 thank you! The rice that is was rolled in was over cooked so that it had a creamy texture. Very un-Asian. We also had the Seared Peppered Ahi, in which the fish was cooked perfect, but like the other reviewer mentioned, way too much soupy, liquidy broth. The spicy tuna appetizer was terrible. Dry and not a good flavor. I took 2 bites and returned it. Hey, they are charging $12.00 for DOG FOOD!!
Then, the second hot Saki was SOOOO hot, my husbands tongue was practically burned. Throughout this bad experience, our waiter offered no alternatives to the spicy tuna stuff, and did not seem interested in righting the wrong. And to add insult to injury, this so -called great owner everyone mentions, blurts out to us on the way out the door "so was everything else OK besides the..." If he knew about the situation, why did'nt he come to our table earlier? Lower than mediocre, ridiculously over-priced food and unprofessional unhelpful service. If they want to do Asian, I suggest the chef go to a few places like Nama Sushi in Walnut Creek Ca and take some lessons. Otherwise, they should just strictly go American. I have no idea why this place got so many good reviews. Will not go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We walked in loving the ambiance. Never been there before. It all seemed great UNTIL we tried the so called California Roll which was made of low grade imitation crab for a whopping $7.00 thank you! The rice that is was rolled in was over cooked so that it had a creamy texture. Very un-Asian. We also had the Seared Peppered Ahi, in which the fish was cooked perfect, but like the other reviewer mentioned, way too much soupy, liquidy broth. The spicy tuna appetizer was terrible. Dry and not a good flavor. I took 2 bites and returned it. Hey, they are charging $12.00 for DOG FOOD!!
Then, the second hot Saki was SOOOO hot, my husbands tongue was practically burned. Throughout this bad experience, our waiter offered no alternatives to the spicy tuna stuff, and did not seem interested in righting the wrong. And to add insult to injury, this so -called great owner everyone mentions, blurts out to us on the way out the door "so was everything else OK besides the..." If he knew about the situation, why did'nt he come to our table earlier? Lower than mediocre, ridiculously over-priced food and unprofessional unhelpful service. If they want to do Asian, I suggest the chef go to a few places like Nama Sushi in Walnut Creek Ca and take some lessons. Otherwise, they should just strictly go American. I have no idea why this place got so many good reviews. Will not go back.

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We recently went up to Carmel for the weekend and wanted to take my inlaws there to eat, who were visiting us from Japan. We very stupidly went to the Flying Fish restaurant without reservations ahead of time. The owner Kenny was very gracious and let us in anyway and gave us a great table to boot. The food was great, the wait staff was excellent. We were there for a good hour and a half and they fussed over us constantly making sure we were happy and had everything we needed. I had a hard time deciding between their signature shrimp curry soup and the tuna sashimi dish, I finally settled on the shrimp curry soup which I had no regrets about whatsoever. I had gotten up to use the bathroom and when I came back, the waiter had brought us a plate of the fresh tuna sashimi complimentary of the owner. It was extremely generous of them and showed a lot of class. You will not be disappointed, if you want to impress someone, take them there.

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★★★★★

We recently went up to Carmel for the weekend and wanted to take my inlaws there to eat, who were visiting us from Japan. We very stupidly went to the Flying Fish restaurant without reservations ahead of time. The owner Kenny was very gracious and let us in anyway and gave us a great table to boot. The food was great, the wait staff was excellent. We were there for a good hour and a half and they fussed over us constantly making sure we were happy and had everything we needed. I had a hard time deciding between their signature shrimp curry soup and the tuna sashimi dish, I finally settled on the shrimp curry soup which I had no regrets about whatsoever. I had gotten up to use the bathroom and when I came back, the waiter had brought us a plate of the fresh tuna sashimi complimentary of the owner. It was extremely generous of them and showed a lot of class. You will not be disappointed, if you want to impress someone, take them there.

Pros: Ambience, Service, Food!

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Went here with three friends and I ordered the vegetable soup..light with a clean ,simple taste
and we also ordered the beautifully presented Teriyaki New York Steak. This place is
great if you are with friends and want to splurge! The waiter was knowledgeable
and very professional.I highly recommmend reservations! This place was packed
on a Saturday night and expect to spend money since this is a nice place.
The restaurant is located at the lower part of the plaza and the staircase will
take you to world of taste. A great dining experience in Japanese food fused with a
touch of Cali and Asian tastes.

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★★★★★

Went here with three friends and I ordered the vegetable soup..light with a clean ,simple taste
and we also ordered the beautifully presented Teriyaki New York Steak. This place is
great if you are with friends and want to splurge! The waiter was knowledgeable
and very professional.I highly recommmend reservations! This place was packed
on a Saturday night and expect to spend money since this is a nice place.
The restaurant is located at the lower part of the plaza and the staircase will
take you to world of taste. A great dining experience in Japanese food fused with a
touch of Cali and Asian tastes.

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If you are planning to go to Carmel for a night then the Flying Fish is a must. The seafood is off the charts and the service is amazing.

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★★★☆☆

If you are planning to go to Carmel for a night then the Flying Fish is a must. The seafood is off the charts and the service is amazing.

Pros: Thumbs up- Food, service

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We are definitely going back! Not just for the for the food but for the atmosphere and service. We walked in and got a gorgeous little table in the corner and the service was amazing. The chef came out and spent time with us and every one seemed so interested in our stories about our travels. We plan our future trips to Carmel around our reservations to the Flying Fish Grill!!!

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★★★★★

We are definitely going back! Not just for the for the food but for the atmosphere and service. We walked in and got a gorgeous little table in the corner and the service was amazing. The chef came out and spent time with us and every one seemed so interested in our stories about our travels. We plan our future trips to Carmel around our reservations to the Flying Fish Grill!!!

Pros: Best food at best value of our whole stay in the Monterrey/Carmel area

Cons: NONE

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Hands down my favorite restaurant! The rare peppered Ahi is to die for!!! The artichoke is also a favorite but I tend to fill myself up on the wonton chips and salsa. Flying Fish is the perfect spot for any occasion...my family and I have loyally followed owner, Kenny, to every restaurant he has ever owned but this one is by far his best! Enjoy!

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★★★★★

Hands down my favorite restaurant! The rare peppered Ahi is to die for!!! The artichoke is also a favorite but I tend to fill myself up on the wonton chips and salsa. Flying Fish is the perfect spot for any occasion...my family and I have loyally followed owner, Kenny, to every restaurant he has ever owned but this one is by far his best! Enjoy!

Pros: Romantic, friendly, delicious menu, fair prices, a must if in Carmel

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Delicious! Went there for a collective birthday celebration with husband and friends and it was wonderful. Very limited seating so be sure to make a reservation. You wont find anything that is truly Japanese or Asian but it is a wonderful marriage between the cuisines! Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

Delicious! Went there for a collective birthday celebration with husband and friends and it was wonderful. Very limited seating so be sure to make a reservation. You wont find anything that is truly Japanese or Asian but it is a wonderful marriage between the cuisines! Highly recommended!

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Fantastic seafood, service and atmosphere! A real treasure in the Carmel area. It is like having dinner with great friends.
George- Los Gatos

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★★★☆☆

Fantastic seafood, service and atmosphere! A real treasure in the Carmel area. It is like having dinner with great friends.
George- Los Gatos

Pros: Excellent Seafood, Service and Atmosphere

Cons: Parking

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The whole experience was great. Appetizers, main course and desert were all great. We each had something different and had to sample each others choices. Service was very good. Try it you'll like it.

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★★★★★

The whole experience was great. Appetizers, main course and desert were all great. We each had something different and had to sample each others choices. Service was very good. Try it you'll like it.

Pros: It was all great

Cons: None that I can think of

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Flying Fish Grill is one of Carmel's best kept secret! The service and ambiance is excellent! Everytime I go, I order the Shabu-Shabu which is delicious! It's a big bowl of broth with veggies and tofu that you put thinly sliced pieces of raw beef into and then dip into many sauces. I love it.

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★★★★★

Flying Fish Grill is one of Carmel's best kept secret! The service and ambiance is excellent! Everytime I go, I order the Shabu-Shabu which is delicious! It's a big bowl of broth with veggies and tofu that you put thinly sliced pieces of raw beef into and then dip into many sauces. I love it.

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I went to this restaurant based on several recommendations. While it was good, it certainly did not warrant the raves I'd heard from the locals. The service and staff, however, were wonderful and helpful. I had the spring roll which was good, but did not have the clean and specific flavors of a traditional Vietnamese spring roll. I also had the seared ahi tuna served on a bed of noodles and vegetables in a soy marinade which was tasty, though overly drenched in the liquidy broth. The tuna itself was a good piece of fish, though not served as seared and hot as some I've had. Great sorbets that I believe might have been homemade.

2
★★★★☆

I went to this restaurant based on several recommendations. While it was good, it certainly did not warrant the raves I'd heard from the locals. The service and staff, however, were wonderful and helpful. I had the spring roll which was good, but did not have the clean and specific flavors of a traditional Vietnamese spring roll. I also had the seared ahi tuna served on a bed of noodles and vegetables in a soy marinade which was tasty, though overly drenched in the liquidy broth. The tuna itself was a good piece of fish, though not served as seared and hot as some I've had. Great sorbets that I believe might have been homemade.

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Always a treat! Relaxed-intimate dining with amazing food! The atmosphere is cozy and the wine list is wonderful-with reasonable prices. The food creations are tantilizing and one always leaves feeling special. I don't know if it's the magic that goes into the food or the personal attention one always receives from the staff. The BEST in Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula!

2
★★★★★

Always a treat! Relaxed-intimate dining with amazing food! The atmosphere is cozy and the wine list is wonderful-with reasonable prices. The food creations are tantilizing and one always leaves feeling special. I don't know if it's the magic that goes into the food or the personal attention one always receives from the staff. The BEST in Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula!

Pros: Service, Food & Wine, Ambiance

Cons: Need reservations!

 

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