Flying Fish

★★★★☆
  • 300 Westlake Ave N

    Seattle, WA 98109

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... Me and George just came back from Flying Fish restaurant.... bad bad bad
Should I start with the fact that we were offered a table near kitchen and next to the restrooms?... asked to change the seats... 10 min later we got a booth.... My spoon and knife were dirty... I hate when restaurants have semi-clean silverware....
Clam Chowder was pretty nice, although wine was watery (but that was my poor choice). When it came to the main course.... Wait.... it never came to the main course. We had been waiting forever and when we finally asked where our food was the server said that it's been busy, went to check and came back 10 min later (withouth food) saying that they are putting it on the plates right now. When he asked if we would like to wrap the food up to go, that was it. I said I would like to cancel my order and walked away. George said he still wanted his food. i took the car keys and said i would be waiting for him in the car....
I was worth trying. At least I know now that I will never come back to Flying Fish restaurant again :(

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★☆☆☆☆

... Me and George just came back from Flying Fish restaurant.... bad bad bad
Should I start with the fact that we were offered a table near kitchen and next to the restrooms?... asked to change the seats... 10 min later we got a booth.... My spoon and knife were dirty... I hate when restaurants have semi-clean silverware....
Clam Chowder was pretty nice, although wine was watery (but that was my poor choice). When it came to the main course.... Wait.... it never came to the main course. We had been waiting forever and when we finally asked where our food was the server said that it's been busy, went to check and came back 10 min later (withouth food) saying that they are putting it on the plates right now. When he asked if we would like to wrap the food up to go, that was it. I said I would like to cancel my order and walked away. George said he still wanted his food. i took the car keys and said i would be waiting for him in the car....
I was worth trying. At least I know now that I will never come back to Flying Fish restaurant again :(

Pros: ambient atmosphere

Cons: bad service, mediocre food, dirty silverware

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My husband and I went to the flying fish last night, lured by a 25$ off coupon. We wanted to sit in a booth but were told it was reserved, so unless we were done in an hour we should sit at a table. When we left, over an hour later, I noticed several booths were empty.
My drink was good, but he said his 11$ margharita was weak. I ordered the calamari - the breading was great, but there was a slight fishy taste. We also ordered the prawn appetizer, and they were a bit mushy. The corn salsa that went with them was very good. The potato leek soup was the best item we ordered. We also had the fish tacos platter. The mixed grill was overcooked. With a 25$ coupon the bill was still 52$ plus tip. Overall we were definitely not impressed, and even with the discount could have had a much better dinner elsewhere. The capper on the evening was when we both fell ill about 4 hrs later.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I went to the flying fish last night, lured by a 25$ off coupon. We wanted to sit in a booth but were told it was reserved, so unless we were done in an hour we should sit at a table. When we left, over an hour later, I noticed several booths were empty.
My drink was good, but he said his 11$ margharita was weak. I ordered the calamari - the breading was great, but there was a slight fishy taste. We also ordered the prawn appetizer, and they were a bit mushy. The corn salsa that went with them was very good. The potato leek soup was the best item we ordered. We also had the fish tacos platter. The mixed grill was overcooked. With a 25$ coupon the bill was still 52$ plus tip. Overall we were definitely not impressed, and even with the discount could have had a much better dinner elsewhere. The capper on the evening was when we both fell ill about 4 hrs later.

Pros: good service, nice atmosphere

Cons: food poisoning

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I moved back to Seattle recently and was very excited to have an amazing meal at Flying Fish in July. It instantly became my "go to" restaurant for taking friends and visitors. Last night's meal was a mixed bag which just doesn't fly with a restaurant of this price/caliber. The service from the bartender/hostess was very friendly and warm. The food was flawless in presentation and taste. Our seafood was cooked perfectly and the flavors warranted savoring each bite.

However, the server makes/breaks the restaurant experience and last night I left very disappointed. Our dining experience felt cold and impersonal. We weren't welcomed by the server, the menu wasn't introduced and items (food, utensils) were plopped on our table without explanation or an "excuse me".

It's a problem when I'm left explaining a dish to my friends and not knowing much about it (what kind of almonds where in those scallops?). It's a problem when we feel like a burden instead of welcomed guests. It's a problem when I'm in charge of topping off everyone's glasses of wine (we would have bought another bottle if this hadn't happened).

Lastly, the size of our scallop appetizer was very small. It was delicious and rich but there should have been two for the price. In this economy, value is a concern with most people. A $13 scallop? Not without my corporate card.

I will miss the food at Flying Fish while I explore other options for service consistency. I haven't given up. The food is too good. It's just that my enthusiasm has wained and there is little room for "off nights" in a foodie-mecca like Seattle.

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★★★☆☆

I moved back to Seattle recently and was very excited to have an amazing meal at Flying Fish in July. It instantly became my "go to" restaurant for taking friends and visitors. Last night's meal was a mixed bag which just doesn't fly with a restaurant of this price/caliber. The service from the bartender/hostess was very friendly and warm. The food was flawless in presentation and taste. Our seafood was cooked perfectly and the flavors warranted savoring each bite.

However, the server makes/breaks the restaurant experience and last night I left very disappointed. Our dining experience felt cold and impersonal. We weren't welcomed by the server, the menu wasn't introduced and items (food, utensils) were plopped on our table without explanation or an "excuse me".

It's a problem when I'm left explaining a dish to my friends and not knowing much about it (what kind of almonds where in those scallops?). It's a problem when we feel like a burden instead of welcomed guests. It's a problem when I'm in charge of topping off everyone's glasses of wine (we would have bought another bottle if this hadn't happened).

Lastly, the size of our scallop appetizer was very small. It was delicious and rich but there should have been two for the price. In this economy, value is a concern with most people. A $13 scallop? Not without my corporate card.

I will miss the food at Flying Fish while I explore other options for service consistency. I haven't given up. The food is too good. It's just that my enthusiasm has wained and there is little room for "off nights" in a foodie-mecca like Seattle.

Pros: Seafood done to perfection with unique flavors

Cons: Service, portion size

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The Flying Fish has very delicious food and a nice atmosphere. Be prepared to pay well for a good meal, but it is an enjoyable and satisfying experience. Great for a special dinner out.

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★★★★☆

The Flying Fish has very delicious food and a nice atmosphere. Be prepared to pay well for a good meal, but it is an enjoyable and satisfying experience. Great for a special dinner out.

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I thought that I would not like going out in the hip belltown area, but I really enjoyed the flying fish, a litle pricey, but you definately your monies worth.

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★★★★☆

I thought that I would not like going out in the hip belltown area, but I really enjoyed the flying fish, a litle pricey, but you definately your monies worth.

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Great restaurant. Terrific service. Extraordinarily tasty fish. Delectable huckleberry caramelized creme brulee and fudge brownies to die for.

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★★★★★

Great restaurant. Terrific service. Extraordinarily tasty fish. Delectable huckleberry caramelized creme brulee and fudge brownies to die for.

Pros: Wonderful food

Cons: none

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Hands down, FF is one of my favorite seafood restaurants in town. On the pricier side but certainly not the most expensive. Ambiance is nice. Staff could be friendlier. Our last trip there we met a gentleman who decided to read Harry Potter with dinner. So upscale but certainly not pretentious.

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★★★★★

Hands down, FF is one of my favorite seafood restaurants in town. On the pricier side but certainly not the most expensive. Ambiance is nice. Staff could be friendlier. Our last trip there we met a gentleman who decided to read Harry Potter with dinner. So upscale but certainly not pretentious.

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My husband and I had an important business dinner that was set up at the Flying Fish and it couldn't have been a more pleasant experience thanks to the wonderful waitstaff, attentive servers and terrific food! We started with an order of the rock-fish for the table as an appetizer and it was truly phenominal, the presentation was beautiful, it made for good talk, tasted fantastic and was really fun to eat! The calamari was delicious and everyone seemed very happy with his and her entree's. I know mine was pretty incredible and I was glad the waiter steered me in that direction! We will definately be back for many more enjoyable evenings - especially when we have guests visiting Seattle. That rock fish is the best!

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★★★★★

My husband and I had an important business dinner that was set up at the Flying Fish and it couldn't have been a more pleasant experience thanks to the wonderful waitstaff, attentive servers and terrific food! We started with an order of the rock-fish for the table as an appetizer and it was truly phenominal, the presentation was beautiful, it made for good talk, tasted fantastic and was really fun to eat! The calamari was delicious and everyone seemed very happy with his and her entree's. I know mine was pretty incredible and I was glad the waiter steered me in that direction! We will definately be back for many more enjoyable evenings - especially when we have guests visiting Seattle. That rock fish is the best!

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere!

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Let me be concise in telling our experience
- the server was always in a hurry even to explain whats on the menu
- calamari came on time and was realllly oily. I mean u wld feel awlful after having some..
- we had to wait 20 more minutes for our dinner ( excuse being the place is busy today)
- my salmon was cooked ok. My wife got mahi mahi and started eating. we were really hungry by then. Strangely one half was NOT cooked. It was so raw that you could not even pass knife in it.
- we complained and the server agreed that this is bad.
- then came the spoiler. server comes back with the two small pieces of the fish which we just returned back!!!
We have been to shadiest to really upscale places but never have a person return back with the same order on which we complained. Our day ended with a spoiled mood and a wallet lighter by 100 dollars.

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★☆☆☆☆

Let me be concise in telling our experience
- the server was always in a hurry even to explain whats on the menu
- calamari came on time and was realllly oily. I mean u wld feel awlful after having some..
- we had to wait 20 more minutes for our dinner ( excuse being the place is busy today)
- my salmon was cooked ok. My wife got mahi mahi and started eating. we were really hungry by then. Strangely one half was NOT cooked. It was so raw that you could not even pass knife in it.
- we complained and the server agreed that this is bad.
- then came the spoiler. server comes back with the two small pieces of the fish which we just returned back!!!
We have been to shadiest to really upscale places but never have a person return back with the same order on which we complained. Our day ended with a spoiled mood and a wallet lighter by 100 dollars.

Pros: none for us

Cons: food, noisy

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Went to Flying Fish for a first date evening. I have been to this Belltown establishment several times with girlfriends, bar dates (old pals wanting to catch up with good food and drinks) and such. Was not aware that they had upstairs seating. Well, me and my new friend were seated upstairs (with a reservation) and were given very, very good service. Our server was well versed with the menu, wines, and small talk (I think her name was Dawn?). We had wine, an appitizer, meals, and shared a dessert. We were pleasantly surprised with the service and food. I had my doubts that we would be forgotten as we were upstairs, and at the west end of the restaurant. But not to worry. We were waited on, quite splendidly, and not intrusivly. This made a great evening for us both.

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★★★★★

Went to Flying Fish for a first date evening. I have been to this Belltown establishment several times with girlfriends, bar dates (old pals wanting to catch up with good food and drinks) and such. Was not aware that they had upstairs seating. Well, me and my new friend were seated upstairs (with a reservation) and were given very, very good service. Our server was well versed with the menu, wines, and small talk (I think her name was Dawn?). We had wine, an appitizer, meals, and shared a dessert. We were pleasantly surprised with the service and food. I had my doubts that we would be forgotten as we were upstairs, and at the west end of the restaurant. But not to worry. We were waited on, quite splendidly, and not intrusivly. This made a great evening for us both.

Pros: Upstairs is great for a quiet date.

Cons: I didn't see any con's while there.

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We were excited by the prospect of having a delicious seafood dinner in Seattle, and this one came highly recommended. REALLY!? Is there no better here in Seattle? We were extremely underwhelmed. The food was oversauced, underseasoned, and simply overpriced. The waiter was not present (in fact, we had a hard time finding anyone that would take the check), and he was really not knowledgable about the wine. We were really dissapointed. I would try something else if you are looking for truely inspired food and an attentive staff.

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★★☆☆☆

We were excited by the prospect of having a delicious seafood dinner in Seattle, and this one came highly recommended. REALLY!? Is there no better here in Seattle? We were extremely underwhelmed. The food was oversauced, underseasoned, and simply overpriced. The waiter was not present (in fact, we had a hard time finding anyone that would take the check), and he was really not knowledgable about the wine. We were really dissapointed. I would try something else if you are looking for truely inspired food and an attentive staff.

Pros: people watching

Cons: everything else

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My husband and I had dinner at Flying Fish for the third time this year...and had our third amazing meal! This place is great. The staff is so friendly and accomodating and the food was fabulous.
It is not the new restaurant on the block, but the food is still very innovative and creative and we just love the whole fried rockfish. We just made reservations for dinner on New Years Eve...we wante to fit one more great meal in this year!

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★★★★☆

My husband and I had dinner at Flying Fish for the third time this year...and had our third amazing meal! This place is great. The staff is so friendly and accomodating and the food was fabulous.
It is not the new restaurant on the block, but the food is still very innovative and creative and we just love the whole fried rockfish. We just made reservations for dinner on New Years Eve...we wante to fit one more great meal in this year!

Pros: Great staff

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I was very disappointed. We wandered Seattle looking for a decent seafood restaurant. We searched on our phone for good reviews and this had the best we could find. Menu is printed different every day. I got Halibut and my husband got Salmon. He enjoyed his dish and even offered to trade but I didn't like either of them. I was very disappointed. I paid $25 per plate which I know is somewhat reasonable but I would have appreciated even a salad with dinner at that price. I indicated to the waiter that I was not pleased but he ignored me and even made comments when we left that "I can see you enjoyed your dinner" which he knew wasn't true. We did recieve a small quarter-loaf of cold hard-to-chew bread with very bland butter to start the meal off. I obviously wasn't very impressed with that either. Overall I think it is overpriced and perhaps the staff is not kept as happy as they should be. I was very sad that we spent $70 on a dinner that I so thoroughly did not enjoy. I did have other great dining experiences at Benihanas the night before. If you're going to spend that much money it's a much more worthwhile place to go.

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★★☆☆☆

I was very disappointed. We wandered Seattle looking for a decent seafood restaurant. We searched on our phone for good reviews and this had the best we could find. Menu is printed different every day. I got Halibut and my husband got Salmon. He enjoyed his dish and even offered to trade but I didn't like either of them. I was very disappointed. I paid $25 per plate which I know is somewhat reasonable but I would have appreciated even a salad with dinner at that price. I indicated to the waiter that I was not pleased but he ignored me and even made comments when we left that "I can see you enjoyed your dinner" which he knew wasn't true. We did recieve a small quarter-loaf of cold hard-to-chew bread with very bland butter to start the meal off. I obviously wasn't very impressed with that either. Overall I think it is overpriced and perhaps the staff is not kept as happy as they should be. I was very sad that we spent $70 on a dinner that I so thoroughly did not enjoy. I did have other great dining experiences at Benihanas the night before. If you're going to spend that much money it's a much more worthwhile place to go.

Pros: table was comfortable and place seemed clean

Cons: not a good value, dish did not blend together well

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My girlfriend and I came here to celebrate our birthdays and for the Dine Around Seattle menu. Our overall experience was mediocre. We had reservations for 7:30. When we arrived we were told we would be seated within 10 minutes, yet there were 4 other parties to be seated ahead of us. We were shown to our table 35 minutes later, and would have relaxed at the bar had we realised we weren't next on the list. The atmosphere was good, and I would recommend for a date. For the 'small plate' I ordered the green curry clams and while the clams themselves were good, the watery curry sauce dripped off the clam once you picked it up. My gf had the beet salad and was pleased. For our main course we both ordered the blackened Albacore tuna. We both puckered from the salt on our first bite. Apparently, it is wok seared in a soy reduction. I don't know about you but regular soy sauce is salty enough for me without being reduced. They promptly returned with two steaks that were seared in the pepper rub, but with the soy on the side. I commend the service, but the result was lackluster. The steak lost all of the salt and some of the flavor, and simply tasted like blackened pepper. For desert my gf ordered the chocolate tart with banana cream. It was definitely good, the chocolate was rich, and covered with a toffee crisp. I had the coconut mango parfait. The bottom layer was coconut which had a very subtle flavor and was almost bland, like they forgot the sugar. Then there was a tart lemony gelatin layer. The top layer tasted of ripe mangoes and is probably where the missing sugar from the bottom layer ended up. The food service was fast but our waitress seemed busy and did not provide much interaction. We would not likely return to Flying Fish to eat again.

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★★★☆☆

My girlfriend and I came here to celebrate our birthdays and for the Dine Around Seattle menu. Our overall experience was mediocre. We had reservations for 7:30. When we arrived we were told we would be seated within 10 minutes, yet there were 4 other parties to be seated ahead of us. We were shown to our table 35 minutes later, and would have relaxed at the bar had we realised we weren't next on the list. The atmosphere was good, and I would recommend for a date. For the 'small plate' I ordered the green curry clams and while the clams themselves were good, the watery curry sauce dripped off the clam once you picked it up. My gf had the beet salad and was pleased. For our main course we both ordered the blackened Albacore tuna. We both puckered from the salt on our first bite. Apparently, it is wok seared in a soy reduction. I don't know about you but regular soy sauce is salty enough for me without being reduced. They promptly returned with two steaks that were seared in the pepper rub, but with the soy on the side. I commend the service, but the result was lackluster. The steak lost all of the salt and some of the flavor, and simply tasted like blackened pepper. For desert my gf ordered the chocolate tart with banana cream. It was definitely good, the chocolate was rich, and covered with a toffee crisp. I had the coconut mango parfait. The bottom layer was coconut which had a very subtle flavor and was almost bland, like they forgot the sugar. Then there was a tart lemony gelatin layer. The top layer tasted of ripe mangoes and is probably where the missing sugar from the bottom layer ended up. The food service was fast but our waitress seemed busy and did not provide much interaction. We would not likely return to Flying Fish to eat again.

Pros: Ambience, Location

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My folks came in from Denver for the weekend and I wanted to take them for fresh seafood. Unfortunately, I chose the Flying Fish for Easter dinner... Our waitress set the tone for the evening with eye rolling, exhausted sighs and an altogether unpleasant disposition. She also knew very little about the wine list and seemed unable or unwilling to enlist assistance from other staff. My salad was dry, the appetizer was quite good and the entree (spearfish with pineapple, coconut and steamed rice) was bland both in presentation and to the taste. Also, the wide majority of the menu has not changed in at least four years. It's past time Christine clean house and innovate. Until then, I will not be taking business or personal meals at the Flying Fish...

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★★☆☆☆

My folks came in from Denver for the weekend and I wanted to take them for fresh seafood. Unfortunately, I chose the Flying Fish for Easter dinner... Our waitress set the tone for the evening with eye rolling, exhausted sighs and an altogether unpleasant disposition. She also knew very little about the wine list and seemed unable or unwilling to enlist assistance from other staff. My salad was dry, the appetizer was quite good and the entree (spearfish with pineapple, coconut and steamed rice) was bland both in presentation and to the taste. Also, the wide majority of the menu has not changed in at least four years. It's past time Christine clean house and innovate. Until then, I will not be taking business or personal meals at the Flying Fish...

Pros: Warm space, large windows

Cons: everything else

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We almost changed our reservations at the restaurant because of some of the recent reviews but we are very happy that we did not. We had a reservation on Friday evening and arrived a few minutes early. Our table was ready and we were seated promptly (great table location). Our server was super nice and very attentive. Drinks showed up quickly, food came out promptly & hot and was delicious. Everyone in our group of five had an outstanding evening and we all would definitely return.

2
★★★★★

We almost changed our reservations at the restaurant because of some of the recent reviews but we are very happy that we did not. We had a reservation on Friday evening and arrived a few minutes early. Our table was ready and we were seated promptly (great table location). Our server was super nice and very attentive. Drinks showed up quickly, food came out promptly & hot and was delicious. Everyone in our group of five had an outstanding evening and we all would definitely return.

Pros: Great ambience, awesome food

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I have eaten here numerous times in the 5+ years I've lived in Seattle. My husband and I have celebrated birthdays there and brought in many guests from out of town. I am sad to say this place is slipping if our last few visits are any indicator. The food here used to be amazing but now it seems boring. The main decline I have seen is in the quality of service. We always used to get wonderful, friendly servers who would make great recommendations. More recently, as many reviewers have noted, the service is snobbish, cold, and seems to want to get you in and out as quickly as possible yet is often slow to bring your food and drink. And heaven help you if you don't order alcohol ... we did this on one visit and our "friendly" waiter immediately turned stone cold and was barely seen for the rest of the evening. I'm afraid I'm crossing this place off my list of go-to restaurants in Seattle.

1
★★★☆☆

I have eaten here numerous times in the 5+ years I've lived in Seattle. My husband and I have celebrated birthdays there and brought in many guests from out of town. I am sad to say this place is slipping if our last few visits are any indicator. The food here used to be amazing but now it seems boring. The main decline I have seen is in the quality of service. We always used to get wonderful, friendly servers who would make great recommendations. More recently, as many reviewers have noted, the service is snobbish, cold, and seems to want to get you in and out as quickly as possible yet is often slow to bring your food and drink. And heaven help you if you don't order alcohol ... we did this on one visit and our "friendly" waiter immediately turned stone cold and was barely seen for the rest of the evening. I'm afraid I'm crossing this place off my list of go-to restaurants in Seattle.

Pros: Creative menu

Cons: Snobby service

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Just stopped in to Flying Fish last week for the first time. Although we did not have a reservation, and the place was hopping, the hostess kindly found us a table.
What followed was a wonderful evening... absolutely delicious food and stellar service. Our server was attentive, yet not intrusive and the wine he recommended for us was just perfect.

We cannot wait to return! Thanks for a great evening.

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★★★★★

Just stopped in to Flying Fish last week for the first time. Although we did not have a reservation, and the place was hopping, the hostess kindly found us a table.
What followed was a wonderful evening... absolutely delicious food and stellar service. Our server was attentive, yet not intrusive and the wine he recommended for us was just perfect.

We cannot wait to return! Thanks for a great evening.

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Excellent food, did not miss a beat on any of the courses. The seared tuna that I had was one of the tastiest dishes I've had in a long time. That, along with the fun of Belltown and the fine decor in this restaurant, make for a great dining experience! The service was just OK, but I'm only looking for good food in a nice restaurant, not someone to bother me repeatedly with questions as I'm enjoying the company at my table. I haven't had a bad meal there yet!

2
★★★★☆

Excellent food, did not miss a beat on any of the courses. The seared tuna that I had was one of the tastiest dishes I've had in a long time. That, along with the fun of Belltown and the fine decor in this restaurant, make for a great dining experience! The service was just OK, but I'm only looking for good food in a nice restaurant, not someone to bother me repeatedly with questions as I'm enjoying the company at my table. I haven't had a bad meal there yet!

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On vacation to Seattle, my boyfriend and I were looking for a quaint seafood restaurant to dine at on a Saturday night. Although we hadn't made reservations, "Flying Fish" seemed like a nice choice for a relaxed dinner. Upon arriving we were given the choice of being seated at the bar or outside on the patio due to lack of tables - we chose the patio assuming there would be warmth given off by the heat lamps. Bad idea! There were no heat lamps in sight, and you'd think if a restaurant would be giving the option of outdoor seating on a chilly day at the end of September then there would at least be heat lamps! When we ordered our drinks our waiter was an older man with a ponytail who came across as a bit creepy but I decided to look past that.... our dinner ended up coming before our drinks did. We had to ASK for our drinks half way through our dinner and then 5 minutes later they showed up. After our drinks were served we never saw our waiter again. As we were sitting on the patio, there was a glass garage door that could slide down to separate the dining area from the 3 table patio and due to the customers in the dining area being chilly we were completely shut out from any source of interaction with the wait staff. After finishing our dinner and sitting in front of our empty, dirty dishes for 20 minutes by boyfriend decided to bring up the issues with the restaurant maitre' D and manager. Apologizing for the poor service, the store manager said he would "take care of the bill" which we assumed would be free drinks or a coupon; however, the bill was the full amount, approximately $80 for two people. With the poor service, lack of ambience and total disrespect we left without tipping and will never return. We hope this review will discourage you from dining at Flying Fish as well.

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★☆☆☆☆

On vacation to Seattle, my boyfriend and I were looking for a quaint seafood restaurant to dine at on a Saturday night. Although we hadn't made reservations, "Flying Fish" seemed like a nice choice for a relaxed dinner. Upon arriving we were given the choice of being seated at the bar or outside on the patio due to lack of tables - we chose the patio assuming there would be warmth given off by the heat lamps. Bad idea! There were no heat lamps in sight, and you'd think if a restaurant would be giving the option of outdoor seating on a chilly day at the end of September then there would at least be heat lamps! When we ordered our drinks our waiter was an older man with a ponytail who came across as a bit creepy but I decided to look past that.... our dinner ended up coming before our drinks did. We had to ASK for our drinks half way through our dinner and then 5 minutes later they showed up. After our drinks were served we never saw our waiter again. As we were sitting on the patio, there was a glass garage door that could slide down to separate the dining area from the 3 table patio and due to the customers in the dining area being chilly we were completely shut out from any source of interaction with the wait staff. After finishing our dinner and sitting in front of our empty, dirty dishes for 20 minutes by boyfriend decided to bring up the issues with the restaurant maitre' D and manager. Apologizing for the poor service, the store manager said he would "take care of the bill" which we assumed would be free drinks or a coupon; however, the bill was the full amount, approximately $80 for two people. With the poor service, lack of ambience and total disrespect we left without tipping and will never return. We hope this review will discourage you from dining at Flying Fish as well.

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Fabulous food in a trendy place in Belltown which is open for late-night dinner gave us both big smiles and happy tummies! The beet salad with crumbled blue cheese, crab cakes, and Alaskan halibut were all tasty and satisfying. Service was impeccable - our waitress was soley responsible for handling all the tables in the front of the restaurant as well as those alfresco due to the lateness of the hour. She did a stupendous job keeping everyone happy, and could be seen running from place to place as though it were early morning. She never indicated she was tired, and I was impressed with her energy and attitude as well as her excellent customer service. The manager tried to help her once when all the tables were filled by doing some fast bussing . He quickly removed our bread plates and bread basket even though we had not finished, but she noticed before we could even bat an eyelash and came flying over with new plates, butter, and fresh warm bread! She was even willing to tell us the names of a few other late-night places in the area despite her busy activities and direct us in how to get to a jazz bar nearby. We will return often if the food continues to be as tasty as it was during this visit. I like the idea of the chef consistently changing the menu to coincide with the current veggies of the season and purchasing fresh food from local farmers. Good partnership with great benefits for all, including the patrons. Wonderful restaurant with very good food and interesting presentation.

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★★★★★

Fabulous food in a trendy place in Belltown which is open for late-night dinner gave us both big smiles and happy tummies! The beet salad with crumbled blue cheese, crab cakes, and Alaskan halibut were all tasty and satisfying. Service was impeccable - our waitress was soley responsible for handling all the tables in the front of the restaurant as well as those alfresco due to the lateness of the hour. She did a stupendous job keeping everyone happy, and could be seen running from place to place as though it were early morning. She never indicated she was tired, and I was impressed with her energy and attitude as well as her excellent customer service. The manager tried to help her once when all the tables were filled by doing some fast bussing . He quickly removed our bread plates and bread basket even though we had not finished, but she noticed before we could even bat an eyelash and came flying over with new plates, butter, and fresh warm bread! She was even willing to tell us the names of a few other late-night places in the area despite her busy activities and direct us in how to get to a jazz bar nearby. We will return often if the food continues to be as tasty as it was during this visit. I like the idea of the chef consistently changing the menu to coincide with the current veggies of the season and purchasing fresh food from local farmers. Good partnership with great benefits for all, including the patrons. Wonderful restaurant with very good food and interesting presentation.

Pros: Great food; Late-night restaurant; Organic dining; Excellent service

Cons: Parking is difficult in Belltown

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A former Seattle resident told us (first-time visitors) that Flying Fish had the best seafood he's ever experienced (and he once owned a restaurant as a sideline). It thought he was going out on a limb but he was right. We had a superlative meal and the service was excellent as well (when I asked the server if they had blue-cheese olives for my martini, she said she'd stuff some). Do not miss Flying Fish; the prices were reasonable and on par with other seafood restaurants in the area.

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★★★★★

A former Seattle resident told us (first-time visitors) that Flying Fish had the best seafood he's ever experienced (and he once owned a restaurant as a sideline). It thought he was going out on a limb but he was right. We had a superlative meal and the service was excellent as well (when I asked the server if they had blue-cheese olives for my martini, she said she'd stuff some). Do not miss Flying Fish; the prices were reasonable and on par with other seafood restaurants in the area.

Pros: Great seafood and service

Cons: None for us.

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I really love the interior design and the atmosphere of the restaurant. But the food taste ok...maybe I had higher expectations from other reviews.

1
★★★☆☆

I really love the interior design and the atmosphere of the restaurant. But the food taste ok...maybe I had higher expectations from other reviews.

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want to like FF, I really do. The decor is swanky and I like the layout of the bar, kitchen and dining room. The oyster happy hour seems like such a screamin' deal too (and it could be). However, my last two trips were so mediocre I've finally decided I'm done.

The oyster happy hour is a good deal provided you don't mind bits of oyster shell with your oyster. It seems the happy hour rush is so frantic and the chefs are in such a hurry that shucking is more like semi-smashing, which leaves you with a crunchy oyster or the annoying task of fishing out the sharp bits.

Last night I went for a business dinner and was disappointed with the food. Our server was friendly and attentive and was quick to bring me a new glass of wine when my $12.75/glass arrived smelling funky. For appetizers we got the poke, calamari and dungeoness crab platter. The poke was just so-so. The calamari also wasn't amazing although the wasabi sauce added a much needed zip. The dungeoness crab was so over caked with super salty rub it totally obscured the task of the crab. I was also disappointed to find that 1/3 of the crab didn't fill the shell (nice work on the buying side). For dinner I ordered the wok blackened albacore. It arrived blackened alright, and once again had a crust of overpowering salty rub which served to obscure the taste of the fish again. I found myself gulping water to get the salt taste out of my mouth. It came with a disk of fried white rice and a slightly overcooked piece of bok choy.

Don't get me wrong - it wasn't bad food, it just wasn't good food. Thankfully I wasn't picking up the tab because at those prices there is zero value at Flying Fish. Sorry to be a hater but that's my take.

1
★★☆☆☆

want to like FF, I really do. The decor is swanky and I like the layout of the bar, kitchen and dining room. The oyster happy hour seems like such a screamin' deal too (and it could be). However, my last two trips were so mediocre I've finally decided I'm done.

The oyster happy hour is a good deal provided you don't mind bits of oyster shell with your oyster. It seems the happy hour rush is so frantic and the chefs are in such a hurry that shucking is more like semi-smashing, which leaves you with a crunchy oyster or the annoying task of fishing out the sharp bits.

Last night I went for a business dinner and was disappointed with the food. Our server was friendly and attentive and was quick to bring me a new glass of wine when my $12.75/glass arrived smelling funky. For appetizers we got the poke, calamari and dungeoness crab platter. The poke was just so-so. The calamari also wasn't amazing although the wasabi sauce added a much needed zip. The dungeoness crab was so over caked with super salty rub it totally obscured the task of the crab. I was also disappointed to find that 1/3 of the crab didn't fill the shell (nice work on the buying side). For dinner I ordered the wok blackened albacore. It arrived blackened alright, and once again had a crust of overpowering salty rub which served to obscure the taste of the fish again. I found myself gulping water to get the salt taste out of my mouth. It came with a disk of fried white rice and a slightly overcooked piece of bok choy.

Don't get me wrong - it wasn't bad food, it just wasn't good food. Thankfully I wasn't picking up the tab because at those prices there is zero value at Flying Fish. Sorry to be a hater but that's my take.

Pros: good location, nice decor, fun scene, nice service

Cons: totally uninspired food

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I was on the prowl for a unique taste of seafood. Unfortunately, having grown up in Montana & being a recent Seattle import this subject felt out of my grasp. Luckily after reading some reviews & having it recommended to be by numerous people I decided to try The Flying Fish. It was an adventure of "firsts". A friend and I started at the bar for the Oyster Happy Hour. Which I thought was marvelous. 25cent Oysters on the half shell. What a great deal! It was my first time tasting an oyster so needless to say I was a little nervous. After our oysters came out a very nice server named Claire showed me all the ways to consume an oyster. She recommended different garnishes & types of oysters. It was amazing for somebody to take a moment of their day to help me out. She made me feel very welcome. After sampling our oysters we were seated at a very comfy table. Where we were treated like VIP's. Our server Eric was incredibly friendly & accommodating. He recommended a variety of options & I was truly impressed with his knowledge of the menu. We ended up deciding on the Whole Fried Rockfish. This was SPECTACTULAR! So fun to eat?a sort of ?hands on? experience. It was served with this amazing anchovy dipping sauce & fresh herbs which you roll up into rice papers. We thought for sure that there was no toping that. Oh, how wrong we were. Next we tried the Calamari & the Ahi Tuna. Both were fantastic. The calamari was served with this delectable honey jalape?o sauce which complimented it perfectly. It was by far the best calamari we had ever had. During the meal our server was very attentive to our drinks & making sure we were happy. After finishing everything on the table we were full to the brim. Despite that we decided to tackle the Warm Grappa Brownie. It was exquisite. All in all I would say it was probably the best dining experience I have ever had. Consider me a regular....I can?t wait to try everything they have to offer.

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★★★★★

I was on the prowl for a unique taste of seafood. Unfortunately, having grown up in Montana & being a recent Seattle import this subject felt out of my grasp. Luckily after reading some reviews & having it recommended to be by numerous people I decided to try The Flying Fish. It was an adventure of "firsts". A friend and I started at the bar for the Oyster Happy Hour. Which I thought was marvelous. 25cent Oysters on the half shell. What a great deal! It was my first time tasting an oyster so needless to say I was a little nervous. After our oysters came out a very nice server named Claire showed me all the ways to consume an oyster. She recommended different garnishes & types of oysters. It was amazing for somebody to take a moment of their day to help me out. She made me feel very welcome. After sampling our oysters we were seated at a very comfy table. Where we were treated like VIP's. Our server Eric was incredibly friendly & accommodating. He recommended a variety of options & I was truly impressed with his knowledge of the menu. We ended up deciding on the Whole Fried Rockfish. This was SPECTACTULAR! So fun to eat?a sort of ?hands on? experience. It was served with this amazing anchovy dipping sauce & fresh herbs which you roll up into rice papers. We thought for sure that there was no toping that. Oh, how wrong we were. Next we tried the Calamari & the Ahi Tuna. Both were fantastic. The calamari was served with this delectable honey jalape?o sauce which complimented it perfectly. It was by far the best calamari we had ever had. During the meal our server was very attentive to our drinks & making sure we were happy. After finishing everything on the table we were full to the brim. Despite that we decided to tackle the Warm Grappa Brownie. It was exquisite. All in all I would say it was probably the best dining experience I have ever had. Consider me a regular....I can?t wait to try everything they have to offer.

Pros: Great service, music, and art!

Cons: none!

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Three of us went to Flying Fish last night for dinner and found that over all it was a worthwhile experience. One of our friends works at a seafood restaurant in Las Vegas so wanted to taste "local seafood" to compare. He left pretty satisfied, but not totally happy. Besides the Ono - which we sent back because it was overcooked and they brought us out another overcooked one - and the Mahi Mahi - which was uninspired and bland - it was great. Next time I would stick to appetizers only. The scallop appetizer was delcious, the oysters perfect (but steer clear of the ginger sorbet), and the Ahi poke fresh and delightful. They have a pretty wonderful wine list as well!

1
★★★☆☆

Three of us went to Flying Fish last night for dinner and found that over all it was a worthwhile experience. One of our friends works at a seafood restaurant in Las Vegas so wanted to taste "local seafood" to compare. He left pretty satisfied, but not totally happy. Besides the Ono - which we sent back because it was overcooked and they brought us out another overcooked one - and the Mahi Mahi - which was uninspired and bland - it was great. Next time I would stick to appetizers only. The scallop appetizer was delcious, the oysters perfect (but steer clear of the ginger sorbet), and the Ahi poke fresh and delightful. They have a pretty wonderful wine list as well!

Pros: Great wine list and appetizers

Cons: Questionable service

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Using the $25 special, the crab cake was decent and ordinary due to lack of originality and was filled with shredded crab meat that was bland and not sweet. Six Seven's was to die for because it was filled with sweet lump crab meat and had a wonderful flavor to it. The seafood hot dish was good overall but lacked a certain spice to make you say "wow". The green curry the secret diner had would have been nice but was deleted. The chef must have changed the menu after the secret diner was there because now you only get 3 mussels that were pitifully small, overcooked fish, tiny scallops, not rich enough broth but 3 good sized shrimp. I wish the cast iron bowl the dish was served in was pipping hot to continually heat the food but was served cold which didn't make any sense other than an asthetic factor. The deep fried bananas were soggy due to a lack of accurate frying temp and a dollop of choc ice cream next it made it worse. The trio of sauces was a nice touch but dipping soggy bananas into it ruined the whole experience. The service was mediocre at best. There was a floating white flake in my white wine which was returned. The double americano cup was sitting on top of a dirty coffee grind stained dish. It took 10 minutes to get my bill and the clearing of plates was adequate. My water was refilled without grace with water splashing everywhere. The complimentary bread served was cold and the butter was rock hard. I left to use an unkept, smelly restroom prior to dessert and returned with my still used napkin that used to sit on my chair now placed on the table. Restaurant Zoe placed a brand new napkin shaped in a configuration that was greatly appreciated. It's the details in service that Flying Fish seemed to have forgotten or maybe I just got stuck with a waitress who's resume consisted of Applebee's. Overall, the dining expericence in a not so fine restaurant more like a high priced fish market that lacked finesse was adequate.

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★★★☆☆

Using the $25 special, the crab cake was decent and ordinary due to lack of originality and was filled with shredded crab meat that was bland and not sweet. Six Seven's was to die for because it was filled with sweet lump crab meat and had a wonderful flavor to it. The seafood hot dish was good overall but lacked a certain spice to make you say "wow". The green curry the secret diner had would have been nice but was deleted. The chef must have changed the menu after the secret diner was there because now you only get 3 mussels that were pitifully small, overcooked fish, tiny scallops, not rich enough broth but 3 good sized shrimp. I wish the cast iron bowl the dish was served in was pipping hot to continually heat the food but was served cold which didn't make any sense other than an asthetic factor. The deep fried bananas were soggy due to a lack of accurate frying temp and a dollop of choc ice cream next it made it worse. The trio of sauces was a nice touch but dipping soggy bananas into it ruined the whole experience. The service was mediocre at best. There was a floating white flake in my white wine which was returned. The double americano cup was sitting on top of a dirty coffee grind stained dish. It took 10 minutes to get my bill and the clearing of plates was adequate. My water was refilled without grace with water splashing everywhere. The complimentary bread served was cold and the butter was rock hard. I left to use an unkept, smelly restroom prior to dessert and returned with my still used napkin that used to sit on my chair now placed on the table. Restaurant Zoe placed a brand new napkin shaped in a configuration that was greatly appreciated. It's the details in service that Flying Fish seemed to have forgotten or maybe I just got stuck with a waitress who's resume consisted of Applebee's. Overall, the dining expericence in a not so fine restaurant more like a high priced fish market that lacked finesse was adequate.

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People use to ask me if I was a food critic. I dine out very frequently and when I do find a great place....I stand up on my soap box and tell everyone, the same if it was bad. Although unofficial, my credentials of being a food critic is only because of part ownership of a very popular restaurant in Seattle.

I use to go to Flying Fish around once every two months to have their blacken peppered dungeness crab. Even if they say it a plate to share, I order one for myself. The taste is fantastic and the vinegar sauce is mouth watering. Before ordering I specifically asked the waiter for the largest crab they had. He said they are all two pound crabs and they charge by the pound. I was so disappointed when the crab came to the table it was more like 1 and a quarter pounds. It was such an effort to break the shell and pick our the meat that I didn't really want to eat it. But my friend and I ate it and joked about the size throughout the dinner. We even put the 2 inch claw on the table which was one of those claws that a crab grows back after loosing one.

The service was unusually terrible too. Our waiter kind of ignored us, and when we mentioned about the size of the crab he took it back to the cooks. Their response was they weigh them together and they all come out to be two pounds? They tried to accomodate by offering one dessert. Neither one of us eat desserts, but we took it to go just because they offered it.

Will I go back? No.... Flying Fish was on the top of my list of restaurants and now fell to the bottom.
Was I just being grouchy that day? No.... my dinner guest was my Pastor....I was on my best behavior.

1
★★☆☆☆

People use to ask me if I was a food critic. I dine out very frequently and when I do find a great place....I stand up on my soap box and tell everyone, the same if it was bad. Although unofficial, my credentials of being a food critic is only because of part ownership of a very popular restaurant in Seattle.

I use to go to Flying Fish around once every two months to have their blacken peppered dungeness crab. Even if they say it a plate to share, I order one for myself. The taste is fantastic and the vinegar sauce is mouth watering. Before ordering I specifically asked the waiter for the largest crab they had. He said they are all two pound crabs and they charge by the pound. I was so disappointed when the crab came to the table it was more like 1 and a quarter pounds. It was such an effort to break the shell and pick our the meat that I didn't really want to eat it. But my friend and I ate it and joked about the size throughout the dinner. We even put the 2 inch claw on the table which was one of those claws that a crab grows back after loosing one.

The service was unusually terrible too. Our waiter kind of ignored us, and when we mentioned about the size of the crab he took it back to the cooks. Their response was they weigh them together and they all come out to be two pounds? They tried to accomodate by offering one dessert. Neither one of us eat desserts, but we took it to go just because they offered it.

Will I go back? No.... Flying Fish was on the top of my list of restaurants and now fell to the bottom.
Was I just being grouchy that day? No.... my dinner guest was my Pastor....I was on my best behavior.

Cons: I had to pay 12 bucks to park in a lot

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I have eaten at the Flying Fish once and it was great. Their menu changes daily, but their fish is fresh and everyone I was with loved their meals. The service was spectacular.

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★★★★★

I have eaten at the Flying Fish once and it was great. Their menu changes daily, but their fish is fresh and everyone I was with loved their meals. The service was spectacular.

Pros: Great food, great service

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I stumbled across this restaurant randomly...it was a nice surprise to have excellent service and food. Recommended for a date!

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★★★★★

I stumbled across this restaurant randomly...it was a nice surprise to have excellent service and food. Recommended for a date!

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I've been a fan of Flying Fish for quite awhile. That said, after reading other reviews, I can understand some differences of opinion. The time I visited and sat upstairs, was not particularly satisfactory. So, I would strongly recommend that you sit in or near the bar. I've always had good service at the bar. The Oyster Happy hour is always good. Because of the hard surfaces, this place does tend to be quite noisy. My favorite dishes are the "Sister in Law mussels" and the Fish Taco platter. These are always tasty and fun for sharing. The warm grappa brownie can be terrific, but I've also had it when it was just mediocre; it's best when it's still molten inside.

2
★★★★☆

I've been a fan of Flying Fish for quite awhile. That said, after reading other reviews, I can understand some differences of opinion. The time I visited and sat upstairs, was not particularly satisfactory. So, I would strongly recommend that you sit in or near the bar. I've always had good service at the bar. The Oyster Happy hour is always good. Because of the hard surfaces, this place does tend to be quite noisy. My favorite dishes are the "Sister in Law mussels" and the Fish Taco platter. These are always tasty and fun for sharing. The warm grappa brownie can be terrific, but I've also had it when it was just mediocre; it's best when it's still molten inside.

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Maybe the editorial staff was outed prior to their visit or maybe we didn't look trendy enough, but I have been to this restaurant twice had had poor service both times. I like to give a restaurant with such good buzz a second chance if I have had a bad experience. Sometimes bad service is a fluke. In this case the servers were snobbish and inattentive both times and the food was certainly not enough to make up for it.

1
★★★☆☆

Maybe the editorial staff was outed prior to their visit or maybe we didn't look trendy enough, but I have been to this restaurant twice had had poor service both times. I like to give a restaurant with such good buzz a second chance if I have had a bad experience. Sometimes bad service is a fluke. In this case the servers were snobbish and inattentive both times and the food was certainly not enough to make up for it.

Pros: None.

Cons: Servers acted like they were doing us a favor by taking our order.

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My husband and I just celebrated our 1st anniversary in Seattle; he picked Flying Fish for one of our nights out. He booked through Open Table, told them it was our anniversary. The hostesses were kind and mentioned it. Our waiter never did nor was he all that friendly. He wasn't bad just odd. We weren't looking for special treatment, but in the past, good places did a little something like a message in chocolate on our dessert plate. Nothing. Our food was good. Lovely design, tasted fresh and layered. My cocktail was a bit too sour. When they say it's warm; it's HOT. I'm hardly hot, but I wore layers preparing for the change in temp. I was so hot, I had to run to the restroom to take off a layer and was still warm. Overall, it's an efficient kitchen, nice dinner. It just wasn't that special.

2
★★★★☆

My husband and I just celebrated our 1st anniversary in Seattle; he picked Flying Fish for one of our nights out. He booked through Open Table, told them it was our anniversary. The hostesses were kind and mentioned it. Our waiter never did nor was he all that friendly. He wasn't bad just odd. We weren't looking for special treatment, but in the past, good places did a little something like a message in chocolate on our dessert plate. Nothing. Our food was good. Lovely design, tasted fresh and layered. My cocktail was a bit too sour. When they say it's warm; it's HOT. I'm hardly hot, but I wore layers preparing for the change in temp. I was so hot, I had to run to the restroom to take off a layer and was still warm. Overall, it's an efficient kitchen, nice dinner. It just wasn't that special.

Pros: Plating, Texture of taste

Cons: Hot, Waitstaff is mixed

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Brought my sister and her boyfriend to dinner while they were visiting from out of town. Everything about the experience was wonderful. From the appetizers down to the dessert (mmm Warm Grappa Brownie....), it was all awesome! Our server was friendly and knowledgable. He helped to guide us through the expansive Wine List and some unknown culinary waters. Made the whole thing easy so we could concentrate on having a good time. Warm colors, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. The booths behind the host stand are soooo comfortable. My sister reallt liked the Fish Tacos. You've gotta try the Ahi Tuna Poke and the Dungeness Crab. Overall, a wonderful time. Would recommend the Flying Fish to locals and out of towners alike. Will definitely be back.

2
★★★★★

Brought my sister and her boyfriend to dinner while they were visiting from out of town. Everything about the experience was wonderful. From the appetizers down to the dessert (mmm Warm Grappa Brownie....), it was all awesome! Our server was friendly and knowledgable. He helped to guide us through the expansive Wine List and some unknown culinary waters. Made the whole thing easy so we could concentrate on having a good time. Warm colors, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. The booths behind the host stand are soooo comfortable. My sister reallt liked the Fish Tacos. You've gotta try the Ahi Tuna Poke and the Dungeness Crab. Overall, a wonderful time. Would recommend the Flying Fish to locals and out of towners alike. Will definitely be back.

Pros: food, friendly staff, location

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After going back a few times, I can comfortably say that they are great! Good food and service, great wines and lively fun atmosphere.....

2
★★★★★

After going back a few times, I can comfortably say that they are great! Good food and service, great wines and lively fun atmosphere.....

Pros: food, wine, service

Cons: parking, busy!

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Just had dinner there over the weekend. A great place for seafood. The service was excellent so was the meal. I would certainly go back again the next time that I'm in Seattle on business.

2
★★★★★

Just had dinner there over the weekend. A great place for seafood. The service was excellent so was the meal. I would certainly go back again the next time that I'm in Seattle on business.

Pros: Good prices, Great people watching

Cons: Crowded

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This much-touted Beltown staple came highly recommended, so perhaps our expectations were too high. Nicely decorated with good ambiance, incl. nice bar and upstairs seating overlooking main dining room. The service was sluggish, our waitress was noticably impatient, and she made mistakes both describing the dishes as well as serving us soy sauce instead of salad dressing. The food was good, though not exceptional. Plenty of other places to find seafood in Seattle- would say to try elsewhere first.

1
★★★☆☆

This much-touted Beltown staple came highly recommended, so perhaps our expectations were too high. Nicely decorated with good ambiance, incl. nice bar and upstairs seating overlooking main dining room. The service was sluggish, our waitress was noticably impatient, and she made mistakes both describing the dishes as well as serving us soy sauce instead of salad dressing. The food was good, though not exceptional. Plenty of other places to find seafood in Seattle- would say to try elsewhere first.

Pros: ambiance, wine list

Cons: poor service

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Seated promptly for lunch on my birthday. No introduction from our classless waitress. First water had flakes in it, second glass had lipstick. Ordering was uneventful. Apps came, (calamari and smoked salmon) both were tasty. Oysters came with no presentation,and were "unsatisfactory" (details omitted due to cityseach posting policy). Neither apology or compensation offered. Terrible service, oblivious staff, positively awful experience. Entrees (Mahi Mahi and Stir Fry) were very unsatisfactory. Will not return. Ever.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Seated promptly for lunch on my birthday. No introduction from our classless waitress. First water had flakes in it, second glass had lipstick. Ordering was uneventful. Apps came, (calamari and smoked salmon) both were tasty. Oysters came with no presentation,and were "unsatisfactory" (details omitted due to cityseach posting policy). Neither apology or compensation offered. Terrible service, oblivious staff, positively awful experience. Entrees (Mahi Mahi and Stir Fry) were very unsatisfactory. Will not return. Ever.

Pros: None for me.

Cons: Service, Food, Worms

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The service was by far the poorest of restaurants in any price range, from the hostess to the waitress, they were not friendly, never described the menu, and had a bad attitude. After finishing our drinks before ordering, they were not re-filled until half way through the meal, even though the restaurant was fairly empty and many waiters were on duty.

The food was okay, but I didnt find the flavors original. The salmon was dry, the crab cake was too salty, and shrimp was bland. The only dish I enjoyed was tuna poke.

While other dishes might seem overpriced, I cant believed they charged $2.50 for a small portion of plain steamed rice and re-charge each time I asked for another spoonful.

Definitely not recommended.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The service was by far the poorest of restaurants in any price range, from the hostess to the waitress, they were not friendly, never described the menu, and had a bad attitude. After finishing our drinks before ordering, they were not re-filled until half way through the meal, even though the restaurant was fairly empty and many waiters were on duty.

The food was okay, but I didnt find the flavors original. The salmon was dry, the crab cake was too salty, and shrimp was bland. The only dish I enjoyed was tuna poke.

While other dishes might seem overpriced, I cant believed they charged $2.50 for a small portion of plain steamed rice and re-charge each time I asked for another spoonful.

Definitely not recommended.

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I and my husband wanted to have a romantic dinner together and chose "Flying Fish". Bad mistake. When we asked for a table (we didn't make reservations) we were rudely told that the only available table was outside (fine with us). After waiting for a ready table for 20 min we were finaly seated. Another 15 min. passed before we even got the menue and still, we were treated like we owed the reastaruant. In the next 40 min. no one came to take our order. It felt like we did not even exist in the place. After 40 min we left hungry and very dissapointed. Perhaps the food is good there, but the service is unbelievably bad. Will never come back.
P.S. We ended up having a wonderful time at a nearby sushi place

0
★☆☆☆☆

I and my husband wanted to have a romantic dinner together and chose "Flying Fish". Bad mistake. When we asked for a table (we didn't make reservations) we were rudely told that the only available table was outside (fine with us). After waiting for a ready table for 20 min we were finaly seated. Another 15 min. passed before we even got the menue and still, we were treated like we owed the reastaruant. In the next 40 min. no one came to take our order. It felt like we did not even exist in the place. After 40 min we left hungry and very dissapointed. Perhaps the food is good there, but the service is unbelievably bad. Will never come back.
P.S. We ended up having a wonderful time at a nearby sushi place

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Been here several times and this time wasn't QUITE up to the same level as previous times. The salad, as mentioned by a previous person, was oily and tasteless. The salad I had a year ago here was much better. The scallops were good, but not overwhelming. Wine servings seemed small. Good but not great like I used to think.

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WENT BACK A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER (December 2008, to be precise) and wow, it was fab again. YEah. We ate 3 times in 5 days at Flying Fish it was so good (i'm from out of town). Thumbs up!

2
★★★★★

Been here several times and this time wasn't QUITE up to the same level as previous times. The salad, as mentioned by a previous person, was oily and tasteless. The salad I had a year ago here was much better. The scallops were good, but not overwhelming. Wine servings seemed small. Good but not great like I used to think.

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WENT BACK A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER (December 2008, to be precise) and wow, it was fab again. YEah. We ate 3 times in 5 days at Flying Fish it was so good (i'm from out of town). Thumbs up!

Pros: Fabulous food

Cons: small restaurant

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for the crowd that gets off work pretty late, but still want to enjoy a fine dining dinner at an open, social restaurant, flying fish is the place to be. the food is excellent. and let me add, for the chicken eaters, flying fish has the best tasting chicken ever. quite funny because flying fish is better known for its seafood. and yes, i have tasted the "cannot ever stay away" seafood. it is high on the excellency rates.

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★★★★☆

for the crowd that gets off work pretty late, but still want to enjoy a fine dining dinner at an open, social restaurant, flying fish is the place to be. the food is excellent. and let me add, for the chicken eaters, flying fish has the best tasting chicken ever. quite funny because flying fish is better known for its seafood. and yes, i have tasted the "cannot ever stay away" seafood. it is high on the excellency rates.

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Hey, my partner and I went==she had the Mahi Mahi while I had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. The Mahi Mahi was kind of bland, but the things that came with it (a mixed vegetable chutney type dish, some kind of greens, potatoes) were very good. Overall I'd give that dish a B. I had the chicken, which was very good. It was crispy on the outside and was moist and delicious on the inside, and both side dishes were good. THe side salad I got was not good, it was very oily and pretty flavorless. Drinks from the bar were excellent, service was attentive but not intrusive. We sat outside, since it was such a nice day, which was fun but also is kind of loud since it is on 1st Avenue. I'm allergic to shellfish so perhaps my review isn't the most accurate but hey, here's my two cents!

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★★★★☆

Hey, my partner and I went==she had the Mahi Mahi while I had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. The Mahi Mahi was kind of bland, but the things that came with it (a mixed vegetable chutney type dish, some kind of greens, potatoes) were very good. Overall I'd give that dish a B. I had the chicken, which was very good. It was crispy on the outside and was moist and delicious on the inside, and both side dishes were good. THe side salad I got was not good, it was very oily and pretty flavorless. Drinks from the bar were excellent, service was attentive but not intrusive. We sat outside, since it was such a nice day, which was fun but also is kind of loud since it is on 1st Avenue. I'm allergic to shellfish so perhaps my review isn't the most accurate but hey, here's my two cents!

Pros: decor, drinks, food appearance

Cons: price, noise outside

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This was our last dinner on a vacation weekend to Seattle! Was craving Salmon and was not disappointed. Food and service was excellent. My date had the Opah and loved it. My only gripe was the ambience. More diner like atmosphere, tables cramped. We had just walked in and got a table (luckily), but it was right by the door and was crowded and felt like we were on display. More our fault though for not making a reservation. Otherwise, great food and drinks!

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★★★★★

This was our last dinner on a vacation weekend to Seattle! Was craving Salmon and was not disappointed. Food and service was excellent. My date had the Opah and loved it. My only gripe was the ambience. More diner like atmosphere, tables cramped. We had just walked in and got a table (luckily), but it was right by the door and was crowded and felt like we were on display. More our fault though for not making a reservation. Otherwise, great food and drinks!

Pros: Food

Cons: Noisy, Cramped

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Brought Mom in for her birthday for what I thought would be a nice dinner. I thought wrong. Though the service was decent, mistakes and poor preparation made for a disappointing experience, which won't be repeated. Started off poorly right away, with the "beet" salad with crumbled blue cheese being just a greens salad with a few small beet cubes added, and no blue cheese to be found. Then Mom's marlin entree was shoe-leather tough and inedible, while my girlfriend's marlin was prepared OK but a little aged tasting (my barracuda was fine). We told them about the shortcomings & they did make a nice gesture of complimentary Port wine for the trouble. But I wouldn't put myself, friends or family through that experience again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Brought Mom in for her birthday for what I thought would be a nice dinner. I thought wrong. Though the service was decent, mistakes and poor preparation made for a disappointing experience, which won't be repeated. Started off poorly right away, with the "beet" salad with crumbled blue cheese being just a greens salad with a few small beet cubes added, and no blue cheese to be found. Then Mom's marlin entree was shoe-leather tough and inedible, while my girlfriend's marlin was prepared OK but a little aged tasting (my barracuda was fine). We told them about the shortcomings & they did make a nice gesture of complimentary Port wine for the trouble. But I wouldn't put myself, friends or family through that experience again.

Pros: Service, Location

Cons: Food quality, Preparation mistakes

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Arrived on-time for an 8:45 reservation & treated like cattle when told "it would be awhile" & shoved with other waiting patrons into the tiny bar/entry area. Treated very rudely by both bartenders, so we opted to stand in the cold entry - finally seated (starving/frustrated) one hour late!! Asian & comfort food menu has no rhyme or reason and if you don't like spicy foods (according to our waiter) it eliminates all seafood options except two. The costly food was mediocre at best - cold sides, tasteless fish & unexciting presentation. It seemed like a good place to come if you are gay because you'd get the bartender's/waiter's full attention while the other patrons get little more than the bill. Finally, it was not comfortable - with people waiting for tables crowded around those actually seated, no one had any space to relax and enjoy.

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★☆☆☆☆

Arrived on-time for an 8:45 reservation & treated like cattle when told "it would be awhile" & shoved with other waiting patrons into the tiny bar/entry area. Treated very rudely by both bartenders, so we opted to stand in the cold entry - finally seated (starving/frustrated) one hour late!! Asian & comfort food menu has no rhyme or reason and if you don't like spicy foods (according to our waiter) it eliminates all seafood options except two. The costly food was mediocre at best - cold sides, tasteless fish & unexciting presentation. It seemed like a good place to come if you are gay because you'd get the bartender's/waiter's full attention while the other patrons get little more than the bill. Finally, it was not comfortable - with people waiting for tables crowded around those actually seated, no one had any space to relax and enjoy.

Pros: good sized salads

Cons: rude staff, tasteless food, not worth the $

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I would never go back to this place again. Though the ambience was good and the place trendy, the food was bad. The salad was swimming in oil and I couldn't eat it. The salmon cost $27 and was bland. To top it all off the service was horrible. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

I would never go back to this place again. Though the ambience was good and the place trendy, the food was bad. The salad was swimming in oil and I couldn't eat it. The salmon cost $27 and was bland. To top it all off the service was horrible. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Overpriced, Mediocre food, Bad Service

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FF is still putting out top notch seafood dishes served with an Asian flare after more than a decade. FF serves food late and you'll be hard pressed to find a better choice past 10pm in this town.

Menu changes daily to accentuate freshness. FF also serves a very decent steak as well as some incredible fried chicken if you are not in the mood for seafood.

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★★★★☆

FF is still putting out top notch seafood dishes served with an Asian flare after more than a decade. FF serves food late and you'll be hard pressed to find a better choice past 10pm in this town.

Menu changes daily to accentuate freshness. FF also serves a very decent steak as well as some incredible fried chicken if you are not in the mood for seafood.

Pros: serves late, fresh menu, fried chicken!

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This is one of the worst places to eat in Seattle. They have messed up my reservations twice without apology and acted as if they were doing us a favor to "try and get us in" when I am the one who is paying $250 for a meal. I had the Salmon and my guests from CT had the Tuna. Both dishes lacked flavor, I do not understand how you can mess up Salmon in Seattle. If you want trendy and seafood walk across the street to the Dahlia Lounge or Queen City Grill.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is one of the worst places to eat in Seattle. They have messed up my reservations twice without apology and acted as if they were doing us a favor to "try and get us in" when I am the one who is paying $250 for a meal. I had the Salmon and my guests from CT had the Tuna. Both dishes lacked flavor, I do not understand how you can mess up Salmon in Seattle. If you want trendy and seafood walk across the street to the Dahlia Lounge or Queen City Grill.

Cons: , Food, Hostess

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We were excited by the prospect of experiencing Flying Fish after hearing a positive review by a fellow passenger (native of Seattle) on our flight from NYC. The service was pleasant enough, as it tends to be in this rainy City. And we got a seat after 20 minutes wait, when told it was a 10 minute wait (no big surprise) on the Sunday before Memorial Day. But the food was just not up to snuff. The baby spinach salad my wife ordered consisted of overly mature spinach leaves. My lobster bisque was just too busy with too many flavors competing for my attention. Then my main dish, scallops with risotto, arrived. There were only three paltry scallops and the risotto tasted more like brown rice. The kitchen staff definitely needs to be upgraded. I was very disappointed at what turned out to be an expensive average meal.

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★★★☆☆

We were excited by the prospect of experiencing Flying Fish after hearing a positive review by a fellow passenger (native of Seattle) on our flight from NYC. The service was pleasant enough, as it tends to be in this rainy City. And we got a seat after 20 minutes wait, when told it was a 10 minute wait (no big surprise) on the Sunday before Memorial Day. But the food was just not up to snuff. The baby spinach salad my wife ordered consisted of overly mature spinach leaves. My lobster bisque was just too busy with too many flavors competing for my attention. Then my main dish, scallops with risotto, arrived. There were only three paltry scallops and the risotto tasted more like brown rice. The kitchen staff definitely needs to be upgraded. I was very disappointed at what turned out to be an expensive average meal.

Pros: Nice Staff, Pleasant atmosphere

Cons: , Expensive

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Chef-owner Christine Keff, one of Seattle's most down-to-earth chefs, opened Flying Fish in 1995 in Belltown. Her new space has the same energy (and high decibel level) as the original restaurant, but with a modern vibe upscale enough for…

 

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