300 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Fax: (206) 728-1551
Flying Fish Seattle
Flying Fish Restaurant
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Burgers, Asian, Family Style, American, Hot Dogs, Seafood, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Bar & Grills
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04/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
... 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 :(
12/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
10/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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!
12/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
06/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
06/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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!
04/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
03/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
03/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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...
03/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
02/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
12/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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!
09/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
09/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
08/31/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.