Flying Fish

4.2
1102 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
We at Flying Fish take pride in being a Seattle landmark for seafood dining. From our renowned salt + pepper dungeness crab to the most stunning fresh oysters, wild Pacific Northwest salmon and exotic fish from Hawaii, we keep our menu inspired with exciting seasonal selections. Each plate is artfully prepared, and served by our dedicated servers. It is also our pleasure to offer a tasteful selection of local wines and beers. So stop in today for an exquisite seafood dining experience!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Regional American (Northwest)
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Hours of Operation

Lunch
Mon - Fri : 11:30am to 3:00pm

Dinner
Daily 5:00pm till Closing

Happy Hour
Daily 3:00pm to 6:00pm, 8:30pm to closing
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Phone number
(206) 728-8595
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Princess Franada
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Private Party Facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family + friends or hosting a corporate outing, Flying Fish can accommodate all your special event needs.
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Private Party Contact
Events Manager: (206) 728-8595
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Catering
Flying Fish catering can provide service to off-premise banquet facilities, corporate locations and other local special events upon request. Please call 206-728-8595 or email us at events@flyingfishseattle.com to inquire.
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Cross Street
Thomas
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Parking Details
Parking is available in our building. The rates are variable during the day and just $2.00 (flat rate) after 5pm. To use the garage enter the alley between Westlake and Terry from Harrison. Our garage entrance is immediately on your right as you enter the alley.
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Public Transit
The South Lake Union Street Car runs every 15 minutes, 6am to 9pm Sunday thru Thursday, and 6am to 11pm Friday and Saturday.
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Special Events & Promotions
$1 Oyster Happy Hour 3:00 to 6:00pm and 8:30pm to closing, daily. Bar area only.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1102 People Are Saying
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4.1
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Very pleasantly surprised at an excellent experience- my colleague and I were looking for a light dinner within walking distance from our hotel. Would definitely return and highly recommend.

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1.0Dined on 4 August 2018

This was one of the worst dining experience that I have had for a long time. The food was mostly from inedible to lousy. The service was poor. The follow up by those alleged with responsibility to do something was awful. When asked by the hostess if we would return and give them another chance; my answer was never.

I have been going to Flying Fish for years and always enjoyed a meal there. How could they have let things slip so much? Our Caesar Salad was drowned in dressing and inedible. My wife's fish chowder was tasteless and was replace by skewered shrimp that were overcooked. My King Salmon was overcooked and dry. We were with another couple from the East Coast and were offered a complimentary dessert, which took 1/2 hour to arrive at the table. We could not get anyone's attention in order to receive our bill and when it came they charged for the chowder and the shrimp, which was adjusted upon pointing it out to the person who came to the table. It took forever to check back in order to pay, since I could not get out of there fast enough. It seemed like our server had given up on us and never came back.

What a huge disappointment. Flying Fish should close and morph itself into a decent restaurant since it's current condition is unacceptable.

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1.0Dined on 2 August 2018

People the food is good, but I rated it low hoping to get your attention.

THEY DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS. ................

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1.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Really bad. This place has tanked. Our service was atrocious. It took 15 min just to order drinks then in the middle of ordering dinner the server simply walked away and started watching the soccer match playing up at the bar. After they finally took our order it took another 45 minutes to get our food. They screwed up the orders and 3 out of 4 fish plates were completely over cooked. My seared Tuna dish was completely cooked through and so dry it was almost not edible. I finished less than half my plate. The icing on the cake was the mandatory 20% tip they stuck on the bill for the horrible service. No wonder he didn’t work our table better. He already knew he was getting paid. Had I had more backbone, I would have made them remove the tip. It will be a cold before I ever go back. Sad.

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Nice place with good food. Excellent service. We had oysters during Happy Hour which was nice and not too pricey. Rest of the meal was pleasant as well.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Very good fish selection; well prepared. Good service and well enjoyed dinner.

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2.0Dined on 20 July 2018

I was surprised that Sunset Magazine recommended this place.It feels very much like a chain with no heart. The food wasn’t terrible but the whole package was “Meh.”

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4.0Dined on 16 July 2018

The waiter did not seem to be all there for our table or the table behind us. We ordered quite a bit of food that he chose to not write down but luckily, he chose to repeat it back before realizing he forgot about two plates.
It was an all right dinner and ambience, but I would not go back for another special occasion.

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4.0Dined on 16 July 2018

Came for happy hour with my husband and toddler. We ordered 3 dozen oysters and popcorn chicken. Everything was delish! Our server was attentive and kind, esp to my fussy toddler! Food came our quickly.

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4.0Dined on 15 July 2018

We went for their happy hour and got oysters and scallops. The fact that they had scallops was what made them stand out from all other happy hours. We were just in town visiting so we were on the happy hour oysters hunt. However we had to try their signature black pepper crab. It was delicious but too salty. The pickled daikon and carrots that came with it was drenched in lime juice and salt instead of the typical brine. Everything was still good. Not sure I would go back unless the flavors are more consistent. We can see that everyone (waiters and managers) were trying hard to give us good service and always checking in with us.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Happy hour was a really pleasant surprise. We had oysters, mussels and scallops on the half shell. Poke on crisp wafers with a delicious seasoning. The grilled calamari was well seasoned but a bit greasy. Good beer and generous amount of gin with the tonic. Great service - friendly, professional and attentive. We ate outside and it was lovely.

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3.0Dined on 12 July 2018

ONLY EAT HERE IF YOU HAVE 2 HRS OR MORE. Food is good but service is horrible. They definitely need help that work. 2 guys waited on all tables, several stood around.

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4.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Happy hour deal is great! Other menu is also no disappointment.

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3.0Dined on 9 July 2018

Interior reminds me of a hotel lobby. The elevator music in the background was kind of lame. So overall the ambience took away from the evening although the food was good.

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5.0Dined on 9 July 2018

We love flying fish and cannot wait for the return of the Seafood PotPie... it is the best !!!
We come often enough that sometimes on a slow night they will add the pastry to the chowder and oh, how happy that makes us.
We are within walking distance and how fortunate we are.
Your team is the BEST.
Barbara Huenink

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3.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Server was a little unusual.

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4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Food and decor where awesome. My family enjoyed everything we ordered. The cod, king salmon, and halibut where amazing. However, It was rather obvious the restaurant was understaffed and waiters where doing their best under the conditions, but there were multiple mistakes. Management should do better for their staff members.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Always enjoy Flying Fish. Had the shrimp curry soup which I remembered as being delicious - a little too spicy for me this time, but my tolerance for spice has lessened. Love the wooden booths and generally Japanese feel to the place. Our waiter, Tony, was excellent.

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5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

Very good food.

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5.0Dined on 18 June 2018

Very nice ambience, good service and excellent seafood choices. The smoked black cod is possibly the best I've ever had in a restaurant.
Prices are reasonable and the almost all-day Sunday happy-"hour" is a bonus.

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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

The two of us consumed five appetizers. Four were excellent. The one with shrimp on the stick was not very good. Shrimp not too tasteful, and the cucumber relish underneath was limp, the sauce not very good.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

We had a fantastic time a recommend the whole rockfish it is a fun experience.

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3.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Food was ok but pricey for what we had. Could be Seattle prices are high.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Excellent food...black cod and salmon. Great service and very pleasant environment!

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

College graduation.

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4.0Dined on 6 June 2018

Excellent Happy Hour with lots of drink and food options. Highly recommend the scallops!

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

very good food, lively atmosphere and a creative menu.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

I hate to admit it but we hadn’t dined at flying fish since it moved to west lake from ball town.
We will definitely be back. The menu is extensive without overwhelming. Everything we ordered was delicious, especially the mussels with curry coconut broth.
Our waiter(a grad of the Berkeley music drool in Boston) was superb.
Highly recommend flying fish

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2.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Service: waited for our wine for more than 20 minutes; the waiter said the oyster happy hour was over when there were still 8 minutes till 6.
Food: just OK.
Ambiance: outdoor was very noisy because of the construction around (not the restaurant's fault of course).

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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

We ordered the calamari appetizer and it was so tough and overly chewy.....disappointed. Our salmon entrees were good. Big party going on so short on servers but all staff pitched in to help including bartender and host.

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

I took my uncle (from a landlocked flyover state) to this restaurant for dinner on a whim, as we've been to Ivars the last few times he visited and I needed a new seafood haunt.

The Flying Fish was delightful. I had the Halibut, which had a perfectly crusted outer layers and a delectably soft and flaky inside. My uncle tried seared tuna for the first time and also loved it. I tried a bite and the peppercorn crust was excellent and complemented by the wasabi that was also in the dish.

Finally, this review wouldn't be complete without mention of the drinks. We arrived in the last 30 minutes of happy hour and I had a Pomegranate-Raspberry Martini that was INCREDIBLE. Then I had another. I probably would have had three (impressive especially as I usually have just one drink) except that I was taking my bicycle back to the ferry to get home!

My uncle had a bourbon drink that he also raved about.

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

We had the seafood pot pie...it was delicious! We also had the 2 piece fish & chips and salmon rangoon. Both were also good.

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Our “go to” restaurant when we have a larger group. They are always accommodating and friendly. The food has never disappointed.

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1.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Service was very slow and we saw two cockroaches which made us lose our appetite. I wouldn’t go back.

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4.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Since Flying Fish opened in it's original location it has consistently been first rate in every way. Add to that a waiter like Fernando and you've got a home run. He is one of the best in the city. Always a good time with good food and good service.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Shasta the bartender/server was fantastic.

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2.0Dined on 1 April 2018

This is not the Flying Fish of old. The food was fair, but the service was lousy. I guess it is the new owners as we have not been there since it changed hands. There were two of us who have had great dinners there since it first opened in Belltown and after it moved to the Westlake location. But this was a disappointment. Wine list was unimpressive.

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3.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Presentation, top notch. I had the fried rockfish and way it left the fryer one would mistake it for an active fish if it weren’t for the fact that it was covered in a perfectly browned crust. Cooked to perfection, the fish held together just right, not overdone nor soggy. I had sitting in front of me the most playfully interesting fried fish, and without any wait. The powerful look of the plate was matched by its flavors; unfortunately, not in a good way as the flavors lacked balance. The crust of the fish was slightly too peppery which took away from the succulents beneath it. In addition, the accompanying mango anchovy sauce was an unpleasant mix of two ingredients I typically enjoy. On the other side of the table, my date had the fettuccine with Manila clams. Again, the clams were cooked just right, but the sauce’s onions were just too much and masked much of the flavor of the clams.

Nevertheless, the outing was nice. The place wasn’t overly packed and the waitstaff was attentive. I would perhaps come back if it weren’t for the many new places I need to try out since I am new to the city.

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2.0Dined on 25 March 2018

We brought out out of town guest here b/c she loves fish. They must have put their new waiter and new cook on for Saturday night (quiet around lake union on the weekends). Waiter said the salmon was king. No - coho. Other two fish dishes completely over cooked - dry, chewy. Sent them both back. Came back perfectly done, however. But... it was the second try. They gave us free bottle of wine and free salmon for our troubles. Nice gesture. But since when does a fish restaurant not know how to cook fish?

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3.0Dined on 14 March 2018

Just lacks uniqueness. Food is ok but not great. Same as last time that I was there. Not returning.

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