Flying Fish - DC

Flying Fish - DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.flyingfishdc.com/
  • Phone: (703) 600-3474
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Flying Fish - DC
The new Flying Fish Restaurant of Old Town Alexandria presents it"s concept: "Restaurant as Art". The Flying Fish was decorated eighteen months before it's grand opening February of 2005. All of the dining surfaces and several murals in the restaurant were tastefully painted by local fine artists with impressions of sea life, and "Great Moments".
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Flying Fish - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (8)hot spot (8)special occasion (6)romantic (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • SUSHI
    healthypersonthatdrinks
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I can only comment on the sushi, since that is all I had (did not order from the main menu) and it was delicious! The way the restaurant is set up is a little odd, but they had a decent happy hour until 7pm on Saturday at that was an unexpected plus!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK+
    Esternshorman
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great sushi and main dishes but a bit slow. All in all a good choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    CSPANLaura
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a lovely date night here recently- great food and really great service. The decor is kindof weird, at least upstairs, but don't let that deter you from going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flying Fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This restaurant has become a favorite for my wife and me. We have tried many of the different sushi that is made. We've dined at FF once a month since last year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service, and Sushi
    scotslass
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service was exceptionally good. Very friendly. The restaurant felt busy without being too loud or crowded. The Sushi was excellent. The money roll was recommended by others - I also recommend. I also tried the crab roll which also was excellent. And the chicken sliders were fantastic. The bar downstairs was busy and a completely different fun vibe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    CC93
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Happy hour specials are a great deal! I'll be back multiple times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • will be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Te est Sushi in town . warm attentive service . Great variety of sushi.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi, Great price
    domoVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Flying Fish has sushi, nigiri, and sashimi platters. We had the sashimi chef's choice and the Firecracker Salmon roll, which was the perfect amount for two. The roll was one of the best I've had, so definitely try it out (salmon, fried sweet potatoes strings, plus more). I prefer the high-top tables next to the bar. You can see the sushi being made while still being waited on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    Cybizwife
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We found this restaurant using Open Table. It was a great find. Everything we ordered was very good. Hannah, our server, was excellent. She was friendly, conversant and knew the menu well. We will find our way back again on our next visit to Old Town Alexandria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi around
    Arielle
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have been here countless times with my boyfriend and have only ever eaten off the sushi menu, which is extensive and quite exotic. One of the things I love the most is that they make their own spicy tuna in house, meaning that they infuse the spices directly into the fish...no mayo necessary (which is a bonus for me because I love spicy and HATE mayo). The wait staff is really friendly but I must confess that we have had a number of occasions where service has been incredibly slow or mistakes have been made, despite having double checked before hand to confirm, but they always make it right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Returning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was excellent. It always has been. Usually, the service is great, too. Not this time. The short story is that the bill was incorrect and we were treated in a very condescending manner, culminating in a display of "eye rolling" on the part of our server. I'm not ever going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi was AMAZING!
    Luvlyph
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great sushi in Old Town. Drinks were great as was the service. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 221 reviews are from the Flying Fish - DC reviews archive.
  • Great Sushi!
    Juju
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    One of our fave neighborhood restaurants! Sushi fresh and expertly prepared plus small add'l food menu. Everything excellent here! Absolutely beautiful deco bar at which you can eat. Good drinks as well. Service friendly,helpful and prompt. This is a fairly small restaurant so not good for large groups--maybe 6-8 at most. Bar has high tables for two and we like eating there when there's just the two of us. We live close by and are fairly frequent diners there and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible!!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Dirty silver and napkins, switched food-ordered Brussels sprouts but got broccoli. Was told that was all kitchen had. Dining mate ordered sushi, non-spicy, but came spicy. Was told that was how chef makes it. Jambalaya was described as having sausage, but came without it. Waiter said kitchen didn't have any tonight. Martini glass was half full. Was told I could pay for a double if I wanted it full. That is how they pour. Would definitely not recommend restaurant. On a good note, waiter was pleasant but was overwhelmed by kitchen.
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  • Great for sushi
    Foodielover1614
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went there to try sushi for the first time and we weren't disappointed! Our waiter was extreamly helpful in explaining some of the rolls and what he would recommend for trying sushi for the first time. Food was excellent. We're definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We went to the Flying Fish - DC with some friends. This was our first visit. Our friends both had the Stuffed Jumbo Prawns. Overall the flavor was good but the jumbo prawns weren't much bigger than the shrimp on my wife's plate and the blue crab stuffing did have some lumps of crab in the breading. My wife had the Seafood Combo. It was very good with the exception that the half shell clams were "stuffed" with a bread mixture, which resulted in the clam itself being undercooked. I had the Escolar (first time). It was very good, though the flesh wasn't as firm as other tunas. Two complaints: the kitchen closed early without being announced, precluding ordering dessert, and the waitress didn't make decent recommendations for wine pairings.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flying Fish Grounded
    KeepItReal
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The FF had good food, and the waiter was ok except he should have brought the manager to our table after a long wait for the food. We had a toddler among the 5 of us. We had to ask for the appetizer and kids meal after a 20-min wait. No real meal for young toddlers. Repeated requests for meal brought answers only that the kitchen was busy, but the tables in our section were empty. We were fed up after the food arrived slightly more than an hour after we placed our order. The free wine with entree was terrible, and as was the recommended ale with one entree. The food was very good, jambalaya was spicy/tasty. The seafood entree of clams & mussels& more was good but lacked discernible taste of spices & portions were of good size. .
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  • Good but not great
    FabulousVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We ate at the sushi bar and the sushi chefs were very accommodating to special request. The fish was fresh, but the rolls were just ok, nothing great. I ordered yellow tail cheek, which was very good. I would have it again, but other than that we would probably go somewhere else. It was not bad, but nothing great either. We were pleased that they had Veuve Qlique by the bottle for reasonable restaurant price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice dining experience
    kkinva
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Two of us dined there on an early Saturday evening. There were few diners there yet, so it was quiet and service was fast, efficient, and cordial. We started with a speciality maki roll (tuna/lime/cilantro). We were split on how we liked it - the flavor combination was unique for sushi because of the lime/cilantro addition. I thought it was refreshing for a warm evening. I had mahi mahi N'orleans style and my companion had the seafood combo platter. The N'orleans sauce for the mahi mahi did not suggest N'orleans at all and overpowered any blackening of the fish. I did not enjoy my dish and would suggest getting the sauce on the side. The seafood combo platter was very tasty.
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  • Birthday Fit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Took my wife out for a semi casual dinner with three friends. We were happy with the overall experience. Our server was attentive and was interactive with the group.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flying High
    Marcel
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    High quality seafood expertly prepared and beautifully presented. Flying Fish has been consistent over the years and is on our must visit list whenever in the D.C. Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance let down, decent food
    Gcdc
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The bar looks like the best area in the restaurant, but the rest has a cafe feel... Tile floors, weird stucco yellow walls, odd layout, outdated booths, and cafe style tables (although with artwork on them- albeit odd artwork for a sushi restaurant - sports scenes). The food was decent, as well as the price, but we expected something fancier. We were also a bit frustrated when the only available time on open table was 6:30 and we had to change our babysitter (earlier than planned). Then saw many (most) tables were open throughout our dinner up to the time we left.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food, but kind of a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Decent food, but kind of a dive-bar atmosphere (but not in a good way). The food was OK - nothing wrong with the sushi, just nothing special. For the quality and atmosphere you got, it was overpriced.
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  • Not impressed
    Zinger
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food was subpar, ambiance was the same. Nothing special. Do not plan to go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly underrated!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I really like this place! The food is awesome to the say the least. I've been twice and both times were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute place, so-so food
    TrinityVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Went to Flying Fish with a group of 4. We all all ordered off of the entree menu, not the sushi menu. I was not impressed with the entrees, they lacked depth of flavor, but the fish was all very high quality. I have had sushi here before and it was good, so I recommend diners stick to sushi. Ambience and service were great and you get a free glass of wine or hot saki on Sunday nights!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flying fish
    luvher74
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This is a great cozy restaurant. Been here twice and have not been disappointed by the food. The noise level can be quite loud at times depending on the people you are sitting next to. Definitely tell the server to bring out the food as its ready, to keep from anything being cold. The karaoke is definitely fun, music lively, and if you are there to catch a game then there are enough tvs to go around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a great neighborhood
    yumcity
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    This is a great neighborhood restaurant, and they did well to cater to our large party of 10 that included 5 kids. The service was attentive, and the food-for the most part-was tasty. The only exception, in my opinion, was the fried calamari. It was, unfortunately, tasteless.; a bit of salt would've made the difference. Our table ordered from the sushi bar and the kitchen, and everything came out timely. We also ordered wine from their wine menu, which was a decent selection. Overall, a very good experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi!
    NapaloveswineVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    The Sushi was extremely fresh. The presentation was exceptional. Our server was extremely helpful and friendly
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Despite our reservation, they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Despite our reservation, they had to seat us in the bar area on a wobbly high-top table. Our servers were pleasant enough, but busy (we had more than one server). Our food was really mediocre. Although this place specializes in seafood, the best part of my meal was the veggies. The seafood was really bland. I wish I had ordered sushi. The folks sitting at the sushi bar looked to be getting the best plates in the house.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flying Fish
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Yikes. Like other less than mediocre restaurants, the food here has the classic "kids in the kitchen" quality to it---they use fresh ingredients but they're poorly cooked, poorly seasoned, etc. There's no way this place will survive another year.
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  • Fun seafood and sushi in Alexandria
    Run2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Tried the Flying Fish on a whim and found it to be an enjoyable experience for both food and atmosphere. The food was good - not the best mahi mahi I've ever had but tasty and a sizable portion to go along with crisp mixed vegetables done just right. The service was excellent too - our server was polite and prompt without being suffocating. There were a limited number of sushi specials which were also quite good. WE would consider returning next time we're in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but...
    Visitor
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    We were sat well to the back of the restaurant, perhaps because I had a young son. Still not a good first impression. The server was a bit over eager when looking to process our payment; perhaps her shift was ending. Otherwise, the sushi was excellent. Nice half price happy hour special on wine bottles.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take it or leave it
    Foodie5
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Service is good an staff are friendly. Restaurant is a bit outdated and not a warm feeling. Food is just ok. We had a moderate amount of different selections at our table of eight and no one was blown away with anything tasting great. Also if you have children in your party, you may want to pack them a meal or choose elsewhere because there is not a good selection for children.
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  • Mildly Disappointed with the sushi
    Chrissy
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    After living here for 3 months and hearing the recommendations for this restaurant, I finally checked it out and was extremely disappointed. I went with a group of friends and we ordered solely from the sushi list menu. The avocado tasted mushi, and in particular I would not recommend the Cherry Blossom Roll. I honestly think all of the sushi was less than enjoyable. If I go back again, I'll order from the main menu since what I saw being brought out looked pretty good, but otherwise, we either went at a bad time or in general the sushi is just not as good as expected.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They did not have any dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    They did not have any dishes with crab in it that night. We were informed after our order was placed. Service was slow.
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  • very good neighborhood restaurant
    drudolVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    this was one of the better meals i have had there...the mahi, mahi, enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't be going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    We first went to this restaurant about 5 yrs ago and loved it. Went back a few times, and each time it's gotten progressively worse. First - the best thing about it - the sushi is outstanding. Some of the best I've had in DC area. But the service was terrible; Waiter was distracted, often seemed to forget us. We waited more than an hour for our entree. Waited 20 mins for our drink orders. Was there 8p on a Sat nite, not crowded - no obvious reason for long delays. Main entrees were just average, nothing special or noteworthy. If you go - go for the sushi.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night Out
    Cookie
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    We enjoyed our dinner at Flying Fish Restaurant. We were seated promptly and our orders were taken in a timely manner. The food was good, with nice portions for the price. I wish we had not ordered the same entrée, so another trip will be necessary to try other dishes. Our server was knowledgeable about the dishes and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi
    VirginiaDiner
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Based on other positive reviews on Open Table, I suggested this to friend to celebrate her birthday. We were both pleased with this restaurant for its food and ambiance. The waiter told us that the restaurant was well known for its sushi. While I went that route, my friend went for the shrimp jambalaya entree and we were both very pleased with our meals. I had the zoom zoom rolls and the sashimi sampler. Both were very good, but I will be coming back for the zoom zoom rolls. They were delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate