Flying Fish
Flying Fish

Flying Fish

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.flyingfishseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2067288595x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch
    Mon - Fri : 11:30am to 2:00pm

    Dinner
    Daily 5:00pm till Closing

    Happy Hour
    Daily 4:00pm to 6:00pm, 8:30pm to closing
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Princess Franada
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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 info@flyingfishseattle.com to inquire.
  • Private Party Facilities: Flying Fish private dining room can seat up to 40 people for lunch or dinner, and up to 70 reception style. The space is elegantly designed and decorated. You and your guests would experience our remarkable seafood and northwest cuisine while served by our exceptionally attentive and knowledgable staff.

    We currently offer three different dining options:

    _ plated 3-course menu
    _ buffet
    _ passed hors d’oeuvres

    Our restaurant is perfect for a variety of intimate gatherings, coporate and social events. Whether it’s a cocktail reception, business luncheon, rehearsal dinner or holiday party, our dedicated private dining team is on hand to assist in carefully planning your next event.
  • Private Party Contact: Godwin Moy (info@flyingfishseattle.com) 2067288595x
  • Special Events: $0.75 Oyster Frenzy Happy Hour 4:00 to 6:00pm and 8:30pm to closing, daily. 50% off Whole Fried Rockfish every Sunday. Both in bar area only.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thomas
  • 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.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in our building. The rates are variable during the day and just $5 after 4pm. 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.
A word from Flying Fish
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 Columbia River steelhead 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 Pacific Northwest wines and beers. So stop in today for an exquisite seafood dining experience!
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Flying Fish reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (18)good for groups (18)great for lunch (16)great for outdoor dining (13)romantic (11)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Service, what service?
    JAFF
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were entertaning out of town guests, it ws their first time to Seattle. We chose this restaurant because of the location near the hotel where our guests were staying. The server was very inattentive. Dirty dishes sat at the table long after the appetizers were finished. We waited for our meal for 40 minutes, waiter never came over to explain why. The waiter never asked how everything was. Water glasses remained empty. The food was good but seriously service makes the dinner and evening. the worst!
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  • Casual..laid back..friendly spot...
    stonefire
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nice ambience..interesting menu..great service..would return often..easy to get to from downtown!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for noisy kids
    Pompom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were visiting seattle from Chicago. This restaurant was highly recommended in several blogs. The food was just average and we were seated by a large group with noisy, obnoxious kids. They ruined th entire evening. He waiter never offered us another table or asked the kids and thir parents to ship up. DO NOT GO THERE FOR ANY SPECIAL OCCASION.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We expected more...
    spat
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    It was good but we expected it to be better. We all had different dishes and they were OK, but nothing special and a couple of us did not quite like their dishes that much. Dining room was nice. Host was very personable.
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  • Flying No Longer
    Lanecrest
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Not up to snuff - Far from it as a matter of fact. They do not have the subtleties of food preparation that the original owner had. The fish that I ordered was to come with miso and udon. Well it was floating in miso soup with wheat noodles. No udon an no miso paste as I had expected. The beet salad had in-editable stems in it - possibly from the arugala. I ate it. I did not complain at the table because that would have made my guests uncomfortable. I could have gotten as good or better in Chinatown for half the price. I have a history with Flying Fish over the years and I am afraid that it has just ended. Deserts were still really good but the one we all wanted was sold out.
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  • Large Group, Little Service
    BriBMGF
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We come to Flying Fish all the time for group business meetings and dinners and usually have a great experience. Unfortunately, our last visit was the opposite. Our server barely talked to our table, and he was never visible when he needed something (we were always asking other waiters, the hostess, bussers, etc. for things or for him). Our food came out improperly and at odd times where we found ourselves waiting long periods between meals. I'm not sure if he was too busy/there needed to be another server on or if he was just having an off night, but his attitude was poor and it was obvious across the entire table. We hope our next visit will be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We came to Seattle to explore for a few days and found Flying Fish. The fish tacos were insanely awesome!
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  • Overpriced good food
    jazz
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was very good, but chips and salsa pay extra, early in the evening the main special (6:00 PM) ran out, Bill was aprox. $100 for 2 that included one entree each, a few drinks. Not used to paying so much for quality Mexican fare.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely food
    Norah
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I brought first-time-to-Seattle friends here to represent how well we do food and restaurants. They loved the food and the restaurant. We had calamari first and I highly recommend it. Two of us had salmon and it was five star. The clams and linguine was also enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but pricey
    Labmom
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The meal was enjoyable, especially the seafood chowder and beet salad. The salmon was good, but tasted like it had been basted in butter or oil. Grilled perfectly, though. Fun cocktails and nice wines available by the glass. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • criticalVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Waiter was "as pretentious as they come" ... once he finally decided to wait on us ... the food was EXCELLENT ... great presentation ... prepared perfectly with great taste ... would have been one of best experiences if waiter could loose his attitude ...
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting neighborhood spot
    Texasmom43
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were recommended to try Flying Fish by a hotel employee. Its decor is very nice and and soothing inside. Since we don't get fresh seafood often, we wanted to try as many seafood places as possible. We were very disappointed that on Saturday evening, Flying Fish was completely out of crab for our 8:00 dinner. They had evidently had a busy lunch rush of crab. The fried fish in curry sauce appetizer wasvvery yummy!. The mussels were interesting but didn't have a lot of flavor. The salmon and the linguini with clams were decent. They were kind enough to substitute the clams with grilled shrimp for our daughter. She ate everything except the mushrooms! The wine list is limited but they have a full bar. Decent food and nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • terrific food and atmosphere
    Food4Life
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    A terrific menu of Pacific Northwest fish, a good variety of preparations. The restaurant did not have a vegetarian option for one of our guests and graciously created a delicious meal for her. Highly recommend this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen service horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I used to eat here a lot. Great chicken sandwich which they Changed. I don't like it now. The kitchen staff is chaotic and don't know what they are doing. Wait staff friendly and at the mercy of the kitchen. Burger medium was well done. Sorry to say but I've been my last time for lunch.
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  • Good Food Good Service
    preservedmoose
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I went for dinner. Food was great and very personable service. Mixed drinks did not skimp on alcohol. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just another $$$ seafood place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I have not been to Flying Fish since the move into new location. The new building sign is non-discript just like everything else. Character, value, feeling lost when moved to fancy building.
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  • Good Food, Under Staffed
    dksj4
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Had dinner reservations for four, and we were welcomed by a polite and attentive staff. We brought a bottle of wine and were looking to buy another and were offered a great wine not on the menu. The food overall was good. The salmon and swordfish were fantastic, but the fish tacos were a little too spicy. Staffing seemed to be a bit light, as the service was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful wonderful
    lcucinella1949
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    From holding our reservation for two extra hours to the ambiance to the delightful service absolutely terrific the food was beyond wonderful the Calamari was outstanding and every dish we ordered was a work of art and most importantly tasted amazing. This is a restaurant not to be missed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seattlecat
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Albacore tuna with risotto was superb. Tuna was very fresh and seasoned perfectly. Risotto was creamy and had lovely bits of mushroom and edamame. Looking forward to going back for more soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Seafood
    Liketodine
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We had a variety of seafood appetizers and entrees. All were very good. Service was very slow. Our server was great when he was there. It seemed obvious that he was working very hard so I wonder if they were short staffed. The slow service did detract from the overall experience.
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  • nice sunny day on the patio
    seattlecamper
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We really enjoyed coming to Flying Fish. Our server was attentive but not overly in our face. He kept up with our water, beer, and food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious!
    seattlefoodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It had been a while since we had been to the Flying Fish but it did not disappoint. The new location is beautiful and the food was amazing as always. We had a group of six and all of us ordered different dishes and shared bites - I can't tell you what was the best as they were all amazing!!! The Flying Fish is wonderful and it will definitely be back on our hot list for great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early reservation was unnecessary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a party of 5. We began with clams, calamari, and oysters. All were fantastic, great flavors and good presentation. Entree's were all flavorful and well prepared. My only qualm was the only reservation we were able to get was a 5:45 for Saturday night. We arrived to a completely empty restaurant and the only tables sat through our dinner were walk ins with no reservation. We were there until 7:30...still empty. We were sat at a table directly behind the hostess stand...not ideal for a reservation and empty restaurant. Server was distracted, especially for having no other tables.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good...
    Hungry
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food was very good. Four of us met for lunch. We all drove in separately from other areas in the city, which proved to be the biggest detractor. Parking during the day in Amazon land is horrific. I understand that in the evening when all the Amazonians have fled, parking is easier and cheaper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is always good here.
    Francesca
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our server was friendly, but she didn't really "get" the timing of our meal. I found her intrusive and pushy with regard to drinks, but then she failed to clear the salad plates before our entrees were delivered by another server. The result was an awkward shuffle that had him trying to balance cleared plates and new servings on both arms, and when he put some of them down on the empty table next to ours, the host picked that precise moment to bring a new party to that table, so he had to reverse the process and stand there with everything until our server noticed the problem and came back to our table. I thought she also lacked much of a repertoire in answering questions about wine beyond "that's dry" or "that's more sweet".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 703 reviews are from the Flying Fish reviews archive.
  • Better in old location
    SushimanVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We used to frequent this spot before they moved. It's terrible now. Food was overcooked, service was slow, menu was 'normal'. Was much better everything when it was in Belltown. Not sure what happened.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Ruined Mother's Day….Brunch
    Los1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to brunch on Mother's day expecting a great meal. The restaurant was half full to our surprise. After ten minutes of waiting, I had to get up and ask the host if we had a waiter assigned to our table. We had to beg our waitress for bread, then didn't see her again for almost 20 minutes when our food was served. Another competent waiter who seemed to be handling several large parties thankfully filled our water glasses after we asked. She then brought our apps out, then 2 mins later brought our main course…too bad it would be cold by the time we could start eating it. Part of the order wasn't right and instead of bringing a new one, they simply brought a side. Tried to talk to someone, but NO manager working. Won't be back!
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  • Awesome
    DscovkiVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food is really good, the drinks made by the bartender, the best. Very attentive wait staff, but not annoyingly so. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Flying Fish was Jumping
    fishmonger
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great place for large groups, but also very nice for small date might. Food was best I had while in Seattle visiting sister. Shared the Rockfish appetizer and had the chicken as main course. Everything complimented each other very well.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good by not great
    janehVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Enjoyed the salmon, but prefer other options in seattle
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Flying Fish...
    j1hall2
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    It was okay. I met my daughter for dinner, Open Table indicated the restaurant was "South Lake Union", I made the reservation expecting to be on the water...not, that's my bad. Server didn't know the menu, when we asked questions she replied; "Uhm, Uhm, let me find out". We struggled to get her attention for minutes as she was walking from point to point. Other servers just walked by...It was a Tuesday and not that busy.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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  • Sunday dinning
    Tony
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We attanded this restraurant on a Sunday evening which was a lot less busy than our normal Saturday. All four of the dinners found the food to be of good quality and the service very friendly and attentive. The wine list is rather limited but adequate. All in all a good but not great restaurant in an up and comming area of Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Find
    roxane
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I found Flying Fish by googling "Best seafood in Seattle". It was great. We enjoyed the happy hour (raw oysters @ $1 each, soft shelled crabs and calamari). The margarita and martini were perfect. Dinner was the Bouilibase (sp) and it was just so-so. The squid ink was not tasty or attractive. A traditional tomato base would be better. The whole fried Rockfish, however was amazing. I turned into a raging beast eating the bones and sucking on what I couldn't swallow. Good thing we didn't know anyone there - could be embarrassing. Walked away happy. We will return the next time we visit your town.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My first time to this restaurant. Lots of fish selections to tempt the tastebuds and a couple good non-fish items for those in the group. I thought my salmon was cooked perfectly and the meal, in-general, was outstanding. Nice wine selection. The service was great as well. I did think the pricing was a bit high for the portion size however. I realize there is a bit of artistry in plating but I'd have preferred a few more potatoes and asparagus with the entre, especially since salads were ala carte.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great food, spectacular service!
    RadMan
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Our server gave great advice and was very entertaining in a very professional manner. Swordfish was spectacular!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Fish Tacos
    live2eat
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The fish tacos arrive on a large plate with perfectly grilled and spiced pieces of salmon, black cod and halibut, handmade corn tortillas, fresh guac, marinated jicama, and some delicious bean condition. My dining partner and I both ordered smalls and were stuffed. I am glad I didn't order a large because I would have eaten like a goldfish. The host and waiter were both very friendly and attentive. I will definitely go back to try some of their other offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok but expensive
    Ranfoodie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The service was good. The $12 glass of wine, not very good. The $28 small piece of halibut was dry. The $12 Caesar salad was bitter. I eat out a lot and love food and love to cook. I do not understand why fish has to be dry and so expensive. The wine I ordered cost around $12 a bottle, do they really expect to sell it for $48 (4 glasses from a bottle) and think that is fair. Usually it is twice what it is retail and I get that, but this is ridiculous. And, no I did not complain because I was with friends and did not want to make a scene. Sad that more people, including me, don't complain. I guess we do because we don't go back.
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  • Great Crab
    Phoenix
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We have been to Flying Fish a few times now and always get the salt and peppered wok fired crab. It Is absolutely delicious (and fun to eat). We also had the crispy calamari this time which was wonderful with very tasty dipping sauces. This was our anniversary dinner for which we took the train from Portland to have. Well worth it! We will return and always tell our friends they have to go.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Seafood Selection
    Miss
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    This was a recommend by a friend. Gave it a try with out of town guests. The food was unique with fabulous blends coming together. Appreciated the different seafood offerings, not the typical northwest fair. Our server was very sweet but a bit over attentive to the point of disruptive, but not to the point of spoiling the evening. Easy $4 parking right across the street. Truthfully, I look forward to going again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We had a great dinner, with excellent service and great food. The mahi mahi was wonderful. The only downside....my dining companions didn't like the lemon and lavender creme brulee. Otherwise, the dinner was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet