The Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.1
271 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Located on the Kemah Boardwalk®, The Flying Dutchman® serves legendary seafood on the waterfront. As one of the best seafood restaurants in Kemah, our fresh selections have delighted guests on the boardwalk for decades. We offer a variety of fresh seafood dishes from live seasonal crawfish to Louisiana Cajun gumbo and much more! Located directly on Texas’ Gulf coast, the waterfront views are enough to bring you in. So come on in and enjoy our Texas-hospitality and fresh seafood.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 271 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.2
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GisselaR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, Rob is great! Good group of people.

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MarieY
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We were seated outside by a big table with kids whose parents thought it was ok to let them run around & swing on ropes. Our waiter forgot our wine, & water. We got a new waiter when manager noticed. So it got better. Mike was attentive! Thank goodness. I’d love to go back. I felt safe there with social distancing. Beautiful place. Non Covid it would’ve been packed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We shared in the ambiance of the flying dutchman and crew. The wait staff was great. Although they did not have a hostess, we didn't have to wait long to be seated. The Shrimp fettuccini was delicious, while the Seafood platter was bland, the stuffed shrimp was spoiled and the fried oysters were over cooked.

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vipRandyB
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was pretty good but not great. Service and atmosphere was very good, but the prices are too high. The fried shrimp was mediocre.

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Cheyne
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great and the server was attentive.

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ServandoM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The service was good not great, the experience can improve .

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We ate during the day one Saturday. The staff were friendly and polite, the food was good. The venue was almost empty but it is nicely decorated in an oldy world way.

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TondraM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. The drinks are very lite on the alcohol but as the driver I didn't mind otherwise I would skip all signature drinks and order shots or something on the rocks. The patio was well spaced out. The food was seasoned very well and the service was very good.

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MilaN
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience2

The staff were friendly and the view was great. They were practicing social distancing but for the price of the food it was not as tasty as I had hoped.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places

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viptthdfn4
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My bro and I had a great time at TFD. Despite a rain shower it let up enough for us to sit outside on the boardwalk patio. Brook was very good. She helped us wipe dry the seats and table. She was very attentive and friendly. The drinks and food were tremendous. Bro and I had a great time catching up on the last few weeks.

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SeemaK
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First, there was a fly in my drink - not a gnat but a huge disgusting trash fly. When we spoke to the manager, he brushed it off like it was nothing. Second, the server refused to wear a mask. Third, the food was disgusting. Management was unapologetic and didn’t care about the bad service, cleanliness, or Food. We will never go back to that restaurant again.

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ballpin
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were about the only ones in the restaurant that day for lunch. Food and service was pretty good, but what struck me was how dirty the place was, especially the floors, given how light the business was.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly waitress and go to place for good seafood in Kemah

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed

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ChenyriaD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The service was horrible made reservations for 715 didn’t get seanting until after 730 minutes the waitress seemed drunk the margarita was horrible never going back

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vipKevinT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

If your old school and want the original Flying Dutchman, this is not that. This is a Landry's and it shows. Our waiter was horrific. Never listened. Was too rushed. Slightly rude in my opinion.
Food was good but the signature coleslaw with shrimp from the real old days is not whats on the menu. So sad.
the clientele is mixed. Well dressed to down right filthy attire. Anything goes here.
Loud boats driving by and people walking the boardwalk. Nothing wrong with any of it but be aware.

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TinaG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Food was not worth the price. The drinks were good. The restaurant could have been cleaner. We were seated at a table that had food on floor underneath. Our waiter did a good job though.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The catfish ok boy was amazing just light enough to not over fill u! The kids plates are very good sized. And the banana daquari was so good it taste like a banana split with rum! 😍 definitely will go again

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MaxS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed at 8 pm. The website was wrong. There was no signage anywhere saying so. Yet it was long closed when we got there.

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vipWhitneyZ
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was phenomenal, although it was past closing time, she was still very attentive while also tending to other tables and closing down the patio area.

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MelissaH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing but the restaurant was hot. We also had to ask our server to order and our drinks were never refilled.

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CristinaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu was limited due to Corona and although the server wanted to accommodate us as best as we could, the food was not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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itsmeteresa
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We sat outside on the deck. The atmosphere was great. Service was slow but okay. Food is okay and really does not taste "fresh". I only go here for the Atmosphere. Will go back for a glass of wine and maybe an appetizer to just sit by the water.

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WadeS
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was hot in the restaurant, but we were seated by a window so maybe that was the reason. The calamari was a little tough and chewy, but the rest of our food was very good. Our server was excellent and very attentive. Overall a good experience.

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Lgir
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been there once before on a morning and had enjoyed the small crowd especially with us having a toddler. The entire staff is always very nice and ready to help I look forward to going back again.

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor dining patio on the boardwalk. Watch boats pass as you eat and drink. Great ambience! Great location for a date night!

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ColleenC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I wish I could give the Flying Dutchman “0” stars, but it was not an option. I made reservations & was seated fairly quickly, we were given menus & that is where the service stopped. After 10 mins 2 other tables near us were seated, 3 mins they had drinks & one of the tables had placed their order. We were still waiting for someone to take a drink order. Due to COVID 19 there were a lot of empty tables. After almost 20 mins we left with no service. We went next door to Bubba Gumps-had to wait for a table since we didn’t have reservations, but having reservations at the Flying Dutchman didn’t make up for the nonexistent service.

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BRUCED
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had reservations for 10 and was seated quickly. The appetizer(gumbo) is maybe the best in the area. The Ultimate Seafood Platter was great, except for the breading on the fish which was good, but not the best(probably just cornmeal would be better). The server was outstanding and was very attentive and helpful. Having dined here for many years, I find that the service and food is always "top of the line". I recommend the Flying Dutchman over most restaurants in the area.

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Calismith
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Once you’ve had Pappadeauxs; it’s hard to meet its match. For the price it should be better. The ambience and location is ideal.

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Ronjamb99
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and we will definitely go back to enjoy again.

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PaulaR
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We drove all the way to Kemah to eat at the Flying Dutchman after viewing the online menu. When we arrived And saw the menu, the items we wanted were not available. They said the menu online is outdated and wrong and has been that way for a long time. Very disappointing! Slow service, salad without dressing, overcooked fish. Never going back

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viptthdfn4
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Longer wait than usual. Ordered drink at inside bar but unneccsarily waited on bartender finishing a drink before being acknowledged. No one attending outside bar. No one served me at my outside table while I had my only drink.

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Kelly
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was a little slow given occupancy limitations. Food was good. Always a good view. Loved that though we were eating indoors they opened the shades so we could enjoy sunset.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very delightful day. We sat outside and it was well worth it. Service was great, food and beverages were up to our expectations. Knowing it’s a Landry’s chain brought us here. FIVE STARS

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I made reservation and requested outdoor seating. Checked in 1 hour before to confirm outdoor seating. When our party arrived at reservation time they had no outdoor seating available. Our 88 year old Dad/Paw Paw was very upset because all he wantwd was to finally be able to sit outside and watch the boats. No attempt was made to accomodate us .. they told us the table they sat us at was all they had. We would have waited but they did not seem willing to do this.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was GREAT❣️

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vipJanetteH
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The fish was not fresh and we became sick immediately after leaving. Only 1 waitress for all of the outside tables, she was overwhelmed and the management didn't want to help her, instead they stood around.

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MindyS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing..... loved the view from our table!!!!!

FAQs

The Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 334-7575.

The Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 271 OpenTable diners.

The Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.