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Flying Fish Grill

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Mission Street, Carmel, CA 93921
831 625 1962
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 357
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  • 89
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Asian Funsion and Seafood

Cute restaurant with a Japanese motif, underground on the west side of the Carmel Shopping Plaza. Good range of unique dishes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Cute restaurant with a Japanese motif, underground on the west side of the Carmel Shopping Plaza. Good range of unique dishes.

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We (2 couples) had a joint birthday dinner at Flying Fish Grill. The service was friendly and professional. The menu offerings were creative and tempting. The entrees delivered the flavors and quality as indicated on the menu. The presentation was exquisite. The various fish and shellfish entrees were the stars of the evening and enjoyed by all but I was... More 

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Naples, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

First of all, this place is a little hard to find until you start looking below sidewalk grade, it's a charming and intimate restaurant that, justifiably, has earned an exalted reputation for it's seafood, much of which is served with a unique Japanese touch. We had abalone and "yin-yan" salmon, both of which were absolutely outstanding, read their menu online... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This restaurant has really good reviews so we decided to have dinner here. The food was only OK, and my fiance suffered from a stomach ach afterwards.

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Lodi, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We have eaten here several times and have always enjoyed the somewhat rustic but sophisticated atmosphere and the creative meal offerings. However, our last two visits were disappointing. The problem was primarily caused by other diners and not with the restaurant itself (it is too late to change the physical structure). OUR WARNING: If your objective for the night is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We had an early dinner at this restaurant so it was not very busy yet. The server was just going through the motions but did his job. Calamari was very good. Wine server recommended was not so good. I had the Halibut which was very tasty and well prepared. The meal was fine but the server added nothing to the... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

my wife and i ate here after reading other tripadvisor reviews, and i have to say i am amazed this place is only ranked #3 in carmel. we both enjoyed not just some of the best fish we've ever eaten but one of the best meals - top 5, i'd say. had the california tower, the tune tartare, the cod... More 

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I often observe that the best Japanese restaurants in Japan are small so that they can focus on quality. Flying Fish Grill is an American version of that notion. It is not tiny but I think there are fewer than 15 tables in the whole place. It is cozy and charming. Located right in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The food... More 

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Madison, MS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Excellent little restaurant and very reasonable prices. Get the calamari and asian nacho's. I had the tuna, which was excellent.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This IS the best restaurant in Carmel. We've been here several years in a row and there are always tons of familiar faces working there. That usually says they treat people well. The food, service and atmosphere are so awesome and we talk about it all year long..GO HERE!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mission Street, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: 831 625 1962

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Seafood, Barbecue, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?