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“We ate here twice in two days!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Coastal Flats

Coastal Flats
11901 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22030
15715226300
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Ranked #2 of 337 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Houston, Texas
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261 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“We ate here twice in two days!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

This establishment, along with its sister establishments, was a hit for us. From the wine and beer selections, to the fresh seafood and interesting side dishes - all worked for us!

Local brews we found to be very good...

We had a dinner here after trying one of their sister restaurants, and it was suggested by our friends to try Coastal Flats. They suggested the "call ahead seating" which is something like a reservation - but not really. You get "shortlisted" so when you show up, you sort of go to the head of the line for your group size. Something like that...

We found the selection on the menu, plus the evening specials to give us more choices than we could possibly imagine! I love halibut, and do not get it where we live very often - mine was excellent - well prepared - NOT dry (as I have had elsewhere when not cooked well) - this at Coastal Flats was succulent. Their sides were marvelous and plentiful.

The "short-smoked" salmon is really amazing - my husband had this and I tasted it! Imagine smoked salmon that is not cooked to death!

Everything is fresh - not something from a "food service vendor, cooked from frozen" - the breads are prepared within their family of food establishments, even! The rolls were interesting yeasty bits of heaven! Oink Oink!

The lunch time visit, my husband had a soft-shell crab sandwich and I had the tuna salad - both were amazing!

We shared dessert - key lime something pie - and it was rich and just right to share...

We recommend this place - along with its sister-establishments as a good quality, well run, great value in this area!

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Fort Myers, FL
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3 reviews
“Had a great Valentine's dinner with Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

On a very busy day for eating out, Valentine's Day, we had great food and a nice atomsphere. I had great fish and the other 3 adults loved their dinner also.

Visited February 2013
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Florida
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“a consistent delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Coastal Flats and her sister restaurant, Carlyle (in Shirlington), are a consistent and delightful provider of both comfort foods and high-end gourmet master pieces worthy of much higher price tags.

Coastal Flats' offerings routinely trump more expensive locales. Their Drunken Ribeye rivals any steak by Ruth's Chris or Morton's.

Service is thoughtful and efficient, and the atmosphere is usually lively. Prices aren't unreasonable either.

Always worthy of a stop while in northern VA.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Jacksonville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“noisy but good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We enjoyed this restaurant during our son's college graduation weekend. It's a popular place that doesn't take reservations; although, we never had to wait long to be seated even with a large party. I went there twice on the same day, once for lunch with my son and later that night with our whole group. It's a little pricey but worth it when you're celebrating.

  • Visited May 2013
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Washington, DC
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“Cut above.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

Deviled eggs are just like the ones the girl next store makes for a picnic. What's not to like?

Drinks and apps were fine, and artistically presented. Main course was even more so.

Restaurant has done well on multiple visits. Not specific to this restaurant, but a suggestion about Fairfax Corners. It is jammed on weekends, so weekdays are a best bet for top service.

  • Visited May 2013
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