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Review of Flying Fish Cafe - CLOSED

Flying Fish Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $35
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Located at Milepost 9.75 in Kill Devil Hills on Route 158 (Bypass)
Reviewed September 17, 2012

As other reviewers have stated, the food is excellent and offers many interesting unique dishes. The ambiance is perfect - not nearly as noisy as the industrial warehouse trend that seems to be popular, but not so quiet as to make you whisper to your tablemates. It is not a big restaurant, so it has that more intimate cozy feel but not cramped. The wait staff was very knowledgeable about all of the menu listings (almost half of which are daily specials!), and the staff was also very accommodating to people's requests.

We loved the food so much that we went back again before our week-long trip was up. We had two different specials of sea bass with risotto, and both were creamy and delicious. The chicken and orzo soup was absolutely delectable and could have been a meal in itself. All of the fish dishes were spectacular. The rum cake dessert is quite yummy and big enough for 4. The prices are higher than average but certainly not a rip-off considering the quality of the food you are getting.

We visited in September, so reservations were not absolutely necessary. However, considering the size of the restaurant and the high quality meals, I would definitely make reservations during peak season.

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Thank rmkst16
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We went here based on other reviews. The food was excellent. Some of us chose from the daily specials and others from the regular menu. All choices were good. The service was friendly. We liked the fact that this is a small, cozy place and even when full, you could easily carry on a conversation. This is a nice change from so many restaurants that reach a loud din as the evening wears on.

Thank Ladira
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Began with the Calamari and a bottle of Columbia Crest Sonoma La Crema. Both were exceptional! Had the Sea Bass and Mahi Mahi. Could not have been better! Relaxed atmosphere....great food!

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Thank SunsetTanzLovr
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

We've been going to the Outer Banks for more than ten years and every year we return to the Flying Fish, often twice in our annual week. We were eager to try it this year but concerned because George, the original owner, had sold it. We needn't have worried. Bob and Tiffany Sharkey, the new owners, have kept the staff, including the meticulous and creative kitchen team.

The quality we expect hasn't suffered a bit. If anything, the Sharkeys have encouraged the chef to spread his wings wider. The dishes seem even more inventive and consistently successful. My wife always gets the superb crab cakes; they're tops again. Their way with the (always fresh, usually local) fish is consistently excellent. The beef is the finest we've had in some time.

The wine list remains surprisingly broad, deep and tempting for such a small restaurant. All in all, if you're at the beach and love really good food, don't miss the Flying Fish.

It's small and intimate, so reservations are in order during the season.

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1  Thank RoJim
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

The seafood at this restaurant was quite good. Their signature beef entree looked appetizing but we were at OBX for seafood. Cioppino (Italian fish stew) had generous portions of fish. We had the two crabcake dinner (took one home) and shared a spinach salad. Wine list was reasonable. Worth a return visit.

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Thank 500Bill
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