Kemah >Food & Dining > Flying Dutchman Rstrnt-Oyster
9 Kemah Waterfront St, Kemah, TX | Directions 7756529.547751 -95.019710
Ghastly experience! – I was alone and ate at the bar. Probably the worst seat in the house. The waiters were coming up to get their drinks and some were standing around doing nothing. They were talking like sailors and one heavy set black waitress was talking about her love life and almost getting arrested because the police had stopped her and she had drugs on her, but luckiely the police didn't search her,...then another waitress was talking about being hung-over ... Not anything I really wanted to hear while eating my dinner. The food was "bland". Seriously, shrimp at Popeye's is better.
Miss the old Dutchman... – At one time the Flying Dutchman was a fine dining restaurant. Now, it is an upscale Joe's Crab Shack. The food at Joe's is better. I have been stewing on this for a week. I didn't want to write the review while I was still angry. Unfortunately, I am still angry so,.....It was bad from the moment we walked in. The wait was about an hour. I can forgive that, it was a really busy weekend. I can't forgive poor and rude service. Yes, again, I really miss the old upstairs part of the Dutchman, which is now Red Sushi. Kyle our bartender was uncaring....yes, the kid was busy, but you are still required to do your job whether there is one guest or 100. He didn't want to be there and it showed. Then we got a table. Tonika, our waitress, was....."gruff".....her attitude, waitress skills, personality, would be ok at a Denny's, but not at a $50 a per person restaurant. Then the food finally arrived. I got the fried captain's platter. It was undercooked. You don't under cook seafood. .....I really miss the old Flying Dutchman were the food was good and the management ran a tight ship.
Better Than Landry's! – We were enjoying some great spaghetti and unbelievably good lasagna at The Terrace Cafe, and we asked the owner where we could get good seafood. He recommended Landry's , The Flying Dutchman, or Red Sushi. We went to Landry's the first night and it had horrible service and ok seafood. Then we went to the Flying Dutchman for lunch the next day. The food was actually better than Landry's, but the service was just as bad. We were put on a wait and sat at the bar for a drink and the bartender didn't really seem to care if we were there or not. But the outside bar was charming. It was downhill after that. This is not saying much, but the service was better than Landry's , yet still aweful...... good view though.....and the seafood was better than Landry's.....
Good Attempt and Nice Changes – We ate at The Flying Dutchman on the Kemah Boardwalk last weekend, and found it to be very enjoyable. They have made several nice decor changes since Hurricane Ike. They now have an outdoor bar with Adirondack chairs circling a nice gas firepit, along with new outdoor table furnishings. The inside has also been remodeled to now include a new waiting area, new lighting fixtures and new table seating. The menu has also been revamped and extended to include more fresh fish options. I ordered the Ultimate Seafood Platter while my fiancee chose the Hawaiian styled Mahi Mahi. Both plates were very good and quite filling. The only negative was that our waitress was obviously new, and not very well trained. We had to ask her for silverware, condiments, and a correction on our drink order that was delivered. She was accomodating with each correction, yet she should not have had to be coached by us. With better training of their floor staff, The Flying Dutchman could soar to new heights.
Great service, delicious pecan pie! – The hostess was sweet, and the waiter was great, very friendly and accommodating. The manager even came by to check on us, even though the place was getting busy. Our food came out so quickly, I had just barely finished my salad. I had the panko-crusted salmon with dill tzatziki and my husband had the stuffed flounder with crab meat topping. Both came with rice pilaf and veggies (brocolli and red bell pepper) which were nothing fancy, but they were lightly seasoned and enjoyable. The fish entrees were both REALLY delicious. Even though we were full, since it was our anniversary, we also ordered strawberry cheesecake and Colonel Beauregard's Pecan Pie - - both were SO GOOD. The pecan pie was warm and had a gorgeous flavor from the bourbon and came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The strawberry topping on the cheesecake was the best I've ever had. It was a wonderful experience all around.
NOT THE SAME AS BEFORE IKE!! – We have been dining at The Flying Dutchman since we moved to Houston 20 years ago. Our favorite was always the Snapper Strips basket, the only place we've every known to serve this! We were so disappointed when we dined there on Mar. 28 and found not only a new menu (with no snapper strips), but the fried entrees also have a different breading, not nearly as tasty. When we inquired about the snapper not being on the menu, the waitress said "no problem, the ktichen can prepare that for you." When she delivered our meals, it was an entire fried snapper filet, not strips. The meal was okay, but not The Flying Dutchman that we loved. Unlike previous reviews, our service was fine.
Overpriced and Under Cooked – Screaming children running around, raw food being served and seeing my waitress four times when it was not a busy nite made my experience special. I did get to see a manager as he replaced my raw shrimp, he apologized and left never to return again to check on our satisfaction. I have had better service and customer skills shown at a Burger King than by the staff of The Flying Dutchman. The manager left so quickley I didn't get a chance to tell him I chipped a tooth on my apatizer not that I think he would have stuck around any longer any way. I payed the eighty seven dollar tab and left to enjoy a nite of disapointment from that place and looking for somewhere that sold Pepto to save me from the raw shrimp they took forever to serv me.
WARNING! AWFUL SERVICE AT THE LEAST!!!!! – Waited 25 minutes and had to ask for a waiter. There were 5 waiters working 6 - 7 tables so it wasn't like they were busy. Most waiters just standing around. Food was not near as good as pre IKE. Waiter knew we were dissatisfied and did NOTHING to change our mind. Had to ask the manager for our bill. Manager just made excuses for the bad service. At the very least he could have offered to comp anything, don't just make excuses. We use to go there often, but will not go there again. BE WARNED!!!!
Fresh and perfectly cooked seafood; terrific key lime pie – I visited the Flying Dutchman Restaurant 7/4/08 with my sister and brother-in-law. We enjoyed an excellent view from inside the restaurant in the corner of the window walls. All of our seafood was perfectly cooked, and excellent in taste. The key lime pie was the best ever! Our server was attentive and courteous. I hope to return the next time I visit my family in Pearland. To eat at the Flying Dutchman has become a tradition.
Fl;ying Dutchman Kemah Tx. – I cant believe the reviews I have read! I grew up in Kemah Tx and my mother,brother, sister and I worked for the Flying Dutchman when owned by Frans and Diane G. they made the Flying Dutchman what it WAS! I am very sorry to hear that the new owners have taken the true meaning of Fun, Fine Elegant Dining away from the Flying Dutchman.
I am also sorry that previous reviewers never had the chance to experience the original owners excellence in providing the best Seafood and Service in Texas.
Best of Luck in finding a Couple that will provide you with the Excellence of Fun-Fine Elegant Dining that Frans and Diane G. where able to provide.
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