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Old 01-25-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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Thoughts on Flying Fish?

We were debating on going to Flying Fish over at the boardwalk but I have been hearing mixed things. Any opinions would help. Thanks!
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:48 AM   #2
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Flying Fish is one of my favorite restaurants on the dining plan. We are usually adults only and prefer bluezoo at the Dolphin but for family dining or for dining plan dining, Flying Fish has good food. I've dined here a half a dozen times in recent years, the most recent was Christmas Day last month.

I've always been satisfied with the food. While not as creative as bluezoo, I think they do a decent job here. The snapper is good and I've enjoyed the tuna entrees also. The cheese plate is one of my favorites at Disney. I'm not a dessert eater so I can't speak for those.

The service here can be a bit spotty, not always, but sometimes. And the restaurant is noisy. Definitely not a pick for a romantic meal. The tables are close and the acoustics in there echo. Also, there's an open kitchen with bar seating which adds to the noise. For our meal last month we were seated in the middle of the restaurant and I could hear the conversations of the parties seated on either sides of us.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:54 AM   #3
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We are also a group of adults whose first choice is bluezoo especially because we don't do the dining plan. Our one meal at Flying Fish was excellent! From appetizers to dessert, we enjoyed everything. The only drawback is the tables are very close and the table next to us overheard our conversations and ended up joining in! We do like the quieter, upscale feel of bluezoo.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:09 AM   #4
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While we also like bluezoo a bit better, FF is tied for tops when it comes to Signatures on the dining plans (Citricos is the other restaurant that tops our list, they are 1 and 1A for us).

We have enjoyed several dinners there and have also done the Chef's Wine Tasting Dinner which was a great meal as well. We have never had a bad meal and luckily any server we have had has been great.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:15 AM   #5
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FF is at the top of my list of restaurants at WDW. It is fantastic, I think, for food quality, preparation, and service.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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I agree with the PPs that the food is wonderful. I also underscore that it is very loud. Its the loudest TS on property in my opinion. However, I wouldn't let that stop you from giving it a try.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:25 AM   #7
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A different take on FF

We can't say enough good things about the special Chef's selection wine dinner at the "Chef's counter" at the FF.

It's our new “date night” location in WDW. We used to go to Bistro de Paris, but after two less than memorable meals (actually horrible) we decided on the Flying Fish and have not looked back! The food, wine and service were impeccable.

I know the cost isn’t for everyone, but for a special occasion they truly make you feel special! I can only hope the regular menu is as good, but with this event as an evening for us we may never make it back for a family dinner.

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My parents have been huge FF fans for years but for some reason, I never had the urge to go there. We finally decided to give it a whirl in 2011 and I was pleasantly surprised! The food and service was very, very good. I had the scallops over risotto with pancetta cracklins and it was so good! For dessert we got the trio of Boardwalk treats, which was cute and tasty.

I will say the atmosphere is not my favorite of the signatures. I found it to be very loud and the decor didn't wow me.
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We were debating on going to Flying Fish over at the boardwalk but I have been hearing mixed things. Any opinions would help. Thanks!
The Flying Fish is very popular here, but it is not one of my favorite Signature restaurants. It just seems like something is not quite right every time I have eaten there. Either I don't care for the entree or the vegetable accompaniments are wooden and inedible. I also have an issue not directly connected with the food. The last time I was there, May 2012, the bathroom was filthy. It does share a bathroom with another restaurant, but the condition was shameful. I complained to the desk at the Flying Fish and they said there was nothing they could do because the cleaning department would not pick up their phone. It is the only restaurant at WDW that I have had this problem with. For me, this really affects my overall enjoyment of a restaurant.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:06 PM   #10
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We really like FF and we don't even like fish
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:58 AM   #11
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It's one of my top Signature restaurants at WDW. We eat there every trip.

They have a # of wine "flights" that Mrs U enjoys very much. Their char-crusted NY strip is among the best steaks on property.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:26 AM   #12
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It's been too long since we were there last

It's been too long since we were there last. It's on our list for our next trip. We have had so many wonderful meals at Disney we always want to try something new each time. We still have so many on our list yet to do. We our skipping the next on our list to go back it was that good.

My wife and I had such a wonderful evening at the Boardwalk that night. Our meal, the service was incredible (always there when needed but never hovering) and the Boardwalks ambiance was so incredible. Upon our return I researched DVC membership and purchased a contract at the Boardwalk Villa.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:56 PM   #13
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We've had dinner several times at Flying Fish and really love it. The food is delicious and the service is, hands down, the absolute best in WDW in our experience. Each time we have dined here, the servers always do a little something extra, are very attentive (without being annoying) and nothing is a problem.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:17 PM   #14
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We love FF Our favorite place to sit is at the counter by the open kitchen area. It's entertaining and sometimes some of the chefs will send a sample your way - this is how I first tasted mussels some years ago - would never touch them before but I forced myself to try them because I didn't want the chef to feel bad and boy what a pleasant surprise I was in for. The amazing thing about it, is to this day they are still my favorite ANYWHERE I have them.

Feel free to check out my quick review with photos:

http://www.disneydiningreviews.com/flying-fish-cafe.htm
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