The Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4
289 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Located on the Kemah Boardwalk®, The Flying Dutchman® serves legendary seafood on the waterfront. As one of the best seafood restaurants in Kemah, our fresh selections have delighted guests on the boardwalk for decades. We offer a variety of fresh seafood dishes from live seasonal crawfish to Louisiana Cajun gumbo and much more! Located directly on Texas’ Gulf coast, the waterfront views are enough to bring you in. So come on in and enjoy our Texas-hospitality and fresh seafood.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 289 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GabrielaZ
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were outside but our server didn’t have a face masks. OpenTable needs to update their COVID-19 guidelines.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

They were clearly struggling- worst catfish ever

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vipLittleAnn
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat inside but still had a great view of the water! The blackened redfish with maque choux was delicious! The blackened catfish topped with crawfish etoufee was good but on the sweet not spicy side. Service was great!

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GabrielaS
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

After driving 1.5 hours to this restaurant and half hour looking for a parking spot available, finally we sit to eat. Service was great, but food was not as expected, and very pricey.

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ChelseaW
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend was busy but dining inside by the window was beautiful. Food was great! Oysters a must!

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JustinM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, didn't seem to busy but server was slow at things. Noise seemed a bit excessive, was a lot of peoples birthdays though. Overall would recommend and go back again.

MD
vipMarcD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

enjoyed watching all the boats and people to by....

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vipJohnH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal with friends.

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BryanG
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great seafood and wonderful views of the gulf. Lots of outdoor seating made the dinner perfect for social distancing.

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RyanN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When I arrived, the whole boardwalk like a ghost town and the restaurant was not open. Waisted time and had to find another establishment to eat for Valentine’s Day.

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Bama55
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I had not been here in at least 20 years and it will probably be that is long again. Just an okay restaurant on the Boardwalk.
I had the $20 fish and chips and I have had better at fast food places. The $9 "Kemah lime" pie was small and not as good as Ms. Edwards pies.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great service, food was great. We went early so there was alot of empty tables. Price was reasonable for what you get.

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ArethaJ
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food great atmosphere outside dinning a plus. out

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DeborahE
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food served did not exactly match description on menu (no oysters). Grilled shrimp was dry and rubbery, but the bacon wrapped shrimp and tilapia were both excellent. Service was good.

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SherryA
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio was open with lots of fresh air to enjoy a lunch with friends.

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nothappy
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The restaurant was poorly staffed, service took a long time. Our booth was dirty. The waitress was kind but had too many tables. The manager was acting as host and he was rude, clearly did not have our reservation. There were dirty, un-bussed tables everywhere, HUGE groups throughout the restaurant. It was freezing inside also. will not go back to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place! Great food, outstanding service, great location!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Waiter didnt come.to table for 25 minutes after the order. And he really.wanted to leave. The dishware was dirty. When we asked for plastic silverware and it took five minutes. So our soup was cold. He just didnt attended to us @ all

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location! Waterfront! Easy to sit outdoors and social distance! The food was fantastic!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very knowledgeable wait staff. Very satisfied service

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BrianP
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Nice but service was not all that good! They obeyed all COVID-19 rules!

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GisselaR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, Rob is great! Good group of people.

MY
MarieY
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We were seated outside by a big table with kids whose parents thought it was ok to let them run around & swing on ropes. Our waiter forgot our wine, & water. We got a new waiter when manager noticed. So it got better. Mike was attentive! Thank goodness. I’d love to go back. I felt safe there with social distancing. Beautiful place. Non Covid it would’ve been packed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We shared in the ambiance of the flying dutchman and crew. The wait staff was great. Although they did not have a hostess, we didn't have to wait long to be seated. The Shrimp fettuccini was delicious, while the Seafood platter was bland, the stuffed shrimp was spoiled and the fried oysters were over cooked.

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vipRandyB
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was pretty good but not great. Service and atmosphere was very good, but the prices are too high. The fried shrimp was mediocre.

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Cheyne
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great and the server was attentive.

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ServandoM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The service was good not great, the experience can improve .

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We ate during the day one Saturday. The staff were friendly and polite, the food was good. The venue was almost empty but it is nicely decorated in an oldy world way.

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TondraM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. The drinks are very lite on the alcohol but as the driver I didn't mind otherwise I would skip all signature drinks and order shots or something on the rocks. The patio was well spaced out. The food was seasoned very well and the service was very good.

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MilaN
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience2

The staff were friendly and the view was great. They were practicing social distancing but for the price of the food it was not as tasty as I had hoped.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places

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vipTexasT
Houston
71 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My bro and I had a great time at TFD. Despite a rain shower it let up enough for us to sit outside on the boardwalk patio. Brook was very good. She helped us wipe dry the seats and table. She was very attentive and friendly. The drinks and food were tremendous. Bro and I had a great time catching up on the last few weeks.

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SeemaK
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First, there was a fly in my drink - not a gnat but a huge disgusting trash fly. When we spoke to the manager, he brushed it off like it was nothing. Second, the server refused to wear a mask. Third, the food was disgusting. Management was unapologetic and didn’t care about the bad service, cleanliness, or Food. We will never go back to that restaurant again.

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ballpin
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were about the only ones in the restaurant that day for lunch. Food and service was pretty good, but what struck me was how dirty the place was, especially the floors, given how light the business was.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly waitress and go to place for good seafood in Kemah

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed

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vipKevinT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

If your old school and want the original Flying Dutchman, this is not that. This is a Landry's and it shows. Our waiter was horrific. Never listened. Was too rushed. Slightly rude in my opinion.
Food was good but the signature coleslaw with shrimp from the real old days is not whats on the menu. So sad.
the clientele is mixed. Well dressed to down right filthy attire. Anything goes here.
Loud boats driving by and people walking the boardwalk. Nothing wrong with any of it but be aware.

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ChenyriaD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The service was horrible made reservations for 715 didn’t get seanting until after 730 minutes the waitress seemed drunk the margarita was horrible never going back

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TinaG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Food was not worth the price. The drinks were good. The restaurant could have been cleaner. We were seated at a table that had food on floor underneath. Our waiter did a good job though.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The catfish ok boy was amazing just light enough to not over fill u! The kids plates are very good sized. And the banana daquari was so good it taste like a banana split with rum! 😍 definitely will go again

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You can order delivery directly from The Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar using the Order Online button. The Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 334-7575.

The Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar is rated 4 stars by 289 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.