Kemah >Food & Dining > Flying Dutchman Rstrnt-Oyster
9 Kemah Waterfront St, Kemah, TX | Directions 7756529.547751 -95.019710
not impressed by any means – I have been told for 3 years to go to the Dutchman and I finally did and took my mother-in-law and grandfather with me. I'm now sorry i did. We ordered the clam chowder and it showed up ice cold. It took 10 min. to get the waitress to get more hot soup. When I ordered the broiled seafood plater i asked the waitress about the "seasoning" on the food and she said it was just like a pinch of salt. I told her i was concerned cause i have a stomach problem and can't have any spices at all. I told her i would feel better if I could order it with NO SPICES ALL ALL. She said "nope....it comes wil just a little, you won't even know it's there" since when do other people decide what I'm going to order? If I'm paying, then I decide. She assured me it would be fine. When my food came it was like a cajun spice and I couldn't eat my food. By the time I could get her again to fix my food, my entire family had finished eating and we were reading to go. So needless to say, I paid 22 bucks for a meal I didn't get to eat so I'm not really happy about it. My mother-in-law ordered french fries instead of rice and she never got them. The waitress offered to bring them with the check and said "you can take them home with you" WTF??? Do you people actually screne your personal before giving them a job. My total bill was almost $160 and some of my food i didn't get and some of it went into the trash without being eaten and the waitress wasn't even willing to do anything about it. So my first experience to the The Flying Dutchman? I think it's overrated and the service stinks and when things gets screwed up you can't even get a manager to fix it. You are just stuck with the bill and the wrong food. NOT RIGHT AT ALL!
Better off at Long John Silvers – I used to enjoy going to the Dutchman. The past few times I have gone I have been very disappointed. The only nice thing I can say is that the outdoor seating is nice. We ordered the shrimp cocktail for our appetizer, the shrimp looked as if they had been frozen for years and tasted like it too. I had the broiled fish platter and found it to be inedible ; the scallops were rubbery, the shrimp tasteless, and the fish was not fresh, I could not even enjoy the broccoli which tasted as if it had been microwaved. Honestly, I think we could have had a much better meal at Luby?s Cafeteria! If you must eat in Kemah, try Landry's.
One of the best on the boardwalk – I have a like/dislike relationship with this restaurant. My kids like it though - usually their first choice when in Kemah. There is a gross smell, like old tar and wet wood. and the bar is right at the front where you have to walk through the cigarette smell if there is a smoker at the bar. (I don't have anything against smokers but do dislike the smell, lol) I always think of "The crusty crab" when we are there. Most indoor and outdoor tables have great views of the boats going by, as well as the people walking on the boardwalk. There is a big playground right outside that the kids loved when they were younger. We can also watch the kids feed the ducks and fish from off the boardwalk from many of the tables while waiting for our meals. Theres a little cutout where there is a food dispenser...the fat ducks and fatter fish are swarming for the food and the seagulls can't get to it. The food is pretty good and the service just depends on the day - sometimes awesome - sometimes stinks. Some of the tables are a bit too crowded together difficult to get by (and I am average sized) They have a pretty good kids menu and yay! slushies!
GOOD BYE FLYING DUTCHMAN – For many years (25-30) I have enjoyed the Flying Dutchman Restaurant (under the original owners and the new regime) upstairs but, the last few times I have been there, the service and food has not been the same. THIS FOUR STAR RESTAURANT IS NOW STARLESS. My favorite for years was the Dijon Shrimp dish but the last time I was there, I had over cooked vegetables and the shrimp were soggy. The waiter spilled a portion of my wine and did not offer to top it off. My guests were also not enthusiastic with their dinners and drinks. There were not a lot of patrons in the dining room but we were told there would be a short wait. It was over 30 minutes before we were seated. Drink orders took a long time to return to our table (our white wine was almost room temperature) and when a refill was necessary on the drinks, an even longer time to receive them. I asked for a cappuccino with Gran Marnier on the side and received it mixed in the cappuccino. When I asked the waiter to correct his mistake, he told me that is the way it is served. Finally, he replaced it as I requested it but the cappuccino was almost cold. NOPE, I will not return to a favorite restaurant I so enjoyed for many years. The food and service has definitely declined. I now have found a new restaurant in La Porte called MAIN, ONE O ONE on Main Street and Broadway. Joe (the owner) will give impeccable service and the food is FANTASTIC. They are not open on Sunday's.
Go there if you want to get ripped off. – It wasn't busy and we had to wait to be seated. Once we were seated we had to wait to order. It took too long for our drinks to come. The ice in our drinks had pretty much melted by the time we got them that's how long it took. It was another half hour before we got our appetizer. The oysters were not fresh, and that's when we asked for our check. It took another 15 minutes for that, and when we recieved our change back they had shorted us on our change. It was really bad service all around. I recommend to any one who is considering trying this place out to not to. I'm just trying to save you some money and a headache.
for a laid-back seafood experience – this is a real "hole-in-the-wall" type of place for swashbuckling pirates ... the decor is extremely laid-back, touched with seafaring treasures and trinkets. the seafood is decent and quite average ... but it'll be satisfying to the palette. the location is it's highlight: located on the bustling kemah boardwalk. overall, it is an ok dining experience, but enjoyable if you're with a group of friends.*
average seafood – Average seafood in enjoyable surroundings Other seagood restaurants have better vie of the bay and gulf and better food steak in a seafood restaurant is tolerable Quality is inconsistent
Best Seafood – My favorite place to eat seafood and enjoy the surroundings. The stuffed Flounder is very good and much better and less expensive than another establishment close by. Great place to go with friends and enjoy the day!
Bypass Dutchman and go to Landrys – My fiance and I went there to meet our wedding party of 6 for a "pre happy hour" before meeting up with our families for our rehersal dinner. It was not busy, but we could not get seats at the bar because the wait staff was seated at the bar doing their paper work. Along side with the so called young female supervisor. Who had the loudest and most vulgar mouth out of any of them. We all stood around waiting for them to notice us so that they would move, but they just ignored us! The guys let us ladies sit because there were limited chairs. Finally after 25 mins or so they left. We all got app's and several drinks to follow. The bartender was not that bad, but had an attitude at times when we'd try to talk to him about places in the area to go. The Clam Chowder was warm, not hot. The oysters however were fresh. Drinks were ok, but over priced. It was freezing cold however, my biggest complaint next to the loud mouth supervisor. Overall, we probably won't ever dine downstairs again. We will however give upstairs a try. We heard the food is much better along with the atmosphere, waitstaff and more professional management team.
User review by kceltic23 – The view was average and the food was tasteless and pricey.
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