Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Flying Fish Bar & Grill - Restaurant Review

Flying Fish Bar & Grill Restaurant

SLOGAN: “Where the Fish Fly” 

We spent 13 years living on Tybee Island, Georgia, then later lived another 6 years on Wilmington Island located off Highway 80 east of Savannah and just minutes from Tybee Island.  As you can imagine, we had a lot of visitors over the years drawn to the area the same way we had been.  Between the historic sights of Savannah and the Atlantic Ocean off Tybee Island, not to mention the temperate winter weather in Georgia, our northern friends loved to come visit. 

As a result, we quickly found our favorite restaurants to take our visitors to.

Flying Fish

Map of Wilmington Island, Georgia
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One of our favorite restaurants was the Flying Fish. This was especially true during the years we lived on Wilmington Island, GA. It is located less than 2 miles away from where we lived, conveniently located on Highway 80 between Savannah and Tybee Island, just a short 15 minute drive east from downtown Savannah. 

Locally known as simply “The Fish”, the restaurant was started by Mike McMahon in 2007. Mike is a local Savannahian who has worked in the seafood industry all his life. Because Savannah is known for a wide variety of tasty local seafood, Mike took his knowledge of seafood and applied it to a tasty menu of fresh Georgia Shrimp, Flounder and Oysters, along with crispy fried calamari and crab claws.  And, of course, the famous Low Country Boil, consisting of spicy peel-and-eat shrimp, sausage, corn and new potatoes, which is a classic Southern recipe along the Georgia and South Carolina (low country) coasts!

If you are not a big seafood lover, The Fish also caters to “landlubbers” with dishes of Chicken Alfredo & Pasta, chicken fingers and wings and beefy burgers. They also feature a full service bar. 

Our Favorite Dishes 

Seafood selections
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Love their fried shrimp or fried oyster dinners and several times have had their Shrimp for 2 meal, which is a very plentiful platter of fried shrimp with French fries, cole slaw and hush puppies. (Mmm, I could go for a plate of that right now!)

For many years, the Flying Fish was open daily, beginning with lunches, and had 'lunch specials'.  My brother and I loved going out to lunch on Mondays when the 'special' was pork chops deliciously prepared (our favorite non-seafood dish).  Due to the circumstances of the past couple years, I see that the hours have been reduced to just 5 days a week and not opening until 4:30 p.m, except on the weekends. It is still an eatery well worth visiting. And I have truly missed the Flying Fish since moving back to the Midwest.  I still have their menu, which is occasionally fun to 'drool' over. Click here for the Menu to see for yourself.


Flying Fish Bar & Grill

7906 East US Highway 80

Savannah GA 31410 

(912) 897-2009

Hours: Open Wednesday and Thursday 4:30 and Fri thru Sun 11:30 am … until the party stops! 

Website: Flying Fish https://www.flyingfishsavannah.com


So, if you are a snowbird planning a trip south in the winter, or vacationing in the Savannah, Georgia area, add The Flying Fish Bar & Grill to the “restaurants” section of your itinerary. You won't be disappointed in the food or the relaxed atmosphere. And Tell Mike hi for me.  :)

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My family & I do seem to seek out seafood restaurants wherever we may find ourselves. I may miss the Flying Fish Bar & Grill in Georgia, but have since found another here on the Mississippi River in my current location. Another FISH-named restaurant equally as tasty ~ the Go Fish Marina Bar & Grill.

Flying Fish Bar & Grill Restaurant Review written by Wednesday Elf

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  1. Oh my goodness Pat, this will definitely be a place we put on our radar. When we are able to visit the US again, we would certainly enjoy the "local" cuisine. We love seafood and having a great place marked out for us is a bonus. I can hardly wait to make this trip and maybe 2022 would be the year to do it!

    1. Thanks, Olivia. You won't be disappointed with the local fresh seafood at Mike's 'Flying Fish' restaurant.

  2. Soooo, when we plan our contributors gathering, we should meet in Savannah and hang out at The Fish! Sounds like the perfect place with something for everyone. I know my own family would love it and I certainly appreciate the landlubbers menu for those of us who are allergic to seafood.

    1. Sounds great to me. And I forgot to mention, we can eat inside or outside on the deck and enjoy the Southern weather. :)

  3. Ah Pat....this review makes me hungry. I love seafood and this sounds great!

    1. Yes, indeed. It is one of our favorite restaurants down in the Savannah area.

  4. If we visit US again and are ever in Savannah we will certainly visit this restaurant. It is always good to have a personal recommendation, especially when you are just visiting on holiday. The food sounds delicious! Thank you for your review and recommendation.

    1. I agree, Raintree Annie. Knowing in advance good restaurant recommendations is always helpful on a trip. If I ever get the chance to visit London again, I already know I'd want to eat again at the 'Rose & Crown' and have their sausage & onion pie. SO good!

  5. Pat, that looks and sounds like an excellent spot. I have family (by marriage) who recently moved to Georgia so I'll have to check if they know about the Flying Fish Bar and Grill

    1. Would love to hear if your Georgia family has had a chance to check out the Flying Fish restaurant. I do miss it.

  6. Well, If we are ever in the area we will be certainly stopping here. The photos of the food on their web-site look amazing and so delicious. I'm all in for the crab Legs!!

    1. Sam, next time you vacation on the East Coast, you'll have to stop off in Savannah and try the crab legs at The Flying Fish! I highly recommend it.


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