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A Guide to Oregon Coast Seafood Restaurants, Dining
(Oregon Coast) - For many, it's half the reason to head to the Oregon coast. For others, it's simply a requirement of being an Oregonian: indulging in the seafood, the fish 'n' chips, and of course, the chowder.
Some of the best of Oregon coast seafood restaurants are represented here – the places to chow down on chowder and other former ocean dwellers, often while staring at the waves and the place your dish came from. From family friendly to upper crust upscale, this is where to start when you get those hunger pangs after bounding around the beach.
For a full list of Oregon coast restaurants, menus, and items other than seafood....
Cannon Beach. The very family-oriented Cannon Beach Fultano's Pizza feeds your need for fishies with pizzas. Shrimp pizzas feature mushrooms and olives, a shrimp margherita with garlic and herb infused olive oil topped with a three-cheese blend, roma tomatoes, fresh garlic, red onions and fresh basil. The Seafood pesto pizza has a pesto sauce with shrimp and baby clams. You can also put anchovies or smoked oysters on your pizzas. 200 N. Hemlock and Second Street. www.CBfultanos.com (503) 436-9717.
Cannon Beach: The Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge. Legendary upscale classic, ocean view. Breakfast $6 to $15 range. Lunch: appetizers; large sandwiches include meats, seafoods and burger around $13. Tacos, filet and fries, wild forest mushroom and cheese ravioli. Dinner includes potato crusted halibut cranberry and brown butter sauce, a cedar planked honey mustard salmon, steamer clams - $25 to $30. Filet mignon, steaks, wild mushroom chicken. 1190 Pacific Drive. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 503-436-1108. www.wayfarer-restaurant.com/
Cannon Beach: The Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill. Classy but beachy laid back; lovely bar but family friendly. Lunch: main entrees $10 to $16, include rotisserie pot pie, rib-eye chili dog, ribs, Seafood like fish ‘n’ chips. Pork sliders or rib-eye philly around $10. Large burgers chicken, chili, halibut or sirloin are around $10 - $15. 10-inch gourmet hearthstone pizzas. Dinner many same dishes, also rotisserie chicken, rotisserie turkey, steak, top sirloin, pasta. Child’s menu. 264 Third Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-0285. www.thelumberyardgrill.com
Cannon Beach: Stephanie Inn Dining Room. Four-star restaurant inside hotel. Soaring wood ceiling accentuated by a chandelier, w/ historic atmosphere. Seating times and days change seasonally and reservations are required. $59 per person for a masterful four-course prix fixe dinner in an innovative Northwest cuisine style, featuring fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Their wine list has numerous awards from Wine Spectator Magazine. The menu changes nightly. Sample menu: Tomato Basil Soup with gorgonzola cream; Seared Beef Tenderloin with Duchess potatoes, grilled onions and peppercorn reduction sauce. 2740 South Pacific. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 800-633-3466. www.stephanieinn.com
Manzanita. At the San Dune Pub in Manzanita, everything is around $10 for their seafood menu. Their fish tacos are rather legendary, and come in sets of two. There are also shrimp tacos. There is the clam strips platter, a phat fish 'n' chips the famed fish burger, oyster burger or an oyster Po' boy sandwich. Don't forget prawn cocktails or the calamari that comes with a chipotle mayo. 127 Laneda Ave., Manzanita, Oregon. 503-368-5080. www.sandunepub.com
Wheeler. Tsunami Grill and Bar in Wheeler provides an engaging view of Nehalem Bay in a family environment. Many menu items are Asian influenced, but their simple seafoods are rather legendary with locals. A seafood chowder is to die for with seriously fresh ingredients, including hearty chunks of potatoes. There are cod fish 'n' chips, shrimp and chips and the fish sandwich is large and satisfying. All are under $10. 380 S Marine Dr. Wheeler, Oregon. . 503-368-3778. www.beachconnection.net/tsunami_grill_wheeler/
At Rick's Roadhouse and Grill in Rockaway Beach, it's a classy over-21-only situation.
Their seafood menu includes halbut and chips, jumbo clams and prawns and chips - all around $8. 184 Highway 101. Rockaway Beach, Oregon. 503-355-2052. www.beachconnection.net/ricks_roadhouse_rockaway/
In Bay City, on the north Oregon coast, Pacific Oyster hosts a stunning views of the bay, and during nice weather you can sit outside and take in the sea air. All sorts of fresh seafood and flavorings are on sale to take home, and you know this family-friendly diner is seriously straight from the sea. You can even watch the oyster shucking process.
Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, of course, including a glorious cioppino that comes with nearly a dozen kinds of fishies in a rich tomato broth, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads (from $3 to $14). Fish 'n' chips come in various incarnations, like oysters, halibut, cod, rock fish, prawns or chicken strips (about $8). Find seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers, around $9. Finally, a small but tempting selection of dinners includes pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, sautéed scallops and other goodies around $12. Also visit their Portland and Newport locations. 5150 Oyster Drive, Bay City, Oregon. (503) 377-2323. www.pacseafood.com.
Pacific City. At the scenic and family-friendly Pelican Pub and Brewery, you get a free show with your meal. The waves are startling, and you can watch the action of Pacific City boaters and surfers.
For dinner, starters include crab cakes, calamari and a bay shrimp martini (around $10 or less). Seafood pastas include smoky linguine with clams that has garlic, fennel and proscuitto ham with manila clams; a seafood mac 'n' cheese with sauteed bay scallops shrimp, pepper bacon and fresh spinach; an oyster Po' Boy with oysters dipped in their famed beer batter; steak and seafood with shrimp and scallops; a grilled yellowfin tuna, pan fried oysters; or a pan-seared Pacific Rockfish with Kiwanda Cream Ale tomato and caper sauce. Check out the malt encrusted salmon and a massive bouillabaisse that hosts two kinds of shrimp, local Dungeness crab, calamari and other klinds of fish in a saffron-fennel broth. The crab crusted Mahi-Mahi is draped in local crab and a citrus beer blanc.
Pizzas can have seafood as well, like the smoky scallop. Their dinner menu ranges from $12 to $25.
That's just dinner. There's plenty for lunch that's less expensive, and some of their breakfast items boast seafood. 33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive. Pacific City, Oregon. 503-965-7007. www.pelicanbrewery.com.
Lincoln City. The Inn at Spanish Head's Fathoms Restaurant provides one awe-inspiring ocean view along with a huge menu of seafood. Appetizers (around $10) include Seafood Cocktails Jumbo Prawn, Dungeness Crab, Cumin and Coriander Fried Calamari, or crab cakes with Asian mustard.
The steamed clams comes with one pound of Manila Clams simmered in garlic, herbs and white wine, or the surf and turf dish includes one massive steak and an Australian lobster tail ($43).
In the $15 - $25 range is salmon (grilled, poached or blackened) in an orange chipotle glaze, crab stuffed halibut in a Bearnaise sauce, blackened ahi tuna, battered halibut served with mango pineapple salsa or tartar sauce, a Coconut and Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut with a Thai peanut sauce, and a seared ahi tuna with a mango pineapple salsa. 4009 SW Highway 101. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-1601 or 800-452-8127. www.spanishhead.com /site/restaurant.html
Depoe Bay. In Depoe Bay, a splendid view of the ocean gives way to stunning seafood at the famous Tidal Raves. Start off with a Crisp Calamari quick fried in cornmeal and rice flour, served with cilantro-lime dip, maybe Manila clams in a dry white wine sauce, Dungeness crab, various seafood cocktails, or a Pacific Oyster Basket that's either pan fried or panko fried (all between $6 - $13).
Salads come with shrimp or a massive Pacific Oyster stew.
Dinner entrees (from $17 to $20) boast a green curry halibut with steamed peanut rice, lots of fish 'n' chips. Seared Sea Scallops on potato hash studded with sun dried tomato, bacon. and smoked tomato glaze, a Char Grilled Wild Salmon with crab risotto and vodka sauce, Dungeness Crab Casserole or that massive and famous Cioppino that's stuffed with clams, shrimp, crab and fish in a tomato-herb broth.
There's a Thai Barbequed Shrimp with an exotic curry, a linguine tossed with clams, crab, shrimp and fin fish in a choise of sauces, an herb crusted Pacific snapper with shrimp-caper sauce and smoked salmon potato cake or the coconut shrimp with a Saigon slaw and ginger-orange sauce. 279 NW Hwy 101. Depoe Bay, Oregon. 541-765-2995. www.tidalraves.com
Yachats. The Adobe Restaurant boasts an impressive view of the consistently crazed waves of Yachats. You could almost imagine those yummy critters hopping straight out of the surf and onto your plate. Appetizers include oysters in a red sauce, breaded calamari rings, steamed clams with garlic bread or shrimp or crabmeat cocktail. Salads are famous for their seafood nirvana. There's New England clam chowder. Entrees ($17 - $20) have Yaquina Bay oyster rolled in bread crumbs in various forms; seafood fettuccine with sauteed bay shrimp, baby scallops and Dungeness crab in a garlic cream sauce; a smoked salmon fettuccine; scampi al ferri; beer battered jumbo prawns; a shrimp stir fry in fresh veggies and butter; a corn tortilla filled with Oregon shrimp; scallops sauteed and breaded in a white Tarragon sauce; a pot of baked crab in a shallot cream sauce or a Captain's Platter with numerous former ocean dwellers, including the catch of the day. 1555 Hwy 101. Yachats, Oregon. 800-522-3623. (541) 547-3141. www.adoberesort.com/dining.htm
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