Rude Service, Misleading Signs
The day I proposed to my fiance we went to Local Ocean to get dinner, but the service was so bad that we left before we even sat down at a table. It wasn't the kind of restaurant we wanted to spend that special day eating at.
They don't have very much seating, and we knew when we walked in that there would be at least a little wait. They had a sign at the cash register saying to wait for the server to speak to you to be seated, though, so we stood with a couple other people to wait. The server saw us, but was busy with another customer, and didn't acknowledge us.
Some other people came in behind us, though, and accosted the server while they were busy helping other customers. We'd already been waiting 5 to 10 minutes, but they gave the newly open table to those people instead. Then, when we told the server what had happened, she told us it was our fault because we were supposed to walk up and get her attention, when the sign told us to wait where we waited!
Go to to my blog, Thyme , if you would like to see our family experience at Local Ocean Seafood in Newport, Oregon.
We enjoyed the freshness of the food, atmosphere across the port of Newport, and the friendliness of the staff.
I have wonderful photos of the restaurant, the port town, the food, and the people!
A fun spot along the Oregon Coastline!
Sarah at Thyme blog
We noticed Local Ocean on a visit to Newport last year and resolved to give it a try next time we were in town. We got the chance a couple of weeks ago on a road trip up the coast to Washington from Eureka, and we liked it so much we went back, a week later, on our return trip.
On our first visit we had to wait a while but got a nice table for two by a window. We had steamer clams and fish tacos for appetizers. The clams were excellent, harvested locally, and the tacos were made with local ling cod bought across the street at the harbor and were delicious, with plenty of cilantro. For entrees we had the panko grilled ling cod fish and chips, served with a delicious fennel slaw and good french fries, and the albacore mignon, a good piece of fish wrapped in bacon, grilled properly rare, and served on a bed of frizzled onion and sauteed vegetables. Really, really good. Dessert was a lovely lemon shortbread with blueberries, strawberries and mango and real whipped cream. Everything was well prepared from obviously fresh high-quality ingredients. The two appetizers, two entrees, one dessert, a glass of wine and two microbrew ales set us back $72 before tip.
We arrived earlier for our second meal at Local Ocean, and were immediately seated at the same table. We had the fish tacos again (SO good) and the roasted garlic and dungeness crab soup, which is one of the best soups I've had in quite a while: a creamy clam base with not only the rich earthy flavors of roasted garlic but a bit of fresh-garlic bite as well, with plenty of crab meat in good-sized pieces. Very rich and full-flavored soup. I had the coconut prawns with a sweet-hot-sour dipping sauce and served on a bed of rice noodles and sauteed vegetables, while Sara had the pan-fried oysters. Both were excellent. Dessert was lemon scone berry cobbler with homemade ice cream - wonderful. One appetizer + one soup + two entrees + one dessert + one wine + two beers = $65.
The total experience was excellent on both visits. the food was very, very good start to finish (although Sara did get one closed clam, there were no other problems with the food) - fresh local ingredients cooked with skill and creativity and attractively served. The dining area is sleek and airy, if a little closely-packed, with a view of the kitchen. Service was good, although there were a couple very minor slip ups. Get there early - on our second visit, the place was empty when we arrived but when we left an hour and a half or so later it was full, including the outdoor seating, with people waiting for tables.
My rating: the food gets four and a half stars - not the absolute best but very, very good indeed. Value for money, five stars. Service and ambiance, four stars. Commitment to local ingredients, five stars. And five stars for just being a really good restaurant on the Oregon coast, where such are few and far between. Average: five stars. HIGHLY recommended.
They are very busy anytime of the day. Prices are high for what you get. This place is more cafetaria in style. There is indoor and outdoor seating available. When they are busy they tend to get disorganized. Parking can be tough at times especially weekends and summer time. Parking is on the BAy Rd. or up the hill off of Hurbert there's public parking. The place has a small view of the bay but not all that great. Food is just fine not a real big deal. If you are looking for seafood that's simple in flavor and atmosphere then this is the place.
Best seafood ever! We are driving over from Portland just for the Fishwive's Stew! It costs about $22. but worth every cent. It is chocked full of a variety of seafood in a fabulous broth. Can't wait to have it again. People at restaurant are very friendly and it is very clean. We love it! Pan fried oysters are also yummy!
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