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Shoalwater Disaster Dinner/Seaview, WA

kim c | Mar 30, 200503:48 PM     2

Wow, what a disappointment this places was last week. After spending the day doing business in Tokeland and driving around Willapa Bay, we were really looking forward to a nice meal here. We have been several times for lunch and two other times for dinner, all of our experiences had been very nice.

First of all, the kitchen staff was three people short and it showed. It was the most terrible service we had our entire time in this area. The ambiance is still very nice, I just loved the Vintage feel of this place and the dining room is very pretty.

The clam chowder that DH ordered did not suit him, because it was a red broth base. The menu description does say "mussel and clam chowder" which he may have over-looked. He did not care for the soup and it was a bit on the cold side.

We shared the Peninsula Cranberry Salad with dried cranberries, feta cheese, walnuts and organice greens dressed wtih housemade Peninsual cranberry vinaigrette, the salad was very dry and tasteless. I've had better at Trader Joe's. Big disappointment.

My husband ordered the Wild Salmon with cranberry mustard cream sauce which he said was watery and tasteless. He did not care for the way it was prepared and complained about the entire thing.

I had the pan-fried oyster entree that were very good, served with red potatoes. It looked like an appetizer tho instead of an entree. It was just the oysters and the potatoes, that was it.

For dessert we shared the lemon tart with fresh raspberries that was very good and a rich chocolate torte. The desserts were the best part of the experience. I had a nice glass of an Oregon Pinot Noir. Other diners were complaining and one elderly lady almost left she was so frustrated.

I do feel sorry for the place being that short-handed. I even overheard him tell someone that one of their employees was sent to jail that day. The bottom line is there was no compensation and we still paid over $70 for a very mediocre meal. This place is deemed as one of the only four-star restaurants on the coast.

I have also e-mailed the restaurant critic at the Daily Astorian about our experience. We enjoyed our meal at the Wayfarer much, much more. I am just wondering if we should ever go back again. DH says no way and evaluated them on their card they left on our table. He stated his comments about the lousy service and gave them two stars in every area. He said that was being nice. Has anyone else been here lately? I know this is what they call "an off-night." ***kim***

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