When visiting a new area, one of the most exciting parts of the adventure is trying out local restaurants. When you’re in Grays Harbor, that means all things west coast inspired. From local berries and wild mushrooms to fresh-caught seafood, the meals on the coast of Washington are as authentic as they come. Check out a few of the many local restaurants serving unique coastal cuisine in Grays Harbor.
118 E Wishkah Street, Aberdeen
Rediviva is hailed as an award-winning Pacific Northwest American restaurant where Grays Harbor local, Andy Bickar, brings his talents to light. The intimate space is ideal for a date night where craft cocktails are created and food products are locally sourced. The menu features rotating items made with care from organic produce, local shellfish and seafood, as well as the foraged bounty of the Olympic Peninsula. Visit the Rediviva Facebook page for specials, events and more.
4651 SR 109, Moclips
Framed by wind-battered Spruce trees, the view of the Pacific Ocean isn’t the only thing that you’ll be talking about after a visit to Ocean Crest. Adjoined to Ocean Crest Resort, this dining experience has offered outstanding cuisine and wine pairings since the 1960s. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner means that you won’t go hungry before or after a relaxing walk on the beach. Try out their Dungeness crab benedict or crab pancakes in the morning, then move onto pacific razor clams, a Roosevelt elk burger or their unique smoked salmon pita pocket in the afternoon. During a visit in the evening, prepare your tastebuds for excitement with a huckleberry teriyaki halibut, seafood fettuccini, or the salmon au Poivre with maple-balsamic glazed strawberries. With these dishes and numerous more to choose from, you’re sure to have a Pacific Northwest-inspired meal to remember. Like the Ocean Crest Resort Facebook page to stay up to date on their latest offerings.
The Salmon House
516 S Shore Road, Quinault
Position yourself mere feet from the glacier-carved, Lake Quinault when dining at The Salmon House. As one of only a handful of restaurants in Quinault, The Salmon House is a fantastic option for some of the freshest seafood on the Olympic Peninsula. One of their specialty items is smoked salmon that’s been slow-smoked over an alder wood fire to perfection with their rain forest seasonings. Other notable items on the menu include the Merriman Falls mushroom dish, named after a towering waterfall near the restaurant, as well as the dill salmon and tempura cod. They also offer a large variety of other seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta and salads. Follow The Salmon House Facebook page to learn more and view their dishes.
1605 Simpson Avenue, Aberdeen
Another long time classic on the Harbor is Duffy’s Restaurant. Ask any local where their favorite pie is made, and you’ll likely hear “Duffy’s.” The apple and cream pies are both popular items, but the go-to favorite is often their little wild blackberry pie made from berries native to the area. For those looking for a hearty lunch or dinner, be sure to try out the items made from local delicacies including the lightly breaded razor clam entrée, grilled local oysters, razor clam fritter, or local Westport Dungeness crab grilled cheese. Follow the Duffy’s Restaurant Facebook page for meal giveaways, hours, and more.
Breakwater Seafood & Chowder
306 S F Street, Aberdeen
Look no further for the freshest seafood on the coast than Breakwater Seafood & Chowder. Open since 1987, Breakwater sells a large variety of locally caught seafood to prepare at home but also serves up their bounty for guests to enjoy. Their extensive menu consists of cod and chips, halibut fishwich, grilled crab and cheese, clam strips, and of course, their famous clam chowder. Breakwater is a fantastic stop not just because of their menu, but also for the only riverfront dining experience in Aberdeen. Find out more by following the Breakwater Seafood & Chowder Facebook page.
Bennett’s Fish Shack
105 W Chance A La Mer, Ocean Shores
2581 Westhaven Drive, Westport
With locations in both the North and South Beach areas of Grays Harbor, Bennett’s Fish Shack is a classic family restaurant. As a winner of 18 Best of Twin Harbors awards over the years, Bennett’s is a favorite of both locals and visitors. Hungry seafood lovers will devour the halibut or cod fish and chip baskets, fresh oysters, and battered prawns, while those looking for something lighter can order their grilled salmon salad or cranberry coast salad that’s topped with a local delicacy: cranberries. At both of their locations, grab a glass or one of their many Northwest microbrews and wine. Follow the Bennett’s Fish Shack Facebook page to learn more.
Merino’s Seafood Market
301 E Harbor Street, Westport
Considered a local secret, Merino’s Seafood Market is a true gem in Westport. Although most know of Merino’s as a seafood packing company, they recently began serving delicious food from their storefront located just steps from the state’s largest fish landing port. Try out one of their many freshly caught fish and chips baskets such as the unique salmon ‘n’ chips or the albacore tuna melt made with Merino’s canned tuna. Head to the Merino’s Seafood Market Facebook page for additional information.
8th Street Ale House
207 8th Street, Hoquiam
If you’re looking to dine in one of the turn of the century buildings in Hoquiam, don’t miss a stop at 8th Street Ale House. Grab a brew in this cozy environment from one of the many Pacific Northwest rotating taps or try out one of their specialty wines and cocktails. Their menu includes appetizers, salads, burgers, pizzas, steak and more delicious items including The Westport burger topped with a house-made crab cake and a mouthwatering salmon dinner. Like 8th Street Ale House on Facebook for dinner specials, live music, events and more information.
116 W Marcy Avenue, Montesano
Located in the heart of downtown Montesano, Pub Monte is an East County favorite. Revolving specials make this locally-owned restaurant a hot commodity. Watch the Pub Monte Facebook page for updates on the latest specials that have included great seafood options such as fish and chips and scallops. Mainstays on the menu include a wide array of pizzas, burgers and sandwiches that the whole family will love (especially the popular crab ‘n’ cheddar melt).
For a complete list of restaurants in Grays Harbor County, visit the Discover Grays Harbor website and to learn more about visiting the area and planning a trip, head to the Grays Harbor Tourism website.