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SurfRider Restaurant and Lounge
The Sea, The Food & The View
By Roy Stevenson

Excellent food, outstanding service, and a breathtaking ocean view are in store for diners at the Surfrider Restaurant and Lounge.

Located at the Surfrider Resort at Fogarty Creek, the restaurant and lounge attracts guests and diners back time after time, to sample the superb seafood menu and relax in this plush resort. With a stunning panoramic view of the sparkling sea through the restaurant’s wide windows—and if you’re lucky, a glimpse of a pod of surfacing gray whales or a couple of bald eagles out scouting for fish. The atmosphere doesn’t get much better than this for fine dining.

Although specializing in fresh seafoods ranging from hot steamer clams and pacific scallops to more complex dishes like the Surfrider Seafood Saute, a mélange of prawns, scallops, rich crab and chunky halibut sautéed in garlic butter and wine sauce, with soft mushrooms, red tomatoes and fresh green onions, the Surfrider also offers more traditional American fare. You’ll find prime rib and salad on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, with prime rib often available with eggs for breakfast the next morning.

General Manager, Steve Dorchak, is also proud of the top sirloin and Rib Eye steak, served with a cranberry demy glaze, and also available with seafood. “But my personal favorite dish”, he tells me, “is the Macadamia Nut Halibut. It’s fresh Alaskan Halibut encrusted with macadamia nuts, grilled, then topped with a honey ginger glaze”. Chefs Gaspar and Roger have been there for over four years, infusing the menu with his touches—dishes like grilled Talapia stuffed with a whole crab and Vera Cruz sauce, a concoction of butter sauce, tomatoes, green olives, garlic, capers and orange zest.

For those wishing for a touch of Italian, try the Dungeness crab Fettuccini. And there are always favorite standbys like the Surfrider Bacon Cheese Burger, French Dip, Club Sandwich and Crab Cakes.

You can find the restaurant on Hwy 101, Depot Bay, Oregon, or go to their website at www.SurfRiderResort.com.


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