About The Fireside Restaurant, Waterfront Dining
The Fireside, waterfront dining located at The Resort at Port Ludlow. The Fireside is open every day (except Christmas Day) and offers breakfast, lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, and special events. Classical guitarist on Thursday evening. Farm to table Dinner with Daily Dinner Menu reflecting what"s freshest from the farms, artisans and local fisheries.
Northwest, Contemporary American, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Sunday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Oak Bay Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Classical guitar in evenings on occasion.
Parking on site is complimentary.
Jefferson County Transit bus stop.
Private Party Facilities:
Rooms available with a view of Ludlow Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Port Ludlow Marina. Special events from weddings to social gatherings to corporate events.
Private Party Contact:
Claire Cope: 3604377040x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Fireside Restaurant, Waterfront Dining Ratings and Reviews
We first dined at this restaurant last y ...
We first dined at this restaurant last year and really enjoyed it. We were able to dine outside with our dog (so that she didn't have to remain on the boat) and both the food and service were outstanding. My husband even remarked that it was the best food he'd eaten at a restaurant marina - ever!
Fast forward to last Friday. We were eagerly awaiting our opportunity to return to this restaurant. Sadly we were disappointed with both our food and the slow (though friendly) service. I had the Kobe flank steak with truffle risotto. The steak was very difficult to cut (plus I was not given a steak knife which didn't help) and it was very chewy and difficult to eat. I cook enough to know that the steak was undercooked even though I asked for medium rare, and it was not cut properly for flank steak. It should have been cut at an angle which might have made it more tender. Everything on my plate was over-salted and my risotto was flavorless, dry and overcooked. My husband's flat iron steak was similar - difficult to cut, not very tender and overly salted.
I'm not sure if they are experimenting with new recipes or a new chef but we were very disappointed with the quality of our meal, especially considering the cost. Also, it took over 45 minutes to get our main dish and we did not order a salad or appetizer. After receiving our bill it took another 20+ minutes to get the payment processed.
Based on this experience we would not return to this restaurant again. I can grill better steak on the barbecue on my boat!
The only game in town
We ate here while staying at the Resort at Port Ludlow. Basically, unless you want to drive 10 miles for dinner it's your only choice.
The view is lovely and the general ambiance is very nice. The staff is very young and overly friendly- by that I mean they engage in banter that is better off in a lower end dining establishment. Thoroughly capable, I'm sure that with some training by management ( which was no where to be found), they would excel .
They have a superb if overpriced wine list, but if you want something good to drink you will not be disappointed.
The food is ok, pretty standard fare. Uninspired appetizers, no specials on the menu. The chicken and fish that we had was prepared in a pretty standard way. Vegetables were under cooked and spare, and my fish was overly salted. Kind of a shame for fresh Halibut.
Dessert was a generous portion of Creme Brulee, but like most other restaurants, served ice cold with a warmed up top.
Basically, I would not spend $200 + for 2 people to eat here again. It's not that it's bad, it's just nothing special. They don't have to be, and I guess they know that.
Wish it lived up to the resort
We've stayed at the inn 5 times and always have high hopes for the restaraunt. Menu is boring and little variety. Prices are what really shocks me. $15 for starter soup is a joke. Very poor service last time at dinner (although breakfast was great ) I got something that was disappointing -waitress argued with me and offered to take it off the bill but never did.
It's just too bad because it's the only place to eat for miles
Great St. Valentine's Day Dinner
We went to the Fireside Restaurant to celebrate St. Valentine's Day. The dinner was a set 8-course menu with an option for a complementary wine pairing. The food was excellent, including some items that I probably would not have selected on my own. Kudos to the chef. The presentation of the food was attractive and our server did a great job of moving the dinner along at a comfortable pace. The dinner was pricey compared to other options in the area, but I think it was a good value for the experience.
The setting at Port Ludlow is picturesque, but we could not really enjoy it because February 14th was dark and wet - its the Pacific Northwest, after all. We are looking forward to returning some time to dine at the Fireside and enjoy the food and the view.
Dinner for Two
My husband and I had a date night recently and went to the Fireside Restaurant. It was quiet with live easy listening music playing. I had Jidori Chicken and my husband had the Salmon, both were excellent. The service was great and we really enjoyed an evening together away from the distractions of home. So nice....
Underwhelmed and disappointed.
The food was under seasoned, dry, and not very creative. The highlight of the meal was the 1/2 doz oysters and the ice cold martini we had to start things off. But the service was very slow, and they tried to rush our order, even though the restaurant was not very full. I was pretty disappointed as I expected a higher end dining experience. But it didn't even measure up to mediocre standards.
Good but expected better
Based on the menu and pricing, I expected someplace that would pay a little more attention to detail. We waited a good 5 minutes after being seated before our server came and she treated us very casually. I had notified them ahead of time that we were there to celebrate my husband's birthday, and when we got there it seemed that message was either discarded or never noted and therefore not passed on to our server. The food was really, really good and if it there had been daylight I'm sure the view was great (I've seen the restaurant during the day, just not eaten there except this once at night.)
Perfect birthday dinner
We stayed at the Inn at Port Ludlow for one night and had a belated birthday dinner at the restaurant. The service, food, and wine recommendations were spot on! We were seated right next to the fireplace and it made for a cozy, romantic feeling. Would highly recommend the restaurant and hotel for a calm weekend getaway. Thank you!
New Years Eve
We went for the New Years Eve dinner. There was a set menu consisting of seven courses of locally sourced ingredients. The food was excellent. The only complaint my group had was with the main course which was duck. It was cooked medium well. Everyone agreed they would have preferred it served rare. Beside this dinner was excellent. The recommended wine parrings were very balanced and helped to compliment the meal. Highly recommended the Fireside if you have a chance to visit.
Not worth the price
I would recommend finding somewhere else to dine. Prices $24-$36 (plus $14 little salads) were expensive and the food was not good. Little portions, salty and a huge pile of mashed potatoes in the middle of every dish. Our party of six gave the food a YUCK rating and none of us felt good paying the $264 (plus tip) tab.
My dish was beef bourguignon which turned out to be a thick brown stew-like substance with tiny pieces of meat, larger pieces of mushroom and other unidentifiable chunky ingredients - somebody dropped the salt shaker in the mix - then put two giant scoops of mash potatoes in the middle and served the meal in a deep small rimmed bowl. Cost $24 plus a $14 salad for a total of $38 plus wine, dessert, coffee and tip (all for a thick brown gooey stew-like bowl of stuff). Pork dish was overcooked and dry. Scallops were good but only three medium scallops were served again on top of a giant pile of mash potatoes. So in other words, the Fireside scored a zero for all six of our dishes. Our group left hungry and decided we won't be back!
Over-Rated and Over-Priced
A simple 3-course dinner (nothing special) with wine-pairing was over $150...and worth half that. Three wines were offered ($19 per person) and ONE INCH was poured into the goblets with each course. Hardly enough to taste. Talk about CHEAP!
VERY unimpressed with food, service and prices. Never going back.
Good Food, Excellent Service
The service at the restaurant was excellent.
My meal (salmon) was perfect, but my husband's meal (chicken) was dry, so he was only able to eat about half of it. The salad and bread were delicious and we sat at a table near the window, which was what we requested.
Overall, it was a good experience
Special Night Celebrated
My Sweetie and I visited the area for the weekend celebrating his birthday, and I chose The Fireside for our special night out based solely on the restaurant's website. I knew I was taking a chance, and we were completely blown away by our experience, start to finish.
As soon as we walked in my partner was wished a happy birthday. A window table had been chosen specifically for us. The wait service was impeccable from the beginning as well - Jeff was friendly but not too familiar, helpful and available but not overbearing.
Everything we ordered was delicious. Timing between courses was just right.
If we lived closer we'd be back more often. When the occasion strikes again, The Fireside will be on our list of places to which to return.
The service was professional and yet ver ...
The service was professional and yet very friendly and helpful; we had a table of 5 and all of fish dishes came out eye appealing and delicious! We easily shared two rich desserts between us all and left very satisfied.
What a great dinning experience. Tremendous views.
We stayed at the Port Ludlow Resort and the Fireside Grill was not only very convenient but ended up being one of the highlights of our visit. We had such a nice dinner experience that we returned for breakfast the following morning. The restaurant is in a great setting which just makes the entire dinning experience that much more enjoyable. We will come back to both the resort and restaurant on our next trip up to this beautiful area.
Fireside meal - the best
Probably the best meal I have had in over a year. The spinach bacon salad, the steak done to medium rare perfection the bread and tepinia, the wine selection, everything was exceedingly wonderful , and that's before the outdoor patio ambience- thank you for making a memorable experience.
Sometimes things work out as you hoped, they did, and the evening was wonderful. The weather was perfect for sitting outside and the tables are arranged well. The wine list is extensive and fascinating, and we especially appreciated that Washington state wines are listed separately. We tried a new (to us) Pinot noir and it was very good. Our entrees, king salmon and hanger steak, were well proportioned and absolutely delicious. Service was friendly, professional and well done. Overall, a terrific night. We have also had lunch at the Fireside, and it is equally as pleasurable.
QUIET EVENING; GREAT FOOD
We arrived before 6:00 PM and enjoyed some $5.00 tapas, and then went on to our main courses. Everything was fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. Add to this great service and world class view and things could not have been more perfect.
Reservation not in system
Very disappointed this year, we dine here every year over Memorial Weekend as we camp in the RV park a mile away. This year they had not put our reservation in their system and we ended up waiting about 15 minutes to be seated even though the restaurant was empty. We got a table that didn't have a view although we requested a few that were by windows, only to be told they were reserved. Food was great as usually but the server we had was very slow and not attentive at all. Normally very happy with this place but this put a sour taste in my mouth.
Perfect for a special occassion
Excellent service. Menu changes daily but the options available were well prepared and perfectly cooked. Great for a special occasion. Atmosphere was perfect to share with that special someone. Not really kid friendly. Huge wine selection and cocktails were delish.
We enjoyed an intimate table in front of the fireplace, which added to our positive experience. Our server was very informative and helpful in offering suggestions for wines and special dishes. The flat-iron steak was delicious and nicely presented. We appreciated the attentiveness shown by our server and being there when appropriate. A lovely three hour meal that was relaxing and enjoyable. We are looking forward to our next visit!
A great place for a quiet dinner
The Fireside is a tiny restaurant in the Port Ludlow Inn. A small but very fresh and interesting menu. Great place to share an appetizer and split an entree. The portions are good so I never go hungry. A wonderful wine list, I wish I was more of a wine drinker. It has a beautiful view of the marina and the couple of times we've come we've loved the food. It's a bit of a drive but a perfect evening when you want to spend time alone with someone you love. Try it for an anniversary or special occasion.
Even better than we expected
We planned our stay at the Port Ludlow Resort, made a hotel reservation directly with the hotel and our dinner reservation through Open Table. When we arrived, right on time, for supper, the hostess said she had no reservation for us. This has never happened to us before when using Open Table. Our table was excellent, the dining room a bit noisy. It grew quieter when the guitarist performed. Our meal was truly outstanding as was the service we received from Amy. We will absolutely return but I'm concerned about the mess-up with the reservation.
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