About The Fireside Restaurant, Waterfront Dining
The Resort at Port Ludlow
Port Ludlow, WA 98365
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: (360) 437-7040
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Fireside Restaurant, Waterfront Dining Ratings and Reviews
I actually had to cancel these reservations due to the missing the ferry to be able to drive there from Seattle. I did however go the next night and it was lovely. Unfortunately our waiter didn't tell us about the special, so after we ordered and saw that people were getting lobster tails next to us I asked if we had missed it somehow on the menu. No big deal but that would have been a nice alternative. They also ran out of mash potatoes for one of the dishes so my daughter had to make a different choice. Though these issues came up, the food was good and the service as well. I'd recommend for laid back dining when in Port Ludlow.
We had been given a gift certificate from a family member from the east coast. She was impressed by the web site and sent it to us in Port Townsend. We are new to this area and found it to be a perfect gift. It is a lovely setting and a nice ambience. The food did not disappoint and the server was pleasant and attentive enough. We will return with visitors soon.
The first room we were seated in was large and open with only three tables. It was way too bright and quiet, table conversation would have been heard by all and it was not comfortable. I asked to be reseated in the main restaurant near the fireplace and the host gladly made it happen. The room was much better from the lighting to the background music. Our food was amazing and the wine list is on point! Aside from the first room an overall excellent dining experience.
Service was marginal, portions small and inconsistent, pork loin tough as leather, prices astronomical, i.e. asparagus $3 per spear, small dinner salad $14!!!!!! Never again. Would be funny if it weren't so expensive. Chef should be forced to eat his own food - and PAY for it!
It's hard not to recommend the Fireside because it's the only fine dining in town. But, each time I return, I'm disappointed with the food vs. the cost. The salad this time, on the "comfort foods menu" was probably one of the most bland I've ever eaten -- it was over-oiled with no discernable flavor. The ambience is nice, with the fireplace and marina-side dining, but overall the food is good, but pricey.
I made reservations for my wife's birthday. The service and atmosphere is top notch. And the food was amazing! I had the Carmel glazed Steel head and my wife had the Jidori Chicken! We highly recommend these selections. They had a very nice wine list also. We had a glass of Bordeux to wash our meals down with. Very clean establishment. Our server was awesome too! 👍🏿Check this place out, you won't be disappointed.
Great as always. We had family style Thanksgiving dinner for the second year. They have a lovely tradition of packing your leftovers up in a carrier bag so you can have sandwiches the day after. They made a special effort to provide a dairy free meal for our party member who needed it.
We were there for their annual Thankgiving Dinner. The whole roasted turkey was delicious, tender and juicy. The sides were great as were the extra cost wine pairings. Service was wonderful and the food plentiful with more of the turkey and any of the sides available on request.
Our Thanksgiving reservation made on Open Table was invalid because the restaurant was having technical troubles. We booked for 12:45, but got a phone call a few days before the reservation and was told they shut down the Open Table system and based on what was then available at that point, they could only seat us at noon.
Price was advertised as $49.00 (& my Open Table confirmation stated that price clearly) but we were charged $59/p. We told our server of this discrepancy. She took the bill back & she said made the correction, but she hadn't. My husband didn't want to make a fuss, so we just paid and left.
Food was fine, but not for that price. Even $49 seemed high, but if was a special occasion, so went with it.
Overall, the staff seemed disorganized, but were very pleasant and polite. Ambiance or location is very nice. I'll eat there again but never again for a pre-set menu. NOT a good value!
Seems the chef doesn't taste or care what leaves the kitchen. The meat was too hard to cut through, the staff didn't care even though they had to have noticed and heard me attempting to cut my raw hide textured beef. Instead of knife, fork and spoon, I should have had a hatchet. My complaint was ignored. I will not return.
Notable decline in a once elegant experience. Now the staff loudly discusses business operations at the bar, disturbing the dining experience of patrons in the primary dining room, as if there were no guests present. At these prices, this is a dealbreaker. Menu has been pared down to minimal offerings. Low quality beef was a disappointment, especially since I had praised the establishment to my guest, based on my past experiences. Unique status and unique location could be a stellar restaurant, with some attention to staff deportment.
Interesting menu but the consistency is not good. We had breakfast there 3 times and it was always good flavor. However, the chorizo dish was supposed to have Yukon Golds in it but did not have them and the portions were supposed to be 3 eggs and was barely 1.5 on one morning. Dinners - the hamburgers were great as were the other main courses we had. The dish I had was a small plate of fruit and cheese. It was much overpriced for the amount of food. Overall, I was disappointed. Too bad because the restaurant is located in a very special spot and has good ambiance. Aim higher!
Consistently good food, nice menu options, excellent service and good wine list. Happy hour is a great bargain. Setting and ambiance lovely for outside summer dining or inside by the fire. A relaxed, comfortable feel. Highly recommend for special occasion or a casual get together with friends.
The quality of the food and service at this restaurant did not merit the pricetag for the meal. Our food was very good but not outstanding. The restaurant was not air-conditioned so we had to have a fan blowing on our table to be comfortable. Service was spotty and not very refined.
Their reservation system is very customer unfriendly. We wanted an outside seat closest to the best view. They would not accommodate us even though there were three tables vacant and we were told they were being held for customers being seated an hour after us. So they set us up inside on a warm beautiful evening and 3 tables sat vacant in front of us (through the window) for a full hour and half!!
When we brought this to the restaurant managers attention he agreed their reservation system needed to be changed! In the end we were given a reduced amount for our dinner.
The food was okay but expensive for the quality delivered. The lettuce was limp and the salmon overcooked.
2015 lunch on the patio was exceptional, GREAT meal and service, so we returned with friends for Sunday brunch. This visit in 2016 for Sunday brunch was very disappointing: small portions although tasty, lukewarm food, NO JAM (for brunch??), and a waitress who called the ladies at our table "sweetie" - HATE that! Disappointed and likely will not return.
Having just moved to Port Ludlow nine months ago, we had heard mixed reviews of the Fireside Restaurant. So we decided to try it ourselves for my wife's birthday. We chose to eat indoors, although the deck was inviting. The food and wine was exceptionally good. The service was excellent, the waiter was pleasant, efficient while not being intrusive. We will return.
We expected more. We met there with friends we had not seen in a while. We were looking forward to fine dining together in a lovely setting. The service was slow. We waited to order and then the entrees took much too long arrive. The plates were attractively presented. The halibut was dry and tough. So were the shrimp. The pork was fine. When the light from the setting sun shone directly onto one of us, the wait staff refused to adjust the blinds. We had to move our chairs to one side of our round table instead.
A pricey but disappointing meal and experience.
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!
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.
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
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.
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....
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.
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.)
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