My husband and I just had another wonderful weekend trip here. Specifically, we stayed 20 minutes away from this restaurant, at the Seacliff in Gualala. There are two things that bring us to the area ~ Seacliff and the Chowder House!
I'm sorry to hear that some reviewers did not have the same experience we did, but to each their own. I cannot say enough good things about this place. The food is AMAZING... fresh and flavorful and artfully presented. We eagerly drove the 20 minutes to eat here several times during each trip.
Last time we visited, we tried the oysters on the half shell, the crab cakes, the chowder, crab louie, the most delicious coconut prawns (coming from a person that doesn't like coconut, these tasted like candy!), fish and chips, and did I mention the beer? We counted 30+ beers on tap. My husband found several new favorites, and I had the best bloody marys ever... made with sweet potato vodka and topped with two olives, a pearl onion and a huge prawn.
This time we tried the mussels, appetizer platter (with hot wings, onion rings, sweet potato fries, and more of the yummy coconut prawns), crab stuffed salmon, burger, more chowder, spinach and orange salad, the best sushi we've ever had (not always on the menu), and two huge slabs of prime rib (also on special). More beers and more bloody marys. Everything was wonderful, absolutely no complaints!
The staff is friendly, the view is great. They have a really cool intricately carved bar from Germany, with bar tables nearby. There are also full dining tables facing the pier, as well as an outdoor patio. We would highly recommend you try this place! Then again, we're not personally the sort to settle for pizza while we're on vacation (although we counted probably 5 pizza joints between the tiny coastal towns of Point Arena and Gualala)... We like to spoil ourselves by seeking out really good cuisine, and the Pier Chowder House nails it!
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