1. Don't believe the sign in the window: "OPEN at 5:00/PM" means you can sit in the lounge and have drinks, but the dining area doesn't open until 5:30/P...just be aware of that.
2. Very limited selection if you don't take the Tasting Menu (and don't trust the menu you may find online since it belongs to the previous restaurant owner and has not be taken down. The newer owners do not offer a menu online...saying only that their menu varies daily...kinda doubt that since their current menu has obviously been around for awhile based on wear 'n tear.)
3. Offered a "TASTING menu" but certainly $$$ (expect $55.00 per person and NOT all items are necessarily what you may even want to try...my companion left a number of things with only a nibble taken.)
Sorry, but just can't say it was worth the anticipation...would have loved to try to lobster the previous owner offered (and is in fact what we were looking for when we made the reservation.) Not saying don't try it...just keep your expectations low and wallet wide open.
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Wow. Sometimes it's a challenge to be civil and control myself when responding to some of these reviews, but in the interests of good humor and a polite dialogue, here goes.
First, people do, and should, believe our "Open at 5:00 PM" sign in the window. We were indeed open at 5:00 pm, about the time you and your partner arrived without reservations. Food and drink are available in our lounge beginning at 5:00, but had you called for a reservation, as most of our guests do, you would have been informed that we begin dinner service in the dining room at 5:30. As always, we did our best to make you feel welcome and appreciated until we were ready to seat you, and after confirming that the chef and the room were ready, I did in fact seat you at my personal favorite window table at 5:25.
When the waiter informed me of your confusion regarding our online menu, I got online and discovered that our current menu was properly posted. I reported back to you, at which time you told me that you had seen lobster listed, something we do not carry. When I went back online, I Googled "lobster, The Bay House, Lincoln City" and got a page fragment from the former owners' website listing lobster for $28. The page also had a date at the bottom of 2006, the year I took over. I also reported this back to you, and apologized for your confusion even though we were not responsible for your confusion. Now, I'm just a lowly restauratuer and I don't know how the internet works, but, seriously, I resent your implication that we were trying to trick you or anybody else. Our menu does change regularly and it is kept up to date on our website (www.thebayhouse.org). Wear and tear on our menus?!? Again, you're joking, right? The leather covers are in excellent shape and the inserts are freshly printed regularly. We don't serve frozen food, and fishing and gathering seasons change so regularly that the menus don't get a chance to get soiled. In fact, salmon season had recently closed, so the printing you saw was very fresh.
Please accept my apologies for your perception of the price of our 5-course tasting menu. At $55, I feel it presents excellent value, especially considering that everything is fresh (not frozen) and made right here. If you were to compare it to any other similar offering anywhere else, you would see what I mean. Whenever I want to see "expensive", I go to the gas station!
In closing, I, too, would have loved to have had lobster available for $28, but times do change. I do think you could have tempered your review based on the information that I provided you, but I understand that some people do enjoy stretching a story for the sake of the reader. I'm just a little disappointed that you tried to make your review more dramatic at our expense and the expense of the truth.
No matter. We'd be happy to welcome you back at some point in the future, but in the mean time, we will continue to practice our art form, and continue to offer the highest quality of food, drink, and service that we possibly can.
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