The Twisted Fish was recommended to us by our hotel. I was a little concerned about seafood from a restaurant that bills itself as a steakhouse, but decided to try it. First, the prices are what you might expect in a big city steakhouse: high. The decor is also standard steakhouse: white tablecloths, dark wood, etc., which is a little discordant in an Oregon beach town with customers in jeans and fleece. Excellent service; our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to please, clearly experienced at his job. However, we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table in a restaurant that was virtually empty when we arrived.
The food: We didn't come for steak, and when I looked over the options I couldn't find anything smaller than 10 ounces. No thanks. The seafood entrees mostly involved butter or cream sauce. No thanks again. My partner ordered the pan fried oysters, which I found to be decidedly mediocre. The vegetable melange that came alongside the oysters was quite inventive, however, with onions, peppers of various colors, brussels sprouts, and butternut squash. A tasty, though somewhat odd accompaniment to oysters. I ordered soup and a salad. To help us decide between the soup of the day and the fish chowder, our server readily produced a small taste of each. The artichoke spinach soup was exceptional, except that it was too spicy for my taste, so I chose the chowder. It was fine, good enough, quite rich, though somewhat lacking in fish and shellfish (chunks of potato outnumbered fish). The salad -- arugula, blue cheese, hazelnuts, apple, mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries, and grapefruit -- was excellent (except for the grapefruit, which detracted from the overall harmony of flavors) and the addition of perfectly grilled sea scallops made for a satisfying entree.
All in all, given the choice, I probably wouldn't go back to The Twisted Fish. It is simply too pricey and its menu is too limited and skewed toward the unhealthy end of the spectrum for my tastes. But if you like overpriced meat served on humongous platters, it may be just the place for you.
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