I researched restaurants close to WWU because we didn't have a lot of time to drive all over and still make it to the concert at 7:30. My cousin recommended the Cliff House partly because of its proximity to the college, but more importantly because of their signature Whiskey Crab Soup! We chose it because of the proximity, but definitely had the Whiskey Crab Soup. WOW!!!! It's everything my cousin said----and more! The rest of our meal was fabulous as well. The fried oysters were so fresh & light and really tasty---best I've ever had. Fresh salad bar---pretty basic choices, but very fresh and well served.
However, even more importantly the staff was FABULOUS! We had made reservations for 5:30 so we could have time to relax from the drive up from Seattle and get to the concert on time. We left a teensy bit later than hoped for, and then encountered TRAFFIC as only I-5 can manage. We struggled through, but on the way up we phoned the restaurant to ask if we could move our reservation to 5:45. She said "no problem" with a smile in her voice. We actually arrived at 6:00 very apologetically and were still seated at a view table. We thanked our waitress profusely and then dropped the bomb that we needed to leave no later than 7 in order to find parking etc and make the concert. So ..... WE were late, and we had the temerity to ask THEM to hurry! Sheesh.
BUT ---- our waitress was absolutely fabulous. She cautioned us on what things would take some time to prepare, and then effectively kept us posted on progress, and we had a wonderful meal with a quick cocktail, live oyster sampler, and 2 orders of the soup in a bowl with salad bar and 2 orders of fried oysters with salad bar. It was an absolutely lovely evening with no stress and no worries.
We can't wait to go back when we have no timeline and just enjoy the menu & view.
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