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Local cuisine, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
About
This restaurant opened in July 2010.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Television
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We weren’t super hungry so we just had soup and a taco. Hubby had New England Clam Chowder that he said was just okay. I had the Manhattan Clam Chowder and it was delicious. Wish I’d ordered a bowl instead of a cup! The tacos...were large, full of meat, and delicious. Server was very nice, wish I remembered his name!More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed March 24, 2024 via mobile

Good food, good service, great view of the harbor and sunset. We would definitely go there again. The fish and chips grilled vegetables were delicious l.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed January 16, 2024 via mobile

Enjoys the meal here. The oysters on the half shelf were excellent. They were big and succulent. The fried seafood platter was also excellent. I think I would have preferred the steamed. The fried platter doesn’t come with fries. Overall it was all good with...a. Ice harbor view.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 10, 2024

We have been a regular at this place for the past 5 years. Tonight, things were not good. My wife ordered fish that arrived not all cooked. We spoke to the waiter who agreed, but the manager said the chef said the fish was well...done. It wasn't. The fact that this manager kept on disputing this issue was not good. We are never going back as the manager needs to take a course in listening and not arguing with paid customers.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 6, 2023

Stopped in for a late lunch. Lots of choices on the menu. I decided on the Crab and Shrimp Louie salad. The salad was delicious. The greens were fresh and tasty. The shrimp and crab were very flavorful. The dressing (thousand island) is made in-house...and it was perfect. Not too heavy or chunky. The garlic bread (complimentary) was light and tasty. Not overwhelmed with garlic. I also enjoyed a slice of carrot cake. Also made in-house,it was excellent! I will definitely plan on returning on my next tripMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 28, 2023

My family enjoyed everything that we had for lunch. My wife had the fish and chips, which is unique due to the fresh caught halibut and panko crust. This was recommended by our waiter and did not disappoint. The highlight of the meal was the...Cioppino. This fish stew was light and flavorful. After I ordered it I was told by many of the staff that it is all of their favorite dishes. The restaurant manager also stopped by to "touch" our table and that was a pleasant surprise. This doesn't happen as much as it used to.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed August 25, 2023

To their benefit I got there 20 min. to closing. I got right in. Service was slow but ok. Oysters were very good but on the small side-pacific oysters. I got the steamed entree with shrimp, clams, mussels and crab. Came out very hot but...not hot enough to heat the snow crab cluster all the way. Must have been frozen. Tasty but only 1 piece of garlic taost. Closing time.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed June 7, 2023 via mobile

Great food and atmosphere. Service was outstanding! We had 6 in our party, everyone was very pleased with their meal. Will definitely eat here again on our next trip here!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed February 23, 2023 via mobile

Amazing!! The lobster bisque and clam chowder come in a beautiful, fresh, sourdough bread bowl. Sooo tasty! Perfectly cooked, large scallops with a tempura-style dipping sauce. White wine mussels were delicious. Pastas we delicious too!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed February 9, 2023 via mobile

Had New England clam chowder. Not much clam in it and the chowder tasted like it had flour as a thickener. Also had panko crusted fish sandwich and sweet potato fries. Sandwich good, but fries mediocre.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed November 27, 2022 via mobile

Enjoyable evening for dinner. Murphy our server was excellent. So in fact answered our questions about the area. The fresh seafood was delicious. The lobster bisque was to die for. Highly reccomend. The ambience by the harbor was truly a great evening

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 15, 2022

Whenever Cioppino is on the menu, it's a risk. Half the time it is boring and occasionally it is great. The Lighthouse was my favorite Cioppino yet. Loaded with seafood in a spicy red Italian sauce, I could have eaten another round. Great restaurant if...you find yourself by the marina.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 14, 2022 via mobile

This is good restaurant in a beautiful area on the water. The staff was wonderful! We started with delicious tacos and drinks. After that we had the lobster bisque so yummy! Then for dinner I had Luis' special and my husband had fish and chips....I would eat the special dish again if I ever visited CA again. For dessert we had carrot cake and a chocolate martini. Such a nice ending b4 our uber came to get us.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed October 12, 2022

We visited the Lighthouse twice since there are not a lot of seafood restaurants open for lunch. The Cajen seafood salad, the Ahi Stack, the fish and chips and the blue crab/shrimp salad were are wel prepared and delicious. Very competent servers. We would visit...again on next tripMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 6, 2022 via mobile

Outstanding meal, clam chowder excellent, spinach salad excellent, peel and eat shrimp was good but be aware of some veins. View of the harbor was awesome and some seal lions showed up to entertain us.

Date of visit: September 2022
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