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“Tapas style seafood restaurant in Huntington Beach”

Ways & Means Oyster House
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Description: Located by the beach, Ways & Means' cuisine features fresh, sustainably-caught seafood and seasonal ingredients. The creative menu celebrates the classic oyster bars and fish houses found in coastal cities around the world. The restaurant also offers a rotating mix of East and West-coast oysters at its oyster bar. The innovative wine list, which complements the coastal influenced cuisine, features selections from Europe to Australia and California to South Africa. It offers guests affordable wines by the glass, as well as more extensive offerings by the bottle. The thoughtful bar program includes classic cocktails prepared with a twist and premium beers. Desserts are not an afterthought. In fact, you may want to come for the desserts alone.
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Description: Located by the beach, Ways & Means' cuisine features fresh, sustainably-caught seafood and seasonal ingredients. The creative menu celebrates the classic oyster bars and fish houses found in coastal cities around the world. The restaurant also offers a rotating mix of East and West-coast oysters at its oyster bar. The innovative wine list, which complements the coastal influenced cuisine, features selections from Europe to Australia and California to South Africa. It offers guests affordable wines by the glass, as well as more extensive offerings by the bottle. The thoughtful bar program includes classic cocktails prepared with a twist and premium beers. Desserts are not an afterthought. In fact, you may want to come for the desserts alone.
Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is a great addition to the HB restaurant scene. We visited soon after its opening but the service was slick and the food excellent. Oysters are on the menu but so are plenty of other tasty dishes!

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Thank Martin H
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Reviewed April 17, 2016

Our first visit to this Pacific City restaurant and we were impressed by the decor right away. Open air with high ceilings. A cross between Hawaii and New Orleans. The patio offered a view of the ocean, pier and Santa Catalina Island in the distance.We opted for the brunch menu with a starter of Kumuno Oysters and the restaurant's signature Bloody Mary with Chili Bacon and Shrimp. Small plate entrees of Smoked Salmon and Spinach Scramble and a Crab Omelet were delicious. I observed an order of Fish and Chips being delivered that looked very appetizing. Our server was efficient and friendly. We shall return for one of their special entree nights. Perhaps the $9.99 Lobster on Monday night. Reservations are a must on the weekend and during the summer months. They do valid parking, however it is an easy walk from the local hotels nearby.

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Thank Don H
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Reviewed April 16, 2016

There were 2 highlights. Drinks were good, I recommend the Strawberry Fields. My friends enjoyed the raw oysters. Fresh and on special, reasonably priced. But the lobster bisque was $9 for a small cup and terrible. Maryland crab cakes dry. 2 tiny ones for $16. Bacon wrapped shrimp. Small shrimp, undercooked bacon. Salmon was ok at best. Mac and cheese tasted boxed. Quinoa not my thing but friends said it was fine. The concept is small plates and to share everything. Food was served intermittently. Difficult to share when there are only a few bites per plate. Atmosphere is noisy. Don't go there hungry or to relax. Be prepared to spend a lot for a little.

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1  Thank Cindy S
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Reviewed March 27, 2016

Bad news: We had a 20 minute wait that turned into 40 minutes / Good news - the guys enjoyed the bar while the girls enjoyed the nearby shops. Our waiter was prompt, explained the menu and quickly brought our drink orders. Food arrived very quickly but then we didn't see our waiter again for some time. We had Trailer Park oysters (ok), Lobster Bisque (yummy), Portabello Skewers with Gouda Grits (ok), Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Sweet Potatoes (yummy), Tako Poke (yummy) for dinner. The others also shared a dozen raw oysters (I'm not a fan) and they loved them. One of our group ordered a Bloody Mary and was very disappointed. Our waiter was able to get him something else (Westie Sour?) but it took quite a while. All in all - I was not impressed but then again, I'm not an oyster fan. The rest of our group liked everything but prices were a bit high for the amount of food we had. Good news: great location, great selection. Bad news: A bit pricey for the size portions.

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Thank rdsalley
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Reviewed March 26, 2016

That's the thing about small plates, the $ adds up. There were four of wanting to try a new place in our hometown. Our friends had "the burger" and a small plate of bacon wrapped shrimp. My wife chose fish & chips and I ordered the lobster bisque and gouda cheesy grits (knowing I was going to get some fish & chips too).

The burger was a full meal and our friend enjoyed it all. Her pleased with the bacon wrapped shrimp and deemed it the best of the bunch. The fish & chips, on the small plate menu, was a meal with two pieces of fish and plenty of French fries. The lobster bisque was not particularly good. Our waiter was later to say the clam chowder is the better dish. And the gouda cheesy grits might have been good (I liked the taste) but were served when they were luke warm, not to my liking.

We sat outside with a heat lamp overhead to enjoy the setting sun. We arrived early and instantly got a table but the place was packed by the time we left. Service was prompt and courteous. We would go back but perhaps be a little more discriminating in what we order.

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Thank KenVicLee
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