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“Wonderful local spot with a beautiful view!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill

Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill
Ranked #20 of 385 Restaurants in Oceanside
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: This restaurant opened in July 2010.
San Diego
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful local spot with a beautiful view!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

We love the Lighthouse for Happy Hour or for dinner at sunset. Been there many times and the food is always great! Sit out on patio (they have heaters) and enjoy the views of our quaint small harbor. We love the grilled halibut! The clam chowder is great. If you just want a small meal, go during happy hour for tiny street tacos, or the steamed artichoke .. Going with a group? try the Chicken Nachos! Decent wine list. The service is not alway great, I find the staff is not very cheerful and friendly but I can ignore that with the beautiful view of the Harbor. There is inside seating .. Feels a little campy inside but the bar is not bad! Give it a try and sit outside!

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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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middle tenn
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Don't miss happy hour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

Great food, view and service! Excellent choices on the happy hour menu.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mspurple55
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Orange, California
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39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Cioppino is Fino!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

If you want a great tasting cioppino, this is the place to get it! Succulent and tasty Mahi-Mahi with shell fish in a superb tomato based broth. Patio/Harbor view; great location.

Visited May 2012
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Thank Perry_from_SoCal
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Carlsbad, CA
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Entitled servers, food meager and mediocre, great views..”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

We had been for a B-Day party last summer and were happy enough to have returned with another couple this past weekend.
Still have great views. The food not so good this time, and stingy portions(and I'm not your typical whiner).
What was really bad was the servers...started out nice enough, but when one of us asked for some fish on their fish taco (the server, when we ordered, had said two fish tacos would be plenty of food -- yeah, maybe for parakeet!), both the server and the manager who came over acted like we were suddenly a problem.
Sour faces the rest of the night, like "we don't want you back"..

As many others have pointed out, the service here mostly sucks.
If these folks want to mistreat locals(we are) and just rip off tourists, good luck with that plan long term. My bet, they are gone within a year unless someone cracks some heads about "customer is always right".
My guess, they hire too many "entitled" kids to work here and don't train them that it is the customer, not them, that are entitled.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank zebraspot
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Wisconsin
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Food was great and atmosphere nice and relaxed, but service poor.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of our booking agent for our trip as we were looking for good seafood, including oysters. We had some trouble finding it as it wasn't well marked and our GPS had some trouble locating it as well. It's on the second level of a small group of establishments. When we did find it we entered what looked to be the back door. We moved to the other door as no one greeted us when we entered. We stood there with restaurant personnel passing us without so much as a 'hello' or 'we'll be right with you.' When we were finally seated we waited some more for our server to greet us and take our drink order. Our waiter was a young man who again didn't acknowledge our wait. We ordered oysters as an appetizer. Again, we waited. When we finally got our food we had no silverware. We had to chase the waiter down to get some. The only reason I am giving this 3 stars is because the food was very good and the atmosphere was just what we were looking for...casual but classy. I'd give this another try and hope for a different server.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WiShelly
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