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“Great Food, Mediocre Service”

Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill
Ranked #18 of 395 Restaurants in Oceanside
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: This restaurant opened in July 2010.
Reviewed July 17, 2014

We returned to dine here for lunch on our most recent visit to Oceanside, after a great day of shark fishing. We visited this restaurant back in the spring on our first shark fishing trip, and the food has been spot on both times.

This time we had the super nachos, and the ceviche as appetizers. The ceviche was fresh, with a very prominent citrus flavor that complemented the dish very well. The nachos were generously piled with cheese, chicken, and beans, with enough chips to feed an army. A great value, to say the least.

The star of the meal was the fish tacos!! The last time we came here, we ignored the advice of our captain, who told us to have fish tacos. We had very good plate lunches with the catch of the day, but this time, we listened, and it was a good thing we did. These were definitely some of the best fish tacos we have ever eaten!! Two were sufficient, after having split the appetizers. Without appetizers, I would surmise that three would make a very satisfying meal. The fish was crispy, fresh, and flavorful, without any "fishy" taste at all.

The negative to our visit was the service. We were there in the middle of the afternoon, after the lunch rush, and before any dinner crowd had arrived. Yet, our server seemed to forget that tea glasses need to be refilled when requested, and not 10 minutes after the fact. Observing things, I thought maybe it was due to having to brew more tea, but then I saw her go to the tea bin that I had been watching all along....this was just complete inattention to a request that had been made, and perhaps a pre-occupation with catering to the two couples who were drinking wine by the glass and requested refills of their favorite white wine (perhaps bucking for the assumed larger tip, I would suspect). Those wine glasses did not have to wait at all, but our tea glasses remained dry until she was flagged down again.

Disappointed with the lack of service, considering there were less than 10 people in the entire place, to be certain. But the food was outstanding, and the fish tacos cannot be beaten by many places in my view. Just make sure your thirst is quenched before dining, or.....order wine. That will get you a quick refill.

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Thank Dennis L
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast here, which we ate outside on their balcony. The prices were reasonable and the serving sizes large. The corned beef hash was especially tasty. We also sat on the balcony one evening and sipped a few beers, watching the sunset. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating.

Thank moudan
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

We recently stayed in Oceanside, and ended up eating here 4 times during our stay. It was that good! Quality & taste was great, and the prices were very reasonable for the area. Stuff sole, scallops and fish tacos were all excellent. The view of the harbor was just icing on the cake. All the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the owner made us glad we had returned again and again.

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Thank Joan A
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Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Everything about this place is great! The location, service, and food are all outstanding!

I had a fresh halibut sandwich with sweet potato fries, my husband had an ahi stack and clam chowder, and my son had calamari tacos. We were all very happy with the food (and beer and mojito).

The harbor area is a lovely place to visit and have a nice meal. We had stopped to look at a menu at one of the other seafood places here, but the Lighthouse had a lot more options.

Thank ScenicWeddings
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Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

On the Sunday of 4th July weekend we visited this restaurant for dinner. We had no reservation and had to wait for an outside table. No problem, we enjoyed a drink at the bar while we waited.

Our table was off to one side but we still had a perfect view of the sun setting over the harbor.

The restaurant must have had a very busy weekend as they were out of oysters and clams!

We chose grilled sea bas and fish and chips. Both were good, but unexceptional. Middle of the road fare, done well enough.

The shortish wine list had some good selections and we enjoyed a Pinot Noir from Monterey region.

Quite good value at not much over $100 for the two of us. We'll be back - and hopefully they'll have oysters next time.

Thank 0591TimS
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