As a local, one of the things I appreciate about the Bandon waterfront is that the restaurants you find there -almost all of them- are better than they'd have to be. Bandon is easily the region's most popular tourist venue, and I'd like to think that not only was the city's leadership smart enough to invest significantly in developing an attractive waterfront, but that they've worked together with the area restaurateurs to assure that Bandon doesn't get a rep as a tourist trap. I think a visit to Bandon Fish Market will reinforce that feeling.
No one will think that this place has cheap prices! And I'd be the first to tell you that I do not buy fresh fish here - their prices for fresh fish are to me too high - instead I drive to Charleston for that. But for a fish sandwich, or a bowl of clam chowder, this is one of my favorite spots.
I love Halibut, and although Bandon Fish Market has relatively high priced fresh Halibut sandwiches and baskets, they also have a very reasonably priced minced Halibut patty (previously frozen) sandwich which I find delicious. Additionally they offer a fresh and delicious Salmon sandwich, which is frequently my choice here.
As an 'old' restaurant worker, I can easily identify the nice 'touches' that are so often neglected in a food service environment - and here what I see and love are things like the high quality little club rolls that they use for their sandwiches (simply wonderful!), the addition of a small sealed container of clam chowder, and another of really good cole slaw that always accompany take-out orders. Additionally, your take-out order will come in an attractive little white box that are not much seen anymore.
Indoor seating is hard to come by at the Fish Market, but they have two outdoor areas, one at the west-end of the building, with nice big tables and a great view of the harbor - and another rather utilitarian area on the south street side with tiny benches and a view of the stores across the street. Hey, it's still better that eating while standing up. However, if you find no luck in finding a seat at the Fish Market, just walk toward the water and grab a bench in the sun, which will be better anyway.