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“I had sand in my Oysters... Lots and lots of sand”

Mo's Original Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 111 Restaurants in Newport
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Started 70 years ago Mo's proud tradition brings you the best and freshest Oregon seafoods... unique, informal and friendly style at modest prices! Whether you want a complete seafood lunch or dinner... or just stop by for homebaked desserts, the welcome mat is always out at Mo's! Visit us soon... and visit us often... the friendliest place to meet and greet your friends. Serving NW seafood and the best chowder on the Oregon Coast. Everybody knows ya gotta go to Mo's!
Springfield, Oregon, United States
1 review
“I had sand in my Oysters... Lots and lots of sand”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

I took a visiting family member to Mo's because we had told him how great their food was. In the past it had been fine.

When we arrived they were quite busy, it took about ten minutes after being sat to get our drink orders in, but we didn't mind too much because you could tell the two servers on were working hard, and they were obviously understaffed. I ordered the Oyster dinner and clam chowder.

When our meals arrived everything was fine except my oysters were covered in sand. You could tell that no attempt was made to clean them, even the outer portion of the shells where coated with sand. I brought this to the attention of my server, and she just told me "We can't clean the inside of them because they open while they're baking" and then left to attend to other tables. And that's it. No offer for a replacement, no asking if I wanted something else, not even a sorry.

So, I got to sit (starving BTW) staring at the rest of my family eat, and pick at their food. Finally when she brought us our bill and noticed I had a plate of un-eaten oysters (maybe she thought I would just eat them sand and all?) she took the bill and removed the charged for my meal. I doubt I'll be going back ever again.

  • Visited March 2013
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Portland, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Oregon Beach staple”
Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

You have to eat here on a trip to the beach, because it's the original Mo's. Pretty much all their food is fried unless you choose a grilled piece of fish. Fish and chips are 11.95 and come with soup or salad. Their clam chowder I quite good. The kids hamburger only comes with meat on it.

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Thank MommyTravels_net
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Eagle Point, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Had to walk out”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Husband and I went in for dinner but didn't get to eat anything this time. Nobody greeted us for several minutes. FInally a man from the kitchen seated us. Our waitress came over for a drink order and asked about appetizers. We ordered some steamers, chowder and I asked for an ice tea, NO LEMON. We could see her prepare our beverage order. She came back with lemon in my tea and on DH's water. I turned away as she walked up. She must have realized her mistake, she turned slightly before setting our drinks on the table. By then she had popped the lemon off my glass. She set it down and walked away. No straw, no spoon. And if I have an allergic reaction to the lemon? DH asked if I was ready to leave. We decided to head over to Georgie's. We were not disappointed. Mo's was obviously understaffed and the server needs some lessons in customer service.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank JLynne_67
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Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

I know some of the reviews here have been less than favorable but we were not deterred. I had the chowder with a crab sandwich and the mrs had the oyster stew. Again, just as we experienced at the Mo's in Florence, it was all excellent. May be we are biased having been to this restaurant in the late 70's! Only complaint was the service was very slow (and they apologized) but we will definitely return. 4-stars is for the food.

  • Visited February 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“not the best chowder but the best fish and chips todate”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

likes - price was okay for 2 given the general outrageous prices and quality in Newport to Lincoln city.
dislikes - line ups that were attributed to disorganized managing.
likes- the server was sweet and considerate.
fantastic is the shrimp coleslaw!!!!
dislikes - they don't try anymore - they got a captive audience

Visited February 2013
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