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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ajax Cafe

Ajax Cafe
Ranked #1 of 13 Restaurants in Port Hadlock
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Mount Vernon, Washington
2 reviews
Reviewed April 14, 2013

The Ajax Cafe was great! The food was delicious. The service was good. And the atmosphere was fun. A great place to take your kids. I wish I had brought mine. They have hats all over the walls for people to try on and wear during your meal. They were some really funny ones. It was just a great place.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank tylerlilly12
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Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very Good Dinner”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

We were visiting some friends in the area who took us to this very good restaurant. It is really off the beaten track but worth finding. It is in an old store right off the harbor. We had a table right up front in a bay window which was nice because the open dining room is packed with tables and a little cramped. The night we were there someone was playing the piano which was nice but our friends told us it can get very loud when they have other musicians. The food was very good as well as the service. I had a pork dish with a spicy bean cake which was outstanding. I recommend this place.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank D W
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Delta, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous as always”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

We were first made aware of this great location about 20 years ago and make a point of visiting every time we are anywhere near the area. As we are from the Vancouver, BC area this may be every year or two at most.

The Ajax visit is always one of the highlights of our trip and this recent visit was no exception. It just so happens the night we could go was a special wine tasting evening with the owner of Kyra Winery sharing her wines and expertise. The Ajax had done a 6 course meal to match the wines and the pairings were flawless. Both the wine and the food were exceptional.

The price of $55 was very reasonable and they even made an adjustment for our 16 year old daughter who joined us. It is about her 5th visit to the Ajax and she has always loved the restaurant and especially the hats. One of our group was not much of a wine drinker but a devout beer drinker and they, as always, went out of their way to make him and everyone else feel comfortable and enjoy the evening.

If you are anywhere near Port Hadlock simply do not miss the Ajax Cafe.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Garry G
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Carpentersville, IL
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Got one word for you: Jack Reid... Get a reservation when he's playing”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Pick a complimentary hat from their selection, and settle in with your menu for a challenging choice...it all looks good. These owners LOVE making people happy. Always packed and perkin'....there is almost always music as well. Get there on a night Jack Reid is playing and singing his soulful western music...original and gorgeous. (The music, although Jack has his admirer's as well).

Visited November 2012
Thank Mary M
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Seattle, Washington
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Cute , unusual ,funky interior and fantastic food.”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Here's a hidden gem ! One of a kind interior with each chair colorfully painted and each table different from the other .As you enter the cute funky entry area and are greeted , you will pass through the thick red curtains and seated in the dining room.

Hats all over the walls for you to choose to wear for your dining experience, if you wish ! Nostalgic rock n roll posters and photographs decorate the walls, and a small elevated corner stage showcases live music on the weekends. A small nice complete bar combined with the whimsical ambiance will make you smile and laugh. A fun experience.

The location of the restaurant in a historic building that goes back to the late 1800's . It is right across a little street from a small boat dock and a cute little bay. So you can arrive by boat or car. They are just about 15-20 min from Port Townsend, and 10 min from Kala Point and Port Ludlow. Take the Port Hadlock/Ft Flagler exit off of Hwy 20, and within 5 min you will be at the only signal in town . Go thru the signal about a mile and keep looking on the left for a large sign that says AJAX CAFE' . Turn left , which is down toward the water , and you will end up at their parking lot. You would never know this great restaurant existed unless someone told you about it and how to get there. They have a website too.

The service is outstanding and friendly. The wonderful owner is always present and usually mixing the cocktails, and overseeing the the dining room. She may take your order as they get very busy on the weekends.

They serve local wines , as well as those from other wine growing regions. They have wine and food pairing dinners usually once per month too. They serve local hard apple ciders , which is an unusual specialty of the Chimacum Valley area just 10 min from them . If you haven't tried hard ciders , it is a real treat. They are not all sweet , and come in a wide spectrum of tastes from very dry, wine like (not sweet) , to beer like , to sparkling, to very sweet apple Brandy. All made locally.

The food is outstanding and all ingredients are sourced locally . There are many small organic family farms that service the Olympic Peninsula with fresh grown and raised produce, chicken , eggs, pork, and beef. The farms are all within 15-20 min from the restaurant.

Your menu will be inside an old authentic rock n roll album cover ! I have had their perfectly prepared salmon served on top of potatoes au gratin with a rich creamy Chardonay sauce . Fresh local roasted vegetables accompany this very tasty dish. They have great salads and one of the best clam chowders I have ever tasted . The chowder is made with local clams in the shell, in a rich creamy soup with tiny potatoes and a few vegetables,simmered in wine and herbs ...wow.

They serve chicken dishes , as well as stuffed pork chops , and steaks too. Vegetarian dishes as well as pastas are available also.

Personally this is a place you would just have to experience if you live in the Port Townsend and surrounding areas, or you are just passing through as a tourist . This is a restaurant not to miss.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank barryswobblyworld
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