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“A Great Place”

LD's Woodfired Grill
Ranked #6 of 123 Restaurants in Port Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner
Reviewed July 30, 2009

Had dinner at Wildfire and enjoyed it very much. Excellent fresh seafood, a pleasant space, and a very friendly/eager to please staff. I'm not sure that it's better than Michael's (in the old town area), but I'd definitely go back.

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Reviewed July 22, 2009

Far and away the best all-round meal of our two week trip to the NW, including several $150 for two -plus ones at " name" Seattle restaurants.

We stumbled upon Wildfire on our way to the 8th St laundromat to recycle our clothes midway through our trip and skated in right at their posted closing time starving, and begging (with apologies) for them to FEED us. No problem ... we were warmly welcomed and allowed to linger as long as we liked. There were a couple of comfortably ensconced parties already on the deck enjoying the view and the firepit, so we chose to take a table just inside in this lovely, tasteful, warm and cozy restaurant with the same delightful view out the window. The waitress was fabulous, and the owner/chef Denny came out of the kitchen himself to welcome us and discuss our dining options.

First, they had GEO (gooey) DUCK as an appetizer ...in a ceviche preparation. :-) Geoduck was something we had longed to try after seeing it caught and prepared on No Revervations! It was fabulous too ... and everywhere we went afterward on the Penisula, locals were impressed that we found a place that served it. They said it was very hard to find, and even harder to find prepared well!

After a week of a steady diet of seafood, I wanted a STEAK ... and chef Denny obliged me with a divine woodfire grilled filet, cooked perfectly, while my husband (who never gets enough seafood) had the outstanding mixed seafood grill with risotto mentioned by some other reviewers here. After our delicious meals and excellent local wines, we still managed to split a piece of the peanut butter pie ..do NOT pass this up! :-)

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Reviewed July 20, 2009

The atmosphere was set when you walk in this warm remodeled house and the staff greet you with a big smile and treat you like a long term friend. My wife and I both had the seafood assortment with all fresh ingredients over the most outstanding lemon champange rissoto and grilled vegetables. Outstanding quality and good portions. The next time we go back to Port Angeles this will be the only place we will go for dinner.

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Reviewed July 4, 2009

Before we get into specifics, let’s just get right to the point: Wildfire is amazing. You should go; you will love it. Seriously, the food, the ambiance, and even the owners were great. We had the fortune of finding this spot when we stopped off for a night in Port Angeles as part of our west peninsula road trip.

We actually chose this spot among the few offerings in Port Angeles based on the couple reviews we found that complimented Wildfire’s outdoor seating. When we arrived on a Friday night at about 8pm, the deck was full and lively (clearly others thought that was the place to be, too). After a short wait out in the sunroom area, a welcoming hostess ushered out to a very nice table right next to a very cool fire pit. The gas fire pit was filled with small pieces of broken purple glass; the relaxing, warm glow was attractive and appreciated as the sun went down. The deck afforded a nice view of the sunset (and a bit of the water), and it proved to be a perfect spot to enjoy dinner.

On to the food. To start, we had the smoked wild salmon appetizer—it was phenomenal. The wonderfully smoked salmon isn’t even half the story, though…the complements really make this dish: lots of roasted garlic, melted brie, and crispy flatbread. Every component was great on its own, but together you have a taste and textural explosion you’ll want to tell everybody about. Note: The flatbread is fired in the apple wood brick oven, and naturally it’s what they use for pizza dough—something we’ll be sure to try next time.

For the main entrees, we ordered the cedar plank seafood platter and the linguine with fire-roasted vegetables. The seafood platter came resplendent with scallops, halibut, prawns, and clams served over the house risotto. The seafood was all perfectly prepared, and the lemon champagne risotto was truly fantastic. We didn’t order any protein with the linguine (just shared the seafood bounty). It was also very well prepared with a balanced cream sauce; everything worked wonderfully with the strong earthy flavor of the roasted vegetables (the red peppers were the best!). The linguine came with more flatbread, which we enjoyed…again.

Although we had read good things about the peanut butter pie, we passed on dessert and were ready to end the dining experience that had already surpassed our expectations. That’s when it got even better. We found ourselves in a great conversation with the owners, Denny and Lori, that started with shared stories of bad experiences in Ocean Shores, good food on Whidbey Island, and our Midwestern roots. Once the conversation moved into Denny’s fun tale of a career in food and becoming the chef owner of Wildfire, we all moved into the kitchen (they were closed by this time). Very cool—Denny showed us each station, the wood oven, and talked a bit about the synergy he and his long-time co-chef share on the line.

We were truly impressed and feel lucky to have found this place along our journeys. We’re already planning a trip back from Seattle when we have family in town.

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Reviewed June 24, 2009

Do yourself a favor and go here. Just got back 5 minutes ago. The Pizza was so good, i had to ask the Chef the secret recipe. He was more than helpful. It was too cold to go on the deck, but it was very inviting...a fire pit and cozy blankets if there is a chill in the air.
The peanut butter pie(homemade) EXCELLENT!.Great food, Great place, Great people.

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