Plenty of places to have seafood

Be sure to plan ahead

As festival-goers pack into Newport for its signature winter event — the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival, there’s plenty ahead to delight the palate. Because this event is so popular, it’s best to book your restaurant reservations well in advance to make sure you get your taste of the coast.

The festival is about as Northwest as it gets, celebrating both a burgeoning wine industry and a commercial fishing trade which has steadily added value over the years. The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival, held Feb. 21-24, will feature more than 150 great wines, culinary professionals and regional artisans.  But when it’s time to leave the big-top tent in South Beach and head to your dinner reservation in town, here are some suggestions for places to go. And the theme of course, is seafood:

Szabos Steakhouse and Seafood, located at the north end of Newport, offers classic steak and seafood fare in a laid-back sports bar setting. Look for Yaquina Bay fried oysters, a captain’s platter featuring prawns, scallops, oysters, halibut, salmon and crab cake. Other menu items include basil salmon, king crab and grilled tuna.

In nearby Agate Beach, the Sea Glass Bistro & Lounge serves up traditional but inspired Oregon Coast fare with a stellar ocean view. Salmon prepared several ways, halibut baked in citrus butter, plus Dungeness crab, bay shrimp and fish and chips are on the menu.

Making our way south, The Chowder Bowl at Nye Beach is a family-friendly restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere for seafood and fresh homemade soups. Fish tacos, popcorn shrimp, and fish, oysters, clam or calamari with chips are restaurant specialties.

The Clearwater Restaurant this upscale venue keeps capturing awards for its unique preparations of ocean fare, including crab, halibut, black cod and its seafood pastas. Among its accolades are Newport Seafood and Wine Festival People’s Choice awards, along with a USA Today 10 Best award of 3rd place for Oregon’s Best Dungeness Crab Restaurant.

Local Ocean Seafoods, located on the bayfront, features a wide array of offerings straight off the Newport boats, labeled with the boat names so you always know the source. Don’t be surprised to see them cooking up crab right on the street.

Ocean Blu Seafoods at Gino’s is a popular stop, and it’s not just because of all of the crab fishing decor covering the building. Lunch and dinner menus feature fresh, local catches with crab cakes, seafood stew, oyster and shrimp dishes.

Asiatico Waterfront Fusion Sushi treats its guests to great views of the bay while serving up Asian fusion cuisine and sushi. Think indigenous seafood, changing with the seasons, served with sake, in a relaxed atmosphere.

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