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Tag: Tacoma waterfront dining


Fish and chips Monday – three waterfront finds

Steamers at Titlow Beach (8802 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253-565-4532), which serves cod with a crunchy breading.
Steamers at Titlow Beach serves cod with a crunchy breading.

I arrived this morning to an email from Steamers announcing something neat for this summery weather we’re having. The Titlow Beach eatery has added a deck (details below). I’ve also got two other Tacoma waterfront destinations for fish and chips. Check these out: Read more »


First look: Menus at Johnny’s Seafood and Bistro on the Foss Waterway

A cup of crab bisque at Johnny's Seafood And Bistro, which opened Saturday on the Foss waterway.
A cup of crab bisque at Johnny’s Seafood And Bistro, which opened Monday on the Foss waterway.

The Foss Waterway got a new bistro Saturday. Except that it’s only sort of new. Johnny’s Seafood has been a Tacoma staple for 39 years as the go-to seafood counter in Tacoma. Now it’s all that, plus a bistro. The casually-themed waterfront restaurant opened Monday. Here’s a first look. Read more »


Cool off: Drinks and patios for enjoying that giant orb in the sky

Some people take air conditioned cover when temperatures hover in the 80s. Some people head to a deck for a drink. I’m not sure where I’ll be this week, but it’s a safe bet that I won’t be eating much soup. Unless it’s chilled.


Here are drinks paired with decks and patios for summer sipping:

Harmon Taproom
Where: 204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253-212-2725,
The drink: Beer. They’ve got loads of it.
The patio: It’s a beer garden with picnic benches surrounded by greenery. The water view is peek-a-boo, but there if

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Boathouse 19: Coming to the Narrows Marina this summer

Construction at Boathouse 19 took the building down to the studs. The new waterfront restaurant is expected to open in July 2012. Photo courtesy of the Lobster Shop

The name has been selected – and it’s Boathouse 19. That’s the previously nameless waterfront restaurant I told you about in February in this blog post. The 230-seat restaurant will open at the Narrows Marina, located near Day Island, down the hill from South 19th and Bridgeport. The casual waterfront restaurant serving regional American cuisine is the project of Denny Driscoll, a man who has made his living from opening his Lobster Shop restaurants in unexpected waterfront locations. And he’s doing it again with Boathouse 19 at the Narrows Marina, a place that’s not exactly known as a restaurant destination. Read more »


Coming soon to the Narrows Marina – a 230-seat restaurant from the creator of the Lobster Shop

A 230-seat restaurant serving regional food with a new American spin is on its way to the Narrows Marina. The restaurant plans are so new, the masterminds behind the Tacoma restaurant do not yet have a name for it, permitting still is in the works, and the building is just a bare bones structure about to get a big makeover. Read more »


First bite: Social Bar & Grill on Tacoma’s Foss waterfront

On the deck of Social Bar and Grill, Anna Birch serves dinner to Courtney Robinson and Zach Hansen. The Museum of Glass is in the background. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Complimentary savory cassava root doughnut appetizers, Ahi poke with a tangle of seaweed, swordfish skewers coated in chimichurri, sublime roasted duck, pitchers of sangria – all with a waterfront view of the Foss Waterway. I’m ready to move in for the rest of the (pseudo) summer at Social Bar and Grill, the newest restaurant that opened July 26 on Tacoma’s urban waterway.

With this-is-why-we-live-here views and a lively dining room made over with a floor to ceiling picture window fully framing the display kitchen, Social is a buzzing restaurant teeming with movement … and noise. Read more »


Social Bar and Grill opens tonight on Tacoma’s Foss Waterway

Ahi poke, swordfish skewers, pork belly sandwiches, roasted duck, pitchers of sangria – sign me up for Social.

Tonight’s the night. After a soft opening for family and friends over the weekend, Social Bar and Grill, which I told you about in June, is starting dinner service this evening. Curious about the location? It’s in the old Woody’s on the Water space next to the Museum of Glass.

Social will keep soft dinner hours this week (check the box below for details), but plans to offer lunch and dinner service daily starting Aug. 6.

A trio of Matador alumni are the crafters of Social. Read more »