Tidal Raves, Depoe Bay, OR., 6/25/20

IMG_5829
building

Tidal Raves has been in business since 1990 on a beautiful spot on the central Oregon coast. Whales are a regular sight out the large windows that frame the good sized dining room.  They do have a tint on them that keeps the sun from being too intense but will also tint some of your outdoor photos.  It is primarily a seafood restaurant but a few meat choices are there for the those not in the mood.  The a la carte menu was supplemented by a fresh catch special that was on the chalkboard on both our visits.  The long room has well spaced large bare wood tables along the windows and another series of tables on a second level (separated from below by a plexiglass barrier)  that is just high enough to afford them a good view also.  Instrumental music was in the background, carpet was on the floor, ceiling fans helped to keep it a nice temperature, additional light fixtures add to the incredible day light and the friendly, efficient staff wore masks.

IMG_5832
entrance
IMG_5839
interior and view
IMG_5840
interior
IMG_5842
interior
IMG_5834
goodies
IMG_5835
art
IMG_5846
menu
IMG_5852
menu 2
IMG_5855
menu 3
IMG_5857
wine list
IMG_5844
special
IMG_5861
Frankie checked out the view

 

Complimentary sourdough bread was served warm with softened butter.  The crisp crust was perfect with the doughy interior.  You could fill up on this – something simple yet so well done.

IMG_5866
bread and butter
IMG_5869
from the side
IMG_5872
wine front
IMG_5875
wine back
IMG_5836
art

 

We started with a couple of the appetizers – steamed clams and crabcakes. The steamed manila clams were in a broth of dry white wine, garlic, thyme and butter and served with some buttered grilled toast.  It was a nice portion of tasty, tender clams that had not a bit of grit.  The salted broth had lots of garlic and was wonderful with the lovely clams.  The bread was good in the broth but I think I preferred the house sourdough.  I would get this one again.  The Dungeness crab cakes were 2 to an order and served with pico de gallo and aioli.  The pico was stuffed into a slice of zucchini and while it was tasty I preferred the aioli with the crab cake as it more enhanced the flavor than overwhelmed.  The cakes were fried to a good exterior crisp and had lots of crab and not too much breading.  A lemon wedge on the plate was another option for adding to this tasty option.

IMG_5878
appetizers
IMG_5881
steamed clams, 1 lb. manilas, dry white wine, garlic, thyme, butter
IMG_5885
closer
IMG_5887
Dungeness Crab Cakes, pico de gallo, aioli
IMG_5891
closer
IMG_5899
inside
IMG_5895
buttered grilled toast, with clams
IMG_5896
closer
IMG_5944
Frankie found a flower

 

For a main course we had the daily special, a fresh caught local rockfish on a potato cake covered with a lobster and crab cream sauce.   The large flake fish was moist and cooked perfectly.  Under and on top of the potato cake were chopped zucchini and carrot.  The potato cake was well cooked with a fun crisp edge and almost blended in with sauce it was so creamy inside.  The sauce had a hint of curry and bits of the shellfish.  It was a great combination and generous portion.

IMG_5903
fresh caught local rockfish over a potato cake with lobster and crab cream sauce
IMG_5904
from the side
IMG_5910
Frankie gave it a sniff
IMG_5915
inside

 

With coffee you could add hazelnut shortbreads and that was perfect for a less sweet fix finish.  The buttery crisp cookies were 3 in number and seemed like slight variations on the same cookie.  They were great.

IMG_5916
hazelnut shortbreads
IMG_5917
closer

 

For my dessert I tried the Apple-Pecan cake with caramel sauce.  The server said she’d smelled it cooking that morning.  It was full of nuts, raisins and apples and surrounded by a generous supply of caramel sauce and pecans.  The cake was super moist, rich and sweet.  The generous buttery caramel sauce was a surprise as you usually have to beg for more but this was almost more than I could eat.  The only odd thing was the pecans in the sauce when the cake included walnuts.  Not enough to keep me from getting it again.

IMG_5924
Apple-pecan cake with caramel sauce – chock full of nuts, raisins and of course apple
IMG_5927
from the side
IMG_5928
closer
IMG_5931
turned
IMG_5933
Frankie and the coffee and desserts

 

IMG_5946
old photos
IMG_5948
old photos
IMG_5951
bar area
IMG_5955
barrel aged cocktails
IMG_5953
view
IMG_5939
Frankie posed on some art

Leave a Reply