High Tides Seafood Grill is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, based on 39 reviews!
Our first time there tonight. Restaurant is never crowded so I was a bit skeptical. Wow! Salad was fresh and delicious with several tasty dressings to choose from. Had the fish n chips and have to say they were maybe the best in bend! A good wine list rounded out the meal. Ambiance is lacking but that was the only downside.
Good food. Good service. Good price. Will definitely be back!
Fantastic Seafood in Central Oregon
High Tides offers Central Oregon's freshest and flavorful seafood consistently with excellent service in a lively bistro-style atmosphere. The service is always attentive and knowledgable about the menu, wine list, and the nightly specials. The place remains popular since its opening. Given it's modest size, the restaurant is one you want to get reservations for on weekends, but worth the wait if you don't have one. Try the Seahawk bread (crusty with havarti and smoked salmon) and any of their soups are fantastic. When available, the razor clams are second-to-none!
User review by nanam
Friendly and Warm Service, always with a smile
You can depend on their quality of food
Incredible seafood.....fun atmosphere
Pros: Best seafood in Central Oregon......if you love oysters, this is a great spot...oyster-spinach soup fantastic...cornmeal oysters also incredible.....great soups, salads, entrees...creative menu....reasonable prices...
This downtown Bend restaurant is one of my first choices for great seafood. Be sure to make reservations. The decor isn't spledid, but the service and food is always wonderful.
Best Lunch in Bend
High Tides serves the best lunch in Bend. Seafood is their specialty and I highly recommend their daily specials. The food is always elegantly presented and very tasty. Service is excellent but seating is limited.
Fantastic Seafood in Central Oregon High Tides offers Central Oregon's freshest and flavorful seafood consistently with excellent service in a lively bistro-style atmosphere. The service is always attentive and knowledgable about the menu, wine list, and the nightly specials. The place remains popular since its opening. Given it's modest size, the restaurant is one you want to get reservations for on weekends, but worth the wait if you don't have one. Try the Seahawk bread (crusty with havarti and smoked salmon) and any of their soups are fantastic. When available, the razor clams are second-to-none!
User review by nanam Friendly and Warm Service, always with a smile
You can depend on their quality of food
Incredible seafood.....fun atmosphere Pros: Best seafood in Central Oregon......if you love oysters, this is a great spot...oyster-spinach soup fantastic...cornmeal oysters also incredible.....great soups, salads, entrees...creative menu....reasonable prices...
Service can be spotty....sometimes great, sometimes understaffed and a bit slow and unattentive....
Cons: NOISY! This is the noisiest restaurant setting in Central Oregon. The brick walls in High Tides make all conversations bounce off the walls...plus having many tables in the middle of the restaurant also adds to the noise level. You have to yell to carry on any conversation in High Tides. Fun atmosphere for a group or leisure dinner. Not a romantic quiet spot by any means.
Visited on Saturday night of Labor Day weekend. Was not busy at all, which at first concerned my husband & I. Everyone else seemed to be at Deschutes Brewery across the street, which we watched from our great little table at the front of the restaurant. Service was excellent and 'hometown' friendly. I had the best fish & chips ever! I usually order fish & chips & then pick around the batter for the fish... not here I ate the whole thing :-) My husband had some sort of steak entree with lots of veggies which was cooked exactly as requested. We even had enough leftover of his steak & my chips for lunch the next day. This restaurant was a very pleasant surprise & we would definitely go back the next time we're in Bend.
Although small and less "atmospheric" than the newer trendy restaurants in Bend, High Tides has really fresh and innovative seafood. Love the thai style fish soup! Great place for lunch, although make a reservation as it's not always easy to walk in due to size. Had great service on our 2 visits.
We chose high tides for my birthday. It was highly recommended. We found the food to be delicate in taste, cooked to perfection and healthy. We will definitely become a regular to this restaurant. Best meal we have had in Bend for a good meal.
Excellent service! We ordered fried oysters that were some of the best we've had. The Salmon was cooked perfectly. This is a very charming small restaurant. It would be a perfect place to have a quiet special occasion dinner. Highly recommend!!!
Excellent value for the money and amazing seafood. I keep going back and getting the seafood stew. I have tried the specials they have numerous times as well and have been happy with the choice every time. One of my favorite places!
Had reservations for 6:30 and we were running late, but a table by the window was still waiting for us when we arrived!! Nice atmosphere, wonderful seafood, and our server was friendly and helpful. My first time there for both of us, I will surely dine here again.
I've eaten here many a time. It seems it used to be hit and miss but as of late its been fantastic. I had the steak sandwich yesterday, which was cooked to perfection! The onions were tasty and the fries were the crispy, crunchy, delicious type. I don't even like fish and yet I still would recommend this restaurant. It is a well established restaurant with a clear fish theme, and good ambiance. Prices are slightly high, but on par with everything else in Bend. I eat here about three times a month.
Had this for my two year anniversary a week ago.. Bee awhile since we had been in, but the food was still just as good as I remember.. Smoked Salmon Chowder - A + , Wine selection always good and very reasonably priced.. My fish was prepared perfectly ( I agree overdone fish ruins it) - but always remember if you don;t like it the first time send it back :) Owners stayed open late and allowed us to finish our wonderful meal and bottle of Pinot..
I always have a great meal and like it is never overpriced. Their green curry is the best.
Best seafood in Bend! Not overpriced, includes salad or soup. Fantastic razor clams here. Ambiance not so great, bur service is prompt and friendly. Consistent quality.
HT is one of my favorite places to eat in Bend! It's unique for its good honest fresh fish entrees, excellent service, and quiet dining room. No need for shouting your conversations. Love you High Tides
Easily the best seafood in Bend. This is a very small place and so not many people have been here yet so I think of it as my little secret seafood restaurant. Everyone goes to the huge Anthony's seafood, which is 20 times the size of this place, but Anthony's sucks compared with this place. I've been there several times and am always blown away at how good the seafood is. The prices are a bit steep, but if you want quality seafood this should be your destination! One of my favorite restaurants in Bend!
We've been meaning to try this place out for a while and I'm glad to say we finally made it. It's a very small place that feels cozy and gives you a good view of the people walking up and down on Bond street. The food was fresh and very good. Service was a bit slow. All in all this place is definitely worth giving a try. Prices were about the same as you'll find at Anthony's - not cheap but do you really want to eat at a cheap seafood restaurant? We'll be back.
Let me say right off that the High Tides Seafood Grill in Bend is by far the best pure-play seafood house in Bend and central Oregon. In the universe of seafood places it merits 4 stars; in the universe of local seafood places it rates 5 stars and is far beyond any local competition.
The place is small, and because it is in downtown Bend parking can sometimes be a problem.
They were out of the New England clam chowder this evening :( so I to "settle" for the smoked salmon chowder. Which turned out to not to be settling for anything as it was excellent. Their grilled seafood platter was a bit on the greasy side, but the seafood was fresh and well done. With some trepidation I ordered the Key Lime Pie (my hopes have been crushed too often in my life) but it turned out to be very good and baked by Mike himself (chef and owner of High Tides for almost 2 decades).
Overall, excellent food and a very good value. I will just have to come back to test out their clam chowder. Oh the sacrifices one has to make sometimes.
Great food! Tonight our server may have been drinking. Another server came in for her check and had to finish up our table! Not a problem, I'm in the service industry and am impressed with how they recovered! I'll be back !!!
Just had lunch here on Wednesday and it was superb! Oysters and tacos were mouth watering delicious. Used a coupon we got from Oregon Movie Mail...which made it that much better! Thanks for the great experience!
Great food & great value. The ambience could be better, I must admit, but they make up for it with fast friendly service and fabulous food. I was just visiting Bend and would definitely return (though not for a romantic meal). Once past the awkward entry a friendly waitress seated us at our choice of table. I ate: House made basil ranch dressing on a fresh, crisp salad a delicious glass of wine for $6 (only $6!!!!), a generous serving of seared scallops (about double what most places serve, but at lower price) over pasta. I prefer a thicker sauce, but the flavor was delicate & pleasant, and the veggies were perfection. If you want a great meal at a good price, don't miss this place.
Smoked salmon chowder is great with just enough salmon flavor to not overpower the rest of the soup. The clam chowder is some of the best I've ever had, and I've tried tons.
For an entre, I had the Sculleys Platter, with sea scallops, prawns, oysters, and fin fish in a light sherry source. Scallops were cooked just right and the fish was tender yet not mushy. Good flavor all around, even if I could have used a little more sauce.
Highly recommended for a cozy, casual, delicious dinner for two to four people.
Really enjoy this little gem in Downtown Bend, the best seafood place I have found here yet. I absolutely go for the fish tacos at lunch time. Panko crusted halibut, served as a traditional taco with cabbage, and two really good corn tortillas. Two generous sized fish pieces accompanied by a very good basmati-like white rice and back beans. Recommend.
A winner! Definitely recommend. Nice food in an unassuming atmosphere. We met with a group of eight @ 6:30 on a Friday, place not crowded. Table all ready for us. Cloth napkin place.
Smoked salmon chowder was just fabulous. Friend reported clam chowder really good. My pan seared salmon with pecans and butter -- oh my! Salmon ($22) cooked just right and moist. Roasted potatoes and green veggies cooked just right! You get soup or salad with it. Would definitely order that again.
Sourdough bread they bring before meal is just delicious and fresh baked.
Other home runs at our table: stew was really good with dark gravy. Curry was outstanding. Crab cakes great without a lot of breading and lots of crab. Nobody didn't like their meal.
Two ladies got the half St.Louis salad with bay shrimp (and crabmeat I think) and liked it, if you like that sort of thing. I'm from New Orleans and have been ruined forever by shrimp remoulade. I can't eat plain tiny watery shrimp on a salad with Thousand Island dressing. But if you can, it was good they say!
Service was unobtrusive and efficient. Would definitely recommend! Hard to find really good seafood in Oregon. This is among the very best, if not the best, I've had.
Consistently serving the freshest seafood meals in Bend at the best value in an unpretentious and sparkling space with good service in the mix, we don't know why we don't think of this downtown located, locally owned "mom and pop shop" restaurant more often. But when visiting friends wanted to have a seafood meal at a location quiet enough to allow conversation, High Tides was at the top of our list. The meal was great yet the restaurant had few people in it while other places downtown were full. A puzzle we pondered.
For people familiar with the Oregon Coast, High Tides in Bend was once the second restaurant for the people that also own Tidal Raves in Depoe Bay. Those owners sold the Bend restaurant to another couple a couple of years ago. The new owners kept in tact the menu and focus for fresh seafood in casual, classic preparations.
In the sixteen years we've been eating at High Tides, the menu has remained relatively unchanged. That may explain why my husband and I don't think to eat here more often because the way we eat has changed quite a bit in that time. But for seafood standards, High Tides is hard to beat anywhere and for Bend, it is hands down better all around than either of the seafood house competitors of Anthony's (you are paying for mediocre food but a great setting on the river) or McGrath's (friends should not let friends eat there).
Casual with seating at booths lining both walls and a couple or three tables near the window in front that looks out onto Bond Street (and Deschutes Brewery Public House directly across). Since our last visit in, which has been almost two years ago we were surprised to realize, they've painted over the sea life murals on the walls to make them a tranquil solid blue gray. Music was country leaning rock (Bonnie Raitt maybe). The space seems to sparkle with clean windows and tables which is always a good thing.
MENU / FOOD / VALUE
Extensive fixed menu with a couple of daily specials offered at the table. Options range from salad and soup, most with fish or shellfish theme (like clam chowder or oyster bisque or cioppino) but vegetarian options too (as in a great black bean vegetarian soup), to smaller dishes (like fresh halibut tacos to oyster sandwiches) to full entrees (like halibut in green curry or mixed seafood platters or crab cakes or grilled shrimp).
Many items are offered in full or half sizes (as in the fried oyster basket) and with diner's choice of being prepared in optional ways (as in fried or grilled fish for the tacos or deep fried or pan fried oysters). Most seafood is fresh and if it is frozen (as in razor clams at some times of year) they'll let you know that.
Entrees come with a choice of soup or salad. Many dishes on the menu come with fries and coleslaw. Worth a moment of applause for the coleslaw here too. It is fresh made, served crispy and really cold and has a sweet / tart creamy dressing. As a side to pan fried oysters, it is just right.
Prices range from around $5 for soup to $20ish at the high range for the most expensive entrees. A very good value for sure for fresh and well prepared seafood. Yesterday for four people for a meal that included coffee and iced tea and the following generously sized items, the bill was just under $60.
*Grilled fresh halibut tacos served with black beans, pico de gallo and chipotle sauce
*Fish and chips served with coleslaw
*Mixed sauteed seafood platter in a light wine sauce (cup of soup included)
*Half order spicy cornmeal crusted pan fried fresh oysters with coleslaw (hold the fries)
Here's a tip: The Key Lime Pie on the dessert menu here is a winner! We were all too full in post holiday mode. Otherwise, it is well worth the calories!
Menu is clearly marked for items that are vegetarian or that contain wheat or soy or dairy.
Wine and beer. Wine list is decent if not stellar. This may be one of the things that hurts this restaurant with Bend's increasing focus on places that are draws for alcohol that also serve food as opposed to places that serve food that happen to serve alcohol. There is a difference. Bend seems increasingly leaning to the alcohol focus, in particular in downtown restaurants, with multiple beers on tap, extensive wine lists and spendy cocktails. High Tides focus is on food.
Cordial, knowledgeable, efficient. Brava!
THIS N THAT
1) PARKING: On street in downtown Bend can be challenging to find during lunch or dinner hours as the city with a downtown built with infrastructure to accommodate 30,000 people now attracts 2.5 Million tourists a year. There is a parking garage a couple of blocks away.
2) ACCESSIBILITY: Level in and throughout. Some standard table seating.
3) HOURS: Closed Sun. Sat dinner 5:30 - 9. Mon - Fri lunch 11:30 - 2:30 & dinner 5:30 - 9.
Best seafood in Bend. Good, reasonably priced wine list.
We went to High Tides Seafood Grill on the recommendation of a good, and trusted, friend. We had an out of town visitor with us and we were all very pleased with everything at this restaurant. Our friend had the Cioppenio, my wife had the halibut fish and chips and I had the Thai Shrimp. We all had the clam chowder that was part of the meal.
We were the first into the restaurant last night so we had our choice of seating. It is a small restaurant but well laid out and decorated. The waitress was very pleasant and helpful without being intrusive from the time we arrived until we left. Four other tables were occupied after we arrived and she provided excellent service to all of us. I noted this due to some of the reviews previously posted.
The food, oh my the food. Starting with the chowder that was delightful, very fresh tasting and was accompanied with fresh baked and very good bread. Each of our main courses were beyond delicious. I had a taste of the Cioppenio and immediately wished I had gotten that. Then my Thai Shrimp arrive and with my first bite I knew I had ordered the right dish. It had just enough spice to give a bit of heat but not so much as to override the delicious taste of the other spices. The texture of the noodles and the vegetables was perfect. My wife's fish and chips was also very good. She also like the slaw that was served with and complimented her choice.
The impression as I left was all very positive and I know we will be returning to High a Tides on a regular basis and will be taking friends who like seafood there when the come to town visit. Five stars are well deserved!
My favorite restaurant anywhere! We've been going there for several years and have never been disappointed. Love,love, love it!
Really good clean food. Everything was cooked perfectly and we had perfect service. I will come back next time we're in town.
Very good seafood! The smoked salmon chowder was divine, everything was cooked perfectly.
High quality seafood and great service, but making reservations is recommended because there is often a long line.
Great seafood. Best in Bend.
Had a great evening
Most of the photos posted here are NOT from the Bend Oregon location of High Tides. I have never been disappointed with the food here. Once in a while the service lags, but generally that is when new staff changes happen. The menu is heavily loaded with seafood so few options for a landlubber carnivore. Prices are good and seafood dishes are great. Acoustics can be a problem during peak times so late lunch or early dinner are more relaxed.
Absolutely wonderful. The service was outstanding, very attentive. The Salmon Chowder was top of the line. Bacon wrapped Scallops were perfect and the fish and chips were the best I've ever had. Five stars for sure.
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