Ajax Cafe
Ajax Cafe

Ajax Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ajaxcafe.com/
  • Phone: 3603853450
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Jon Luzadder
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ajax Cafe
The Ajax Cafe is located on the waterfront in the historic district of (lower) Port Hadlock. We are committed to using fresh local ingredients to create memorable cuisine. We are fortunate to have access to the finest local seafood, locally grown fruits and vegetables from Red Dog Farms, local beef from Short's Family Farm, poultry from Spring Rain Farms, homemade breads and desserts as well as the incredible cooking talent it takes to put it all together. Our menu changes several times a year and our nightly specials include fresh seafood and seasonal dishes. Accessible by water, road and air! You will dine in the charming Galster House. The Galster House building was built in the late 1800's, this quaint building was once the home of Samuel Hadlock, the founder of our Town.
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Ajax Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (15)scenic view (11)special occasion (10)great for outdoor dining (8)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (6)good for groups (5)romantic (4)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Quirky favorite
    Big8or
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food, attentive waitstaff in an unusual and fun local restaurant. Good seafood and steaks. Full bar
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The cafe did not get the reservation from Open Table but were able to seat us anyway
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food amazing, service dismal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    4 of us had dinner at the Ajax last week. Place was packed. Had a 7 pm reservation. Seated at 7:20 pm. Took 30 minutes before we got our first drink, almost an hour before our salad. Salmon entree not prepared how it was requested. Everything else was delicious. Staff comped our drinks and the salmon entree without asking. Wait staff never apologized, but we thanked the maître'd for trying to make it right. Think it was just a bad night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ajax Cafe
    dmcw920
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    After several disappointing dinners at highly recommended places, we were somewhat skeptical of Ajax Cafe. Our worries were unfounded. We had a fabulous meal - salmon & flat iron steak. Both were cooked & seasoned perfectly. We were a little hesitant after seeing the restaurant - it looks like a converted farm house. This only added to its quirkiness! Plus the hats hanging on the wall. The desserts other diners were getting looked amazing, but we had no room for any more food! Almost licked the plate clean! On an added note, call the restaurant after making a reservation using Open Table. There have been a couple of hiccups using it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mullin
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Crazy hats-----fun restaurant with a menu to meet every ones taste.....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable meal
    richbham
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Friendly, quirky atmosphere, good food and wine. It was our second time here and it has been a fun evening both times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had to drive 40 minutes to get to the restaurant - worth every minute in transit:). Just great food and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding
    Allietacoma
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had a great meal and lots of fun at Ajax- definitely worth a detour if you're in the area. our group of 5 all had outstanding meals- everything was good. the clam chowder is AMAZING and i am not a chowder fan! we had fun with the hats and have some great pics. I don't know if they have music daily but the local guys playing on Sat are good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodeats
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It's known in the area as the 'hat' restaurant'. Many fun old time hats to wear while eating a great meal & listening to live music. Outstanding steak, fish & ribs. Local wines & sodas are a real treat
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem off of the beaten path
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love this place! I've been two times--once with a friend and this last time with my husband. Both times, they exceeded expectations. Pt. Townsend is fun, but this sweet and cozy little restaurant is so fun and the food is yummy--you feel like a cool local, not a tourist. Funky live music, countless hats on the walls that diners pluck off and wear, nightly menus tucked into nostalgic album jackets…all lend to the groovy experience. The service, wine, food, and atmosphere are all wonderfully down-to-earth, while at the same time humbly achieving top-notch quality. Would go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eclectic and Charming
    Gmarockson
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was sort of like what you might imagine dinner at the mad hatter's might be like...but in a good way. The walls are full of crazy hats that diners put on to suit their mood while they eat...or I suppose you could bring your own. It is not a place of solemnity; it's a lively cafe. That none of the chairs, plates, glasses or much of anything else match is part of the quirky bit of fun that is the Ajax Cafe. If you like really good food and a bit of entertainment from a random piano player in the corner or the lively patrons then take in the Ajax. It's small though so you should make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more
    RexLucis
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Perhaps it's because I had read so many 5-star reviews of the Ajax Cafe I chose to take some friends (just four of us total) there for my birthday. I had made a reservation (several days ahead) and requested a table that is in a corner or somewhat more private location. Apparently the staff does not read requests submitted via OpenTable as we were seated in the middle of the restaurant with traffic on all sides and my request was never acknowledged. The food is overrated for what it is, with no creative dishes on the menu. Everything we ordered tasted pretty generic and run of the mill. Presentation was so so. Service was barely adequate, we felt ignored most of the time. Overall, I can't say I'd recommend this place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Find
    foodiegirl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great evening! The food was very good, the service was also good - it was a little bit noisy, but that was okay. Love the menus !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    jgbrinkVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Was this a pleasant surprise! After participating in the Sound Rowers " Rat Island Race" and taking a chance with the open table reviews, I booked for 3 couples and I became a instant hero. The reservation was ready despite it being packed. We were cheerfully greeted. The music was live blue grass mixed with folk, not distracting but fit right in. We had 5 different courses and all were a hit. We were not rushed to leave and had a great time. We did not take part with the hats on the wall, but it was fun watching others. This is a must for those visiting the area. Bring your GPS to find it as it is a hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ajax Cafe gem of a Find
    nevadaRVer
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Ambience outstanding; patio dining available, unique w/jazz trio on Tuesday nights, bar service excellent as well; just DO NOT put Fisherman's Stew into a cardboard box for take-home, it LEAKS! LOL
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 8 reviews are from the Ajax Cafe reviews archive.
  • dinner
    yulcdn
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Dinner at Ajax was a delight. Nothing matches..not the chairs, not the tables, not the plates and not the silverware. On hooks around the restaurant there are hats of all types for their guests to wear. ribs were excellent
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    Kathy
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The service was slow but it seemed there was only one server. Gave us time to talk and relax but it could be irritating
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    yulcdn
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    ajax is a cute restaurant filled with hats and mismatched table settings. The staff is attentive. food was quite tasty...brownie dessert was superb!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great food
    Dave
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    We come here when we have company and want to show them a great unique place. They have consistently come through with great service and great food. A fun eclectic place to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Plain Enjoyable
    Pointnopoint
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We have dined at the Ajax many times and haven't been disappointed The food is good and very fresh There is usually live music and a great group of what looks like regulars dining but also many people who wander in or have been encouraged to try it while visiting the area, and with good reason. The atmosphere is relaxing, but the real joy comes from watching the people that are present just thoroughly enjoying themselves and the staff encouraging it From the food to the funky hats you can choose to where it is a gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good to be Back
    Juneg
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    I had not been to the Ajax for many years, but when I got an e mail that it was on Open Table, I thought I would give it a try. It is a bit out of the way, but it was so worth it. The food was very good years ago, but now it is outstanding. My guest and I shared a dinner salad. I have the special of the day which was a lightly crusted cod, over polenta. My friend had the fish stew. Both were very well prepared and delicious. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a fun place.
    RAZZMOVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    We come here often and with good reason. Great atmosphere, excellent value, great food and always a nice fun feeling about it. The servers are friendly and experienced and the service is top notch. You can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WHAT A FIND!
    JimHVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    We wanted a scenic drive and great "find" for dinner. We got both and then some! I found the Ajax Cafe by doing an Open Table search. The drive was very nice and scenic. Ajax Cafe was beyond anything I would have expected. It's on the water near the port; an old house looking place that we would call "rustic". You'll first notice the hats; go with it.. A nice local crowd was welcoming of these "outsiders"; we felt right at home. had the BEST clam chowder of my life; an incredible broth with fresh clams in the shells.. Amazing. Everthing from there on was perfection. We had a vegetarian dish that was great and I had a killer burger. Live music too. Go Here. Take the Drive from Seattle. It's worth it! You can even wear their Hats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.