C.I. Shenanigans
C.I. Shenanigans

C.I. Shenanigans

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.cishenanigans.com/
  • Phone: 2537528811
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm;
    Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:45pm

    **Lunch is not served on Sunday.**

    SOUNDS ON THE SOUND
    Live Music, drink specials, and early weekends on the patio. Every Thursday at 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Eric Matthies
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McCarver
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from C.I. Shenanigans
This classic Tacoma waterfront seafood and steak restaurant has been entertaining guests since 1983. CI's dining room provides warm, casual elegance with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains and Commencement Bay. During the summer months, join them for casual dining or an impromptu gathering on their spacious deck. Guests enjoy succulent steaks, brilliant fresh seafood and other fine Northwest Cuisine. Choose from an extensive list of Washington and California wines, freshly shaken signature martinis and cosmopolitans; the ultimate accompaniment to any menu choice. Try one of their freshly made desserts to top off the memorable experience. CI's banquet facilities can accommodate parties as small as 10 and as large as 200. Their Special Events Coordinator will be happy to provide all the information and help needed to plan such events. Please come enjoy the service and hospitality of the gracious staff at CI Shenanigans.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
C.I. Shenanigans reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (84)great for outdoor dining (59)special occasion (58)romantic (43)great for brunch (40)good for groups (31)great for lunch (26)fit for foodies (24)neighborhood gem (14)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • great service
    josie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service was awesome. One of the best waiters I've ever had. Very knowledgeable of the menu. Answered all our questions and even gave recommendations to try. Our glasses were never empty. The food was delicious. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my Favorites
    DineeTami
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Shenanigan's is GREAT. Food is consistently tasty. Excellent Service. Appreciated the Birthday Dessert :) I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kiknjazz
    Jaaaaaaaazz
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    It was a great night for a romantic dinner. The food was good but the server had a chilly personality which took away from the dining experience. Normally it's a great experience. A good, positive interaction with the server is part of the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch Around
    Sacredmaiden
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    One of my college buddies and I have tried brunch at a variety of restaurants in the area. We keep going back to CI Shenanigans because it is, by far, the best. The price is a little high, depending on what you eat, but the environment is really fun and there tends to be a good variety of food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice quiet meeting place.
    Thomas
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    If you are looking for a comfortable place to meet and have a wonderful meal I would definitely recommend C.I. Shenanigans. I had a wonderful experience. The food was great and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location, location, location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Ok, this is a pretty spotright on the water. But beware, it is pricey. Our party enjoyed their steaks. My fish and chips were not hot and not special for $18.00. Usually busy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Meal Overlooking PugetSound
    Todd
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I prefer the tiered oval booths, with the raised view and comfortable seating, but the tables by the window provide wonderful spots to enjoy all that Shenanigans has to offer. On warm days, the outdoor seating puts you right out over the water. Everything is amazing, the drinks, appetizers, soups, salads and exotic tasting main dishes. The service is just right, there when you need them, and very polite! Perfect for a special occasion, but so good you'll want to return often.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot
    Seamom43
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Service was great! Very accommodating for a group of 12 in a private room. For a buffet style brunch, the food is good, we all went back for seconds, thirds, fourths...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Brunch in town
    Dick
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    From the tremendous selection to the attractive presentation and the wonderful tastes, this is without doubt the best brunch in the entire area and the prices are very good. I recommend it for anyone who loves good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    frequent guest,, great except for the long detour which we were not aware beforehand since it was a big event - marathon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our anniversary
    AR715
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I made a reservation weeks in advance for our 1 year wedding anniversary, we were seated promptly, however we were seated at a table that looked more like an after thought. It was in the middle of the walkway so needless to say constant traffic coming thru which was incredibly distracting. We moved to the bar area, only to have our waiter have an attitude like she didn't want to be there. Horrible experience for over 100 dollar dinner and our anniversary dinner was not what I had hoped it would be.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great service! Wonderful food and beautiful views!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    tinas
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I took a friend there for her birthday an we had a blast. The view was beautiful and the food was great. I had the steak cobb salad which was served beautifully and tasted amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dinner and Outstanding Service
    vmichel54
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I dined with five women, celebrating a birthday at CI Shenanigans! It was a gorgeous September day, so we chose to sit outside! When the sun went down, we had anticipated being able to stay outside with heaters, but the heaters were all out of propane!! Disappointing. We had an excellent server who found us a place in the restaurant right after we finished out appetizers. We ordered stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer and were not sorry. They were excellent! I ordered a Crab and Shrimp Louie and, although the shrimp was good, the crab was a shredded crab that was tasteless. The crab was definitely not King or Dungeness crab, as one would expect in a nice restaurant. It was just ok. The service, though,was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    When the weather is nice, the outside dining is fantastic. Food and service were all spot on.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion place
    tfursov8
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A perfect place for a special event. The setting is very pleasant and service is outstanding. It is always better to reserve if you are looking to spend an evening with someone special. The food is absolutely great. And I would totally go there again and recommend this place to anyone who wants to spend a nice and a quiet evening at a fabulous place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It wasn't a total disaster
    Geoff4RFC
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our seating hostess suddenly disappeared as we were promised to be seated so we ended up waiting longer than necessary. The waitress left the table before my wife could order an appetizer. Our dinners must have sat under the heat lamps too long before getting served because my salmon and my wife's halibut were both incredibly dry. My plate was comped but the disappointment of our overall dinning experience was great. The staff were all very nice and did soften the blow of a lousy dinner, but when you pay $25 per plate, you would hope that level of product would match the price, it wasn't even close.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Treehugger44
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I hosted a luncheon for family friends from Los Angeles. They particularly enjoyed the view. The salmon was great (a Northwest lunch).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food wasn't that great. The service was poor. Waitress wasn't friendly. She didn't even tell us the fresh catch information or ask if we wanted soup or salad. It felt like she just dumped the food at our table and left. I will not be going back to Shenanigans.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad table
    Otherwise
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Menu was excellent, table was almost after thought, located in a window between dining areas the view was good but the constant traffic was bothersome. A quite table without the view would have been preferred.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversery
    gbironman
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was a perfect find for us. We were celebrating our 10 Year Anniversery. The waiter Noel was great. He was nice and conversational. My wife and I don't typically talk to much to waiters, we go to be together, but he was just the right amount of available and yet gave us space too. He asked if we were there for a celebration and we got free dessert because we were. The price was very reasonable and we even had recieved a buy one get one Enetree so we considered this a steal. The weather wasn't the best so the outside wasn't open, but it was still a pretty view and we enjoyed it. We went for a later lunch at 1PM. The groups there were mostly wrapping up so it got quieter about half way through. Great overall experence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long time favorite
    Grtnghtout
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have been coming to C.I. Schenanigans for many years, the food is superb and service is the very best. We very much enjoy the views as well
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open space
    whiskMEaway
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The deck is huge with a view of all of the water traffic going in and out of Tacoma. The menu is typical of the Northwest; surf and turf items with a variety of salads and pasta. Was the food stellar? No, but combined with the view and casual atmosphere it made for an enjoyable evening. The salad makings were really fresh and the crab mac and cheese was really good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad dining experience
    jmart
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went to C.I. Shenanigan's for Easter brunch 2014 - it was very good. Based on that, we took 2 out-of-town guests to dinner there Thursday night (Aug. 7, 2014). The food was the worst. We paid $140 for a meal that was worse than we would have gotten at Denny's. The NW potstickers were dry and tasteless and did not even resemble actual potstickers. The fish and chips were greasy and mediocre. The calamari was the one thing that was good. My salmon ravioli was bland and overcooked. The restaurant needed a good cleaning and update. I didn't notice at Easter. We were kept waiting to be seated even though the restaurant was clearly not busy. Our waitress was lackluster. .We were disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Notfaraway
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Michelle was an amazing wait person. She was professional, very nice, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view, great food
    Jojo
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Celebrated my dad's birthday and had a wonderful time. Our waiter Jeff was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, okay otherwise
    CavernsOfMars
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Went for a business dinner with a group. Service was slow and one of our party didn't get his entree when the rest of us did--server said that the order was "missed". After numerous apologies from the server and manager, and a complaint by us, his food finally arrived about 15 minutes later. We were given free deserts, but the dinner took way too long and the food was "meh". Great view, but I probably wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wasn't like 2 years ago
    millerm
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I booked a reservation based on our dining experience in August 2012. That was quite simply an outstanding event, service impeccable, we discussed how great our food was for weeks and truly looked forward to our next opportunity to dine at CI Shenanigans again. Unfortunately this time our evening was not anything like that - and this is not to say the food wasn't spectacular - the food saved the experience. Our waiter was quite simply the worst waiter I've ever experienced. Thank goodness, about 2/3 of the way through our dining experience another waiter took over our table. From then on things went slightly better waiter wise - but we WON'T BE BACK EVER.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Serv. Quality of food poor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Waiter was awesome nice job but two of the meals were cold. Not the kind of person that complains to the waiter so I didn't say anything. The meals took a long time to get to us and they were not that busy. Because of the long wait the waiter comp. the apatizer. Probably why the food was cold. Great place, but with the bill almost $200.00 for the three of is I expected a little better quality control on the preparation of the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    FoodLuver123
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Deck seating was amazing! Beautiful view on a beautiful day! Service was impeccable, friendly, and efficient! Food was fresh and nicely presented, tho lacking in labels. A few items were difficult to discern what they actually were. Also it was at times difficult to maneuver around the buffet because of the amount of diners crowded around the tables. It was the first brunch/buffet that I got perfect eggs benedict! I will return and recommend this to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I just want to say our waitress was the best. She was a young woman from Alaska planning on starting school in the fall for putting makeup and faces on actors/actress's. Very pleasant and attentive, an assay to your restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, disappointed w/manager
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Good food, beautiful view. Tried to use a Open Table check that I earned with my points. Restaurant refused to take it and would not even call or read the check. Just said No. I was hoping to reduce the EXPENSIVE bill with my check but management refused to take it. We will not be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reunited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I scheduled a group of 5 for lunch on line and the process was painless. We were greater at the door and seated promptly, even though we were a few minutes early. The waiter was entertaining and efficient. The menu selection was ample and delicious. The seating was at a window and our entire reunion was enjoyable. I traveled from Cashmere, another traveled from Vancouver, the other three from Tacoma area. Thank you for a wonderful experience. We posted our picture on FB.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outside on the water
    jndndmVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Shenanigan's has the greatest outdoor dining, it's become our favorite place for brunch and dinner. The menu is good, we love the fish tacos. The view of the bay and Vashon Island is stunning. With a glass of prosecco, it is the perfect spot for a hot summer day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We couldnt ask for a better lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We arrived with a party of 8 making reservations through Open Table. Everything was set up nicely with a corner view and service began immediatley. The food had great flavor and very large portions. We were not dissapointed. Thanks for making our day even more special. We can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunate Coincidence
    Jamesanderson75
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I planned to celebrate my anniversary here after extensive research and restaurant comparison. I had made reservations nearly six weeks out from the date. Upon arriving, coincidentally, there was another group with the same last name waiting for their walk-in table. As this unfolded, I attempted to clarify my reservation. The hosts gave our reservation to them and made us wait about 30 minutes for another table. The host didn't seem to care and mindlessly went about her duties. Simply taking a minute to de-conflict the issue could have prevented the issue. Despite this, the restaurant was a good experience. Good food, great server, good time. I only wish my care could have been taken to keep my anniversary special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The patio was great! We enjoyed our great meal and the beautiful weather. Thanks CI Shenanigans!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Day!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Went for a sunset dinner - beautiful table outside. Food was okay -we've had better oysters there before. Had to ask for a couple times several times (tabasco, lemon slices, ice). But overall a good dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buckeyeman
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I had the stuffed prawns and they were great, I just wish there had been a little more. To be honest I went home and had a snack. Our waitress made sure we had everything we needed and always seemed available just in case. Great tasting beer selection. Everybody was friendly and attentive. Nice variety on menu. Super easy reservations online.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Done
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The cocoanut shrimp was dry and overdone. The steak was burnt. The service was less then good. This use to be a really nice place to bring friends for a nice evening but not any more. It is turning into an upscale Denny's.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic