First time at the Depot.
Had dinner at the Depot on May 18, 2013. We had reservations and were given a choice of a table or the bar/counter. We went with bar/counter. Very comfortable. My wife and I split a Sea Scallop appetizer and a House salad. Both very good. We shared entrees of Clams Bucatini and the nightly special of pan seared Hallibut with cranberry pilaf and tomato pesto. Both were very good. The two varieties of clams in the Bucatini were fresh. Razor Clams are a local coastal treat. The Hallibut was fresh and prepared well. We enjoyed several different wines by the glass, red, white and a good inexpensive port. The Depot's selection of wine by the glass allows some fun choices throughout the meal.
A good restaurant, worth a visit.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best on the Peninsula
This is one of our favorite restaurants. The menu changes frequently, but the good old standbys are always there. Best thing for me is the Southern Comfort Pork! Service is always outstanding and the clam chowder is the best I have ever eaten - anywhere! Highly recommended.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good as Always
I've been dining at the Depot since it opened, and I have never been disappointed. For the second time in a row I ordered the filet mignon, which was cooked to perfection. My friend had the rib eye, which was also brilliant. Earlier in the month, we went to happy hour, which was great too - when it starts up again in the fall, be sure to order the French fries. Chef Michael and his lovely wife (sorry, I don't know her name) are welcoming and make sure their guests have a wonderful dining experience. The restaurant itself has a lovely warm light ambience. If you go, make sure you reserve because they do tend to book out!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Father's Day Feast!
We were a party of 6, including our 91 year old Father. The Depot was so accommodating, placing tables together near the front of the restaurant. Two of us dined there last October and have been dreaming of the rib eye steak ever since and it didn't disappoint this time either. Seared to perfection and juicy on the inside. Our party also had the fish special (sturgeon) and a delicious pork shoulder that was devoted by our Dad with gusto. The Depot itself is such a charming building and adds to the cozy atmosphere. Truly a gem on the peninsula and worth a drive. Better get reservations though, so you won't miss out.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Western WA's Best Restaurant
The food and service is always outstanding at this restaurant. It can get a bit spendy if you order wildly but a small plate and one of their scrumptious desserts with a glass of their excellent wines won't empty your wallet. There is an open kitchen where you can watch the magnificent chef do his magic. Great place to eat anytime but especially on special occasions. Don't miss their "Special Dinners".
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every dish is amazing!
After reading many reviews, the single negative comment was price. Since this was a birthday dinner, I didn't mind the higher cost. We decided to go for the small plates and salads rather than an entree. We ordered the scallops, carne asada, calamari, gazpacho, caesar salad, and garden salad. All of the food was outstanding, but the calamari was the best we had ever eaten...by far. If you look at the pictures of dishes on the restaurant's website, that is actually what they look like! The presentation is spectacular.
The only negative was a less than enthusiastic waitress -- she took our orders and brought our food, but she did not go out of her way to make us feel welcome. We will absolutely go back, and will request a different waitress!
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a gem- from the friendly, attentive wait staff to the warm ambiance and mouth watering menu! I devoured the nights special, pan-fried wild king salmon and dessert with B-day candle. It was a meal I will taste until able to return. You won't be disappointed.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great staff and AMAZING food!
Overall a great experience with outstanding food and excellent staff. Will most definitely be going again!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
ONLY GAME IN TOWN!
Very nice presentation but somewhat expensive. Isolated giving it the ability to charge as the "only game in town
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious and innovative menu
It's the kind of food you only get when you have an Executive Chef / Proprietor who is very "hands on." The whole staff is also very knowledgeable about which menu items are gluten free.
I believe the menu changes seasonally, but the Peruvian Mango Sea Scallops were outstanding. I also had the Gazpacho and Pheasant Romano, which were delicious. We will definitely dine there again next time we are in Long Beach.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated promptly upon arrival, a definite benefit to making reservations a week earlier. The wine pour was thick and the bread with oil/vinegar was served timely. We ordered the clam chowder as our starter and weren't disappointed. The cream was thinner than the common chowder, but tasted like it was made from scratch and offered plenty of clams. My wife ordered the pan-fried oysters. That was probably the one major disappointment. They appeared to be deep fried, but was assured otherwise. They were definitely over-cooked. I had one of the top Yelp reviewed items on the menu, the clam pasta. The noodles were fantastic and the two types of clams were delicious and abundant. The pasta was spicy, so be prepared.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A colleague had recommended Depot, specifically the chef's table if was available. We brought a group of six and had a great time. Service was attentive but not overwhelming. Tablemates got the razor clam chowder and the crab mac n cheese, and I was jealous of both after a taste. Definitely a place to try. It was cozy inside -- make reservations.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem at the beach
The Depot is a small gem where the chefs serve outstanding food. We were visiting overnight in Ocean Park and wanted to celebrate my brother's birthday. This restaurant was a great choice. The server was attentive and the food was great. My husband ordered the southern pork and raved about it. My brother and I chose to order a couple of small plates with a cup of the chowder, which was very delicious. We definitely will be back the next time we visit the Long Beach peninsula.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Awesome Find
This was an awesome place to dine. Our food was excellent as was the mood and service. This is a comfortable and relaxing place with local organic foods prepared simply and with love. From the calamari to the desert we enjoyed every morsel. All four of us decided to make this one of our most frequent places to have our evening meal.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We both loved the meal - food was fantastic. The only time our server smiled was when he handed us the check; reaching over my right shoulder to place it next to my husband. I felt rushed. It was a 6:30 reservation and very busy. I thought it would be busier later. Guess I was wrong!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Find in Seaview
I've driven by The Depot every time I'm on the Long Beach Peninsula but had never eaten there until it was my sister's 60th birthday as that is where she chose to eat. What an amazing dinner the three of us had (my tow older sisters and me). We started out with either a salad or soup and they were all very good and good size portions. The entrees were outstanding, even the veggies. My two sisters had the steak special and I had the king salmon special. My sisters both said it was the best steak they ever had. My salmon was delicious and just the right size. We shared the in-house made sorbet for dessert. It was so fresh and bright tasting. I will definitely be going back to The Depot the next time I'm on holiday in the area.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome find off the beaten path
The Depot is tucked away in a residential area, and if you didn't know it was there, you'd miss it. Food was very well-prepared. We had the ribeye steak special and the saffron risotto. The risotto was done just right and the accompanying chantrelle mushrooms were a nice touch. Ribeye was cooked just as ordered and melt-in-mouth. Liked that the restaurant used seasonal ingredients. Would like to go back to try other things on the varied menu. Service was very good. Attentive, but not intrusive. Friendly, but in a genuine way. We had a table on the covered patio. Nice quiet setting, complete with heat lamps when the temperature cooled in the evening.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The entrees were delicious.
The entrees were delicious. I'm not much of a beef eater, but had the filet mignon and was so glad I did. It melted in my mouth. One of our group had the pasta with steamer and razor clams and loved it. It's a past favorite of mine also. We were delighted with the 2 suggested wines we tried and ended the meal by sharing a couple of fabulous desserts. The staff was friendly, helpful and attentive. I am telling all of my friends about this hidden little gem on the coast. Well worth the trip. We will definitely be back soon.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
We had dinner there; our first visit. Each course was superb in taste and appearance and the arrival of each succeeding course was timely. Service was splendid. We recommend this restaurant in strongest terms.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another positive evening
When it comes to having a positive visit to The Depot, the staff and dining experience continues to be consistently positive. When the staff recognized that they did not have a table available at the time we had made the reservation. They called and asked if they could seat us at a different location or a another time. When the meat was a little over done, they immediately attempted to correct the situation. With that being said, the taste was great, matching rest of the the meal. The dessert, a black berry and peach cobbler was fantastic.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
outstanding as usual
The food is always interesting and excellently prepared and served. The service is attentive and friendly but not overbearing. We love this place
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite Spot in Long Beach
One of our favorite restaurants anywhere. We try to have dinner at the Depot whenever we visit Long Beach. Always a wonderful experience from the moment you step in the door until you leave! Every dish we have tried has been excellent, and the service is warm, friendly and professional. Although it is a romantic setting lovely for a special occasion, the service is noted to be friendly and welcoming to families with young children as well.
10/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best place for dinner in Long Beach
The food was prepared with care and was excellent. Too bad it is not opened for breakfast as we could not find anyplace that had good food in Long Beach for breakfast! Highly recommend for dinner for 2 with a glass of wine each it was $100.00
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous restaurant with a
Fabulous restaurant with a terrific chef and staff. It is worth the trip to Long Beach just to eat there. The clam chowder is the best we have ever had. It is a true gem.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful find!
We were happy to discover this restaurant by accident. It was a great experience and we would recommend it for regular and special occasions. Delightful, and the service was wonderful. We also discovered we knew the owners. We'll visit again as soon as we can.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Destination by the sea
We only get to this area 1X per year. The Depot is a must when here. The restaurant was very busy the night we were there. We were impressed that the waitress acknowledged us and told us she would be right with us. So much better than some that act as if you don't exist as they rush by to serve others.
Food here was nearly excellent. I had a marsalla quail stuffed with sausage. The sauce was so good I had to ask for extra bread to sop it up.
My wife's filet mignon was perfectly done. I only dock the rating of food because the side vegetables were overcooked.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Have to have my fix.
Whenever I am in the vicinity of Astoria or the Long Beach Peninsula, I never miss The Depot. So good it can bring tears to your eyes. I have dined all over the world and nothing is better. Just as good but not better. Michael, the owner and chef, is a master at chosing fine ingredients and preparing them to tantalizing levels. Go there.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful dinner at Chef's Table
We had a wonderful dinner at the Chef's Table located next to their semi-open kitchen. The chef-owner was working and provided a delicious complimentary cheese tray. The spinach salad was one of the best I have had - including at some of the top Seattle restaurants. Both of our steak and sole/crab entrees and side dishes were excellent. The service was extremely attentive. I would highly recommend The Depot!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM