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Ways & Means Oyster Bar
Ways & Means Oyster Bar

Ways & Means Oyster Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.WMOysters.com
  • Phone: (714) 516-1800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:30 - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Chefs de Cuisine Benjamin Wallenbeck, Justin Odegard
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Monday thru Friday - $10 lunch; Check day’s special on facebook ~~ Monday fresh Maine lobsters $9.99 ~~ Tuesday “One Night Stand” wine dinners – 5 courses with wine pairings ~~ Tuesday - 50% off bottles of wine for our newsletter subscribers! *excludes directors’ list wine ~~ Wednesday traditional clam bake. $9.99 ~~ Thursday Cocktails with Mr. Belvedere – from 4:30 – 7:30; $6 Belvedere martinis! ~~ Fizz Friday – selection of champagne cocktails for $6; prestige champagne for a fantastic price ~~ Saturday Night Fever – 70’s inspired cocktails at our bar for $7 ~~ Sunday brunch from 10:00 – 4:00 $15 bottomless fruit mimosas ~~ Sunday Market Feast – three course $35; seasonal items from our farmers’ market ~~ Social Hour - $2 oysters; $6 select wines/martinis at bar; Sunday – all day; Monday – Friday – 4:30 – 6; Saturday 5 – 6:30 ~~ Chapman Special - $10 daily special for students, staff, alums with id ~~ Industry Special - $10 daily special & social hour beverages

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shaffer
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Private Lot
A word from Ways & Means Oyster Bar
Located in historic Old Towne Orange, Ways & Means cuisine features fresh, sustainably-caught seafood and seasonal ingredients. Inspired by classic oyster bars and fish houses found in coastal cities around the world, the restaurant also offers tender, prepared-exactly-how-you-like-it aged steaks, plus a rotating mix of East and West-coast oysters at its oyster bar.

The innovative wine list, which complements the coastal influenced cuisine, features selections from Europe to Australia and California to South Africa. It offers guests affordable wines by the glass, as well as more extensive offerings by the bottle. The thoughtful bar program includes classic cocktails prepared with a twist and premium beers.

Desserts are not an afterthought. In fact, you may want to come for the desserts alone.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We both had steak and it melted in our mouths. Best steak ever! Potatoes were great also."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First Clue: 7pm Sat night resv. was available on Open Table on Fri.! Craft cocktails were the highlight - "All Dressed up" & "Mule" were excellent. Oysters OK - got 4 - 2 pump & juicy, 2 small & unappetizing. Scallop app was great & pricey (3 scallops in broth for $23) Lobster bisque was very light, but had good flavor (no lobster meat) Had Mary's Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara - both good though not warm enough. Service was appallingly slow, which totally ruined the experience. We felt neglected & had to repeatedly ask for water, bread, our orders! Spent 2 of the 3 hour dinner waiting for food. Won't be back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Nice decor, great services, oysters are better than the clams - would not recommend the clams. Limited choices on the menu But it's good to try it once (only)."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The decor was nice and the noise level was good. The food was acceptable but overpriced and the service was lacking. We won't go there again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We celebrate birthdays here. It's our first choice. I will say the Angus Petite was not as tender as our previous visit. On our first visit you truly could cut the steak with a spoon however on this visit the meat was delicious but not as tender. The service was excellent. All of the staff from the moment we entered the restaurant were exceptional. Aaron was our waiter...very attentive! Awesome oyster shooters!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary and we informed the restaurant of that fact. When I gave our name to check in to the manager(?) he wished us a Happy Anniversary. That was nice but It is always nice to have a free dessert in celebration. The owner/manager should go to Roy's restaurant at Fashion Island to see how it is done."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "A great restaurant of "choice" not only for the Orange Plaza area, but for all of Orange County! Great meal selections, excellent service, friendly staff, and quite a variant music selection, that will appeal to everyone!! Ample, convenient parking accommodations, which is not typical for Plaza restaurants."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Tonight we had side salad, Lobster for $9.99, wonderful bread, and french fries. Terrific as usual."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "A really great menu and the food was very well prepared. Everyone was very helpful and attentive. Would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Short ribs and mushroom risotto was wonderful, did not even need the knife they brought me. Had a wonderful fizz, champagne and guava sorbet, so good had to have another."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner here. Took advantage of "Friday Night Fizz" and had the champagne flight as well as the $10 half dozen oysters. Instead of boring rolls, there was a passed option of baguette, sun dried tomato or the excellent Guiness bread which tasted almost like a moist muffin (so good). Excellent Seafood and Meat choices for dinner. My filet was perfectly prepared and even came with butter and an escargot to top it off. Ordered the side of broccoli and it came with leaves on and was extremely tender and perfectly cooked. All the food had a little twist that made it great. Since we made a reservation they had my number and called the next day to see how we enjoyed it. Definitely will go again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had reservations for 10am and were greeted promptly at the front door and seated immediately. Our server brought out fresh coffee for me and a bloody mary for my husband. For brunch I had the duck hash with poached eggs and it was very good. My husband ordered the special that consisted of 7oz steak, 2 eggs, 3 large shrimp that were grilled. Our food was delicious and we really enjoyed our brunch at Ways and Means. Give them a try."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good start with lots of parking in rear, greeted & seated immediately, mixologist made excellent cocktails, fresh oysters, good selection of entrees & sides, $15 corkage is reasonable. Different unique special each evening- eg Wednesday clam bake, Sunday market feast. Overall an enjoyable & memorable dining experience & we're sure to return"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Good seafood and steaks, but known for their oysters. Wednesday night they have a clambake and it is very good. Interesting wine list."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "As always everything was perfect. Reservations were handled professionally (especially since I didn't make them until 9:30 for a 12:30 lunch). Wait staff and kitchen were fantastic as always."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Good dining experience overall. A scaled down brunch menu with good choices available. Very good and attentive service. The restaurant has an impressive wine list. Management seems to have a special menu/event for each day of the week. Cannot wait until the next visit."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My hubby and I went here for a date brunch. Great atmosphere. Was quiet, quaint and had nice service. We were also among the first people there so we had impeccable service for the first half of our meal but as other patrons arrived, it took a while to see our waitress again when we needed her. It was our first time there and our waitress was great at explaining everything. Portions were a bit small for my preference but taste was spot on. We can't wait to go back for happy hour and try some oysters! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had high expectations for this restaurant. Reviews in the local newspaper were great as well as reviews from a few friends. Our group thought the restaurant was overpriced for the ambience and the food. Although we loved the caesar salad and the arugula salad, the portion size was small for the price charged, and the main course was not memorable. We had 2 orders of the short ribs and they came with 3 asparagus, a small amount of risotto, and an average size of meat. The service was very good but there was too much upselling and I felt like we were expected to have more courses and oysters or a seafood plate that we didn't want. I cannot recommend the restaurant to others."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was a cute little gem to find in the Anaheim area. The food was very good and the service was exceptional. I always love when the owners come around to say hello. It makes it just a little extra special. I am looking forward to coming back next time I am in the area. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is a lovely new restaurant near Old Town Orange, and it's intimate atmosphere and friendly staff make you want to come back soon. If that's not enough the young chefs here are inventive, creative, and creative works of art that taste good, too! I highly recommend this to all."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this great new restaurant. We thought the food was outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Our girls foodie group tried this new place and we LOVED it Great service, very knowledgeable staff and great craft cocktails too! Extra Bomus it was Tuesday and they jusrted 1/2 off wines on Tuesdays. Especially liked the oysters, shrimp and short ribs Also save room for the amazing decadent and very different deserts We all would definitly go back!!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Greeted by one of the owners. Nice touch. Liked the $2.00 oysters and the drink specials at the bar. Great bread. Enjoyed the lobster bisque but the bowl is so large it looks like the world's tiniest portion. Seemed a little pricey for the main items. Want to come back for lunch. Fish being served at the table next to us smelled a little too strong. They were having a special chef that night and the bartender said it was a famous local Italian chef. Too bad no one told him that Pascal Olhats was French. Then again, the bartender was wearing an untied bow tie. Didn't know if that was his hipster look but it looked out of place."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Ambiance and service is just excellent, but it doesn't match the food. It was tasteless and overpriced."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to dining here, so I decided to take my family here for Mother's Day. The potential for a good restaurant is here, but a complete blunder in execution by all departments (service, kitchen, and management - especially management) left me with undoubtedly my worst dining experience ever."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Took mom for brunch and we both had the prix fixe menu. Great options, great price. Plenty of sea food and non-sea dwelling options. Also, a really comfortable atmosphere. Sound dissipates incredibly well in the restaurant as mother and I were surrounded by much larger families but still felt as if we were enjoying our own holiday."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Quaint lil' corner restaurant near old town orange/with private parking lot (very convenient). Although they were out on two of the 6 types of Oysters for the day - each and every other choice left was spectacular. Hubby and I love Oyster Bars and this one is well ahead of most. As an entrée we ordered and thoroughly enjoyed the duck. Would recommend for a nice dinner with the girls or other friends. Not exactly romantic (in my opinion), but a very welcoming, dimly lit and had lounge type ambiance. Liked the bar area too and the music was well suited for the place. The environment was very clean, including restrooms. Personnel , i.e. host and waiters were kind and knowledgeable and attentive. Would go again in a heartbeat. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. The oysters were flavorful and did not taste like the ocean. The arugula salad was fantastic and the seared tuna and short ribs were incredible especially the risotto with the short ribs. Oh and we can't forget the shoestring fries. The Mai Tai was a strong and tasty drink. Overall a wonderful dinner and evening out. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "When I entered the hostess was friendly and sat us right away however it took awhile for someone to check in on us and had to ask someone else eventually. I thought my lobster was overcooked and the fries nothing special. Again having to wait for service decided it might not be worth it to return :( it was even crowded "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Went there for lunch on my birthday. Great oysters"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The restaurant exceeded my expectations and guests were very pleased with the service and the food. The guests are from out of town (LA/Los Feliz), very well traveled and have high expectations of fine restaurants, service and food! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We were struck by the excellent and friendly service from the time we arrived, which was earlier than our reservation. We enjoyed the specialty drinks at the bar then moved to the dining area where our server Kathleen was both knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. It was a special occasion and we were treated to a lovely dessert at the end of a delicious meal. I want to return as they have special daily happenings. The staff was very welcoming and I felt, wanted us to enjoy our experience, which we did! A definite find!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My problem is that the portions keep getting smaller and smaller and prices are going higher and higher. When they first opened we went often but the last 2 times I was very disappointed in the portions and pricing. The service also has slipped to where not all the food arrived at the same time. The Bill was very high again. I would not have gone here Thursday night if not for our friends wanting to go due to these reasons. I can go many other places for as good or better food and not such small portions and high prices. I won't be going back if my choice."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "These guys really have it right! The food is amazing and unique to the area and the service staff are impeccably dressed, well mannered and always willing to help, with a smile. A really great dining experience!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Our dinner for four people started at approx. 5:10 p.m. and we finished about 7:15. Considering that we were the third table in the restaurant when we first got there and when we left, the place was less than half full, it was a long time."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Ways and Means is fantastic. We went for brunch on Easter, then went for Lobster Night the following evening. Perfect for date night. The service is always excellent. On Easter, our server, Kathy, was helpful, prompt and courteous. Our server for dinner, Liz, was a joy. This place will not disappoint--I promise. So you soon. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "If you like seafood, want personalized service, and a nice evening out that you will remember - this place is a real good choice. One of the features that we enjoyed is the personal involvement of the owners in their guests experience."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food was fresh and tasty with several options for diners. My wife thought her salmon was cooked perfectly. I had the pancakes which were yummy and more quality than quantity. Our friends were also happy with their meals. One had the eggs benedict and the other had a burger and fries. I can testify that the fries were excellent as I shared a sampling. I would like the restaurant to have draft beer and offer the bottomless champagne brunch sans juice. It would also be pleasing to us if they would be more flexible in allowing food substitutions - I asked the waiter for a salmon omelet knowing they had salmon on a salad but was told no go. We plan on more trips to the W&M as it close to our home and in the charming Old Town Orange area."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Food was good. Quite expensive. Had an air conditioning vent blowing on me all night. Said there was nothing they could for me. Got a call from the restaurant as I was driving home. Claimed they forgot to charge us for the appetizers and we owed them another $65. Pretty weak. Would be a good restaurant if they tightened up things a little."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Small amounts of food that was bad to basic. Feels like a fixed up Denny's restaurant. Everything sounded good on the menu, but it didn't deliver! Unusual wine list. Only thing good was the oysters! The service was efficient, never an empty water glass-- but when I pay for a high end restaurant I expect it to be fantastic-- I won't go again. There are many other great restaurant choices."
    Dined on 4/12/2014