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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
  • "So my wife and I celebrated out 2 year wedding anniversary last Friday 8-15-2014. It was our first time here and I have to say I was impressed and so was my wife. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great food, great service and cool atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Had an excellent evening with some close group of friends to celebrate my beautiful and lovely wife birthday"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Unassuming in old town Orange! Beautiful on the inside and an amazing experience and FOOD! Great raw bar. Great appetizers such as the happy hour scallops!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Outstanding service, food and atmosphere. Highly recommend. Michelin quality."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We ordered 16 oysters and queen tower...some of the seafood was so bland. For main entrees: black cod, tuna and beef shortribs...all very flavorful and hit the spot! Ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio and another white that our waiter suggested both excellent! Sat in a corner booth and my four other girlfriends and I had such a great time eating laughing and talking! Def will be back"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Let me just say that I like this place a lot and have eaten here several times in the past year. Last Friday, the service was atrocious, far below the standard expected of a high quality, fine dining establishment. While other tables were served an abundance of bread, we had to ask and were given three very small rather stale slices. Our water glasses sat empty most of the night and we had to ask for another cocktail--twice. Our food was great as usual. In conclusion, is this place simply a bar (the bar area was packed the way)? Or is it a fine dining establishment where the food is the central focus? Do the owners want us to dine or to go the bar for happy hour? I think this place needs to define itself before it's too late."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was fresh and delicious. We had the oysters, ceviche, and deviled eggs with salmon for appetizers. The service was tremendous and they made our birthday celebration special by throwing in glasses of rose for our whole table. Overall a wonderful dining experience. We went again the following week for their lobster Monday special."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Finally, a first rate, outstanding restaurant in Downtown Orange. One that rivals the finest Los Angeles restaurants. Run, don't walk to this incredible culinary experience where you are warmly & graciously greeted by Kate. Menu is concise, yet each carefully selected and expertly chosen item is so well put together. Our waiter Aaron - also very warm and accommodating to our individual needs/wants,without hesitation was able to craft a perfect dining experience from start to finish. Caesar salad - original; bread- freshly prepared; duck breast - amazing/cooked to perfection;clams in wine sauce - mouth watering; dessert - wonderful. Parnell, one of the owners was so warm and gracious. This team truly cares about your dining experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We were surprised to find this restaurant, which had once been a Co' Co's in Old Towne Orange. The remodel is open light and looks upscale. Our waiter, Victor, was excellent and attentive without being intrusive. We would love to go back, if only the food were reasonably good. It is not. The bread served with frozen butter is marginal at best. I had tuna and my wife had shrimp. Both were served luke warm and tasted bland. We will not be going back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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