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Ajax Cafe

4.2
37 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Scenic View

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About

Port Hadlock, Washington is where you will find Ajax Cafe. This historic waterfront restaurant sits in the Galster House, former home of the founder of the town, Sam Hadlock. The helpful and friendly staff treat every customer who enters the restaurant like family. Ajax Cafe is the place to go for a great meal and some live music.

All meals at Ajax Cafe are made from only the freshest ingredients. The restaurant sources out produce, meat and poultry from farms in the area to help support the local economy. Unique dishes like blue cheese and fig ravioli or the Northwestern Fisherman's Stew fill the menu along with staples like oysters, salads and grilled chicken. All the delicious breads and desserts are also made right in house.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(360) 385-3450
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jon Luzadder
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Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.3
ambience
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 23, 2015

Wear a hat, the sillier the better. That's proper etiquette for this playful place.

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2015

We got to the restaurant at the correct time for our reservation that we made thru Open Table only to learn that the restaurant had not been contacted by Open Table and had no reservation in our name. The Ajax Cafe was exceptionally crowded. The manger was extremely gracious and worked to get us a table with no delay. He confirmed that they had received no word from Open Table. The restaurant made sure that we had a good dining experience. I would be very hesitant to use Open Table again without checking directly with the restaurant. No longer confident in Open Table. We were lucky that the restaurant cared.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2015

We always try to eat here while spending time at Port Ludlow; food is 'excellent'; service is quite good given the crowds that keep things busy even on week nights. Only real downside is the place is very noisy but sort of reflects the general festive atmosphere of such a place.

Note; we used Opentable to book our reservation; the restaurant had no record of it! Still managed to fit us in; kudos to Ajax Cafe.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2015

Décor is very unique and fun. The food was good as well though they were out of the item I really wanted which I thought was odd since we were there as dinner service started. Service was very helpful and friendly.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2015

I got there and they did not get my online reservations for 9 people, but we were seated anyway due to it being Wednesday evening,. I told them it was my son's birthday, but we never received a happy birthday song or a free dish of ice cream, or whatever.
The food wasn't liked by all in the party. The carrots were undercooked. The salmon I had was good. The staff friendly and the hats were fun.

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1.0Dined on June 30, 2015

We had 3 different dinners on the menu....the salmon, the lamb and the scallops and all 3 were not the quality we are used to. The salmon was dry, the scallops were under-cooked and the lamb was tough and dry. Probably will never return to the Ajax.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2015

This was our first time at the Ajax Cafe. Our reservation was at 7 pm on a Sunday. The place was busy, but for good reason. The food was outstanding. I had clam chowder, made to order using freshly steamed clams. Very tasty. For dinner, I had the pork chop, which was excellent. Desert was chocolate crème de pot, also outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2015

We have eaten at Ajax Café before a few years ago. It is still a fun, vibrant place to take friends or go for a special occasion.
I read some bad reviews regarding service, but even though it was a Saturday night and every table was booked, we had excellent service! Each of us raved about our dinner and the salads we ordered and the brownie dessert was to die for!
Worth the trip as it is out of the way for many people....

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2015

We had reservations for 6:45 on Saturday before Mother's Day. Three other couples came in with reservations for 7:00. They were not together, but all three couples were seated before us. The host forgot we were there. We were finally seated after an apology. Once seated it took almost 20 minutes before a waitress came to take our order. We then waited another good chunk of time before our meal was brought, along with the bottle of wine we ordered. However, the food was terrific! It was prepared to our liking and presentation was very nice. The waitress never came back to ask how everything was. It took awhile to get our check. We would go back, however, not on a holiday weekend.

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2015

Made a reservation for our anniversary, something different and quirky. Arrived on time and table was ready. Menus plopped on table and away she went. Ordered salad that was very good oysters so-so. You would think on the water of Puget Sound they should be exceptional. Bread was good but looked like proof and bake that wasn't baked - needed more time in the oven. Live entertainment, old surfer with a guitar. Dinner special salmon - very well prepared and delicious and NY steak, ordered medium and delivered MR, flagged waitress down to add a little more fire, came back well done with very watery mashed potatoes. Asked for check, plopped down. Paid with CC no thank you, no how was everything. Guess they just don't need repeat business.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2015

I would recommend Ajax to anyone who loves great food. Comes out hot and delish.
I only have one complaint and it is minor because it is part of the ambiance....and that is the
noice level, not easy to have a conversation without speaking quite loud.

The servers are always happy and friendly and will do anything to serve you, and again the food is
delish. Always enjoy the experience.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2015

I'm an old patron of Ajax. I probably chose wrong as the food item was not as good as usual.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2015

We had not been to ajax cafe in years..when we first arrived service was great..got bread and waited for our food...my husband loved his food..i ordered a steak. Could have gotten a better quality of steak from my local grocery store. Service went from bad to worse. Our waitress never came back to table except to bring the check..2 waitresses to cover the floor was definitely not enough ...felt like getting lost in the shuffle..and no one wants to feel that..not sure i would go back...very disappointed..:(

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2014

Setting something different and unique. Food was excellent. As a teacher i wouldn't wear hats but others were having fun doing so. Only suggestion, warm the bread. We would come back!

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2014

Great food, attentive waitstaff in an unusual and fun local restaurant. Good seafood and steaks. Full bar

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2014

The cafe did not get the reservation from Open Table but were able to seat us anyway

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2.0Dined on September 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.

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5.0Dined on September 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.

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2.0Dined on September 2, 2014

Crazy hats-----fun restaurant with a menu to meet every ones taste.....

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2014

Friendly, quirky atmosphere, good food and wine. It was our second time here and it has been a fun evening both times.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2014

We had to drive 40 minutes to get to the restaurant - worth every minute in transit:). Just great food and ambience.

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5.0Dined on August 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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

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5.0Dined on July 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!

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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3.0Dined on June 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.

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4.0Dined on June 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 !

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5.0Dined on June 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.

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5.0Dined on June 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

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4.0Dined on May 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

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3.0Dined on March 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

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4.0Dined on October 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!

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4.0Dined on August 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.

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5.0Dined on August 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

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on June 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!

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