C.I. Shenanigans

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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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HS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The Service was Slow and the Chicken we ordered was not very good had no taste side dish portions were average Just expected better tasting food From this Nice Restaurant Took My Parents and they were disappointed May have just been the Dinner we Ordered.

SZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 12 people and we were well taken care of. Food to all was served timely. We all plan to return.

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the halibut with butternut squash and mashed potatoes!! Great flavor. Excellent service.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Great view, great environment, and terrific wait staff...but the food is just so so. I've been several times for the ambience but the food is consistently blan. During this visit the crusted halibut was undercooked. 2 waiters and the manager visually confirmed and agreed. However, the manager made it a point to return to the table and state the cook said that because it was flakey that it was properly cooked. I'll agree that a portion of the fish along the outer edges was cooked. However, if halibut is pink, chewy, and cool in the center it is definitely NOT cooked correctly. Why even come back to the table and tell a customer that after agreeing earlier? Fortunately, there are plenty of other really nice dining options along the waterfront in Tacoma. I recommend C.I. Shenanigans as a last resort if you want more than a nice view!

JM
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best overall "Happy Hour" Burger & Beer on the waterfront -- really yummy Mud Pie for dessert, great stop before the movies!
Amanda our server was super sweet and excellent.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service

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SP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice will return . The only think I was looking for was biscuits and gravy but everything was great and of good quality and the service was great

GE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This trip the Shenanigans was sub par at best. The food was brought out cold, and the steak was under cooked. The waitress took the cut steam and just had it re-heated which did nothing to better the experience. One of the soups that was ordered was brought to the table wrong as well.

B
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We hadn't been there in a while, decided to try for lunch. Lunch menu seemed pricey, so went with their tasting menu- pick two items, shooter sized dessert. (15$) Very small portions, almost laughable. Got our food quickly, but then our server disappeared until I had to get her attention so we could get our dessert and pay the bill. My companion had the Reuben with fries, said the fries were undercooked, and Reuben was pretty greasy.

BH
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the water while we ate delicious food. We had a wonderful time.

c
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best iceberg wedge salad both my wife and I have ever had!

LM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated at a table with a great view and plenty of room for our party of 4. Service was prompt but not rushed. Food was excellent and portions were ample! We greatly enjoyed this periodic get-to-gather for our social group. We will return!

K
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

We enjoy taking advantage of the two week Tacoma Restaurant Week and try to visit four establishments, two each week. This year we started with C. I. Shenanigans, having driven by it for years on our way to other venues.

We had trouble finding C. I. Shenanigans because it was a dark, dreary night and their sign was not illuminated. Once we were inside we were led down some steps to the lowest level and seated in a booth.

Service: Our waiter was scattered; he constantly failed to follow through on requests such as coffee (served in small cups that cooled quickly), bread (which he suggested then was slow to deliver, requiring several reminders), and coffee refills which we had to request frequently.

Food: The appetizer, Lobster Bisque, was served cooler than I prefer but flavorful and my spouse approved of it. The main course, Sole stuffed with crab and shrimp, mixed rices, and broccoli, turned out to be disappointing. The Sole portion was average size and the flavor and texture were adequate. The rice was slightly under cooked, with the wild rice part left seriously crunchy and was cooler than it should have been. The broccoli was also too cool and slightly under cooked.

The server asked us how we liked the meal, and we pointed out its' shortcomings. He promptly got a manager. We explained to the manager what we felt was wrong with the meal and the service, and why we felt qualified to make our judgement. He listened carefully to us and offered to replace our meal. When we told him"No, thanks", he took a portion off of our bill.

At that point I remembered the dark sign and asked if he knew why it was out. He was startled and had no idea that it wasn't on, but said he'd deal with it. When we left the sign was shining brightly, a beacon leading to an adequate meal.

We understand that a restaurant can have an "off" night, so we will try them again in a few weeks The potential for a good meal and a pleasing experience is there and we will see if it can be realized.

E
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was just okay. Clam chowder was salty. View was great. Service was good.

MH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend to shenanigans for a nice dinner date as a surprise and she was very pleased with the food and service. It was her first one there.

NM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food selection and variety was good but most items were only Luke warm at best.

KA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My GF’s and I have been enjoying going to Shenanigans more and more lately. It’s an environment we can actually enjoy conversation in, the food is excellent, and we always manage to get the fun servers that playback to our energy! I also really enjoy the special events they do, which keeps me coming back! :-)

KS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took our nephew and new wife to dinner. Staff was very nice and accommodating.
We have always had great experiences here.

Will return soon.

DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was bland. I ordered the lobster macaroni-it was a tablespoon over lobster. It was flavorless. The prime rib was dry.

SS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was perfect. I had the east coast lobster roll. It was delicious!

ML
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Overpriced buffet for the quality of food. Worst part is that the scrambled eggs were hard and dry. And the service was poor. Waited around for the waiter multiple times. Took him 10 minutes to greet our table and a long time to return.

Ordering a la carte is definitely better than the buffet.

MW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

My third time at this restaurant. The food was good with lots of variety. The service was okay. And the atmosphere was good. Would recommend eating here.

FT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Could have used a more attentive server.
Appetizer and soup came at the same time? That makes no sense. Then, brought our entrees before we had finished our appetizer. That’s just not right. Other than that, loved the place.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

My wife chicken plate was very over cooked and hard to cut. And my salmon dish just wasn’t flavorful. It was our anniversary night, so this is very very disappointing...

NH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very disappointed in the service. It took to long to receive our wine, appetizer and our entrée. By the time that we received our entrée one of the lunches was not what we ordered. Then we had to wait for the prawns to be cooked.

Where we sat was excellent. One person walks with a cane and we did not have to negotiate the stairs. This is just a one time event and I am sure that you will correct it. Considering everything I still tipped our server twenty percent.

DB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. I often recommend this location for brunch or any occasion.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Dining room just looked dirty. Fabric in our booth was stained, carpet didn’t look any better. Food was meh and service wasn’t great. The view is nice and I suppose that is how they get away with pricing. The best thing I ate was the sliced Gouda and bread. Seafood wasn’t good, prime rib was lacking flavor, eggs Benedict eggs were all over-hard and the two pastries I took back to my table were gross (mini pumpkin pie and chocolate covered strawberries). One small bite of each and I knew I didn’t want anything else from this restaurant.

I will not go back to this restaurant.

W
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CI Shenanigans is always a great place for Sunday brunch. The food is always amazing and we are never disappointed.

R
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good, food delivery timing was bad, the entrees arrived before we’d finished our appetizers. Too, the waitress disappeared after taking our orders.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Waitstaff, drinks, appetizers, oysters, were great and accommodations for GF celiac member were met. The salmon ordered by another member of the party was overdone.

GB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was very good. I had the filet and it was cooked perfectly, med rare. Another had salmon fettuccine she really liked it and it was a big portion. One person had the chicken marsala but didn't care for the stuffed asparagus inside it. One ordered the fish and chips from the kids menu, but got the regular order. The waiter changed the bill to the kids price. Overall it was very good food and service. And the view was as always beautiful. One of our favorite restaurants.

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. There was always a server to help you out. Food was amazing amd great romantic atmosphere! I would come back again.

J
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Birthday dinner was quiet and beautiful. Service was good. No desert offered.

KA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and good personable service couldn't ask for a better experience

l
Seattle
70 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was great. Huge selection, most of which was tasty. Attentive wait staff.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We were pretty much ignored by everyone in a service capacity. Check-in group forgot us, bartender had glasses to clean, waiter cruised thru a couple of times and didn't bother picking up dirty dishes etc.
Food was good but not great

NR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my “men” out for their birthday. We enjoyed the view, the fun beverages, the fried calamari with peppers, yum, and steaks cooked perfectly.

J
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The bar took forever with our drinks. The food tasted good once we received it. Food took a while. And they didn’t refill soda glasses or water glasses.

J
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The location and inside of the restaurant is beautiful. Unfortunately, the food and service were lacking. I would not recommend it.

RW
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great time I forgot our server's name but we absolutely delighted of the service we got. ..we are well taken care of...great job till next time.Thank you all !!!