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About C.I. Shenanigans

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.

3017 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Lounge hours:
Monday-Thursday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00am-11:00pm


Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:45pm (last seating @ 1:45)

**Lunch is not served on Sunday.**

Cross Street:
McCarver

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(253) 752-8811

Website:
http://www.cishenanigans.com/

Executive Chef:
Eric Matthies

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Located on Tacoma's historic Ruston Way, C.I. Shenanigans has banquet accommodations for every size. We feature fine dining in a casual yet elegant setting.

C.I. Shenanigans Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

74% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (44)
Scenic View (40)
Special Occasion (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Romantic (22)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Casual (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Cozy (13)
Fun (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
People Watching (6)
Authentic (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a window table with a water view and it was perfect. The food was delicious and the portions were plentiful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined 5 days ago

Our waitress was very kind and professional. Our bread wasn’t as fresh which made it hard to eat so she immediately got a new batch for us. She was familiar with the menu and could answer all our questions.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

Our only complaint was that it was pretty cold in the restaurant. Had to dine with coats on. We were seated by the waterfront windows. Still excellent though!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

This was a favorite spot for my husband and I. I hadn't been in several years but thought it was worth the drive. My girlfriends and I wanted to celebrate the Holidays together before the big rush closer to Christmas. It was very good but not quite as decadent as I remembered. The creme caramel was not on the buffet, oh well. Love the seafood! Would have like the trays of fresh fruit but a decent fruit salad was offered. My girlfriends agreed it was a very good choice and maybe even the start of a new tradition! Happy Holidays.

Tags: Healthy, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

I like this place but Never Ever Again will I come for brunch and seat at a booth for brunch a booth is just ridiculous they should never use booths so If I am gonna pay 30 dollars and have 6 people I am gonna have a table or eat next door at the Ram

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We arrived early and were told our table was ready and then told us it we be a few minutes. We waited for 15 minuets and I asked if there was a problem. The hostess told another person to to seat us and he took the wrong people to out table. The hostess looked up and realized he had taken the wrong group so he had to bring those people back and seat us. It took 10t minuets for the waitstaff to ask us about drinks- we actually went to the bar to order ourselves. The service was agonizingly slow. I had put on my reservation the occasion was for a birthday and the waitress didn’t have a clue. I will NEVER go back to this restaurant again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Dated and worn. Food was extremely overpriced and poor quality

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Good meal, great service! Good atmosphere, Dean did a great job in serving us.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Made reservations for 12 for mothers 60th birthday and was seated 20 minutes after the reservation time.. once seated they put our group at two separate tables without warning. I made the reservation on open table and also called to confirm that the table would be ready the day of. At no point did they mention we were to be separated when I called or even when we got there while waiting for twenty minutes. Waiting the 20 min wasn't the problem it was how they handled it, no one bothered to update our large group waiting and wondering what was going on. Once we arrived at our separated tables the gentleman just said well its because you're group is 12 people and was unapologetic for anything. Clearly we were able to fit at one table if an additional table were added to the end of a booth like the large group we sat next to, the man did do that after we had asked. The whole start of the visit was just frustrating and not what I expected for my moms 60th birthday dinner. Very disappointed.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

I was really in the dog house with my girlfriend. After Taking her to Shenanigans you'd think I was nominated for boyfriend of the year!! We really enjoyed our date night, everything went perfect! We'll definitely be back! Thank you

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

There are many restaurants on the water front Shenanigans should be on the top of your list.

Tags: Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our dinner was lovely. The food and service was amazing. Great redo dinner. First visit not so good but the manager took care of us and made our second visit very special. Thank you Bob Crystal.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We arrived for our reservation 5 minutes early, the same time another couple happened to be entering the restaurant. The other couple told the host they did not have a reservation, while the host acknowledged ours. Both us and the other couple were told to wait a few minutes, even though the restaurant was not that busy. They sat the other couple first, giving them a table with a waterfront view. They seated us a few minutes later, giving us a table with a view of the parking lot.

We mentioned this to our server, who did not offer to move us to a better table even though the place was far from full. We ordered drinks, which took a long time to come, though the bar was obviously not busy (it was directly across from our table). After the drinks came, we ordered food. The food took a long time as well, to the point where I had finished my beer and my wife was close to being done with her wine. I don't fault the restaurant for taking time to prepare the food, but our server failed to come back and check on us. Finally, my wife asked if I'd like another beer, to which I said yes, so she took my glass to the bar and asked for a refill. They told her they couldn't do it, our server needed to order the drink - which is ridiculous. But several minutes later, the bar manager brought over my drink, saying she would tell the server. By this time, my wife's wine was almost gone, but they did not ask if she wanted another.

Our server brought the food a bit later, but again failed to ask if my wife wanted more wine. The food was okay. My wife ordered a seafood louie salad without the louie dressing (which was not gluten free) but oil and vinegar instead on the side. Usually, restaurants give, to our tastes anyway, too much dressing. Here, however, there was very little and she had to ask for additional. My prime rib was okay, but the outside was not crispy brown like it should be.

As we left, we discussed everything with the manager. He apologized, but offered nothing more.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was the first time we had the Sunday brunch & it was absolutely fantastic! Can't wait to go back again!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Casual, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very slow kitchen and server. Food not up to their usual standards. We were with our one year old grandson and understandably seated away from others. That said we were largely ignored. An hour from when we ordered until the food arrived.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was good

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

A friend from out of town and I had reservations at CI Shenanigans for Thanksgiving Dinner. We were EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED, we sat at our table for over 10 minutes and no one came to our table, so we stopped someone and asked for a glass of water. (they weren't very busy, lots of empty tables around). we waited another 5 minutes and stopped a waiter and asked if we could just go grab a plate for the buffet no one had talked to us, they said oh sure. The food that should have been hot, was luke warm to cold such as masked potatoes, mac and cheese and prime rib. They ran out of plates, there were 10 people lined up behind me waiting for some clean plates to be brought out. you had to dig for shrimp, there were not restocking the dishes when they ran out. The topper was when our waiter did speak with us (2 gals) he asked "if we were just friends or ???" REALLY that was very inappropriate!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I don't write these often or say much. The place was nice, food was good, and there is a nice view of Puget sound.
I would recommend and return.

Thank you for the wonderful dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I was really disappointed this time. It was for Thanksgiving and the food was cold and just all around underwhelming.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Usually service is outstanding but this time it was poor ... our group could understand if it was busy, but hardly any other tables were in service while we were there

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ample room for our large group. Our server was very nice and attentive. Could use a few more appetizer choices that are not fish based but the diner menu has a large assortment of choices to please almost anyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was our first time there. It was great, will go this again

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our meal wasn't especially outstanding (prime rib - undercooked the 1st time, then overcooked after being returned; chicken marsela - good; bobbie's special - too spicy; scallops - OK). The service was excellent. The atmosphere was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Stopped in after the Garth Brooks Concert. Plenty of parking by the building and they didn't appear that busy. We had to wait quite a while to bus a table for 2 people.

Waitress was really nice and she was right on top of keeping glasses and coffee topped off.

Ordered the prime rib. It came with garlic green beans that were very flavorful, but the prime rib and greenbeans were luke warm at best. The baked potatoes was hot though.

I haven't been here in years and I have to say I was disappointed.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What a disappointment. I used to love this place. The food was cold. The butter for the clams was never warm. The fruit tasted like vinegar. We took our friends and what an embarrassment. The service was poor. I don't think we'll be coming back. You need to work on food staying warm, the server bringing coffee/drinks more often. We had to hunt him down or somebody down each time.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Been here several times for Sunday Brunch. They always have very good foods but it seemed the selection was not as much as before. The back table where the salads are located was very spotty. Don't sit near the bar; service was very slow.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

There was a very delicious array of items on the menu for brunch. From the crab legs to the scrambled eggs, crepes to prime rib, fruit and veggies. Not to mention all the desserts. More than anyone could hope for at one sitting. All the food was very flavorful and prepared to perfection. I especially like the roasted potato chunks. The waiters and waitresses were very attentive throughout. Loved being by the window and watching the waters.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2017

1) the oysters on the half shell were both sandy and had shell fragment in them.
2) the prime rib was over cooked and the baked potato was a disgusting gray color
3) the waiter took out desert order and then dropped the check off before the deserts came. Rushing us out the door or what???

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Not as good as it used to be. New menu not as appetizing.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were seated quite some time before being greeted by our server. The management and server went the extra mile to make up for the inconvenience. The food was excellent and our overall experience was very good.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I waited 20 years to eat at this restaurant and it will be another 20 before I return. The ambience was amazing and my waiter was absolutely fabulous. However, the food was mediocre and being that my date and I were placed near an ordering station we had the unfortunate experience of overhearing other wait staff complain about customers. It was very unprofessional and the food was only mediocre for the price. While we did speak to what I presume is a manager who offered to remove items from our bill, we agreed yet when the bill came they were still there. My date and I gracefully paid and decided that we would just not return.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Big concert nt at Tacoma dome. Had 6:30 reservations but weren't seated until 7pm then it was additional half hr before we were even approached by a server (after having to flag down the manager) so an hr and 15 minutes after our reservation we finally had our wine & appetizers delivered. The staff was woefully unprepared for what was obviously going to be a huge nt for them. The manager had promised "to make it right" by offering some sort of compensation which was never reflected in our bill. Our server after finally being assigned to our table did do a really nice job of taking care of us. Just was disappointing to see others with later reservations being served promptly while we somehow slipped off the radar. Food good but service not so much. And it made for a really long evening...glad Garth Brooks made the afternoon and trip to Tacoma worth it!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Did not get the greatest service. Food was some what cold like it was sitting for awhile. Didn’t get everything that it said it came with.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was our 27th wedding anniversary. I made the reservations two weeks in advance. We were seated right next to the bar in the corner. It was loud and everyone around us was drunk. After being seated we didn’t see our server for over 20 min. When she took our order we asked for bread and our drinks right away. Another 15 min later she brought our drinks but still no bread. When she finally brought our bread we had no plates to put it on. We asked for our salad before our meal but it came out with our meal an hour later. Our reservation was for 5:30. We left at 8:30. It was crazy busy but this was supposed to be a special night. Very disappointed. We couldn’t even talk to each other as it was so loud.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our appetizer (Lobster Quesadilla) was delicious as was the Grapefruit Martini that our server recommended - minus the lipstick on my glass...I don't wear lipstick :/ Unfortunately, there was COLD air blowing on our table so a coffee with Bailey's would have been more appropriate. I had the scallops for dinner and they were decent - nothing to write home about but good. My husband's lobster roll and clam chowder were also mediocre. Our server was friendly but not very attentive - we had to wait for drink refills multiple times. Lastly, there were many open tables but the waiting area was FULL when we left. With a huge event (Garth Brooks) at the Tacoma Dome, I would have expected more staff on hand to handle a busy night. Overall, it was just ok. I would go back for the Martini, bring a parka and try a different entrée.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was good for the price. My steak was over cooked and I can get a better Rib-eye from my local butcher. Waiter was nowhere to be seen most of the night. Others in our party ordered the prime rib which looked good. seat cushions on the chairs are old and thus you sit way to low to the table. Overall we had a good time but won't be coming back.

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were having dinner with a group of friends and decided to try something new, so glad we did! We were running a little late Due to traffic and they held a reservation for us without an issue our table was beautiful and right on the water as we requested our server was obviously knew but very polite very friendly and obviously very clear to please he did make a few mistakes but was super friendly about it when I corrected and our food was amazing so no big deal it was well worth the money and will definitely be back again

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

After having reservations for weeks, we were seated in the bar without a view. Restaurant was fairly empty during our visit.

Restaurant was prepping for a big night and were 'saving' view tables for large parties.

Our food was cold and over cooked... steak was seasoned well and the presentation was nice.

We most likely will not be back.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very disappointed. My family and I have always loved this restaurant. However, this time the steak was very cold and the flavor was awful; to say the least. It came out without a steak knife so we had to wait 5 minutes to eat. My salad was soggy. The appetizer crab cake was the only good thing :)

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Service was excellent, as was the food and presentation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Waterfront
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