Permanently Closed - Parkside Seafood House - Oyster Bar

4.5
347 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. The Parkside delicatessen building was built in 1896 with an addition a few years later. Eventually the deli and grocery became a café and soon a full service restaurant. Rumors and stories from the original owner Joe and other owner Tom include everything from the family living above and hidden alcohol gatherings during prohibition. After prohibition the Parkside was one of the first applications to the state for a beer and wine license. As years went by the Parkside developed a following for a favorite lunch spot and great steaks, prime rib and Tom’s catfish for dinner. Being located by Columbian park brought awareness and nostalgia to the restaurant and became a “Neighborhood Gem” or favorite spot for people wanting a cold beer or the elites of Lafayette that desired great food.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner:Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm -10:00pm
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Phone number
(765) 464-6531
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan Miller
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Cross street
State Road 26 East
Additional
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious seafood. My husband always thought he hated crab until he tried the king crab. Manager was extremely welcoming and accommodating. Fairly expensive but worth every penny.

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. A bit pricey, but worth it, particularly for a special occasion. Good selection of dishes, and everything tasted wonderful.

a
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh seafood is the best

JB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not only was the food, especially the crawfish, shrimp and scallops very mediocre, my dining partner's portion was so small she had to fill up on bread and butter. The quality of the seafood being served had definitely gone down hill from the quality experienced with the prior owners.

CV
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Best Ahi Tuna I have ever had. Accompanied by a parsnip purée it was cooked and presented perfectly. My girlfriend and I started by sharing a Caesar salad and she followed with shrimp and grits that were beyond great. Of course we finished with our favorite key lime pie. We can't wait to go back, thanks Parkside for a great evening.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday place! Will be back soon for next celebration! Craig is an awesome host and Kelly is the best server bar none! Great attention to details as well as us! Excellent experience and highly suggested if you love seafood.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very sad it is closed 😰

BM
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fist time at the new restaurant after the change in ownership. It was clean, bright, and nicely decorated. We arrived at our reservation time at 9:45 pm on a Friday night. We were the only ones in the place. Our waitress, Kelly N., said they were very busy earlier in the night. There were still a couple of people out in the Beer Garden. I would assume that is the latest they take reservations. The service was excellent. Kelly N. did a fantastic job tending to all of our requests and needs. The chef, Craig Henderson, came to the table a couple of times to check on us and that was nice. Food was very good. We shared the shrimp cocktail ($12.00) which was excellent. The wife had the clam chowder soup ($6.00) and she said it was the best she has had in Indiana. (it even had a real Clam in the soup) She also had the Organic Wild Isle Salmon ($27.00) and that was a 10. I had a Lobster roll, mix sandwich ($22.00) and was good. We shared a Caesar salad ($6.00) and it was freshly made and good. My wife had the Creme Brulee ($6.00) for desert and it was a 10. We had two (2) sprites ($4.00), One (1) Ice Tea ($2.00) with tax for a dinner total of $90.95 + tip $18.00 = grand total of $108.95. I would rate the food and service a 10.

i
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very expensive but unique cuisine for special occasion. Serving are very small but artistically presented.

KA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always interesting additions to the limited but exquisite menu. Server was knowledgeable, prompt, personable, and efficient.

a
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and absolutely THE BEST SEAFOOD.

C
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent seafood. Food was quality. Excellent wine selection. Quiet neighborhood setting. Rustic building. Friendly, helpful service. First visit; pleasantly surprised! Will definitely return.

s
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Great service! We will definitely be back!

t
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always and service was great.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Seafood in Indiana, I still don't know how they do it

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Halibut cheeks were to die for, salmon was just as amazing. The owner was personable and came to greet us. But the real win of the day was the orange marmalade and rosemary butter. Definitely coming again.

k
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect! Chef Craig came to our table twice as well as at departure. Charming casual setting. Delicious and personally prepared foods. Nice wine selections.
A delightful experience which we hope to repeat when next in the area.

TC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. It's so nice to have a great seafood place close to home.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, the atmosphere was charming and the staff was both knowledgeable and helpful. We had a late reservation, so the noise level was reasonable. They do have a semi private room in the back with a long table.

t
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food as always. Got a little noisy as tables filled.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

2 hour wait for our food. On an evening when no one was there. The Oysters were good but that was it. Service erratic. Excruciating experience--2 hours for food like that...

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unique and excellent seafood with good service and neat ambiance! Really enjoyable evening with a friendly knowledgeable staff. Interesting and changing menu. Will highly recommend.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fresh well prepared seafood. Will come again. Waiter got busy and was not as attentive but food excellent

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parkside has become my favorite restaurant in Lafayette. I'm from California and being able to get seafood of this caliber here in the Midwest is unheard of. The absolute best fried oysters I've ever had. The atmosphere is great, service is top notch and the food is incredible. Some of if not the best seafood in Indiana possibly even the Midwest.

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the service was top notch! Would recommend this place to anyone who loves food!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn't be happier with the experience and service received. It was my wife's birthday dinner and this is the only place she wanted to go. Not only did they make special menu for her but they prepared the table and had wine waiting for us. The food was amazing and the staff were very knowledgeable. This is one of the best restaurants in town. You can tell that the individuals that run this facility truly do care about their guests.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once we entered the restaurant we felt as though we were on vacation.

D
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food I had was good. They have amazing clam chowder soup! I wish they had clam chowder as a regular staple to go with the overall seafood theme and added a different soup when the menu is changed. I would like to see an offering of fried shrimp and fish on as a staple. Many people like the creative food, but many times the person/people your bringing may like fried. It's hard to find things on the menu for everyone. I would just like to see some more common sauces, and more options with whipped potatoes. The asparagus was a wonderful side! We were there before and we loved the orange butter! The strawberry butter was a bit too tart. The ice tea was very good. I can't say that of everywhere. The price for entrees are higher than most restaurants, but most of the seafood is brought in fresh so I understand what the prices need to be in order to meet that type of inventory.

Our server, Kelly, made us feel like we were her only customers. The attention to detail she gave and the attentiveness to try to meet our needs/questions came in at the top of the scale. The hostess was friendly and checked on us a few times. This is a very clean restuarant. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

DL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service! This is the perfect place for a special occasion, but also for just appetizers and beer or wine. Anything we have tried here is excellent. I favor the crab cakes and my husband usually tries whatever shrimp or salmon entree is available. Fresh oysters are a specialty that connoisseurs will love. The atmosphere is low-key, fresh, and clean, allowing for a long casual evening with dining you can linger over. Very nice!

US
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Disappointed. Had seen great reviews and need for reservations. Had early 4:30 reservation before BB game. Kelly, our server couldn't have been nicer but food was very slow out of the kitchen. Bourbon Shrimp very good; Crab Cakes burned; Appetizer Bay Chips burned; Crayfish MacnCheese pedestrian at best. Overall, for time and money involved, hate to say it but would have been happier at somewhere like Red Lobster and I haven't been in a Red Lobster for 20 years. Were offered complimentary Key Lime pie for our wait. Pie was very good but were only given one piece for the three of us which seemed odd. Maybe I expected too much.

A
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly service and outstanding, fresh seafood

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. I had the sea bass (was not Chilean) and it was fresh and melted in the mouth. My husband had squid ink pasta, which had a touch of chili oil and sweetness. Really good. And as always, the wine and service were fabulous!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This place has really gone downhill since the new ownership. The service is good, but the food is awful. Used to be hands down the best restaurant in Lafayette. So sad.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very overpriced, food was not worth high cost. Had Sea Bass, Brocolini was ok, what ever else that was on plate was bland, fish was fishy, for $28 I could have got better food, Wife had Lobster, not worth high cost

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the intimate atmosphere. The oysters were great! We will be back soon.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a few times while working in Indiana a year ago and we made sure to come back while working here again. Love it!

MH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my opinion, this is the best restaurant in the Lafayette area, including West Lafayette as well. The cuisine is creative and delicious. My best friend from high school (who currently lives in Minneapolis) was very impressed. We'll be back.

AT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We enjoy coming to Parkside, typically dining several times per year. As always, food was great. It was Valentine's Day... so a bit of patience should be expected. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation, not surprisingly, there was still a wait. This really isn't a big deal; especially on Valentine's Day. However, it became clear the hostess situation was chaotic. There are only like 16-18 tables in the joint, with two ladies working the hostess position. They started basically seating whomever was standing closest to their iPad. We were there for a 7pm reservation along with several other people. The people who showed first for the 7pm reservation were there a few minutes before us, we were the second couple. We were the last to be seated of the 7pm crowd as each new couple that came in was standing closer to the hostesses. We ended up sitting down around 7:40. Not really the end of the world. I get it. It's Valentine's Day. They did a pretty good job. It has always been great on other visits. The waiter did a nice job and once we were seated things were smooth.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner, like usual! Thank you for the great valentine's prix fixe dinner!

F
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Appetizer tasted like canned seafood stuff, waiter was slow , didn't care for the soup , sorry it wasn't worth the $100 price tag . The noise level made it hard to talk without raising your voice

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