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About Permanently Closed - Parkside Seafood House - Oyster Bar
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.
Lafayette, IN 47904
Seafood, Contemporary American, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Dinner:Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm -10:00pm
State Road 26 East
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Parkside Seafood House - Oyster Bar - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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