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Ways & Means Oyster House

199 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
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Ways & Means cuisine features fresh, sustainably-caught seafood and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s creative menu celebrates the classic oyster bars and fish houses found in coastal cities around the world. Ways & Means offers small plate selections so that guests can sample a variety of different items and enjoy a real journey through our menu, plus a rotating mix of East and West-coast oysters.

The innovative wine list, which complements the coastal influenced cuisine, features selections from Europe to Australia and California to South Africa. It offers guests affordable wines by the glass, as well as more extensive offerings by the bottle. The thoughtful bar program includes classic cocktails prepared with a twist and premium beers.

Desserts are not an afterthought. In fact, you may want to come for the desserts alone.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, Californian
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(714) 960-4300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
1st Street
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Parking details
Underground parking. Restaurant validates for 2 hour free parking.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 199 People Are Saying
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Maryrain (New England)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Very chaotic - food and drinks came out one at a time and very slow. Waiter seemed really stressed out and the whole place seems chaotic and disorganized.
Small plates are very small and really not enough to share. Some were good (wings, polenta sticks) some were really bad ( mac and cheese - horrible). Would not go back.

Diningfamily (Omaha)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Food was "OK" - best item was the cauliflower side believe it or not. Their custom cocktails were not good at all - sweet, very little alcohol, and overpriced - server did nothing about it when asked and then misquoted the price of the dirty martini's that we ordered. Salmon portion was likely less than 2 oz. Guess they can get away with this in a resort destination.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

This place was a nice change of pace from the usual fare of flatbread, burgers, and fried calamari. As the name suggests the specialize in oysters which were very good but there are also plenty of options for people who don't have a taste for them.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place. Food is amazing. A little pricey depending on what you order.

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Charles was awesome as our waiter he was great

YeePartyof5 (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We liked the service and it was a good place for kids, but we don't recommend the seafood. I would stick to the small bite portion of the menu. The sliders were great and the fries. Kids' meals were also tasty, but pass on the clam chowder.

Kdine (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I have dined here several times and the food is usually good, reasonably priced and they offer some interesting items on the menu. This recent dining experience was disappointing, mainly because the servers were understaffed. Too few servers working on a Friday night made no sense. I felt sorry for our server- he apologized for very slow service, but it was not his fault.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our first time there, it was so bad. We waited 15 mins before we saw our server . Then they messed our drink order. The food was aweful, I hate wasting food but we left alot on the table. It was so loud we couldn't hear each other talk. The hostess Katie was awesome, to watch she was hussling and doing what the GM and assistant mgr should of been doing. We saw the managers just walk by didn't say anything or help the hostess.

GoodFood (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Enjoyed our meal as always and our Waiter was Terrific!!!

Nikki (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Celebrated my daughter's birthday and had great food- salad, beef, , appetizers everything was so good! We had excellent service and all the servers were friendly. If you want to go to a place with good food and have fun with friends this would be the perfect place.