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Ways & Means Oyster House

4.0
230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Birthdays
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.

For large party reservations of 8+, please contact the restaurant at events@wmoysters.com
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 230 People Are Saying
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3.9
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Monday maine lobster yummy. Caesar salad with salmon, right on. Oysters yummy too. Fish and chips best deal.
Thanks. Fun night

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I enjoyed a Maine lobster and chowder fries. The sweetness of the bacon made the fries covered with clam chowder very tasty. The meal was filling!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always enjoy - outstanding service - outside is always chilly - they provide blankets which is great - only suggestion would be to step up the outdoor heaters - more of them.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was very slow

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

1st time there. Was not too impress with the service. I had to ask my server several times for some limes and napkins

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was out first time to Ways and Means... we enjoyed lobster mac n cheese, lobster bisque, the Duffy w/king crab, raw oysters,shrimp, fish n chips.

Great ambiance, spacious and and a view of the ocean!! 💕

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

It was nothing special.

For an oyster house I was expecting a knowledgeable team and wide selection of oysters.

There were maybe 6 different oysters available that day. I wanted high brine oysters but, all they had were creamy.

Our dessert was forgot and the food portions were extremely small for brunch. My entree came on a B&B plate....

Probably won't be back if I am honest.

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

This place has gone way downhill. What a shame. They even took the whole lobster off the menu!

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Very loud inside the restaurant. Host said that all of the outdoor seating was reserved. Yet there were several open tables the entire time we were there.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Oysters were very small/pricey. Service very slow. There are too many good restaurants in HB, we will not be back.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This place advertises as being a tapas restaurant although it’s confusing because the price of the tapas are the same as a regular entree at many places ha ha! Anyway, we decided to go in - we tried the crab cakes (great), the burger sliders with fries (great), the fish tacos (really good, but light on the actual fish), and the steak and potatoes. Everything was good, the scene is lively since it’s right by the Pacific Coast highway and the beach. I can’t imagine how crowded and loud this place would be during peak hours but definitely good people watching. We will try this one again, but maybe as a drink spot after eating. It’s too expensive for tapas with the portions they give....definitely don’t go here for tapas with a group unless you have deep pockets or aren’t that hungry.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We love the food and the live music was amazing!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Very Cool Place! Ask for server Christian; he made it a great experience!

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1.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Horrible service, food was horrible. Our kids’ grilled cheese came out like pure rubber. They had been sitting so long because our waitress was so slow. Took her 20 minutes to take out order and bring us water. Then she brings all of our drinks except for my husband’s beer. After waiting another 10 minutes, she finally comes to our table to let us know that the beer he ordered was out. She then suggested he order a different beer but that it would be more expensive. Wtf? Then after he decided on another beer, she then brings him the beer he originally wanted but it wasn’t all the way full! Omg, wtf AGAIN! Then, brings out food and no knife to cut the food?!? Finally we got up and left.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The food and service was excellent. However it was so cold in the restaurant that they gave us blankets, except they didn’t have enough for everyone in our party. They refused to close the large roll up door in front of us so we are quickly and left.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Our server Kaitlyn was the best. She made sure we were taken care of.
Bring your jacket to sit outside and hear the music. Very vacation like, we had fun.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Just ok. Seemed very disorganized and food came out randomly... meals before apps! Extremely loud.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Oysters were fresh and delicious! Service impeccable!

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

It was our first time there and we had two Harty eaters. Sample size portions were not enough for them so we ordered more . Our bill was outrageous though some was on drinks. Note to self don’t drink. Way to exspensive and food was just ok. Our waiter was great all things considered .
No, unfortunately I would not recommend this as a place to have a “meal” snacks maybe.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Gabriel was amazing! So so accommodating to us. The staff is excellent and the woman who’s the main hostess is a rock star!

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

WORST SERVICE I’ve ever experienced. Won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

My girlfriends and I have made this our monthly lunch spot to catch up and we love it. The wait staff is always so kind and helpful and the food is exactly what we want - enough variety, healthy choices, and Wine Wednesdays!!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Small portions, mediocre waitress, taste was good. Way too loud.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Hostess seated our party of 4 adults next to a birthday party of 20 teenagers when there were several empty tables nearby. The table was also dirty and we had to ask for a rag to clean it.
Although our waitress was very friendly service was very slow. Not sure that it was her fault but way too slow getting food & drinks.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The service was great but the hot tea was warm and weak and the soup was cool. Tasty food and you can see the ocean!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Oysters and chowder were fabulous. Other items ordered were just okay.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Even though we had a reservation, we were treated like walk-ins without great table locations. The food was enjoyable, waiter was friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

My friends and I come here to catch up and relax. The food is great - simple and fresh - and wine Wednesdays make it perfect for us to get a bottle of wine to share.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great, fun service and knowledgeable staff. Flair is fresh and healthy/non-healthy depending on your order. I enjoyed it and our dinner was very enjoyable. I would go back! Fast service also and our server was sooo friendly and nice. He made sure everything was to our satisfaction!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Good food! A bit chilly & very loud! Excellent service, offer blankets for comfort!

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I was very dissatisfied with the food. I did not realize how small the portions were. When I brunch I want equal food and booze. The owner was very nnice and professional

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Charles was awesome as our waiter he was great

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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