We first visited Tidal Raves on our trip up the coast last year and we're pleased to find that the food and ambience are still as good as before. Have eaten here twice recently and every dish we've tried has been creatively prepared with fresh ingredients, nicely plated, and met our finicky expectations.
We always get a lasting impression of a restaurant by its salads: Do the greens and all the other ingredients, including the dressing, look and taste fresh and flavorful? Hard to understand supposedly upscale restaurants who sling bagged salad (you can always tell) with limp & slimy ingredients slopped with a commercial dressing, onto a plate for your first encounter at the table. Happy to say, Tidal Raves makes the effort to deliver a good first impression on this score.
Every fish dish we ordered (that's what we come for) tasted fresh and perfectly cooked (not overdone) with the really tasty sides.
The views from the windows overlooking Depoe Bay are not just lovely; we've easily seen whales close up to the cliff area below the restaurant. Such a fun experience to watch the whales while dining.
Parking isn't easy when it's crowded, but we've always found a place nearby on the street if the smallish parking lot is filled.
The service has been quick and efficient if not overly friendly. The staff seems to work at pace to cover the dining area. It's always been filled to capacity when we've been there, but I don't know about off-season. It seems to be a smoothly run operation, which as tourists we do appreciate. It's been a rare experience for us to find a restaurant which combines great views with really good food.