I just stopped at the Chowder Bowl recently for the first time since I was in college -- 10 years ago. I'm overwhelmingly happy to report that nothing has changed and it's still my FAVORITE clam chowder in Newport, most likely my favorite chowder on the entire Oregon Coast! Their other food is also spot-on, exactly as I remember, and they have DEFINITELY earned this 5 star review! Being consistent for over 10 years says a lot!
Of course their chowder is EPIC and everyone that walks into their establishment needs to order at least a cup. It's very creamy, good consistency, and a good ratio of clam to potato to cream. They serve it with a pat of butter which makes it absolutely amazing, the flavor of all the ingredients coming together perfectly. Wish I was there right now!
Their other food is also awesome, and I usually get the calamari and chips. They serve it with tartar and another special sauce that I remember from back when I was in college! I'm stoked they still serve it! It's really good, a sweet, almost orange sauce that goes with the fried food perfectly. A HUGE plus also....their calamari is cooked how it should be....NOT overdone! Soooo many places cook it too long and it has that tough rubbery consistency....here it's perfectly tender! Lastly their chips....are SOOOO GOOD!! I love them, thin cut, golden brown, and taste amazing with the dipping sauces...a solid win all the way around!
The wait staff is also friendly and the food comes out at a good pace. The atmosphere is your typical Oregon Coast establishment with cool old coastie pictures on the walls and a nautical theme. There's quite a bit of seating so it looks like even when they get slammed they can accommodate.
I really love the Chowder Bowl and I'm so happy to report that it's just as good today as it was when I was in school...I definitely recommend it for some awesome seafood and the best clam chowder in Newport!