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The historied 1929 building. - The Pacific Way, Gearhart, OR

The Pacific Way

4.6
4.6
96 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Located in the charming beach town of Gearhart, OR - possibly best known for being the summer home & final resting place of James Beard, the godfather of American fine dining, The Pacific Way is located in a history filled 1929 building. Depending on the coastal weather, you may chose a cozy space indoors, warm by a fire or dine in our covered dog friendly patio. Our menu changes seasonally & the chef offers chalkboard menu items regularly, so for the latest information please see our website: pacificwaycafe.com. You'll find our menu is seafood forward, but it is worth noting our pasta is made in-house and there's always something special on deck for the vegetarian and carnivore in the group.

We recommend making reservations for dinner, but for weekend brunch & small plate afternoons feel free to walk-in!


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Farm-to-table, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (503) 738-0245
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Trever Gilbert
  • Neighborhood
    Gearhart
  • Cross street
    A short turn off the 101, we are located on Pacific Way at Cottage Ave.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 96 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Portland / Oregon

    Neighborhood gem

  • Portland / Oregon

    Seafood

  • North Oregon Coast

    Most Booked

96 Reviews
  1. DaveT

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we crossed the threshold, we stepped into a warm cozy place with amazing food and incredible personal service. Can’t say enough about this restaurant. It was so obvious that the owner, the servers and the chefs really cared about us and any special culinary needs/requests. So refreshing to know there’s a restaurant that really cared about making our dining special.

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  2. TeresaR

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is excellent! This is easily the best restaurant on the Northern Oregon Coast. The chef was recruited out of Portland and the food is beyond anything we've had in Seaside, Astoria, and surrounding cities. The crab cakes are a must and I highly recommend the goat cheese cheesecake. You won't leave anything on your plate.

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  3. SuzPDX

    Portland

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were at a table in a side area next to the window, so very private. The lighting was perfect and there was music in the background. The menu was unique. It would be nice if they had a small version of the tasting menu. A good experience. We will be back!

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  4. BrianL

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Everything seemed fine to the point of actually getting our entrees. Our reservations were for 7:00 pm, we were seated promptly, and the waitress took our order c. 7:15-7:20. Wine that we ordered was served pretty quickly, the focaccia was nice. Then things went wrong: our entrees weren't served until well over an hour later. The waitress kept coming up and apologizing but no one offered us any food to nibble on while we waited. And then they were served in a staggered fashion. My wife got her duck first after about 1 hr 15 minutes while I didn't get my halibut until 1 hr 30 minutes after ordering. When I finally got my entree, the halibut was overcooked, dry and tasteless. It was served on a very tired bed of kale (I think). We were finally told by the owner who was somewhat apologetic that they'd "overbooked for that night, there were only two people in the kitchen, and they were doing a heck of a job." Huh? That's an excuse? No "you're totally comped, here's some more wine, desserts on the house." Instead, he said "what can we do? Would you like more wine?" My wife - who was treating me since it was my birthday dinner - said, well, you could shave the cost. So he charged us half! Not classy at all. Overbooking implies that they're trying to make money more than offer a quality experience, as does an understaffed kitchen on a Saturday night. This was supposed to be my birthday dinner, but no one said anything about that whatsoever, as the time went by or at the end. Our whole night was ruined and this experience, which left us both really in a bad mood for the rest of the evening, placed among the bottom five worst experience I have ever had anywhere for dinner. The waitstaff wouldn't even look at us as we left, let alone offer any further amends. Embarrassed I guess. Or another shifting of blame maybe. We will NEVER go back.

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  5. MikeH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Pacific Way has improved so much from when they first opened. It's a bit spendy, but the food was superb. We had a great dinner, and will be back.

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  6. Debrajh

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu has a very interesting combo of cuisines. It’s a unique fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavors and it works well. I had the salmon and it was outstanding. The salmon was wild and very succulent. There was enough that I was able to enjoy it for lunch today. The salmon came with an assortment of roasted vegetables including some I’d never had before. The salmon was $38 and well worth it. There was nothing ordinary about it. We shared a mini-cheesecake for our friendship anniversary. The cheesecake wasn’t overly sweet and contained goat cheese. Very different. I’ve already decided to return for my birthday in February and indulge in the rib eye steak for $54. The wine and champagne offerings was very generous. We sat in the window facing Pacific Way and it was quiet and private. We met the owner Allan and he and his wife own the restaurant and bakery. Don’t get me started on the bakery. The best breads and almond croissants. They also offer sandwiches with interesting combinations of ingredients. So good. I live in Seaside where good restaurants are few and far between. Having the Pacific Way back is a welcome option for dining in the area.

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  7. DIRK

    Portland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New ownership has brought an exceptional chef (Departures with GG) and intriguing menu. 300 bottle wine cellar is great fun and diverse. Highly recommend!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious small bites served with a curated selection of wines. We will make reservations for few future events like this!

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  9. PeggyL

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thoughtful use of seasonal ingredients and local producers make this a unique dining experience. We will definitely return next time we stay in Gearhart.

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  10. BetsyM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food with seasonal menu. Delightful setting

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  11. SheriH

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just what Gearhart needs. Great work Alan! Looking forward to many great gatherings at Pacific Way in the future.

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  12. RobertB

    Portland

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alan and his crew are really fantastic. It was a great meal with our friends - so appreciate he has taken over this space. It is always exemplary

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  13. ValerieK

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were very good. I felt the entree was very expensive. I would have appreciated some bread or some side for the price.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Presentation of the food and flavors was fabulous!

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  15. Paxejd

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Halibut, pasta, Cornish Game Hen, steak all delicious! Beet salad and Brussels were amazing!

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  16. Tomas

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    What made this restaurant was the ambiance. It was perfect. Kind of old world, PNW charm. We were in the room with the fireplace. The scallops crudo were excellent. The steak and halibut were fine. The staff was friendly. Left a little disappointed that we felt pushed out. Lights were being turned off at 8:30, with us and people at 2 other tables in the main room.

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  17. Localeater

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and enough choices. Friendly atmosphere and welcoming.

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  18. Kbeach

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner! Great service too. Loved the fire place in the back room. The new menu is a nice change from the old one.

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  19. ChristineL

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a special afternoon event...Pacific Northwest Oysters and Bubbles...6 different varieties of oysters and 4 types of bubbles...just delicious. However, it was typical of Pacific Way Cafe owner, Alan, and his team - attention to detail, wine selection and delicious food. Definitely a wonderful place to spend a lovely afternoon, or delightful evening. We'll be going again often.

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  20. GaryG

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening as always.Food, service, and ambience all excellent.

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  21. MichaelBrianF

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem to find on the North Coast. Why drive to Astoria to eat fine dining?

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  22. KristinaG

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing high quality dishes with an imaginative chef who will delight your palate! What a little slice of heaven in the small Oregon coastal town of Gearhart! Lovely ambience as well. Highly recommend!

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  23. EllenD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening. The food was great and the crudo was spectacular. Fabulous wine selection. This place is a gem on the north coast!

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  24. RebeccaC

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy, romantic atmosphere with excellent service. Appetizers and some dishes could use more seasoning, but overall fresh, delicious entrees. Warm, fresh rosemary bread with olive oil a must!

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  25. suziM

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Wish they are open more days! Loved our meal. One was way to spicy for her liking.

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  26. KathyW

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was real good, but so so Salty!!! I have to eat a low salt diet due a heart condition, salt causes water retention. I gained two pounds in water wait after eating here. The chef will not modify food dishes and he uses loads of salt, even on greens.

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  27. MichaelBrianF

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jayden was superb as always, food extraordinarily good

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  28. Paula

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They continue to up their game. Excellent food. Chef is amazing. Great service. Warm and inviting ambience. Tagliatelle and halibut were perfect! Definitely recommend!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The new owner was lovely and we had the best time celebrating my best friends 50th. He was very attentive and helpful picking wines. The whole experience was wonderful.

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  30. CharleneB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was spectacular, great service and cozy ambience.

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  31. CherieF

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and the owner was very friendly as well as the staff. Great food and great ambience for a special occasion or just a night out with friends.

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  32. Northporter

    New York State

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. Friendly owner & staff Pretty interior Definitely recommend. It’s delicious.

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  33. SmallWonder

    Phoenix

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful find when visiting the Oregon Coast. We were looking for a place to have a nice, relaxing dinner - off the beaten tourist path if you know what I mean. This lovely restaurant fit the bill to a tee. Located in an historic building, the proprietor has maintained a lot of the character of the building, creating a wonderful and welcoming environment. We thoroughly enjoyed the Crab Leek Chowder. Wonderful blend of flavors! We selected the Miso glazed salmon and Togarashi halibut for our entrees and were not disappointed - both were absolutely delicious, perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. We couldn't pass up dessert, but had to get them to go! The evening special of a chevre cheesecake with macerated berries was delightful. Would highly recommend The Pacific Way. It was a wonderful evening with yummy food, attentive and friendly staff, and nice ambience.

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  34. SusannaR

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and ambience. Creative menu and flavors. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

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  35. GretchenS

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food we ordered included, crab and leek chowder, beet, salad, and shrimp and crab cakes. The food was excellent. Ambience is very nice and relaxing. My only issue is that food prices are a bit high. But we definitely would return.

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  36. Joisey

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a very enjoyable experience. Would have liked a cocktail option.

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  37. Skip

    Boise

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food in a intimate setting. Great staff. We will be back soon!

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  38. JoanneZ

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite is the crab/leek soup. But all is good.

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  39. ThomasC

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner last night at Pacific Way. There were three of us. We ordered the New York Steak, Halibut, Seafood Pasta, and shared the Carrots and Beet Salad. All were perfectly prepared and delicious. We also shared a bottle of 97 point Chardonnay, which was much enjoyed! Keep up the great work, we will return!

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  40. TBone

    Portland

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was absolutely fabulous. We were three and everyone shared. We started with a dozen fresh oysters. Yummy. Then followed by a crisp salad with fresh fruit. Three main courses: Cornish game hen, whole fish, and lamb shank. They were delicious. Can’t wait to go back. We will be regulars! Thank you!

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FAQs

The Pacific Way is rated 4.6 stars by 96 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Pacific Way

601-609 Pacific Way, Gearhart, OR 97138

Additional information

  • Cross street
    A short turn off the 101, we are located on Pacific Way at Cottage Ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Gearhart
  • Hours of operation
    Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Farm-to-table, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Trever Gilbert
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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