It was a little chilly on the evening we dined at the Waterside Restaurant. However, we had been in California for several days and had yet to dine alfresco, so we requested patio seating. We wanted to experience the full ambiance of dining seaside before we started traveling inland, and the Waterside Restaurant & Wine Bar was the place to do it. The view of the fishing boats docked in the Channel Islands Harbor, the sound of lapping waves and the aroma of salty sea air was the perfect setting. Our host seated us adjacent to the fire pit and set an overhead heater next to our table to ensure we’d stay warm enough while we dined. That thoughtful gesture was the beginning of a lovely dining experience.
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We started our meal with a cocktail and an appetizer. We chose sesame-crusted ahi tuna for the appetizer, something neither of us had tried before. I thought its light flavor tasted like a rare steak enhanced by toasted sesame seeds.
Since we had a big lunch I kept it light with my entrée, a kale citrus salad with mandarins, apples, almonds and dried cranberries, served with sweet-tangy red pepper honey citrus vinaigrette. Skip opted for one of the specials, a pasta dish. We finished the meal with decadent chocolate.
Exploring the Waterside Restaurant
Afterwards Jonathan, our server, allowed us closer access to the harbor area to take photos and then showed us around the rest of the restaurant, telling us a little more about it.
Special Waterside Restaurant Events
Once a month the Waterside hosts a Winemakers Dinner. They prepare a five-course pre-fixe dinner and collaborate with area wine makers. Each course is paired with a different wine. The meal is served at a communal banquet table.
Sunday Farmers Brunch
Waterside always serves fresh seasonal, local food, but you can’t get any fresher than what they serve at their Sunday brunch. A farmers market sets up in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant on Sunday mornings and that’s where the food for the brunch is sourced from.
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The Waterside is closed on Mondays, so every Sunday following brunch hours they offer wines that were opened on Saturday or during Sunday brunch for $6 a glass, wines that usually range from $8 to $15. It’s a good time to try wines that you may not otherwise choose.
The weather may have been a bit chilly, but the folks at the Waterside Restaurant & Wine Bar gave us a warm welcome and served an impressive meal. The restaurant, located in Oxnard, California, at 3500 South Harbor Boulevard, Suite 1-111, is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and for brunch and dinner on Sunday. Check the web site for exact hours and to browse the menus.
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Disclosures: Our dinner at the Waterside Restaurant & Wine Bar was hosted by the restaurant and the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau. Our meal was complimentary, but any opinions in this article are our own.
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