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South Beach Fish Market

3640 South Coast Highway, South Beach, OR - (541) 867-6800
Posted By Jeff Bartlett on 1/11/2008 5:29:00 PM
I had heard about South Beach Fish Market and wanted to try it when we were in Newport. My wife and I were spending a weekend on the coast last summer, but we weren't expecting to be close to Newport and consequently didn't write down any details about the place. As it happened we ended up taking a drive down the coast and were within 10 miles of Newport one afternoon. I tried to remember the location and we drove around South Newport trying to find it. We gave up (we were hungry!) and stopped at a roadside seafood market for a quick lunch. We soon found out we had stumbled upon the very place we were looking for. Eureka!

The first good sign as we pulled up: fresh Dungeness crab boiling in huge vats outside. The second good sign: commercial fishermen standing in line getting ready to order. These guys know their seafood.

Our lunch was fabulous. I had rock cod and my wife had halibut and chips. It's all about the fish, tremendously fresh, cooked perfectly. The batter is light and crisp, with a delicate flavor that doesn't interfere with the fish. We sat at a roadside picnic table with the traffic roaring by and huge grins on our faces.

This is Roadfood at its best; world class food at reasonable prices at a restaurant with owners who are passionate about their product. The owner of South Beach Fish Market serves the freshest seafood caught on the Oregon Coast. Hope you can make it out to visit them; it's entirely worth the trip!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Halibut is a gentle-flavored sort of fish, but it blossoms in South Beach's crisp-fried coat. The meat's moistness is enhanced by that golden crunch.
"Halibut is a gentle-flavored sort of fish, but it blossoms in South Beach's crisp-fried coat. The meat's moistness is enhanced by that golden crunch."
Michael Stern





Inspired by native-American recipes of the Pacific Northwest, South Beach Seafood makes wild Chinook king salmon into 'salmon candy' by glazing nuggets of smoked pink meat with pepper and brown sugar. Each firm, moist piece packs a provocative sweet and savory punch.
"Inspired by native-American recipes of the Pacific Northwest, South Beach Seafood makes wild Chinook king salmon into 'salmon candy' by glazing nuggets of smoked pink meat with pepper and brown sugar. Each firm, moist piece packs a provocative sweet and savory punch."
Michael Stern


South Beach fried seafood, veiled in tempura batter laced with garlic, has few equals anywhere. Jumbo wild prawns offer two levels of crunch: first, the crackle of the crust that surrounds them, then the dense snap of the meat itself.
"South Beach fried seafood, veiled in tempura batter laced with garlic, has few equals anywhere. Jumbo wild prawns offer two levels of crunch: first, the crackle of the crust that surrounds them, then the dense snap of the meat itself."
Michael Stern


The chips are nothing special, but the fish is so fresh-tasting, and has a nice garlic hit from the batter.
"The chips are nothing special, but the fish is so fresh-tasting, and has a nice garlic hit from the batter."
Terry Taylor


While South Beach French fries are fine, we highly recommend paying a few dollars more for onion rings, too. Along with perfect o-ring circles, each basket also contains frail squiggles of batter that are merely onion-flavored and several hoops of onion with hardly any batter: It's all good.
"While South Beach French fries are fine, we highly recommend paying a few dollars more for onion rings, too. Along with perfect o-ring circles, each basket also contains frail squiggles of batter that are merely onion-flavored and several hoops of onion with hardly any batter: It's all good."
Michael Stern


Smoked fish.
"Smoked fish."
Terry Taylor


There's 1/4 pound of crab in this baby!
"There's 1/4 pound of crab in this baby!"
Jim Scheppke


There are lots of choices, but I like the fresh tuna the best.
"There are lots of choices, but I like the fresh tuna the best."
Jim Scheppke


Dungeness crab needs no adornment whatsoever. This cocktail is a fine way to precede a fish-and-chips meal.
"Dungeness crab needs no adornment whatsoever. This cocktail is a fine way to precede a fish-and-chips meal."
Michael Stern


You know the crab is fresh when you walk by the pots on the way in.
"You know the crab is fresh when you walk by the pots on the way in."
Jim Scheppke


Place your order at the counter and watch them fry it up.
"Place your order at the counter and watch them fry it up."
Jim Scheppke


Located just south of the bridge on Highway 101 in Newport, Oregon.
"Located just south of the bridge on Highway 101 in Newport, Oregon."
Terry Taylor


The Captain's Platter is 2 oysters, 2 hunks of halibut, 2 scallops and 2 prawns.
"The Captain's Platter is 2 oysters, 2 hunks of halibut, 2 scallops and 2 prawns."
Michael Stern


Signs along the parking lot fence tell the variety of things available. Not listed: salmon jerky and 'salmon candy,' the latter moist, sweet, and smoky.
"Signs along the parking lot fence tell the variety of things available. Not listed: salmon jerky and 'salmon candy,' the latter moist, sweet, and smoky."
Michael Stern


South Beach boasts that its salmon burger, like the shrimp burger and crab burger, is made on premises. Maybe, but the salmon and chips is so much more salmony and rich, I would always pass on the burger to get the whole pieces of fish.
"South Beach boasts that its salmon burger, like the shrimp burger and crab burger, is made on premises. Maybe, but the salmon and chips is so much more salmony and rich, I would always pass on the burger to get the whole pieces of fish."
Michael Stern


South Beach chowder is a good Pacific Northwest brew: thick and porky, mild-tempered, and well suited for a chilly day along the shore.
"South Beach chowder is a good Pacific Northwest brew: thick and porky, mild-tempered, and well suited for a chilly day along the shore."
Michael Stern


The crab and fried seafood are so good that it is easy to neglect more common-seeming items on the South Beach menu. The tuna salad sandwich is far more delicious than any ordinary lunch-counter tuna. The fish itself is top-quality albacore, mixed just enough to blend with mayo, et. al., but still chunky enough to deliver the meaty pleasure of tuna.
"The crab and fried seafood are so good that it is easy to neglect more common-seeming items on the South Beach menu. The tuna salad sandwich is far more delicious than any ordinary lunch-counter tuna. The fish itself is top-quality albacore, mixed just enough to blend with mayo, et. al., but still chunky enough to deliver the meaty pleasure of tuna."
Michael Stern


South Beach Seafood's excellence is no secret. It is a bustling place throughout the day.
"South Beach Seafood's excellence is no secret. It is a bustling place throughout the day."
Michael Stern


Of the many seafood eateries along Oregon's coast, this humble outfit is among the very best.
"Of the many seafood eateries along Oregon's coast, this humble outfit is among the very best."
Michael Stern


Whatever your needs, you probably can fulfill them here.
"Whatever your needs, you probably can fulfill them here."
Michael Stern



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