We discovered this little local bar/restaurant during our stay in Newport. It's located in Nye Beach, which is a very short walk, either on the beach or on Elizabeth Street headed north from any of the ocean hotels in Newport that are located on the north side of the Yaquina bay bridge. (We were at The Hallmark, and it was less than a mile - about a 10 minute walk.) There is a bar and small restaurant area with a pool table on the lower level, and a dining area upstairs.
Out of the six days that we were in Newport, we were here five.... either just for drinks or for drinks and appys.... more specifically... the AMAZING steamed clams!
We did venture out and order a few other things from their happy hour menu... calamari, crab cakes, clam chowder.... none of which was anything spectacular. But the steamer clams are just absolutely amazing! We have had clams at many, many places on the west coast, and we have never had clams this good. They bring them in from Washington, and keep them alive in a large salt-water tank. They steam them in wine, butter and garlic.
For those looking for an uppity, elegant dining experience... you will want to skip The Sandbar. For those looking for a totally chill place to meet some really nice people and have a few drinks, you can't miss this place! I have read some pretty negative reviews of The Sandbar, and it's really disappointing. This is a bar... not a 5 star restaurant, so comparing it as so, in my opinion, is not reasonable. This is a place you can go to unwind, have a few drinks, make friends with the bartender (Lindsey... you're the best and we can't wait to come back to see ya!) ANDDDDD have the best clams ever!
We are already plotting on how we can get back here, even if it's just for a few days. Yes.... the clams and the company were that good!
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