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Mar 8, 2008 03:30 PM

Nick's Cove in Marshall

I checked the archives and found only a couple of 2008 reports. Anyone been recently?

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  1. I had lunch at Nick's a couple of weeks ago - beautiful spot and a great interior. It was packed and the service staff was struggling - we had a few errors with our order and it took quite a while to get the check - they just seemed overwhelmed.
    The food was good, nothing spectacular - it felt a little pricey, but they used predominantly organic/local ingredients.
    I think it is a perfect spot to stop in for oysters and some wine to relax and enjoy the view - I am not sure I would consider it a destination dinner stop yet.

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    1. re: suebette

      I've heard that more often than not. Maybe it'll never be a destination dinner house. It'll just be a nice place with a great view and watch what you order -- oysters, simple preps, wine -- like so many other costal eateries, nothing wrong with that if you know in advance.

      1. re: Sarah

        Thanks suebette and Sarah! We were thinking of spending a couple of days in one of the cottages and wanted to check about the restaurant. Keep it simple sounds like a good idea. Any other dining suggestions in the area?

        1. re: Gail

          We like Tony's (in Marshall?) on Hwy 1 -- not for the food usually, but just because it's there and it's what it is, if you can understand that at all! Weekends only I think.

          1. re: Gail

            Seaweed Cafe.

            Seaweed Cafe
            1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Thanks, Robert, we've been there and wanted to try something different. Tony's is open only on weekends as Sarah said and Nick's sure gets mixed reviews...back to the drawing board, I guess.

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          Nick's Cove
          23240 Hwy 1, Marshall, CA 95450

          1. I had lunch at Nick's Cove the other day and shared a bunch of dishes. A couple dishes were excellent -- the fried oysters and the artichoke and potato hash. But the rest -- bony grilled sardines, bland crabcakes, BBQ oysters, crispy fries -- were just OK and not at all worth the high prices. We had a brownie with ice cream for dessert; the brownie was miniscule and nothing special.

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            1. re: figrrl

              We actually prefer to go the very down-market Tony's. Can't recomend much there except for oysters and the calimari steak, but it makes no pretensions of being anything other than an oyster and beer type of joint.

              Tony's Seafood Restaurant
              18863 Highway 1, Marshall, CA 94940

              1. re: Calvinist

                Tony's has long been my coastal go-to place for fried oysters. It has just the right Tomales Bay waterfront ambience for a good place to take out-of-state visitors.

            2. I saw Nick's on Michael Bauer's "Top 100" and decided to include it on my Marin/Sonoma weekend, which also included stops at Buckeye Roadhouse and Farmhouse Inn. I spent the night in "Al's Cottage" right on the water, and it was fantastic. The food was ordinary. Grilled romaine salad was nice, BBQ oysters just fine, french fries very good, pork roasted in banana leaf possibly the worst main course I have had in a very long time. This may have been a special, and not on the everyday menu. I think it's possible that anything cooked in banana leaf is horrible.

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              1. re: Rockman

                Went to Nick's last night, overall it was a good night. I liked the decor and setting. Service was very good, cocktails and wine selection above average. Food, however, was mixed. Shrimp cocktail and BBQ oysters were perfect, really nice. Grilled romaine also tasty. Sardines, meh. Papardelle was ok, nothing special, but fine.

                They were full by the time we left, around 7:30.

                1. re: raeclark

                  Had lunch there yesterday and would not recommend it. The oysters and clam chowder were fine - no complaints, but the special of the day was fish and chips and I ordered that. It was two generous looking pieces of locally caught beer battered cod but when I broke them open I realized the batter had "exploded" so much that the fish was only about half the size of the original appearance. My pieces had curled and floated to the top of the fryer so that the top center was undercooked while the rest was greasy and burnt. For $19 this was criminal.
                  The fries were OK - equivalent to McDonalds.

                  Sidebar question - what is the appropriate tip for parking valets these days?