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Nick's Cove
Seafood Restaurant$$$
Today 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
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23240 California 1 Marshall, CA 94940
23240 California 1USCAMarshall94940
$$$Seafood RestaurantToday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 8:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 8:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 8:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 8:00 am – 9:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 9:00 pmSunday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Seafood offered in a scenic spot with a fishing lodge feel, plus cozy cottages for overnight stays.- Google
People talk about oysters, clam chowder, dungeness crab, crab cakes and mac and cheese
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Dr. Cynthia Bailey
reviewed 2 months ago
Absolutely delightful destination for a lovely drive to the coast. We ate at Nicks in January 2014 and had the freshest seafood I can remember in ages. It was balanced by a generous serving of veggies so that I didn't feel sinful after my meal. I had a crab louie and the chef made me a dairy free louie dressing that was delicious. My salad had a generous mound of super fresh dungeness crab with big hunks of meat. My husband had fried oysters and crab cakes both served with a lovely arugula and shaved fennel salad. There was NO filler in the crab cakes and they were the best I've ever had. The oysters were delicious and fresh too and there was NO rancid frying oil which often spoils the subtle flavors of fried seafood. They had a lovely selection of really great local wines, some of the best-of-the-best and all were well priced. The staff were sincerely friendly and the view, well that's why we went in the first place. We had not been to Nicks since the new owners took over and I have to say "well done". We'll be back.
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Johann Naylor
reviewed 10 months ago
The boathouse out back is potentially a well kept secret, with a wood stove and nice views it's a fun little area if you have it to yourself. They don't always have service out there, but they will give you a tray and you can take your food out yourself. The staff is friendly, helpful, and they quickly make themselves available. However the food is very unimpressive. It provided sustenance and little else. We had the veal sliders, which were very much like beef meatballs and the Rock Cod and chips. Both were served generous portions of American style thin cut french fries, twice baked/crispy as some prefer. I'd grab a few drinks here or in the boathouse but I'd enjoy lighting Benjamin Franklin on fire more than eating here again by a substantial margin - I'm not likely to do either.
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Scott Giambastiani
reviewed 11 months ago
Fun place. Food was very good. Potential for great view pending fog.
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Sherry Li
reviewed 7 months ago
Oh, Nick's Cove... how shall I rate you? I've been meaning to come here for the past two years and only made it up here a couple of weeks ago. We came here for an early dinner after some oyster shucking at Tomales Bay. What can I say, I like my seafood. Despite being tucked away in the windy corners of Highway 1, Nick's Cove remains a destination for locals and travelers, and for good reason. For the most part, the food here is fresh, flavorful, and generally creative. However, I couldn't give it a 4-star rating because of a couple of big errors: 1) I found a piece of sponge thing in my cauliflower, 2) everything was overly salted, 3) every dish was really heavy on top of the salt. My favorite of the night was definitely the clam chowder. That was near perfect. "Near" because I don't like salted pork bits unlike the rest of the universe. But if you like bacon, you'll love this chowder. It was chunky and flavorful, and not too heavy. Great for a starter! I got the scallops as an entree and was generally impressed. Other than the fact that it was very greasy and salty, the flavors were great and the scallops were cooked perfectly. I also liked the bed of barley (if it weren't for the fact that it was very buttery and very salty). The halibut entree was okay. One part of the fish was cooked perfectly, but the other half got overcooked. So maybe their stove had uneven temperature. But still. It's a big sin to overcook fish in my book. I didn't like the creamy sauce very much because it just added to all the heaviness of the other dishes. There should be some balance within each dish as well as across the menu as a whole. We got the cauliflower and mac and cheese as sides. I expected the cauliflower to just be a roasted dish. Well the cauliflower was roasted, but it was served with arugula, a heavy oil dressing, and more salted pork bits. Sigh. Too salty and too rich. I just wanted some veggies to lighten the rest of the meal, and alas, it added to the dredge. The mac and cheese was pretty good, but I wouldn't order it as a side now knowing what I know. It's a big portion and very heavy, as you can imagine. It's great to share among 4 people or more, or as the main dish. When I found the sponge bit in my cauliflower, the server and manager were very gracious. I guess I can't fault them too much since they were very professional about it. But I still think it's an oversight for a restaurant of this level. The other execution errors might be a style thing. Maybe the palate they're going after is the heavy kind. I don't know. But I think they should try to appeal to a wider audience by bringing more balance to the menu.
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Dean Tatsuno
reviewed 12 months ago
One of the best places in the area. Worth the drive. The BBQ oyster are 5 star. Great view from the dining room over tomales bay. Order from the daily menu - changes weekly/monthly. A lot of local sourced meats, produce and seafood.
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Michael Hraba
reviewed a year ago
Just touring through our home! We found a huge Anatolin Sheperd wandering around in the road, and didn't want it to destroy the big rig who might hit it. I always pick up lost dogs... i think my count is 15 in my lifetime. I always will. It's just a thing. So I get this 200 sweet beast into the back of my truck, and head up the road to Nick's for a phone call and drink (cell phones don't work out that way, which I am normally a big fan of). The staff at Nick's is so helpful, and friendly. They let us use the phone, resolve the lost dog issue, wait for the owner, etc. They couldn't be nicer, and the quaint aspect of this fantastic little spot with the nicest people gets it 4 stars. They lose one because of the rote styling of their food... relatively bland on all accounts. If you look back at my last 1000 reviews or so, you will note I eat Oyster's almost daily, and the ones we ordered here were awful... tasted old, and were shucked poorly with endless shell throughout. It was a rare, disappointing, Oyster experience... especially for that area. I never would have thought that could happen. A beefeater martini up is $13, and when they served the gibson with martinis instead of olives she simply put her fingers in my drink to switch out the olive for onions. Eww. It's fine. It's booze. Drink it up. But eww. I don't even let *MY FINGERS* go in my own drink. Bloody Mary was fine... not the best but more reasonably priced. The chowder was bland and flavorless, sorry to say. But that might be me... I like it zesty. The crab cake was delicious tho... we were both happy with it. The service was a little off, but we were in an afternoon dead zone on a lazy Sunday. We were left alone for quite a long time, and other people sat after us got served before us.... but what can you say? the situation of this place is so adorable, the drive is so epic, and the people are so friendly and helpful... i can't help but want to love this place. Love it though? That may take some time.
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