Seafood with a view
The freshest catch is even better on the water.
Olympic Peninsula seascape. Washington’s knockout Sequim Bay scenery is secondary at Dockside Grill on Sequim Bay once your cedar-planked salmon topped with Dungeness crab (often straight from the bay next door) and citrus beurre blanc arrives. $$$; 2577 W. Sequim Bay Rd.; 360/683-7510.
Fireside ceviche. Gaze at the ocean, sip sangria, and sail through the greatest hits of Peruvian cooking at La Costanera in Montara, California. Try the tender, tangy ceviche and quinoa-crusted prawns on the patio by the flickering firepits. $$$; 8150 Cabrillo Hwy.; 650/728-1600.
Fresh from the boat. At Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant (pictured) in Morro Bay, California, most of the seafood comes from the owner’s own boat and makes its way into super-fresh fish tacos, fried fish, and chowder. Bonus: barbecued oysters, a Morro Rock view, and live music. $; 1235 & 1245 Embarcadero; 805/772-8100.
Seafood in the city. Chef Robert Clark does thrilling things with sustainable seafood at C Restaurant in Vancouver, like B.C. albacore with short-rib ragout and sablefish with lobster gnocchi. Huge windows overlook False Creek. $$$$ U.S.; 2-1600 Howe St.; 604/681-1164.
Former shack turned glam. The patio at Gladstones in Pacific Palisades, California, is the spot for a seafood tower overflowing with oysters, scallops, and jumbo shrimp. Throw in tempura-fried macadamia rock shrimp for the ultimate seaside spread. $$$; 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310/454-3474.