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August 15, 2015

MICHAEL C. MOORE of the Kitsap Sun | KITSAP A&E Diners fill the Tides Tavern's deck to take advantage of one of summer's last sunny days.

By Terri Gleich

With a waterfront location, dock service and the well-worn comfort of a beloved family beach house, the Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor is more than a restaurant, it’s a quintessential Pacific Northwest experience.

“When somebody comes to Gig Harbor and says, ‘Where do we go?’ the number one stop is the Tides,” said longtime customer Lowell Hartkorn.

“It’s our go-to place,” agreed his wife, Dottie. “When the kids come up from California, they want to see us and they want to go to the Tides.”

The 21-and-older restaurant is known for its seafood, especially lightly battered fish and chips and creamy, thyme-infused clam chowder. Thrillist recently listed it among the 21 best seafood shacks in America.

But the 10-page menu also offers a wide variety of burgers, salads, sandwiches and pizzas.

The 42-year-old restaurant, which is built into the hillside and juts out over the water on pilings, seats 195 inside and 73 on the deck. The wood-paneled walls are scuffed with dings from countless chair backs and covered with nautical art and photos of customers in Tides t-shirts posing in front of landmarks around the world.

“It can get a little loud,” said Tides CEO and co-owner Dylan Stanley. “Vibrant people are coming here to enjoy themselves in an adult environment. Everybody is talking and having great conversations. Blue collar, white collar, everybody is equal here.”

Adding to the party atmosphere is the Tides’ 128-foot dock, where boats tie up four and five deep on the weekends. Mariners of all ages can order from the full menu and have the food delivered by runners to their vessels. Wine by the bottle and growlers of beer are also available.

Stanley grew up at the Tides. His father and co-owner Peter Stanley bought the historic building in 1973 from the colorfully named “Three-Finger Jack,” a few weeks ahead of the IRS shuttering the tavern. Located next to the town’s public dock, the structure was built in 1910 and once housed a general store.

“It was really, really rough,” said Peter Stanley. Dirt from the parking lot was piled 4 to 5 feet deep against the walls, the dock had sunk, harbor water was visible through the rotten wood floors in the men’s room and muddy water seeped through the front door when it rained.

Still, at age 26, he saw the potential.

When the refurbished Tides opened on a sunny day in June 1973, 300 people were waiting in the parking lot...

July 8, 2015

Itinerary for a Perfect Day in Gig Harbor by Mike Trittin (Gig Harbor Mike)By Gig Harbor Mike

The US Open’s visit to the Pacific Northwest has got me thinking. So many visitors are are seeing our beautiful area for the very first time! With so many sights to see, it can be overwhelming for folks who have extended their stay to get an idea of what the Puget Sound Area is all about! Thus, I’ve been inspired to create a day itinerary for visitors who cross the Narrows Bridge into Gig Harbor – and for you locals out there, please add your input as wellsmiley


12:30 PM ~ Grab lunch at the Tides (21+). It’s the Gig Harbor staple. Fish & Chips or the Cioppino are sure to please. Grab one of their fresh summer cocktails.


July 1, 2015

Enjoy watching the boats while strolling along Harborview DriveWhy go now: The sun is shining on this mile-long harbor town, where you can set sail or just watch ’em go.

Dress code: Visor and tennies.


4. To-die-for clam chowder: The Tides Tavern is a real locals’ hangout and worthy of the crowds waiting for a waterside table—and a bowl of legendary chowder and must-order fish and chips. Try the halibut, and don’t skimp on the housemade tartar sauce. Boaters take note: Tides now has kitchen-to-boat delivery.


June 5, 2015

Thrillist - The 21 Best Seafood Shacks in America

What you're getting: Halibut and chips

Though the primary reason to visit Tides Tavern is the seafood, that its owner through the ‘60s and ‘70s was a Jerry Garcia look-alike named “Three Fingered Jack” is up there. It opened as a general store in 1910, but party times began with the end of Prohibition. The current iteration -- seafood on the deck, live music, and great burgers for that weird friend who hates seafood -- dates from current owner Peter Stanley’s reconstruction project in 1973.

June 2, 2015

Tides Tavern mentioned on MSN's America’s 40 Best Seafood ShacksTides Tavern, Gig Harbor, Wash.

Tides Tavern stretches out into Puget Sound and has become an iconic destination for locals and tourists alike. Famous for its clam chowder, award-winning halibut fish and chips, and extensive list of craft beers, the poetically named Tides Tavern offers great seafood and poetic views indeed.

May 26, 2015

...Drive across Tacoma’s iconic Narrows Bridge and you’ll find the charming city of Gig Harbor. Visit the Harbor History Museum to learn about the city’s heritage or check out the Gig Harbor Boat Shop to experience a working waterfront and maritime traditions. Grab a craft brew at 7 Seas Brewery, taste craft liquor at Heritage Distilling Company, enjoy world-class fish and chips at Tides Tavern, or indulge in a crazy burger creation at Lunchbox Laboratory...

May 13, 2015

...Tides Tavern: Lunch and dinner; breakfast on weekends. Casual adults-only dining on water’s edge with a great view from the deck. Try the wild-caught fish and chips (cod or halibut) or have a cup of New England-style chowder with one of their great burgers.