Norma’s Seafood and Steak

Seafood | Small Town Café
One of the best

Seaside is a semi-honky-tonk town in a divinely beautiful location along Oregon’s Pacific shore. You can buy all kinds of t-shirts, fudge, and salt water taffy; and at Norma’s Seafood and Steak (formerly known as Norma’s Ocean Diner), you can have a real Northwest meal.

The waitress congratulated us on our choice of petrale sole mid-April: “Oooo, it’s in season right now,” she cooed. It was wonderful, as refined as an ocean fish can be. Nor could we resist Dungeness crab, which is available in all sorts of ways. We chose the “Louis” presentation, a classic array of crab chunks sided by 1000 Islands dressing and accompanied by garlic toast.

People at a nearby table were all eating fish and chips. The menu lists cod, salmon, halibut, and even albacore available as the fish part of the equation. We asked our dining-room neighbors how they liked it. Between bites, they were able to exclaim that this is the best fish and chips they have eaten anywhere, any time.

What to Eat
Norma’s Seafood and Steak, Clam Chowder
Clam Chowder
Norma's boasts that its chowder is pork free, but that doesn't mean it isn't rich as sin. Creamy and deliriously savory, it is available as a cup (shown here) or a meal-size bowl. Garlic toast comes on the side.
Norma’s Seafood and Steak, Fish & Chips
Fish & Chips
In the fish & chips combo, you get to try cod, albacore, salmon and halibut. Just don't ask me which one is which!
Norma’s Seafood and Steak, Dungeness Crab Louis
Dungeness Crab Louis
Crab Louis' hunks of crab meat are indescribably moist and ocean-sweet.
Norma’s Seafood and Steak, Petrale Sole
Petrale Sole
Petrale sole is a West Coast treasure. Here it is lightly pbreaded and pan-fried, accompanied by garlic toast and excellent cole slaw.
Norma’s Seafood and Steak, Marionberry Cobbler
Marionberry Cobbler
We didn't love all the desserts, but who can resist this marionberry cobbler with a scoop of Tillamook vanilla bean ice cream?
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 10pm
Saturday11am - 10pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 105 MILES | 2 hr 46 min

If there were nothing to eat along Oregon's North Coast from Lincoln City to the Columbia River, we'd still come here for its natural beauty. No superlatives exist to describe the magnificence of the ocean, the shore, and the forests threaded by Highway 101 along the coast. In fact, there are many wonderful eateries along…

12 stops | 163 MILES | 4 hr 10 min

Road Trip Overview

A Road Trip down the Oregon Coast Scenic Byway is one of the most beautiful stretches of roads anywhere, and also happens to be one of the most delicious. Aside from the good eats along the way, you’ll also enjoy an amazing road that “winds by estuarine marshes, clings to seaside cliffs,…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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