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“Ocean view place to eat in Avalon”

The Windrift Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 67 Restaurants in Avalon
Price range: US$0 - US$33
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I spent a long weekend down in Avalon and ate at the Windrift for lunch and and brunch. It was convenient walking right off the beach and sitting down for a simple lunch and vice versa for brunch. We ate inside for lunch, and the flies were a bit out of control, and brunch was outside on the patio with a refreshing breeze, and less buggy. The food was great, but the service was a bit rushed for lunch. When I'm down the shore, I enjoy relaxing and taking my time.The view was of the ocean and was beautiful.

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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Looking for a late light lunch before leaving Avalon on Labor Day, three of us visited the Windrift around 3 pm. Delicious tomato crab soup with big lumps of crabmeat, excellent ahi tuna, and a very good white pizza with broccoli were three good choices for our varied tastes.
The white clam chowder was bland and a Philly cheesesteak was too dry. But the service and view made up for any deficiencies.

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Thank Joe L
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We've been to the main dining room at the Windrift on many occasions over the years, and for the most part, our dining experience has been fairly good.But there is one thing that has left a very bad taste in our mouths. And that is, the "HOSTESS" station. No matter when we arrive, (with reservations) upon approaching the hostess station, which always has at least 2 to 3 attendants, NO ONE GREETS YOU! THIS IS THE MOST UNPROFESSIONAL GROUP OF PEOPLE that we have ever encountered. They literally stand there and gaze at you, or ignore you altogether, until you ask who's in charge.These are the first people you see when entering a restaurant, and they should be the first to GREET YOU...BUT NOT NOT HERE!!!! These young women wait for you to approach them, then they walk away from you without a word. They get menus,and leave you standing there wondering what to do. They continue to gaze at you as if you can read their minds. Then they proceed to your table. Not once do they say, enjoy your meal. By this time, you're so angry that the NON HOSTESSES, have treated you like a NON PERSON....Why we've stayed, I don't know. But is it is difficult to walk out of a restaurant on a Saturday nite, and expect to walk into another one......We have decided no to tolerate this kind of behavior any longer. There is a lovely woman who appears to be the manager, but by the time she appears, the damage is done. On a positive note,the food has been consistent. The atmosphere has changed though. There are larger parties, which accounts for the somewhat rowdy atmosphere. We aren't accustomed to seeing diners leave their tables carrying beer bottles, acting like circus clowns. Yes there is an adjoining bar for this type of behavior, but not the main dining room. Once a large party is seated, service diminishes somewhat as well. No matter who the server is, they tend to neglect twosomes. We have made enough excuses for bad service, ie hostesses, and it's no longer okay to spend $150. for dinner, and be treated like a non person. It's no longer okay to ignored because a group of drunks want undivided service. It's not okay to have to listen to rowdy drunks as you attempt to have a quiet dinner. Therefore the Windrift Dining Room is no longer for us.....We can enjoy good food, atmosphere, and cordial hosts, elsewhere..

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1  Thank bella3207
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We eat here every year - right off the beach with a great view! The restaurant was updated this year with most of the seating inside but open to the deck. I actually liked this better as the deck could get quite hot. Beach fries are the best!

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

It was great to go to an old standby and find things to be the same. I had heard mixed reviews of the dinning room meals. Thankfully our experience was very good. I had a filet, which was undercooked due to the waitress mishearing my choice of medium well. She took the steak to the kitchen and returned it within minutes cooked perfectly. The meat was full of flavor and juicey. The broccoli was cooked perfectly, the horseradish mash potatoes were just okay but I will look forward to another steak at the Drift.

Thank SunMartini
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