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“The potential is there.”
Review of Packers Oyster Bar

Packers Oyster Bar
Ranked #9 of 44 Restaurants in Blaine
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Semiahmoo Bay
Description: ocated on the waterfront at Semiahmoo Resort, Packers Oyster Bar is open daily for lunch and dinner plus Happy Hour, Late Night and Dessert offerings. No reservations required! The ever popular Semiahmoo dining staple for locals and guests has been transformed while maintaining its charm and casual feel. An expanded, open space is complemented by black walnut floors, a sprawling distressed wood bar, leather arm chairs, artisan-inspired bar stools and vibrant fabrics, and the wall of windows showcases a 180-degree view of Drayton Harbor. Packers' menus feature items including oysters on-the-half shell, burgers and fish and chips. Culinary hallmarks on the menus daily are the freshest, often changing products available locally.
Stanwood, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The potential is there.”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

When you are staying at the Resort, this is basically your only option of eating...unless you travel 15 minutes back to Blaine.

We had dinner and breakfast there and both experiences ended up to be about the same. Personable staff, surprisingly GREAT FOOD. Let me stress that...the food was definitely GOOD! But, service was painfully slow. We are talking 15 minutes before anyone comes to your table.

After an hour of waiting for our simple breakfast to come, we finally asked one of the staff members what the problem was. He said the kitchen is very small and that food takes forever to come out. He did say that at the beginning of 2014, the kitchen is up for complete renovation and that things should be much better after that.

So...there is hope, and we truly hope so because this was the ONLY disappointment from staying at the Resort.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Wade S
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Bellingham, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
596 reviews
402 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 466 helpful votes
“So I finally got around to trying Packers after re-opening”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

And I'm so sorry I was so disappointed.

We arrived at 6:30 on a Sat night, no reservations, and had to sit at the bar as there would be "no tables until 8:30". That was fine, especially since they did move us to a table about five minutes later, but there were at least four empty tables in the room throughout our time there and more by the time we left at 8:00, so why did they even risk us leaving? Doesn't seem well-managed.

Menu looks pretty good with offerings at several levels--casual and finer dining--and exactly what it needs to be since it is, after all, a hotel restaurant. The wine selection was okay, and there's a full bar for those who want cocktails. And it's a great room, lots of glass and dark wood so light and welcoming at the same time--it clamors in a good way without being noisy.

Was disappointed they were out of the roast chicken at only 6:30 (we've overloaded on beef lately) and wanted something lighter, so we settled on three items to share: a burger, soup and salad. Here's the bad news: we weren't pleased.

The wagyu burger: the meat was cooked medium exactly as ordered but needed salt, and the fries were lukewarm and had to be replaced (they were, cheerfully). Too, don't think the ciabatta bun is a good choice. It's dense and stiff, especially if not grilled or pre-warmed (which ours was not), and hard to bite into. We ended up losing the top bun and eating it like an open-faced sandwich. Not nearly as successful a course as it could have been.

The beet salad: flaccid, overcooked beets with an oily dressing that lacked acidity. A few greens under the beets would have been appreciated, too.

The onion soup: a strong onion broth was poured over a bowl full of wads of pumpernickel bread, several of which had been burnt all the way through. And I mean catch-on-fire burnt which is nastily acrid and unpleasant, not just dark around the edges. I got two bites like that and quit eating--the soup was tainted with that flavor and once I had two burnt bites so were my tastebuds. What's going on in a kitchen that puts badly burnt bread in a bowl instead of the trash?

Overall, the meal we had showed a lack of attention to detail.

Dear Semiahmoo Hotel: I'm a local. You need locals. Packers has always been very popular with locals almost regardless of the food because you've got the best room in this little town. But upping the game on the food is going to be paramount to the revived Semiahmoo's success. Sure, a lot of people around here aren't that fussy or knowledgeable about food, but a lot of us are and you're shooting yourself in the foot to think that in Blaine you can get away with things you wouldn't consider in New York or Paris. The meal we had won't build you the reputation you need.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank UnrepentantFoodie
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Seattle, WA
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Truffle fries...need I say more?”
Reviewed 14 December 2013

Delicious drinks & food...plus they have Happy Hour and it's a good one! Meals for $5! All fries are truffle frieds which are to die for! LOVED their burger & fish and chips!

Visited December 2013
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Thank rillabylund
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White Rock, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
334 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Very Good”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

We had a very good dinner during the "butcher block" special evening. The lamb chops were outstanding. Tender and beautifully seasoned with excellent mashed potatoes. Started with a good Caesar salad.
My wife started with an excellent seafood chowder and had the beef bourgeon stew. Very good gravy and tender meat. Did not include the usual mini onions and mushrooms.
Very good dinner rolls.
There was a live blues performance. It was excellent. Although you need to plan your sitting for the noise level.
The house recommended Washington red wine was great value.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank David U
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Wonderful Improvement from last visit”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Semiahmoo resort and had a couple of meals at Packers. We enjoyed two mornings of very tasty breakfast and a lovely dinner one evening. We found the restaurant not too busy for breakfast so we were seated quickly both mornings.
For our first breakfast we both had a very tasty omelette with sausage, spinach, cheese and mushrooms. The omelette was cooked nicely and the portions of sausage, spinach,cheese and tomato were ample. Toast was provided with our omelettes along with butter and rhubarb jam and the slices of toast were a good size.
For our second breakfast my girlfriend had the eggs benedict and I had the French toast with sausage. Again, the portion sizes were generous and the food very tasty. Food was brought out in reasonable times for both breakfasts. I think the only complaint about breakfast was that it would have been nice to have had our coffees topped and warmed up a tad quicker.
We had made a reservation in advance for our dinner and it was a good thing that we did as the restaurant was full upon our arrival but our table was ready for us right away. There was a nice vibe and ambiance in the restaurant and the place was bustling. My girlfriend and I shared a mulled wine poached pear salad with candied pecans and blue cheese dressing. It was delicious and was accompanied by a little glass of mulled wine that was very tasty.
My girlfriend ordered the Nori wrapped Jumbo Scallops and i ordered the Lamb Loin for our entrees. The pacing was nice as the entrees came about 10 minutes after we'd finished our salad. The lamb loin was cooked perfectly, very tender and tasty. The scallops were large and also quite tasty. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and our server was very pleasant and timely in terms of service and answering our questions.
Overall Packers has improved immensely since I last ate there and the presentation of the food is extremely appealing visually. One area they could improve would be the selections of wines by the glass. I found the offerings to be a bit limited.
Well done and we look forward to coming back..

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Gord L
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