It is always nice to have a good restaurant at your hotel that you are staying in. One that is convenient, when you really don’t want to leave your comfort zone.
The dining room is sparse; the better choice here is to eat an early dinner when it is still warm outside on the outdoor patio.
Here’s What I Tried:
Strawberry Smash- Grey goose, muddled strawberries, ginger beer, and lime. Lots of strawberry flavor; a nice bright mule.
Cactus- Grey goose, pineapple, orange, and ginger beer. I liked this cocktail better, it just had more flavors that I prefer.
MacRostie Chardonnay- Sonoma Coast, CA, a great fruity chardonnay, with the ocean air it worked perfect with my fish and chips.
Meiomi – Pinot Noir- Sonoma Coast, CA. You get vanilla and cherry notes from this super big Pinot Noir. It went great with the Wedge salad, enhanced by the big lardon pieces.
Soup De Jour – Bean and bacon, served with baguette. A bit on the salty side, but if you had a cold night and you wanted hot comfort soup, then this is what I would order.
Brussels Sprouts – bacon, balsamic, and Parmesan. A nice version of this always-welcoming, healthy option.
Mac N’ Cheese – Gruyere, jack cheese, and Neuske’s. Not one of my favorite mac n cheese dishes, but if you’re a fan perhaps it will be a winner for you.
Caesar – a very basic salad, I would go with the wedge instead.
Wedge – blue cheese, lardon, crouton, and jalapeno ranch. A very unique wedge salad, with huge romaine wedges instead of classic iceberg. The lardon rocked my world.
Arugula – quinoa, sweet potato, date, and pepita vin. This is totally in my wheelhouse; I just loved this salad and would order it every time I dine at Coastal Grill.
Fish & Chips – Pacific cod, tartar, and lemon. The fish is crisp on the outside and mist in the inside. Being half British I know good fish and chips and this one is right up there.
Market Fish – Salmon, spinach, farro, and compound butter. I am going to be honest here, skip this salmon and get the fish and chips. Just do it.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams:
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – chocolate chunk and oat cookie. The vanilla is absolutely the way to go; very rich and creamy, and the brownie is off the charts.
Eureka Lemon & Marionberry Ice Cream – with a madeleine. So special and unique and the madeleine is otherworldly.
Though I wasn’t pleased with everything I tried, there were some choices that I did enjoy and recommended.
I would say if you stick with the items I loved then you would be in for a good meal.
Coastal Grill at Embassy Suites Oxnard
2101 Mandalay Rd.
Oxnard, CA 93035