Good food, friendly staff.”
4 of 5 stars
Apr 5, 2009
The meats are woodfired and minimally seasoned. The menu is small, but well chosen. The restaurant itself is small and comforatable.
3 of 5 stars
Jan 8, 2009
Nice, cozy, small restaurant. My friends and I thourougly enjoyed the smoked salmon appetizer. Tried the pizza, the crust was great, too much sauce and small traces of cheese and chicken. The pizza has the potential to be excellent. Haven't had a chance to try much of anything else but the dishes I saw coming out to other guests sure looked appetizing. Definitely a place to try.
Before we get into specifics, let's just get right to the point: Wildfire is amazing. You should go; you will love it. Seriously, the food, the ambiance, and even the owners were great. We had the fortune of finding this spot when we stopped off for a night in Port Angeles as part of our west peninsula road trip.
We actually chose this spot among the few offerings in Port Angeles based on the couple reviews we found that complimented Wildfire's outdoor seating. When we arrived on a Friday night at about 8pm, the deck was full and lively (clearly others thought that was the place to be, too). After a short wait out in the sunroom area, a welcoming hostess ushered out to a very nice table right next to a very cool fire pit. The gas fire pit was filled with small pieces of broken blue glass; the relaxing, warm glow was attractive and appreciated as the sun went down. The deck afforded a nice view of the sunset (and a bit of the water), and it proved to be a perfect spot to enjoy dinner.
On to the food.
To start, we had the smoked wild salmon appetizer--it was phenomenal. The wonderfully smoked salmon isn't even half the story, though...the complements really make this dish: lots of roasted garlic, melted brie, and crispy flatbread. Every component was great on its own, but together you have a taste and textural explosion you'll want to tell everybody about. Note: The flatbread is fired in the apple wood brick oven, and naturally it's what they use for pizza dough--something we'll be sure to try next time.
For the main entrees, we ordered the cedar plank seafood platter and the linguine with fire-roasted vegetables. The seafood platter came resplendent with scallops, halibut, prawns, and clams served over the house risotto. The seafood was all perfectly prepared, and the lemon champagne risotto was truly fantastic. We didn't order any protein with the linguine (just shared the seafood bounty). It was also very well prepared with a balanced cream sauce; everything worked wonderfully with the strong earthy flavor of the roasted vegetables (the red peppers were the best!). The linguine came with more flatbread, which we enjoyed...again.
Although we had read good things about the peanut butter pie, we passed on dessert and were ready to end the dining experience that had already surpassed our expectations. That's when it got even better. We found ourselves in a great conversation with the owners, Denny and Lori, that started with shared stories of bad experiences in Ocean Shores, good food on Whidbey Island, and our Midwestern roots. Once the conversation moved into Denny's fun tale of a career in food and becoming the chef owner of Wildfire, we all moved into the kitchen (they were closed by this time). Very cool--Denny showed us each station, the wood oven, and talked a bit about the synergy he and his long-time co-chef share on the line.
We were truly impressed and feel lucky to have found this place along our journeys. We're already planning a trip back from Seattle when we have family in town.
My wife and I were looking for somewhere to dine on our recent trip to Olympic National Park, and for some reason (TripAdvisor Reviews) we decided to give Wildfire Grill a try.
Well, all I can say is that I was very disappointed when I entered and the owner(?) gave me a hard time (jokingly) for being a Michigan State alum. He had the unfortunate background of a University of Michigan alum.
After that, however, the experience was fantastic!!! I had the short ribs and they were perfectly prepared and presented and tasted fabulous. Also, the ambiance of the place was perfect. It was obviously frequented by a number of locals (at least half the people were greated by name) which is always a good sign. Also, one of my pet peeves, the service was perfect. Not to pushy, but perfectly attentive.
During our trip we dined at a number of other establishments and almost none of them equaled our experience at Wildfire. I happily and enthusiastically recommend this to anyone living or visiting in the area.
“Best of it all...food, service, ambience!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011
We had the jalepeno with cream cheese appetizer and the creamy dungy mac and cheese....It is the best ever!!!
West Richland, Washington
" Best dining in the city”
5 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile
It's been a year since our last visit here and we were not disappointed by returning to done here. The astonishment is not very large and is very cozy. The foodis excellent, you won't be disappointed. Prices are fare for the quality and quantity. I had their new york steak special and my wife enjoyed the halibut special. The steak was cooked to perfection and with very little fat for waste, about 1 oz for 12 oz steak. I believe it was even more than a12 oz acc advertised. The service was excellent and the server was pleasant and helpful. If the weather is nice, they even have an outdoor patio with fire pits if you prefer outdoor dining. We will definitely return upon our next visit. Don't miss this fine dining in port angeles.