American bistros have broken from their Parisian predecessors by offering more than baguettes and refusing to serve diners who mime their orders. Foster culinary communication with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of bistro fare at Oceanview Bistro in Montrose.
Oceanview Bistro serves a menu featuring upscale regional cuisine dashed with Asian and Latin American influences in an elegant, contemporary atmosphere. For dinner, tickle the tongue with crispy vegetable spring rolls ($7.95) before diving into a plate of Atlantic salmon, its oceanic spread swimming with potatoes Beaujolais, corn, english peas, snorkeling child stars, and burrata-cheese emulsion ($19.95). Carnivores coo over short ribs with fingerling blue-cheese hash, bacon, peas, and braising jus ($22.95). Meanwhile, the lunchtime menu emphasizes lighter fare, such as the meatloaf sandwich ($11.95) and the hanger-steak cobb salad ($14).
Pale yellow walls with green trim bedecked with pastoral artwork surround rich woods and white tablecloths, and a flower-studded outdoor patio is available during warm weather. Oceanview Bistro is also open for weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., where lapsed food geneticists can connect with culinary hybrids such as breakfast quesadillas ($11) or decadent apple-custard french toast ($9.50).
- Oceanview Bistro does not try to be anything its not, but they hit the neighborhood bistro theme perfectly with a wonderful combination of casual attitude and good food. – Sean B., Yelp
- The food is delicious (really love the spinach/pear salad and the scampi). The music in the bar is terrific. Intimate, small but with welcoming servers and owners. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 10/26/10
Even though the menu at Oceanview Restaurant showcases international accents, the cooks never stray too far from the familiar flavors of comforting home cooking. This soulful approach shines through in dishes such as the herb-crusted pork chops and flatbreads topped with shredded chicken, grilled red onion, and tangy barbecue sauce. The menu has room for plates with a bit more flair—a glaze of wasabi-ginger sauce tops the sesame-crusted tuna and coconut shrimp arrives with a sweet mango chutney.
Oceanview Restaurant's ambiance mirrors the cozy spirit of its cuisine. Framed pictures of landscapes and nature scenes adorn the custard-hued walls, although the restaurant also entertains diners by occasionally hosting performances by local bands, DJs, and standalone keyboards possessed by HAL-9000. Outdoors, a shaded patio area surrounded by blooming flowers offers al fresco seating options.
3826 Ocean View Blvd.
Montrose, California 91020Get Directions