Since crabs and shrimp and blue whales are always coming ashore to eat humans, it's only fair that we return the favor. For $10, today's Groupon gets you $25 worth of fresh seafood, steak, and drinks at Woody's on the Water. Woody's is located along the Thea Foss Waterway next to the Museum of Glass, which after last month's unpleasantness, no longer hosts in-door baseball games.
Woody's owners Coy Wood and Thomas Johnson have partnered to bring new life to the Thea Foss Waterway, using much of the new life you'd find in the waterway itself. As such, they've created a sumptuous dinner menu with fresh seafood as its main attraction. Launch your stomach-yacht with some tipsy steamer clams in white wine and fresh herbs ($9) or a sampler platter of smoked salmon, crab cake, and coconut shrimp ($14) before sailing on to local favorites such as Provencal-crusted Alaskan halibut with a shiitake-mushroom cream reduction ($26) and fresh Canadian coho salmon char broiled with shallot garlic butter ($19). Landlubbers can keep it traditional with a Woody's 8-ounce top-sirloin steak in a brandy-mushroom-peppercorn demi-glace ($17) or light up their palate with cognac chicken supreme ($15). Bored diners, meanwhile, can build their own Alien face-hugger out of a steak and crab legs combination platter ($29). Woody's also offers a lighter but no less seaworthy lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, and pastas, plus a gluten-free menu that pairs well with a bottle of Bard's Tale gluten-free beer.
Woody's keeps the rest of your senses as close to the sea as your taste buds with an outdoor patio that looks out onto the waterway. According to the area's unusually urbane old sea dogs and the parrots they carry around in their purses, the water is best viewed over the rim of a glass of red, white, or sparkling wine. Woody's also serves up some unusual draft beers such as Mac & Jack African Amber ($4) and Deschutes Inversion IPA. Two Groupons can be combined for tables of five or more, so bring along the whole Pequod posse and have a night of laughs about your white-whale–obsessed former supervisor.
Groupon not valid for sunset dinners or other specials.
Yelpers give Woody's on the Water a solid 3.5 stars, and four Google Maps users offer mostly positive reviews. TripAdvisors give the restaurant three owl eyes for its alluring ambience and superb sustenance:
- I love to take my wife out to Woody's for dinner. The ambience is unrivalled in Tacoma, and the food is fantastic too. – Tom, Google Maps
- The salads (chicken cilantro, pear spinach and smoked salmon blueberry) were excellent! The service was friendly and the decor artsy. – travelbyD, TripAdvisor
- Woody’s on the Water is loaded with atmosphere at an elegant location, serving gourmet level food at affordable prices. Their Gluten-Free menu offers an excellent selection of entrees, appetizers, desserts and even beer. – MrPish, TripAdvisor