Anthony’s at Point Defiance

Anthony’s at Point Defiance
5910 North Waterfront Drive
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 752-9700

Monday to Thursday:
11 a.m.–9:30 p.m
Friday and Saturday:
11 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
10 a.m.–9:30

One of a chain of 21 restaurants in the Puget Sound Area, Anthony’s at Point Defiance has a beautiful location, plenty of free parking, and is handicap accessible. An early dinner on a Friday evening was ordered and the experience, in spite of decent service, was so negative there will not be a return visit.

The view was wonderful on this clear afternoon, but beware the afternoon sun since there are no shades. Regular prices range from a side of sourdough bread at $1.95 to Dungeness Crab Cakes at $24.95. There are plenty of specials, including the Sunset Special with a shrimp cocktail (small) a choice of entrees and a dessert for $19.95. The plain shrimp cocktail wasn’t interesting so the general menu was used to order the shrimp, crab and artichoke dip for $10.95, the ling cod and chips which came with slaw for $16.95, with an extra order of coleslaw at $1.95 and diet coke for $3.00. The food tasted just fine, but there were a lot of problems with preparation and portion size.

The dip came with little pieces of buttered toast, and was good, but the serving in a small ramekin was disappointing, and the 12 little toast pieces appeared to be the left over ends of other orders, every size and shape. The coleslaw, made with red and Napa cabbage was cut in very uneven pieces, many a couple of inches across and impossible to eat. The dressing was a tangy vinaigrette with poppy seeds, but was very sparse. The ling cod was tasty but the three little pieces, about the size of rolls of quarters, would have been very greasy if they had not been served blazing hot. There were plenty of thin cut fries but they did not make up for the lack of quality of the dinner. For this much money there should be more attention to detail and larger serving sizes. Generally the meal was disappointing in quality and value.