Eating at The Grill at Chambers Bay Golf Course is an out-of-the-ordinary experience. The setting is spectacular, overlooking one of the most beautiful rustic golf courses in the country, the ambiance is interesting, being a combination of golf (itâ€™s where the U.S. Open will be played in June) and northwest scenery, and the food is beautifully served, as well as being very good.
We watched golfers on the course as we ordered, and also enjoyed the view of islands, mountains and the Sound. Our server, Shunley, was attentive and was happy to answer questions and talk about the daily operation of the restaurant, which has been open since 2009, when the site of a former gravel pit opened as one of the foremost links-style golf courses anywhere. There is plenty of seating, they cater events, and bathrooms are very nice and accessible. Plenty of parking; watch for walking golfers.
We were seated at a window table and ordered French toast at $11, ham and bacon omelet at $11, coffee at $2.50, lemonade at $3, and blackberry pie at $6. When the food came, I was amazed at the size of the brioche (sweet, big French loaf) French toast. It was easily the size of my spread fingers, and very thick. Two large slices cut in half, with butter and warm syrup, were moist and fluffy and very good. The two sausage patties that came with it were hand-formed and rich, lightly spicy and tender.
The omelet was very big, threggs, with plenty of chopped ham and vegetables. The hash browns were well-cooked, with browning on both sides.
The coffee was good and rich, and the lemonade was fresh squeezed. The blackberry pie was actually a small pie, with a sugary, crunchy crust. It had a good amount of filling and came with vanilla ice cream.
We thought the food was very good, but I couldnâ€™t finish the toast, even after sharing.
IF YOU GO
The Grill at Chambers Bay Golf Course
6320 Marine View Dr. W., University Place. (The entrance to the golf course is at the southern end of Marine View Drive. Turn west off Bridgeport Drive anywhere from 140th Southwest to 67th Southwest and watch for signs).
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to sunset, Friday-Sunday 7 a.m. to sunset. Reservations suggested. Closed to the public June 6-30 for U.S. Open
Carolyn Augustine, who writes the Senior Eats column, is a freelance restaurant writer.