I was sitting on my couch last night watching some tv after a long weekend. I was flipping through channels when I received a text message from my mom. She lives on the other side of the country in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. It was later so I was a little shocked to see her up so late.
I opened the text to find she had sent me a photo of a magazine article from Coastal Living and the headline read "The 20 Best Seafood Dives of all Time, Ranked!" I was pleasantly surprised to see that number 7 on the list was for Tides Tavern Gig Harbor, WA. I was so proud of my little town to have such a big accomplishment I wanted to share it with all of you. I love going to the Tides after work with colleagues or on the weekends with friends.
My favorite appetizer there is the Fried Pickles, but... You can only get them during Happy Hour!
Tides Tavern has long been a staple place to go if you are over 21 and want to enjoy the best location for spirits and food in Gig Harbor. They have one of the BEST views in all of Gig Harbor and in the summer you can sit on the deck while you eat.
The building that today houses the Tides Tavern was built by Axel Uddenberg in 1910 and served the area as a general store. Located next to the “Peoples’ Dock,” the town’s only public ferry landing, it was called the West Side Mercantile. From that time until the present it has had a series of owners and has been several businesses.
Run down and in a state of disrepair, the building was bought by Peter Stanley in 1973. After an extensive and ambitious rebuilding project, the Tides opened its doors to the public on Saturday, June 2, 1973.
In 1973, current owner Peter Stanley bought the run-down, but well-known tavern, and began a two-month re-construction project which culminated in the memorable opening of The Tides on the weekend of “Harbor Holidays.” Soon after, Stanley opened an enlarged kitchen, and a tradition of great tavern food had begun. Since then, the food has expanded to healthy portions of specially made pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, chili, clam chowder, great home-made soups, and the Tides’ famous fish and chips. Through several renovations, The Tides traditions remain intact… live music can still occasionally be heard on weekends… original signs, painted by Gig Harbor painter Toby Reid, add to the nostalgia of the tavern… and the walls remain covered with snapshots sent in by patrons who have donned their Tides T-shirts around the globe. Since 1973, The Tides Tavern has been a place to celebrate the bond of friendship, a place for us to gather, a place for old friends to re-unite and even a place to fall in love. Today, vestiges of the building’s historic past, when groceries and fishing supplies were loaded onto horse-drawn carts, are still visible to those who know where to look. Perhaps the secret of The Tides lies in the comfort it affords people; a feeling that, while it may change with the passage of time, it will always be there.
They have continuously pleased many patrons over the years and continue to do so based on the many great reviews they continue to get. From Trip Advisor to Yelp, they obviously aim to please and have been doing so since 1973.
I am always game to eat at Tides Tavern! Let's do lunch!