Where can you get great food, fabulous views, and unwind in casual elegance? The Laughing Oyster Restaurant, located in Okeover Inlet, consistently delivers great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Boaters who spend time in Desolation Sound, can head down Okeover Inlet and tie-up at the Okeover Harbour Authority docks, conveniently located near the Laughing Oyster. It’s a short walk up the road to the restaurant, located in a home with expansive views of the Inlet, backed by forested mountains of the Coast Range. Reservations are a must at this popular restaurant frequented by tourists, locals, and boaters in the know.
At the Laughing Oyster, Chef Dave takes pride in his culinary presentation, taste, and texture. Many of the herbs, vegetables and berries are grown on the property, other foods are brought in from quality local growers. On our first visit to the Laughing Oyster, we chose a seafood dish with fresh mussels, scallops, and salmon in a delicious herb red sauce; along with a roasted vegetable, salmon dish; and a wonderful seafood pasta. The ambience, views, and gracious service make for a nice evening out, and the white linen tablecloths add to the special appeal without being pretentious. The Laughing Oyster has perfected the balance of casual with the right touch of relaxed elegance. Guests can sit outside on the large covered deck, or inside; both areas offer the same great views.
On another visit to the Laughing Oyster, we happened upon Sunday Family Buffet night, which proved to be an excellent value for the opportunity to taste a variety of food creations. Live music from a pianist-vocalist created an atmosphere of quality family time, while guests enjoyed a selection of seafood dishes, meat roasts, and various fruits and salads, all offered buffet style. Wednesday is Seafood Buffet night with added barbecued pork and angus beef selections, or you can opt for the “Only Tapas” menu. During the spring and fall, Dave offers the “Beggar’s Banquet” on Fridays with musical guests, which he often joins, being a musician himself.
The Laughing Oyster
The Laughing Oyster is open seasonally (closed from January to early April), so be sure to visit this special venue next time you’re cruising Desolation Sound, it’s a treat not to be missed. For a schedule of events or to make reservations, go to www.laughingoyster.ca or call 604-483-9775.
Laughing Oyster Restaurant
10052 Malaspina Rd
Powell River, BC