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Oyster Reef Club, Long Beach

8/26/2015 | Christopher Dearman

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Oyster Reef Club  

With magnificent views and food to match, the Oyster Reef Club is quickly becoming

one of the Gulf Coast’s premier casual seafood restaurants. 

Owned by Jordan Nicaud and his partner, Wes Newell, the Oyster Reef Club is

situated high in the air overlooking Long Beach Harbor, and features breathtaking

scenery of the Mississippi Sound courtesy of the building’s 198 windows. 

"Day or night, rain or shine, the view is just always great,” states General Manager Chris

Toomey. "It’s one place that when you see bad weather coming, it’s just as beautiful as a

sunny day. You’re safe, but right out in it.”

 

When you arrive, go around to the harbor side and take the elevator up to the main dining

area located 36 feet, 6 inches off the ground. There you will find that besides the stunning

view of the harbor, you’ll be greeted by a large pink seahorse sculpture perfect for picture

taking opportunities.  With jazz music playing throughout, the walls are adorned

with nautical themed art from several local artists. On the west side of the restaurant you’ll find the bar, highlighted with a custom countertop embedded with oyster shells inlayed in acrylic. Another

whimsical touch is the antique papier-mâché dolphins from Denmark that hang from the

ceiling, giving the appearance that they’re swimming through air.  

While its striking atmosphere is top notch, the primary reason to visit the Oyster Reef

Club is for the mouth-watering cuisine. You’ll find it ranges from customary fare like po-boys and fried seafood, to inspired dishes like the Triple Crab Almondine, which consists of three soft-shell crabs lightly fried and tossed in a roasted almond-brown butter sauce, topped with jumbo lumped crabmeat.  A favorite is The Coastal Chef Catch, which features the chef’s interpretation of the local fish and ingredients brought in that morning. Another popular choice is The Coastal Collision, which is linguini pasta mixed with shrimp, crawfish, and crabmeat.  There’s also the Triple Cheeseburger Pasta, consisting

of penne pasta, Angus ground beef, red onions, garlic, combined with three cheeses, tom

atoes, and dill pickles for which Toomey describes: "It’s actually sinful. It should be against the law to eat it. It’s that good.” 

 

"If you want to come and eat something spectacular, you can,” Toomey stressed. "You can add-on a variety of assorted extras to any entrée, but if you want to come to have an economical meal, and you’re a family of four on vacation, you won’t be scared away by the menu when you come.”

If you love oysters the Oyster Reef Club offers a trio of tasty creations, or you can build your own by choosing from a variety of toppings. Also be sure to make note of Chargrilled Oyster Wednesday’s, where all day long you can enjoy a dozen for only $10.  "Just because you make a big restaurant doesn’t mean people have to come,” Toomy said, grateful for the support the people of Long Beach and

surrounding areas has given them so far, often causing 45 minute or longer waits. "Reservations are not required, but highly recommend.” 

 

The Oyster Reef Club is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, with Happy Hour each day from 2-6pm. There is a private dining area on the east side of the building that can be rented out for parties of 75-80 people, and plans are also in the works for events on the rooftop, as well as on the lawn underneath the restaurant. For more information call 228-206-7868 or visit www.oysterreefclub.com.

Oyster Reef Club

217 E. Beach Blvd. 

Long Beach, MS 39560

www.oysterreefclub.com

www.facebook.com/OysterReefClub

Christopher Dearman