Our Mission

Our Mission

We are proud to have become known as the premier destination for seafood on the central Oregon Coast. It is our mission to give people “the best seafood experience of their lives” and we are honestly thrilled that not a day goes by that we don't hear exactly that from our customers.


Our Story

When Local Ocean’s doors first opened in 2005, owners Laura Anderson and fisherman Al Pazar envisioned “a fish market with a little restaurant attached.” Thankfully, our customers had a broader vision for us. As they lined up for bowls of crab soup and plates of perfectly grilled tuna mignon we added more tables, expanded outdoor seating, and in 2014 opened an upstairs addition, doubling our original seating capacity.

Anderson, now sole owner of Local Ocean, is from a multigenerational fishing family, and an experienced deckhand. Raised on eating salmon and lingcod for dinner, it was not until her college years at Oregon State University that she realized some of the most valuable natural capital on the planet is right outside our front door. People the world-over demand Oregon’s wild seafood for its superior quality and flavor. Every dish we create features sustainably caught seafood, which helps to insure the long-term health of our oceans and local fishing industry.

The people who make Local Ocean possible have a deep sense of pride in every dish we serve. There is an unbroken chain of respect and careful attention, from the local fishermen of the Newport fleet, to our fish buyer Amber Morris, to Chef Enrique Sanchez and his kitchen crew, to your server. You can taste the quality and care that goes into each bite. The fish connects us. The wonder of Oregon’s ocean bounty and our aspiration to give people the best seafood experience of their lives has proven to be a powerful force. People line up to eat fresh, local fish.


From the Press


1859 Magazine

“Local Ocean Seafoods buys fish directly from boats here in Newport – so you get it at its freshest."


Happy Patron

“There is a breathtaking freshness about the pearly white meat in Local Ocean's crab cake, its ocean brio accentuated by the crunchy fennel slaw that comes alongside.


Statesman Journal, 2.17.2017

"Local Ocean Seafoods specializes in hyper-local shellfish and daily catch sourced by an in-house "fish goddess," so the crab in your po'boy comes almost directly from local fishermen. Don't leave without trying the Dungeness crab soup with garlic and parmesan — it'll blow your favorite clam chowder out of the bay."


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