Mersea’s, if heard first audibly, you think of the French for thank you, if witnessed first visually, it is an oasis at the end of the Hanford pier in Avila. Mersea is the newest tenant at Port San Luis and the latest offering from the Dorn’s family. This bastion of seafood and fantastic views opened a few months ago to rave reviews and now I am going to add mine.
Next I had the fish tacos, with the fish sautéed, served with shredded cabbage Jack and Cheddar cheese and a pico de gallo. The fish was seasoned and cooked perfectly, I inhaled every bite. Gary had the Crab Melt Sandwich with large lumps of rock crab, cheese and toasty sourdough bread. While we ate, Rob shared stories of the salty happenings and people of the pier as we watched the sailboats rock on the water. I was in heaven
Our next visit the windows were open so we sat at the bar again for a pristine view of breaching whales and swooping pelicans. I noticed the portholes in the floor for viewing the ocean below and the amazing light fixtures of octopus and squid. Our bartender this time was Linda, a saucy tart with a hint of a Norwegian accent, so she fit in well with the ocean dwellers. Mersea’s is a place where you can pretend to be a pirate, eat your fill of fresh off the boat seafood, drink strong rum or excellent wine (served smartly in a tumbler glass so the sea breeze doesn’t carry your prize away).
Mersea’s is a fast casual restaurant with stunning views and a spellbinding location at the end of the pier. It has comfortable places to eat inside or outside that are clean. From every table you can see the ocean, as the whole restaurant is right above the sea. The inside has portholes in the floor so you can watch the sea critters below. The menu has fried seafood, salads, basic and fish sandwiches, oysters and chowders. Mersea’s is located at the end of the Hanford pier in Port San Luis, Avila; you can reach them at (805) 548-2290. They are open every day from 11:00am-8:00pm.