Woody’s Wharf to open at Beachwalk Shopping Center


By Claire Harlin


Nested on the water of Newport Harbor in Newport Beach, Woody’s Wharf has been a happening place and staple in that community since 1965. Now, owner Ralph Nudo is fulfilling a goal of bringing a new Woody’s to a beach location with the upcoming opening of Woody’s in Solana Beach.

Filling the space of the former Blanca restaurant in the Beachwalk Shopping Center, located at 437 S. Highway 101, Woody’s Wharf will open around March 1, said Nudo, who has been in the restaurant business for nearly 35 years.

Woody’s began as a local watering hole in Newport owned by fisherman Woody Payne. It has grown into a casual dining hot spot offering traditional food and a full bar, with a variety of specials on select days.

While Nudo said he is not sure what days he will run specials in Solana Beach, he would like to incorporate some of the daily deals that have been successful in Newport. For example, on Tuesdays Woody’s offers karaoke and specials on lobster dinners, and Wednesdays are “prime rib meat lovers’ day.” On Thursdays guests get half off wine, and Sundays and Mondays are “industry nights” when students and service industry employees from the community get discounts.

Nudo said the food is “good quality, but not too eclectic and fancy.” Specialites include the fish and chips, paella, steak and lobster. The bar will offer a special “skinny drink” menu featuring fresh-squeezed juices and less sugar, and there will also be a number of beers on tap.

“We try to do simple food done properly with great ingredients,” said Nudo. “Casual or dressed up, people can come however they are; we just want them to have a good time.”

He said one of the most happening times to visit Woody’s Wharf is for Sunday brunch, when the restaurant offers specials on omelets and bottomless mimosas.

“Average ticket price is about $16 to $18 for brunch and unlimited champagne,” he said. “It’s like Sunday fun day. People can come after church or before the swap meet. It’s also a good place to come watch football.”

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