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The Beach House Ottawa Mathias said they take the food serious, but the vibe of The Beach House remains upscale casual with high energy, music, tropical drinks and refined wines and cocktails. The Beach House restaurant in Ottawa strives to give a coastal living experience with fresh seafood, and an open concept kitchen and oyster bar where patrons can watch the staff create Fat Tuesday, March 1, the restaurant will transform into a New Orleans style eatery with a each dish. special menu, drinks and music. "Seafood is naturally near and dear to my heart," East Coast native and owner John Mathias said. "The menu will be designed for patrons to hang out and graze. They can have some appetizers, then have dinner awhile later," Mathias said. Beach House closes Sunday and Monday, but Mathias said he will open Mother's Day with selections designed for the holiday. Mathias lived in Philadelphia, but later moved to the Chicago area when his father was relocated. As an adult, he went on to work at restaurants around the country, but settled in the Channahon area and opened a group of restaurants. The Beach House is the fifth restaurant Mathias opened, and he currently also co-owns Pesciolino Osteria in Channahon with his wife Maura. Mathias said of his choice to open a restaurant in Ottawa, "It's been nice to have businesses, the community, the city and public welcome you. We have focused on what we like to do, its fun for me, I enjoy building restaurants and we have been well received in Ottawa." Mathias owned a building in Ottawa for two years, saw the market open for a seafood forward restaurant and decided to take the plunge. It opened September of 2021. Seafood arrives daily or every other day, which means some of the menu can center around the in-season product, which in-turn allows the customer to dine frequently on a revolving menu of new recipes. Mathias said The Beach House keeps house favorites on the menu as well as non-seafood cholces. Customer favorite starters include the Maryland crab cake with rich, plump blue crab meat and of course oysters whether raw or roasted. Popular main dishes include Cioppino filled with shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, fish, garlic, onions, crushed tomatoes, celery, parsley, dry white wine and seafood stock. Mathias said this dish originated in San Francisco as a fisherman's stew when shoremen chipped in an item for the stew. The South Carolina shrimp and grits remains another customer choice- creamy cheese grits nestles in a bowi topped with sautéed shrimp, spicy coppa ham, green onions, crushed tomatoes, garlic, stock, and Worcestershire. A taste of a few current menu items incude charred octopus, Monkfish, Wild Striped bass, pork shank al pastor, lobster roll, lobster bisque and New England dam chowder, mussels, tuna poke and Brazilian Picanha steak, along with salads and pastas. Friday Lent Special Every Friday during the Lent Season we will be offering flown in FRESH. Fish! We will also be featuring FRESH Icelandic Cod and Grilled Whole East Mardi GRAS Join us Tuesday March 1st for our FIRST ANNUAL FAT TUESDAY MARDI GRAS PARTY! Enjoy a night of food, hurricanes, beads & music! Featuring New Orleans favorites like Gumbo, Oysters, Alligator, Jambalaya, Rice, Beans and more! Make your reservations now! Coast Porgies! The Bench Honse Open at 4pm Tuesday through Saturday 700 Lasalle Street, Downtown Ottawa 815-313-5553 | beachhousegrille.com The Beach House Ottawa Mathias said they take the food serious, but the vibe of The Beach House remains upscale casual with high energy, music, tropical drinks and refined wines and cocktails. The Beach House restaurant in Ottawa strives to give a coastal living experience with fresh seafood, and an open concept kitchen and oyster bar where patrons can watch the staff create Fat Tuesday, March 1, the restaurant will transform into a New Orleans style eatery with a each dish. special menu, drinks and music. "Seafood is naturally near and dear to my heart," East Coast native and owner John Mathias said. "The menu will be designed for patrons to hang out and graze. They can have some appetizers, then have dinner awhile later," Mathias said. Beach House closes Sunday and Monday, but Mathias said he will open Mother's Day with selections designed for the holiday. Mathias lived in Philadelphia, but later moved to the Chicago area when his father was relocated. As an adult, he went on to work at restaurants around the country, but settled in the Channahon area and opened a group of restaurants. The Beach House is the fifth restaurant Mathias opened, and he currently also co-owns Pesciolino Osteria in Channahon with his wife Maura. Mathias said of his choice to open a restaurant in Ottawa, "It's been nice to have businesses, the community, the city and public welcome you. We have focused on what we like to do, its fun for me, I enjoy building restaurants and we have been well received in Ottawa." Mathias owned a building in Ottawa for two years, saw the market open for a seafood forward restaurant and decided to take the plunge. It opened September of 2021. Seafood arrives daily or every other day, which means some of the menu can center around the in-season product, which in-turn allows the customer to dine frequently on a revolving menu of new recipes. Mathias said The Beach House keeps house favorites on the menu as well as non-seafood cholces. Customer favorite starters include the Maryland crab cake with rich, plump blue crab meat and of course oysters whether raw or roasted. Popular main dishes include Cioppino filled with shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, fish, garlic, onions, crushed tomatoes, celery, parsley, dry white wine and seafood stock. Mathias said this dish originated in San Francisco as a fisherman's stew when shoremen chipped in an item for the stew. The South Carolina shrimp and grits remains another customer choice- creamy cheese grits nestles in a bowi topped with sautéed shrimp, spicy coppa ham, green onions, crushed tomatoes, garlic, stock, and Worcestershire. A taste of a few current menu items incude charred octopus, Monkfish, Wild Striped bass, pork shank al pastor, lobster roll, lobster bisque and New England dam chowder, mussels, tuna poke and Brazilian Picanha steak, along with salads and pastas. Friday Lent Special Every Friday during the Lent Season we will be offering flown in FRESH. Fish! We will also be featuring FRESH Icelandic Cod and Grilled Whole East Mardi GRAS Join us Tuesday March 1st for our FIRST ANNUAL FAT TUESDAY MARDI GRAS PARTY! Enjoy a night of food, hurricanes, beads & music! Featuring New Orleans favorites like Gumbo, Oysters, Alligator, Jambalaya, Rice, Beans and more! Make your reservations now! Coast Porgies! The Bench Honse Open at 4pm Tuesday through Saturday 700 Lasalle Street, Downtown Ottawa 815-313-5553 | beachhousegrille.com