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15 Essential Seafood Restaurants To Check Out In Seattle

By Jennifer Moreno

Seafood Restaurants Seattle

How many of these mouthwatering seafood restaurants have you tried?

Seattle is synonymous of seafood, and there are so many good places around the city, that is difficult to pinpoint the best one. That’s why we decided to round up some of the most famous and delicious ones for you!

1. Elliott’s Oyster House

We couldn’t start with any other than this famous waterfront spot. Located in Pier 56, Elliott’s Oyster House is a great place to enjoy Puget Sound views paired up with incredible seafood! This restaurant is ideal to enjoy fresh oysters, crab cakes, or salmon sliders with a delicious glass of wine.

Where: 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56

 

2. Ray’s Boathouse

This spot is great to spend a summer day and relax on their patio. Ray’s Boathouse drinks and food is incredible, and it’s the perfect spot to have a relaxing lunch overlooking the water. Don’t miss the smoked Sable Fish and the wild-caught halibut with potato gnocchi and mushrooms, a delicacy all guests rave about. This iconic destination in Seattle is ideal for a casual lunch with a hot date, just make sure to make your reservations in advance.

Where: 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

 

3. Jack’s Fish Spot

If you’re roaming around Pike Place Market don’t forget to stop by and try the best fish and chips in town! Jack’s Fish Spot offers incredible dishes freshly made in front of your eyes. Try out his crunchy Pacific Cod and homemade french fries with tartar sauce… the perfect classic seafood dish!

Where: Pike Place Market, 1514 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

 

4. Seattle Fish Guys

If you want to find fresher seafood than the one at Seattle Fish Guys, you’ll have to catch it yourself. This premium fish market proud itself for offering incredible fresh fish. This spot is located in the heart of Seattle’s Central District, and every item on its menu is delicious. Try out their Cajun Crab and Shrimp plate paired up with your favorite brew!

Where: 411 23rd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144

 

5. The Walrus and the Carpenter

This place is all about oysters! The Walrus and the Carpenter offer incomparable flavors and amazing delicacies. As simple as it sounds, the bread and creamy butter are absolutely exquisite, so let’s not talk about their steak tartare… (one of the best in Seattle).

This oyster bar tucked away in downtown Ballard offers a tiny space, impressive decor, and cozy vibes. Because of its size, this place is usually very crowded, so if you decide to visit make sure to get a reservation.

Where: 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle WA 98107

 

6. Sushi Kashiba

With more than 50 years of experience, master chef Shiro offers the best sushi experiences in all of Seattle. Sushi Kashiba is undoubtedly one of the most authentic sushi places, and they offer incredible dishes such as cucumber fish salad, and tuna poke bowls. You can order dishes a la carte, but the right way to do it is at the chef’s counter, where Chef Shiro will prepare an incredible omakase menu in front of your eyes. Seats at the counter are limited, so make sure you arrive prior to opening if you want to snatch a seat. There are no available reservations for this experience, but can always call ahead and ask for a booking at the restaurant seating.

Where: 86 Pine Street. Suite 1, Seattle WA 98101

 

7. RockCreek Seafood

This incredible restaurant will impress any seafood lover! RockCreek Seafood was founded by Executive Chef Eric Donnelly, and the menu he created is unique and intriguing. If you have the chance, sit on the upper level and enjoy a rustic and eclectic ambiance. Savor an upscale dinner with dishes such as the Barbequed Spanish Octopus, or the Neah Bay Black Cod served with a sherry-lime sauce, caramelized shallots, and Provençal herbs.

Where: 4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

 

8. Westward

This beautiful and airy restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy incredible seafood with an unbeatable view. This place has one of the best lakefront views, and its patio is ideal for an outdoor dining experience. Westward offers an outdoor fire pit, beachside seating, and delicious sustainable food. This restaurant is the perfect spot to try out fresh local oysters!

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Where: 2501 N Northlake Way

 

9. Navy Strenght

If you’re looking to enjoy seafood in a laid-back spot, this tiki bar is the place for you! Make no mistake, Navy Strength is definitely a bar, but it also serves some of the best seafood snacks in the city. You can’t miss their Ahi Tuna Bites, Oysters, and Poke Bowls. Enjoy some tropical vibes, bright flavors, and delicious cocktails!

Where: 2505 2nd Ave, Suite 102, Seattle, WA.

 

10. Pike Place Chowder

The flawless chowder in this place is the main focus here, Pike Place Chowder is a crowd pleaser and tourist magnet. Their seafood rolls and New England-style chowder is the perfect bite for those who are craving seafood. Options here are abundant, but keep in mind you’ll have to wait in line for a bit, however, it’s truly worth the sacrifice. Choose between the smoked salmon chowder, lime & coconut chowder, or the crab & oyster chowder.

Where: Pike Place Market, 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA, 98101 / Pacific Place Center, 600 Pine Street, 4th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101

 

11. Taylor Shellfish

This oyster bar is perfect for a happy hour with friends, try out their special bivalves in one of their four locations around Seattle. They also have an oyster saloon at their oyster farm near Skagit Valley. Don’t miss their delicious Paella, geoduck, mussels, and fresh oysters.

Where: 1521 Melrose Ave, Seattle / 2182 Chuckanut Drive, Bow, WA / 410 Occidental Ave, Seattle / 130 SE Lynch Rd, Shelton, WA.

 

12. The Mar.ket Fishmonger and Eatery

Instagram raves over this place’s lobster rolls, which are definitely delicious. But you can’t also miss their Baja-style deep-fried fish tacos. Fishmonger and Eatery offer incredible and delicious food with interesting and unique spins, like mango salsa and Thai cilantro sauce. This place has incredibly summery vibes, and it’s the perfect spot to visit during the weekend.

Where: 508 Main Street, Edmonds, WA. 98020

 

13. Market Grill

You’ll find this jewel inside Pike Place Market, where you can savor a huge variety of sandwiches and platters. Enjoy halibut, salmon, and poke bowls with marinated veggies served in basic paper boats. Market Grill offers some of the freshest seafood in Pike Place, their dishes are made at the moment, perfectly seasoned, and with impeccable taste. Grab your meal and stroll through the market, or take it with you and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Sound.

Where: 1509 Pike Pl #3, Seattle, WA 98101

 

14. The White Swan Public House

This spot is one of the best fish restaurants in Seattle, it offers incredible views of South Lake Union and an enormous outdoor patio that’s perfect for the summer. Try out their raw oysters, and don’t forget to order their clam poutine. Another genius dish is their seafood stew and their Hamachi Crudo.

Where: 1001 Fairview Avenue North Seattle, Wa 98109.

 

15. Manolin

This seafood restaurant in Fremont is a tropical dream. Manolin offers an incredible summery vibe thanks to its high exposed beam ceilings, ocean blue tiles, outdoor patio, fire pit, and abundance of natural light. This restaurant is great if you’re looking to enjoy an upscale lunch or dinner with friends. Their menu is perfect for sharing, so make sure to bring enough company and order three to four dishes. Don’t forget to try out their Rockfish Ceviche: raw rockfish piled on a bed of avocado, strands of deep-fried sweet potato, and lime juice for a touch of tartness.

Where: 3621 Stone Way N, Seattle WA 98103.

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