Fresh seafood is synonymous with Seattle. From the fish throwers at Pike Place Market to the Alaskan fishing boats docked near Ballard, evidence of the city’s favorite ingredients is everywhere. From breakfast through dinner, restaurants use the very best fish and shellfish straight from the water. Feed your hunger at these seafood spots—your taste buds will thank you.
Fremont’s RockCreek Seafood and Spirits features seafood from well-managed fisheries. The menu changes frequently to reflect what’s fresh, but includes things like oysters on the half shell, oyster shooters, Hawaiian hamachi tartare, octopus, monk fish, fish stew and just a few selections of meat, poultry or pasta. With a decent selection of starters and small plates, it’s a fun spot for a group. The two-story space has plenty of dining options, including a private dining room.
Anthony’s Pier 66
Some of Seattle’s best downtown waterfront views are at Anthony’s Pier 66, open daily for dinner. Dine on fresh seafood while taking in Mount Rainier and all the water activity in Elliott Bay. The menu features chowders, a wide selection of fish and shellfish—delivered fresh daily by the restaurant’s seafood buyer—and steaks. If you’d like something more casual, in the same building you’ll find the Bell Street Diner and Anthony’s Fish bar, which are open for lunch and dinner.
You may have heard of Chef Shiro Kashiba, especially if you’ve been looking for sushi spots in Seattle. Kashiba, who trained with Jiro Ono of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” recently opened Sushi Kashiba in Pike Place Market. The dinner-only spot has hot and cold small plate menus, but you really want to order the Omakase—a chef’s choice sushi dinner made with the best fish available that day. Reservations are strongly recommended however the sushi bar is only available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Savor Pacific Northwest oysters at Ballard spot The Walrus and the Carpenter. The menu changes daily to reflect what’s fresh, and features a number of oysters as well as vegetables, cheese selections and entrees of fish, shellfish and meat. It’s a casual restaurant and a great stop for happy hour, which runs 4-6 pm on Monday-Thursday, Monday and Tuesday 8-10 pm. Open daily for dinner, this spot does not take reservations.
Salty’s on Alki Beach
For incredible views of downtown Seattle, head to Salty’s on Alki Beach in West Seattle. The restaurant’s extensive dinner menu has favorite hot and cold seafood and shellfish options as well as steaks and vegetable sides. It’s Saturday and Sunday brunch, however, that’s the star. The massive brunch buffet includes eggs benedict, hash browns, herb-crusted catfish, sausages, biscuits, salads, fruit and bread spreads, desserts, omelets, waffles and plenty of seafood: fresh oysters, crab legs, salmon, clams and mussels … and that’s not even half of the available food choices.