Your Guide to the Best Oysters in Seattle / Kirkland
Whether you're a seasoned bivalve connoisseur, or simply interested in sampling everyone's favorite shellfish staple of the Pacific Northwest, there are literally thousands of restaurants at your doorstep. Seattle oysters are renowned as the best in the U.S., high among the finest in the world. Arguably, their flavors are best savored raw, topped with lemon, horseradish, cocktail sauce, or all three. To help you choose where to find the city's tastiest options, we recommend the following nearby restaurants:
Elliott's Oyster House
1201 Alaska Way, Seattle
Tour Washington via the staggering two dozen varieties of oysters available at this Pier 56 mainstay. A bivalve flavor masterclass, Happy Hour starts at 3pm with their famous $1.50 oysters, after which the price goes up $.50 every hour until 5pm.
411 University Street, Seattle
A stylishly vintage basement spot, here you'll find upwards of eight varieties of expertly shucked oysters served raw or baked in six unique styles, such as Diablo (topped with smoked Gouda, jalapenos, and bacon), and Thermidor (covered in lobster, shrimp, Asiago and brandy cream).
Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar
1916 Pike Place, Suite 16, Seattle
As authentic as it gets, Seattle's oldest oyster-centric bar knows no pretense. Menus are handwritten on paper bags, with choices like "Raw" or "Broiled," the latter baked beneath Parmesan, bacon, and butter. Whatever your decision, they're best slurped with a cold beer on the back patio.
Le Grand Bistro Americain
2220 Carillon Point, Kirkland
Just 5 minutes from The Heathman Hotel, the 2015 winner of 425 Magazine's "Best French Restaurant" has a lovely Happy Hour (3-6pm, Monday-Friday), serving succulent Oysters on the ½ Shell for only $1.50 apiece. Two seasonal outdoor patios, $7 cocktails, and $5 draft beers only sweeten the deal.