Seattle Seafood Restaurants – Best 5 Plus 90!

Best Seattle Seafood

Seattle is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the country, thanks to ocean access and active involvement in the fishing and seafood industries.

If you’re one of the thousands searching “Seattle seafood restaurants best” each month, look no further. We’re here to help by highlighting five. But five is just scratching the surface, so don’t stop reading, as you’ll soon approach a list of 90 more!

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The Walrus and The Carpenter – Ballard

4743 Ballard Ave., NW, Seattle

Located in the classic Ballard neighborhood is The Walrus and The Carpenter, one of Seattle’s best seafood restaurants

Historically, Ballard was the home to Scandinavian immigrant fishers and blue-collar laborers and workers. But today, it’s the place to go for a vibrant and fresh food scene and trendy, young vibe. One of those fresh food hotspots is The Walrus and The Carpenter.

Surf AND Turf

Since 2010, this combo restaurant-fishing pub has been serving up local favorites like chubby oysters, Hama Hama clams, and Scallop Crudo. And, if you have someone in your party who isn’t as passionate about seafood as you, there’s a selection of garden entrees and meat dishes like Pork Rillettes with whole grain mustard.

The Walrus and The Carpenter is open every day for dinner, with a Monday through Thursday Happy Hour. There’s a corkage fee if you want to bring a bottle or two.

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Elliott’s Oyster House – Pier 56

1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle

With waterfront views and Food and Wine’s designation of “America’s #1 Oyster House,” you didn’t think we’d leave Elliott’s Oyster House off the list, did you?

It’s an ideal spot for group dining with “For the Table” selections like Celebration, featuring prawns, snow crab claws, smoked mussels, mignonette, and, what else but oysters?! You’ll also find skewers to share and apps like the Garlic Curry Mussels and Chorizo Manila Clams.

Oysters and More

But they’re right in the name, so you know you’ll want to try oysters like the smoked apple-bacon or pan-fried Pacific. Other options on this Seattle seafood restaurant’s best list include the Crispy Pacific Rockfish, and Alaskan True Cod and Chips. There’s a NY Steak for the carnivores and Miso Polenta that should satisfy any vegetarians in the group.

At Elliott’s Oyster House, the view is as enticing as the meal. So, we’re fans of a leisurely weekend afternoon with some drinks and shareables. And, fortunately, the doors swing open at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

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Salty’s – Alki Beach

1936 Harbor Avenue SW, Seattle

Open for both dining and takeout, Salty’s isn’t exclusive to Seattle, with sister venues in Portland and Redondo. But exclusivity isn’t necessary for some of the best seafood. In addition to its Alki Beach location, Salty’s is appealing for its diverse menu and apps like the “3 Buck Shucks.”

Not convinced yet? Imagine sitting there and being presented with the Emerald Acres Manila Clams harvested by owner Kevin Riley daily. They’re loaded with mirepoix, fennel, and butter and served with grilled bread. As a bonus, it’s gluten-free. Winner!

Go for the TKO

Other favorites include Salty’s Caesar, Cioppino, Lobster and Prawn Bucatini, the Grilled King Salmon, and Colossal Two-Piece Alaskan Rock Cod Fish and Chips. Oh, and a side might be an aside to you, but we must mention TKO potatoes. They’re smashed fingerlings crisped up and seasoned with togarashi spice and miso white barbecue sauce. You can’t resist, but you will want to save room for the Vanilla Crème Brulee made with brown sugar shortbread.

Make a note that Salty’s is open for breakfast on the weekend.

Did You Know?

One of the big attractions at Pike Place Market in Seattle is the “flying fish”

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AQUA – Seattle Waterfront

2701 First Ave., Suite 300, Seattle

Amongst Seattle seafood restaurants’ best upscale establishments is AQUA. It’s fine dining with a beautiful Elliott Bay view.

You could start with the Tableside Caesar salad, a customer favorite. But we recommend the Strawberry and Beet Salad, dressed with citrus poppy seed labneh and extra virgin olive oil, for something just a bit different. Appetizers include a Grilled Spanish Octopus, Tableside Yellowfin Poke, and Dungeness Crab Lettuce Wraps.

Entrees at AQUA

The seafood delights on the entrees menu feature Plancha Seared Jumbo Scallops, Miso Buttered Black Cod, Yellowfin Tuna au Poivre, Grilled King Salmon, and Grilled Halibut. Entrees are in the $50 to $60 range and cover the meat and vegetarian options as well.

It’s a treat to get a table at AQUA, so do it up right and sweeten things up with Bailey’s chocolate caramel bread pudding or the crème Brulee with raspberry sorbet and mint.

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Local Tide – Fremont

401 N 36th Street, Seattle

We’d consider Local Tide to be the extreme opposite of AQUA with ambiance and style, but it’s one of Seattle’s best seafood restaurants, nonetheless. It’s a super casual spot to enjoy a crab roll or some fried oysters in Fremont.

Local Tide also features “Sandos” like salmon, fried fish, albacore tuna, or veggie. The Clam Chowder is the perfect accompaniment, but you could also get some shareables for the table. Everyone will love Smoked Salmon Belly Dip, Shrimp Toast, or Salt and Pepper Fries.

This hidden gem (or not so hidden) opens at 11 am every day but Monday, and to-go is on the menu.

Plenty More Seattle Seafood Restaurants

We love our top five picks. But, narrowing the list of Seattle seafood restaurants is nearly impossible, as there are so many!

Seattle Seafood RestaurantsAddressWebsite
All Water'seafood & Oyster Bar1000 1st Ave
Aloha Plates511 S Weller St
AQUA by El Gaucho2701 First Ave
Anthony's Pier 662201 Alaskan Way
Athenian Inn1517 Pike Pl
Bahn Thai Restaurant409 Roy St
Ballard Brothers'seafood5305 15th Ave NW
Ballard's Seafood FestivalMarket St
Bar Harbor400 Fairview Ave N
Barnacle4743 Ballard Ave NW
Boca Restobar & Grill416 Broadway E
Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge809 5th Ave
Coba530 1st Ave N
Conversation110 Stewart St
Crab Pot Restaurant1301 Alaskan Way
Crawfish House9826 16th Ave SW
Crawfish King725 S Lane St
Cutters Crabhouse2001 Western Avenue
Daniel's Broiler808 Howell St
Daniel's Broiler809 Fairview Pl N
Daniels Broiler-Leschi200 Lake Washington Blvd SE
Dian 's Market Kitchen1101 Post Ave
Duke's Seafood2516 Alki Ave SW
Duke's Seafood7850 Green Lake Dr N
East Anchor Seafood1126 34th Ave
Elliott's Oyster House1201 Alaskan Way
Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar1916 Pike Pl Ste 16
Etta's2020 Western Ave
Eventide99 Union St
Fish Basket9447 Rainier Ave S
Fisherman's Restaurant1301 Alaskan Way
Franks Oyster House2616 NE 55th St
Ho Ho's Seafood Restaurant653 S Weller St
I'see Food4311 University Way NE
Ivar's1001 Alaskan Way
Ivar's Acres Of Clams1001 Alaskan Way
Ivar's Salmon House401 NE Northlake Way
Ivar's Seafood Bar401 NE Northlake Way
Ivar's Seafood Bar13448 Aurora Ave N
Jack 's Fish Spot1514 Pike Pl
Japonessa'sushi Cocina1400 1st Ave
Joyale'seafood Restaurant900 S Jackson St
Just Poke4339 University Way NE
Kau Kau Bbq Restaurant656 S King St
Kisaku2101 N 55th St Ste 100
Le Coin4201 Fremont Ave N
Little Water Cantina2865 Eastlake Ave E
Local Tide401 N 36th St
Lucky Louie Fish Shack17801 International Blvd
Maggie Bluffs2601 W Marina Pl
Manolin3621 Stone Way N
Market Grill1509 Pike Pl
Matt 's In The Market94 Pike St Ste 32
Mccormick & Schmick's9404 E Marginal Way S
Neww Star Seafood Restaurant516 S Jackson St
Ocean Star605 7th Ave S
Palisade2601 W Marina Place
Pike Place Bar & Grill90 Pike St
Pike Place Chowder1530 Post Aly
Pike Place Chowder600 Pine St 4th Fl
Place Pigalle81 Pike St
Plaza Garibaldi129 1st Ave N
Poke N Roll811 E Pike St
Pokeworks1200 3rd Ave
Queen City Grill2201 1st Ave
Ray's Boathouse6049 Seaview Ave NW
Rockcreek Seafood and Spirits4300 Fremont Ave N
Salty's On Alki1936 Harbor Ave SW
Seatown Rub'shack & Fishfry2010 Western Ave
Seattle Fish Company4435 California Ave SW
Seattle Fish Guys411 23rd Ave S
Shaker + Spear2000 2nd Ave
Shiro's Sushi Restaurant2401 2nd Ave
Six Seven2411 Alaskan Way
Sound View Cafe1501 Pike Pl Ste 501
Spud Fish & Chip6860 E Green Lake Way N
Spud Fish & Chips2666 Alki Ave SW
Sunfish2800 Alki Ave SW
Surefish514 S River St
Sushi Kashiba86 Pine St Ste 1
Szechuan Fish900 S Jackson St
Tankard & Tun1415 1st Ave
Taylor's Shellfish Oyster Bar410 Occidental Ave S
Taylor Shellfish Farms1521 Melrose Ave
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar124 Republican St
TH seafood7901 2nd Ave S
The 100 Pound Clam1001 Fairview Ave N
The Capital Grille1301 4th Ave
The Highliner Pub3909 18th Ave W
The Lockspot Cafe3005 NW Locks Pl
The Walrus & Carpenter4743 Ballard Ave NW
The Salmon Cooker1301 Alaskan Way
Tidal+1635 8th Ave
Westward2501 N Northlake Way
White Swan Public House1001 Fairview Ave N
Wild Fish Poke94 Pike St

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