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.

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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.

By the way, there’s live music Tuesday and Wednesday.

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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 Avehttps://www.allwaterseattle.com
Aloha Plates511 S Weller Sthttps://www.alohaplates-sea.com
AQUA by El Gaucho2701 First Avehttps://elgaucho.com/aquabyelgaucho/
Anthony's Pier 662201 Alaskan Wayhttps://www.anthonys.com/restaurants/detail/anthonys-pier-66
Athenian Inn1517 Pike Plhttp://www.athenianseattle.com
Bahn Thai Restaurant409 Roy Sthttp://www.bahnthaimenu.com
Ballard Brothers'seafood5305 15th Ave NWhttp://ballardbrothers.com
Ballard's Seafood FestivalMarket Sthttps://seafoodfest.org
Bar Harbor400 Fairview Ave Nhttp://www.barharborbar.com
Barnacle4743 Ballard Ave NWhttp://www.thebarnaclebar.com
Boca Restobar & Grill416 Broadway Ehttps://www.bocarestobar.com
Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge809 5th Avehttps://www.charlotterestaurantseattle.com
Coba530 1st Ave Nhttps://www.cobaseattle.com
Conversation110 Stewart Sthttps://www.conversationseattle.com
Crab Pot Restaurant1301 Alaskan Wayhttp://www.thecrabpotseattle.com
Crawfish House9826 16th Ave SWhttp://crawfishhouse206.com
Crawfish King725 S Lane Sthttps://crawfishkingwa.com
Cutters Crabhouse2001 Western Avenuehttps://www.cutterscrabhouse.com
Daniel's Broiler808 Howell Sthttps://www.schwartzbros.com/locations/daniels-broiler-downtown
Daniel's Broiler809 Fairview Pl Nhttps://www.schwartzbros.com/locations/daniels-broiler-lake-union
Daniels Broiler-Leschi200 Lake Washington Blvd SEhttps://www.schwartzbros.com/locations/daniels-broiler-leschi
Dian 's Market Kitchen1101 Post Avehttps://www.dianesmarketkitchen.com/contact.aspx
Duke's Seafood2516 Alki Ave SWhttps://www.dukesseafood.com/locations/alki
Duke's Seafood7850 Green Lake Dr Nhttps://www.dukesseafood.com/locations/green-lake
East Anchor Seafood1126 34th Avehttps://eastanchorseafood.com
Elliott's Oyster House1201 Alaskan Wayhttps://www.elliottsoysterhouse.com
Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar1916 Pike Pl Ste 16http://emmettwatsonsoysterbarseattle.24cafes.com
Etta's2020 Western Avehttp://www.ettasrestaurant.com
Eventide99 Union Sthttps://www.fourseasons.com/seattle/dining/restaurants/eventide
Fish Basket9447 Rainier Ave Shttp://www.fishbasketnw.com
Fisherman's Restaurant1301 Alaskan Wayhttp://thefishermansrestaurant.com
Franks Oyster House2616 NE 55th Sthttp://www.franksoysterhouse.com
Ho Ho's Seafood Restaurant653 S Weller Sthttps://www.seattlehohoseafood.com
I'see Food4311 University Way NEhttps://www.beyondmenu.com/45671/seattle/i-see-food-seattle-98105/info.aspx
Ivar's1001 Alaskan Wayhttp://www.ivars.com
Ivar's Acres Of Clams1001 Alaskan Wayhttp://www.ivars.com
Ivar's Salmon House401 NE Northlake Wayhttps://www.ivars.com/salmon-house
Ivar's Seafood Bar401 NE Northlake Wayhttp://www.ivars.com
Ivar's Seafood Bar13448 Aurora Ave Nhttps://www.ivars.com/sfb-locations
Jack 's Fish Spot1514 Pike Plhttp://jacksfishspot.com
Japonessa'sushi Cocina1400 1st Avehttps://bbot.menu/japonessasushicocinadowntownpickupmenu
Joyale'seafood Restaurant900 S Jackson Sthttps://www.joyaleseattle.com
Just Poke4339 University Way NEhttps://justpoke.com/locations/udistrict
Kau Kau Bbq Restaurant656 S King Sthttp://kaukaubbq.com/index.html
Kisaku2101 N 55th St Ste 100http://www.kisaku.com
Le Coin4201 Fremont Ave Nhttps://www.lecoinseattle.com
Little Water Cantina2865 Eastlake Ave Ehttp://www.littlewatercantina.com
Local Tide401 N 36th Sthttps://www.localtide.com
Lucky Louie Fish Shack17801 International Blvdhttps://luckylouiefishshack.com/contact
Maggie Bluffs2601 W Marina Plhttps://maggiebluffs.com/location.php
Manolin3621 Stone Way Nhttp://www.manolinseattle.com
Market Grill1509 Pike Plhttps://marketgrill.food87.com
Matt 's In The Market94 Pike St Ste 32https://mattsinthemarket.com
Mccormick & Schmick's9404 E Marginal Way Shttps://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/location/ms-catering
Neww Star Seafood Restaurant516 S Jackson Sthttp://www.newstarseafood.com
Ocean Star605 7th Ave Shttps://www.orderoceanstar.com
Palisade2601 W Marina Placehttps://palisaderestaurant.com/takeout.php
Pike Place Bar & Grill90 Pike Sthttps://www.pikeplacemarket.org
Pike Place Chowder1530 Post Alyhttps://www.pikeplacechowder.com
Pike Place Chowder600 Pine St 4th Flhttps://www.pikeplacechowder.com
Place Pigalle81 Pike Sthttp://www.placepigalle-seattle.com
Plaza Garibaldi129 1st Ave Nhttps://www.pgaribaldi.com
Poke N Roll811 E Pike Sthttps://places.singleplatform.com/poke-n-roll-2/menu
Pokeworks1200 3rd Avehttps://www.pokeworks.com/seattle
Queen City Grill2201 1st Avehttp://www.queencitygrill.com
Ray's Boathouse6049 Seaview Ave NWhttp://www.rays.com
Rockcreek Seafood and Spirits4300 Fremont Ave Nhttp://rockcreekseattle.com
Salty's On Alki1936 Harbor Ave SWhttp://www.saltys.com/seattle
Seatown Rub'shack & Fishfry2010 Western Avehttps://www.seatownrestaurant.com
Seattle Fish Company4435 California Ave SWhttps://www.seattlefishcompany.com
Seattle Fish Guys411 23rd Ave Shttps://www.seattlefishguys.com
Shaker + Spear2000 2nd Avehttps://www.shakerandspear.com
Shiro's Sushi Restaurant2401 2nd Avehttps://shiros.com
Six Seven2411 Alaskan Wayhttps://www.edgewaterhotel.com/seattle-six-seven-restaurant
Sound View Cafe1501 Pike Pl Ste 501https://soundviewatpike.com
Spud Fish & Chip6860 E Green Lake Way Nhttp://spudfishandchips.com
Spud Fish & Chips2666 Alki Ave SWhttp://spudfishandchips.com
Sunfish2800 Alki Ave SWhttps://dinehere.us/sunfish
Surefish514 S River Sthttp://surefish.com
Sushi Kashiba86 Pine St Ste 1https://sushikashiba.com
Szechuan Fish900 S Jackson Sthttp://www.szechuan-fish.com
Tankard & Tun1415 1st Avehttps://www.pikebrewing.com/tankard-tun
Taylor's Shellfish Oyster Bar410 Occidental Ave Shttps://www.taylorshellfishfarms.com/location/pioneer-square
Taylor Shellfish Farms1521 Melrose Avehttps://www.taylorshellfishfarms.com/location/capitol-hill-melrose
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar124 Republican Sthttps://www.toasttab.com/taylor-shellfish-farms-republican/v3
TH seafood7901 2nd Ave Shttp://www.thseafood.com
The 100 Pound Clam1001 Fairview Ave Nhttp://www.100poundclam.com
The Capital Grille1301 4th Avehttps://www.thecapitalgrille.com/locations/wa/seattle/seattle/8030
The Highliner Pub3909 18th Ave Whttp://www.highlinerpub.net
The Lockspot Cafe3005 NW Locks Plhttps://thelockspotcafeseattle.cafecityguide.website
The Walrus & Carpenter4743 Ballard Ave NWhttps://thewalrusbar.com
The Salmon Cooker1301 Alaskan Wayhttps://www.minerslanding.com
Tidal+1635 8th Avehttps://www.hyatt.com/en-us/hotel/washington/hyatt-at-olive-8/seahs/dining
Westward2501 N Northlake Wayhttps://westwardseattle.com
White Swan Public House1001 Fairview Ave Nhttp://www.whiteswanpublichouse.com
Wild Fish Poke94 Pike Sthttp://www.wildfishpoke.com

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