Washington is your oyster

Destination Dining

March 31, 2019

Story By: Lianna Mccurdy |

The Puget Sound is a renowned location for shellfish farming. The Sound’s salty, nutrient rich waters are home to an abundance of seafood, ranging from shrimp to crabs to clams, and most importantly, oysters. For this reason, foodies flock to the city of Seattle to slurp up the finest oysters in the Pacific Northwest.

1. Seatown Market Diner
2010 Western Ave.
(206) 436-0390

Photo courtesy of Seatown Market Diner

Choose from a daily selection of raw oysters on the half shell or indulge in the shucker’s choice at Seatown Market Diner. Whether you’re in the mood for a single, half dozen, or dozen (always accompanied by mignonette and sweet lemon) these meaty oysters satisfy.

2. Ballard Annex Oyster House
5410 Ballard Ave., NW
(206) 783-5410

Photo courtesy of Ballard Annex Oyster House

Doled out in a shucker’s dozen, Ballard Annex Oyster House’s shellfish is prepped fresh and selected daily. Add a dollop of Osetra caviar to your oysters on the half shell to enhance the flavor profile of each bite.

3. Pioneer Square Oyster Bar
410 Occidental Ave.
(206) 501-4060
taylorshellfishfarms.com/ pioneer-square

Photo courtesy Pioneer Square Oyster Bar

Settled in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, this oyster bar offers not only oysters on the half shell, but an even more indulgent option of the savory seafood. Try the eatery’s fried oysters paired with pickled ginger slaw and house tartar or fiery buffalo sauce and cumin yogurt.

4. The Walrus and The Carpenter
4743 Ballard Ave., NW
(206) 395-9227

This lively oyster bar shucks out fresh oysters from local farms, offering at least seven varieties of the juicy mollusk. Founded by James Beard award-winning chef, Renee Erickson, The Walrus and The Carpenter is a can’t-miss stop for oysters in Seattle.

5. Queen Anne Oyster Bar
124 Republican St.
(206) 501-4442
taylorshellfishfarms.com/ queen-anne

Photo courtesy Queen Anne Oyster

Queen Anne Oyster Bar’s oysters on the half shell are served straight from Taylor Shellfish Farms. Choose from up to seven varieties of oysters, or leave it to the shucker to provide you with a dose of the daily selection, accompanied by lemon and champagne vinegar mignonette, house made cocktail sauce, or spicy horseradish.

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