Oysters are making a big comeback across the country, with oyster farms rapidly growing on both the west and east coasts. Here are five of the tastiest oyster bars in Seattle, listed from extremely fast and casual to a more fine-dining experience.
Jack’s Fish Spot. Located in Pike Place Market, Jack’s Fish Spot is one of the best places to eat a quick oyster or take visiting friends from out of town. It’s a bustling fish market with a small counter and just a few stools. Jack’s Fish Spot has been open since 1982 and you’re likely to have Jack himself serve you. Grab a spot and slurp down a Quilcene oyster. You can also check out their website for great recipes, like Jack’s Northwest Clam Bake.
1514 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar. Once you’ve enjoyed a few oysters at Jack’s Fish Spot, you can walk a block down Pike Place and try some more at Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar. Hidden in a back corner between Stewart Street and Western Avenue, Emmett Watson’s is hard to find and worth the effort. The oysters are fresh and delicious and the atmosphere is relaxing. Menus are handwritten and the beer is cheap. The best part about Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar is that you can enjoy your oyster lunch on the lush back patio. It’s quiet and green, making you feel like you’ve completely escaped the hustle and bustle of Pike Place.
1916 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
Taylor Shellfish Farms. Calling itself a “Shellfish Deli,” Taylor Shellfish Farms is one of the many unique stores at Melrose Market in Capitol Hill. The mission of the restaurant is to bring you an interactive farm-to-table experience. You can grab seafood to go, or take a seat and enjoy some of the freshest oysters around. The atmosphere is casual and inviting, and the wait staff is happy to give you suggestions. If you go this week, try the Kusshi oyster. It’s small and ultra-clean tasting, with strong notes of cucumber. You can also check out their artisan beers, ciders and a rotating wine list that features the annual selection from the Oyster Wine competition.
1521 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Bar Sajor. Bar Sajor is one of the newest and most stunning restaurants in Pioneer Square. With high ceilings, delicate blue decorations and fantastic service, a night at Bar Sajor makes you feel pampered. The Chef at Bar Sajor is James Beard Award Winner Matt Dillon, the force behind Sitka & Spruce and The Corson Building. Right now, you can find Hama Hama “Blue Pool” oysters on the menu. They’re light and delicate and pair fantastically with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
323 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
The Walrus and the Carpenter. Named after the Lewis Carroll poem, The Walrus and the Carpenter is a beautiful restaurant in Ballard specializing in oysters and other delicious seafood dishes. Oysters are piled high on ice and there’s always a great selection of local beer and wine. Last year, it was named one of the “20 Most Important Restaurants in America 2013” by Bon Appetit. The wait staff does an amazing job describing the daily oyster selection. Take a seat at one of the yellow and white stools that line the bar, and you’re sure to have an elegant and fun evening. Warning: The Walrus and the Carpenter doesn’t take reservations, so be prepared for a wait.
4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
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