The Best Seafood in Seattle
In a city with so much great food, we wanted to know: What really takes the prize? Our critics tasted the very best seafood dishes to find out
By Naomi Tomky
August 27, 2018
Best of the Best: Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bars
Seafood is a way of life in Seattle, and nobody captures the look, feel and flavor of the Pacific Northwest’s saltwater bounty better than the folks who grow it themselves. In its fifth generation of family ownership, Taylor Shellfish started opening these oyster bars with the goal of designing the restaurant in which it would be most enjoyable to eat its premium product.
So, when you sit down to the Salish Sampler (market price)—an array of shucked bivalves and sliced fish, raw and gleaming over ice—the classic wood and perfectly paired wines seem to fit in, yet they take a backseat to the shucker’s dozen, geoduck, yellowtails, scallops and prawns in front of you. And that’s just what they’re supposed to do: Let the seafood be the star.
Bellevue, Pioneer Square, Queen Anne; taylorshellfishfarms.com
RockCreek Seafood and Spirits
Fremont, 4300 Fremont Ave. N; 206.557.7532; rockcreekseattle.com
White Swan Public House
South Lake Union, 1001 Fairview Ave. N; 206.588.2680; whiteswanpublichouse.com
Central District, 1315 E Jefferson St.; 206.485.7173; loursinseattle.com
TIP: L’Oursin’s five-course tasting menu ($75) and accompanying wine pairings ($35) offer an expert-level course in Northwest seafood, from poached arctic char to spring greens in prawn vinaigrette.