Food & Drink

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


This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Seattle magazine.

This article appears in print as the cover story of the September 2018 issue. Read more from the Best of the Best Restaurants feature story hereClick here to subscribe.

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;


RockCreek Seafood and Spirits
Fremont, 4300 Fremont Ave. N; 206.557.7532;

White Swan Public House
South Lake Union, 1001 Fairview Ave. N; 206.588.2680;

Central District, 1315 E Jefferson St.; 206.485.7173;
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.


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