Where to Find the Best Seafood in Seattle

The definitive guide to finding the freshest catch of the day, every day

Seattle is a seafood town—but it’s not only because we’re surrounded by water. Think instead of local fishers braving icy seas to bring in the freshest catch; world-class chefs crafting innovative marine cuisine; and an unwavering commitment—by purveyors, restaurateurs and fishers—to sustainability. Whether you’re going crabbing, oyster-bar hopping or tucking into our epic sushi scene,…

Jessica Yadegaran, Chelsea Lin and Cynthia Nims; with additional reporting by Haley Durslag

Recipe of the Week: Grilled Wild Alaska Salmon with Asparagus and Onion

Making the most of salmon this summer

Salmon season is upon us. The highly anticipated season kicked off on May 16, so the flavorful fish will be available throughout the summer. As wild Alaska salmon makes its way to retailers and restaurants worldwide, this week’s recipe of grilled wild Alaska King salmon with Yakima asparagus and spring onion relish by local chef…

Compiled by Carley Schmidt

Delicious Seafood and Drink Pairings

Our creative duos prove that odd couples can make the most interesting dinner companions

Sip and Slurp: Beer and Oysters! The essence of an oyster is rich and complex, with flavors that curiously manage to be both pungent and delicate. Almost any beer pairs well with oysters. The only rule of thumb is to avoid overwhelming the oyster’s subtle flavors with a robust beer, such as an imperial stout…

Kendall Jones, Paul Zitarelli and Jessica Yadegaran

Cynthia Nims’ Northwest Crab Boil

Unlike our compatriots in the eastern regions of the country, Northwesterners typically add no spice (beyond salt) to the pot when boiling crab for a feast. Having grown up here, of course I adhere to the practice, finding that the flavor of the crab itself is near perfection. Some crab lovers simply scoop up clean…

Cynthia Nims

The Best Oyster Palaces and Raw Bars in Seattle

Our cold winter months mean it’s oyster season. Slurp some down at Seattle's oyster and raw bars

Ballard Annex Oyster HouseThe nautically designed Ballard Annex (owned by the Matador folks, who also own Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen), boasts seafood of all stripes and from all over the country: lobster, Dungeness and Maryland blue crab, salmon, white fish and so on. But the list of oysters is where we concentrate our time: Usually…

Allison Austin Scheff

Staying Power: Two Seattle Institutions Mark Big Milestones

While the last week or so saw its usual share of food news from relative newbies – Marination Ma Kai opening, Chino’s closing and the answer to the is-it-or-isn’t-it Fuji Bakery mystery – two grand-dames of the Seattle restaurant world were quietly kicking off new chapters in their very admirable histories. Palisade, Magnolia’s Marina-side seafood…

Seattle Mag

The Willows Inn

This Best New Seattle Restaurant is neither new, nor in Seattle. But it's worth breaking the rules (

Without a doubt, my meals at The Willows Inn’s restaurant are among the very best of the year. You may be familiar with the story of young chef Blaine Wetzel, who moved to Lummi to lead the kitchen at Willows; prior to the move, Wetzel was sous chef at Copenhagen’s illustrious Noma, arguably the best…

Seattle Mag

Men Up to Their Elbows in Mud: Geoduck Hunting on The Perennial Plate

The folks at The Perennial Plate are on a foraging kick, similar to our Cook’s Adventures: Eat from the Sea piece in the August issue. They just released a new video on their website about three natural ingredients that can be (somewhat) easily found near the ocean on the West Coast: greens, giant clam and…

Seattle Mag

4 Can’t-miss Fish & Chips Plates

As Indian summer lingers, fresh fish and chips take center stage in the Northwest.

Pike Street Fish Fry Alaskan ling cod and chips are served with your choice of six dipping sauces, including smoked chili mayo and curry ketchup. The flaky, paprika-spiced tempura-batter-dipped fillets are made even more perfect with a heaping side of French fries and a fried lemon.$8.80 Capitol Hill, 925 E Pike St.; The Walrus…

Sarai Dominguez