Seattle’s Access to Regional, Fresh Seafood Makes Foodies Swoon



Seattle gets well-deserved kudos for its bounty of fresh seafood. The region’s topography of protected bays and mountain-fed rivers leads to excellent homegrown seafood, including the iconic Northwest salmon and world-renowned shellfish (harvested at popular Washington spots like Hama Hama Oysters and Taylor Shellfish Farms).

As if local fisheries didn’t provide enough for chefs here to work with, Seattle’s Pacific Rim location–the same geography that brings sullen skies and downpours–also makes it close regional neighbors with Alaska and Japan, equally known for their abundance of quality seafood. Once all of this briny goodness arrives at port and gets distributed to local restaurants and fish markets, some of the best seafood chefs in the world get down to the business of filleting, slicing, grilling and sautéing.

In a city brimming with sushi joints, though, a healthy portion of the fish consumed in Seattle makes it to the table raw, at places such as Shiro’s. But whether delivered in the form of uncooked protein, as a humble but delicious grilled salmon sandwich handed over a counter in Pike Place Market (Matt’s in the Market) or a stunning lobster presentation set on white linen (Aqua), Seattle seafood is as varied as the city itself.


Elliott's Oyster House
Photo courtesy of Mike Urban, Courtesy Elliott's Oyster House


True to its handle, this waterfront establishment serves views of bustling Elliott Bay along with its oysters; more than 30 varieties. From the outside, Elliott's looks like little more than a shack, but the interior is cozy enough to...  Read More


The Walrus and the Carpenter
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Price/The Walrus and the Carpenter


Award-winning Chef Renee Erickson (The Whale Wins, Bateau, Barnacle, Bar Melusine) partnered with Business Manager Jeremy Price and Developer Chad Dale to realize her long-time vision for an oyster bar. It makes perfect sense then, that she...  Read More




A quintessential Seattle experience consists of having a meal at Ray's. Views of the mountains and the water, especially in sunset's glow, thrill diners almost as much as the cuisine. Located close to Golden Gardens, this venue makes the perfect...  Read More


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Magnolia
Palisade


This restaurant, with its island accents and Polynesian-tinged menu, is a great place to applaud a promotion, celebrate an anniversary, or treat yourself. Views of the city and Puget Sound draw your attention, but the menu has a seductive appeal...  Read More




This once-tiny restaurant, greatly expanded in 2007, offers incredible views of the Market and the Puget Sound, courtesy of huge, semicircular windows. Flawless seafood is the name of the game, and it's collected fresh from vendors below. Oyster...  Read More


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Waterfront


North of Pike Place Market, just a stone's throw from the action, Etta's is known for its take on superb, fresh-caught seafood. Tourists and locals alike pack the place, and although there's sometimes a wait, the food always compensates for the...  Read More




The straightforward decor at this popular restaurant allows taste buds to focus on the culinary adventure. Among the loyal patrons are sports celebrities, business people and local sushi-lovers. They come for the terrific food and also for the...  Read More




At Aqua by El Gaucho, bright, open spaces with sculptural lighting and barrel-backed chairs invite guests to check out great views and a wonderful, seafood-based menu. Although options change depending on what's fresh, you may find oven-roasted...  Read More


Westward & Little Gull
Photo courtesy of Photo by Sarah Flotard


One of the city's newest "hot spots," Westward is a water-inspired, full-service restaurant and bar that first opened its sails in the fall of 2013 on the north shore of Lake Union. Chef Zoi Antonitsas sends out delectable, innovative dishes...  Read More


RockCreek
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Atkinson/Kirsten Graham PR


In Upper Fremont, RockCreek Seafood & Spirits proves a popular restaurant and bar that welcomes diners to its airy, inviting space every day of the week. Here Chef Eric Donnelly perfectly prepares unexpected fish alongside the classics....  Read More


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Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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