Seattle's Access to Fresh Seafood Makes City a Dream Destination for Foodies

Corinne Whiting

By , Local Expert, Seattle
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Seattle gets a well-deserved rap for its bountiful ration of gloomy weather. This is, of course, strictly due to geography, topography and weather patterns. However, what strong storm tracks bring to this Pacific Northwest locale off the Pacific Ocean in the way of weather brings a happy tradeoff for the bounty of fresh seafood made available by those same factors. The region’s topography of protected bays and mountain-fed rivers equals excellent homegrown seafood, including the iconic Northwest salmon and world-renowned shellfish, such as Penn Cove mussels.

As if local fisheries didn’t provide enough for chefs here to work...  Read more »

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    Aqua by El Gaucho

    Aqua by El Gaucho offers bright, open spaces, waterside views and seafood dishes that show off the splendor of the Northwest.

    Local Expert Tip: "On a clear day, views of the Olympic Mountains across Elliot Bay are unbeatable, especially from the deck. Passing ferries and other maritime activity are also on display, and sunsets from this vantage are spectacular."

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    Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $25
    • Neighborhood: Belltown

    Chef John Howie brings delectable seafood dishes (with a Northwest twist) to Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar.

    Local Expert Tip: "The original locale of this restaurant is in Bellevue, and chef-owner John Howie has also opened a premier steakhouse there, serving Japanese Waygu beef steaks. All of Howie's eateries are of the highest caliber, and seafood preparations here are bold and innovative."

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    Shiro's Sushi

    At Shiro's Sushi, the two-time James Beard nominee Master Chef Shiro Kashiba ensures that diners go on a memorable culinary adventure.

    Local Expert Tip: "Chef Shiro Kashiba is known for offering samples that aren't on the menu, and when it comes to fresh and innovative raw seafood this Seattle standby can't be beat."

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    Etta's Seafood

    Popular with locals and tourists alike, this Tom Douglas seafood place is well worth the wait for a table.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. (at the bar only). "

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    Matt's in the Market

    Matt's in the Market promises delicious local dishes in the heart of Pike Place Market.

    Local Expert Tip: "For the most simple and authentic local lunch, get a grilled salmon sandwich, a portion of smoky, delicious pure protein and omegas tucked gently between a flaky bun."

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    One of Seattle's most lauded fine-dining seafood houses, Palisade is well worth a mealtime visit.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's a high compliment that some of the region's finest chefs got their start at this venerable Seattle fine-dining seafood house with a wonderful waterfront view."

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    Ray's Boathouse

    For more than four decades, this Seattle landmark has served fisherman's seafood, offering fresh, straight forward fare in a casual setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "Less rustic is the restaurant's newer fine-dining room (upstairs). Views might even be a bit more sensational up here, too."

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    Canlis is perhaps "the" fine dining experience found in Seattle; save the memorable meal for a special occasion or the visit's grand finale.

    Local Expert Tip: "After dinner at Canlis, you will have enjoyed wine from one of the most awarded wine collections anywhere."

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    Elliott's Oyster House

    Elliott's Oyster House offers not-to-be-missed seafood in a not-to-be-missed spot--by the water's edge in downtown Seattle.

    Local Expert Tip: "The popular "Progressive Happy Hour" happens Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the lounge--meaning freshly shucked oysters on the half--shell that start at just 75 cents a piece at 3 p.m."

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    Herbfarm Restaurant

    Fine-dining is a memorable experience at Herbfarm Restaurant. Preparations of fish from seasonal specialty...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "This is probably the most detailed and extravagant multi-course dining experience in a three-state radius, and should be on the bucket list of any true foodie. When it comes to seafood, preparations of fish from seasonal specialty salmon runs such as Copper River and Yukon River are exceptionally innovative here."



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