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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Casual restaurant

Sun–Thu 11:00am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–11:00pm

Features Good wines
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56
Seattle, WA
(206) 623-4340
Elliott’s Oyster House
A cheesy old-school Seattle institution, but one that serves decent food

The oysters here are ridiculously good, and Elliott’s devotes its happy hour to them. If you miss happy hour (be forewarned that the place gets tourist-trap expensive after 6 pm), try the oyster stew, which is rich, redolent of shallots and smoky bacon, and has two plump, tender Willapa Bay oysters submerged in its creamy depths.

As for the other dishes…well, the kitchen is fairly creative for a corporate-feeling place, but really the oysters are the reason to come here. And the bar is well-equipped to wash down all those bivalves: bartenders are knowledgeable, there’s a good selection of draft beer, and the wine cellar, though not deep, carries many selections that pair well with the different types of oysters.

This place is both old-school and touristy—they do shellfish towers, for Pete’s sake, and provide lobster bibs—but it’s a fun place to dine and the service is wonderful. The waterfront location is great, too, though the views won’t mean much when your back is to them while you’re sitting at the oyster bar.

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