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Elliott’s Oyster House

Elliott’s Oyster House is located on the waterfront of Elliott Bay just west of the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Elliott’s is that rare combination of a restaurant where visitors go for the quintessential Seattle experience and locals go simply for the best seafood in town.

Boasting an enormous 21-foot oyster bar, Elliott’s serves more than 30 different varieties of oysters from Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia. Always fresh, always shucked as they are ordered, the oysters are served with a mignonette-style sorbet, topping off an experience that can only be described as an oyster lovers’ paradise.

Elliott’s has perfected a Northwest tradition when it comes to serving crab. Its Dungeness crabs are fresh from local waters, weighing an average of two to two-and-a-half pounds. Each crab is cracked to order and served steamed, spicy or chilled. Returning patrons know they can also count on Elliott’s numerous signature crab dishes: fresh Dungeness crab cakes, spicy crab chowder, Elliott’s Cioppino, warm crab and shrimp dip and Alaskan king crab legs.

Elliott’s chefs take pride in the freshness and careful preparation of their food. From wild, fresh, local salmon and halibut, to mussels and scallops, every diner is guaranteed a supremely satisfying experience.

Diners can sip a wide selection of Northwest wines or locally-brewed ales while they watch the Washington state ferries and other harbor boats cruise by the deck or window. Elliott’s has an extensive dining deck, bringing each guest to the foot of the water. It is the ideal place to view a spectacular sunset or enjoy the warm sunshine on a Seattle summer day. Inside the restaurant is teak and copper, lending the impression of being within one of the passing yachts. Diners can immerse themselves in comfortable booths or perch on a barstool at the expansive oyster bar and watch the masters shuck on command.

For the past 21 years Elliott’s has hosted the west coast’s largest oyster event, Elliott’s Oyster New Year, held each November during peak oyster season. The restaurant staff creates the world’s largest oyster bar and serves over 30,000 oysters during this event. This event is both festive and valuable to the local community, as the proceeds benefit the Puget Sound Restoration Fund and its efforts to restore water quality and protect oysters in the region.

Whether you’re planning to visit Seattle or have the good fortune to live there, you’ll dine at Elliott’s Oyster House to find the best, freshest seafood enjoyed in an unsurpassed waterfront setting.