Winter is prime crab season, and there are loads of places to get your fill of this sweet-tasting shellfish. Here are a few fave seafood spots that will help you get crabby.
A stellar spot for oysters, this seafood palace on the Seattle waterfront features dozens of bivalves from up and down the West Coast. If you're feeling lost, ask the savvy servers for guidance. The rest of the menu is filled with well-prepared dishes that showcase seasonal selections. The first run of halibut in the spring is a real treat and the kitchen does a fine job with salmon of every stripe. Sit outside during the summer months and watch the ferries come and go.
This place has new owners, so give it another try. Always ask to see the harvest tag for shellfish and you'll come off as a savvy seafood shopper. Crab and shrimp cocktails are a fine snack to munch on while exploring Pike Place Market.
Terrific location for fish and chips, near the most vibrant working harbor in the city. Don't miss the blackberry pie.
You can't beat the location, right on the waterfront. Especially pleasant place to hang out on the deck on a summer's day. The wine list is stellar, especially when it comes to selections from Washington. Just wish the food was better and not so expensive.
As the name suggests, seafood is king at this bustling restaurant that's part of the Tom Douglas treasure chest. But there's also plenty of turf, too. Crabby Hour offers some fine bites at prices that won't bust your budget. And the Hangtown Fry at brunch is a tasty reason to roll out of bed for weekend brunch. Save room for dessert!
Chef Chris Keff made the leap to the now-hopping neighborhood in 2010 and the new stylish space is a suitable showcase for her considerable talent. Seafood is the star, but there are plenty of turf options, too. A great happy hour in the bar, but you'll have to compete for a seat with the hordes of Amazon workers.
Huge fan of the Pike Place Market destination restaurant and chef de cuisine Anthony Polizzi's clever renditions of classics. Don't miss the Dungeness crab tostada if it's offered. During the summer months, the kitchen does beautiful things to veggies. A beet tartare with blue cheese was beautiful to behold and even better to taste. For dessert? Two words: Pecan Pie!
A handsome downtown dining room that does righteous by all things from the sea. Hit the oyster happy hour, indulge in some locally sourced Dungeness crab. Or, slide into one of the comfy seats and study up the lunch/dinner menu. Chef Kevin Davis has Southern roots and he often shares. If they're on the menu, don't miss the fried green tomatoes.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Pike Place Market neighborhood. Great food and prices and the location is terrific, too. Standouts include the daily specials, the crack-your-own crab and amazing meat from the rotisserie. You cannot make a bad choice on the dessert menu. It's all good.