The only thing Seattleites like to consume more than coffee and trail mix is fresh seafood. Oysters, especially. They aren't hard to come by here in the city by the bay, er, Puget Sound, but these are some of the best places for the beloved bivalve.
Elliott's has a progressive oyster happy hour from 3-6pm in which the price of an oyster raises 25-cents per half-hour. That means, at 3pm your oyster is 50-cents, and by the time 530pm rolls around, your oyster is $1.75. Fantastic oyster-friendly wine list.
The epitome of a classic, old-school steakhouse, The Brooklyn has stood the test of time attracting business folk from the financial district with its martinis, oyster happy hour and big ol' steaks and salmon filets. The Brooklyn wears its checkered floor and copper worn-torn bar as a badge of courage. You owe it to this place to stop by for at least a drink and a shuck.
I'm not the biggest steak fan, but I have had one or two here that nearly converted me. The sides--the gratin, creamed spinach, fried artichokes--are the real deal. If you're really lucky, you can talk the bartender into pouring a little Makers Mark over your MM ice cream, which comes with a huge slice of carrot cake. You won't leave hungry, that's for damn sure. Most of the staff has been around for a decade or longer, which means this is the place to come if you want some of the best service in Seattle. They're pros.
One of the most overlooked restaurants in Seattle. More than just great oysters and bubbles, Frank's is a neighborhood bistro that caters to families, date night nights and really, anyone who likes good food in a cool, intimate setting. Just down the hill from Pair (same owners).
I have been a fan of this place since it opened. Always the freshest seafood on Capitol Hill - and rivals any stalwart seafood joint in the city. The open kitchen provides your entertainment for the night. Don't disregard the homemade pastas and if geoduck is on the menu, order it! Also, make sure to check out Oyster Power Hour: $1 oysters, $2 Peronis and $5 bubbly Sun-Thurs, 5-6p.
Everyone knows Seastar is a great spot to grab fresh seafood, but it's also the perfect location for a power lunch. Sit at the bar for an after-work drink or head to the dining room when impressing someone matters.
Lovely oyster bar; amazing, fresh seafood; friendly staff; large portions. Not many folks are aware, but there's a TV in the (large) bar area, which makes the perfect place to watch the Big Game, as it's not likely to be packed. Bonus: 7 day/wk happy hour in the bar, too!
THE place to go for fresh oysters and all-around beautiful atmosphere...IF you can snag a seat. Busiest during oyster happy hour at 4p, but totally worth the experience if you're up for a bit of a wait.