Winter is prime time for bivalves in the Northwest and these stellar spots shuck 'em up with a whole lot of style.
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.
This is one of those dream spots where you want to order one of everything. At lunch that includes a dynamite oyster po'boy, the sloppy good barbecue pork sammie and a pork belly banh mi. Evenings should involve seafood, letting the kitchen showcase whatever is fresh and in season. All meals should be prefaced by the crab-topped deviled eggs and an expertly crafted cocktail.
A lovely room, this Capitol Hill restaurant doesn't get nearly the attention it did when it first opened. But that's a good thing because these days, you might actually be able to get a table. James Beard award winning chef John Sundstrom's menu is challenging because there are so many must-try options. Let the excellent servers guide your choices, as items change often. If it's offered, do not miss the burrata. The kitchen also does an exceptional job with seafood. Oh, and pork. Come to think of it, I've never had anything less than a stellar meal at Lark.
What opened as a retail spot has become a slamming busy oyster bar, seafood lovers drawn by the incredibly fresh selection of bivalves, as well as dynamite geoduck chowder from Xinh's in Shelton. This is a must-try place for out-of-towners.