Seattle >Food & Dining > Elliott's Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.613873 -122.354376
Sunday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
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 popular waterfront oyster house celebrates the bivalve like no other with its annual Oyster New Year fete. Truth be told, they celebrate the fruits of the sea all year long with the freshest takes in oysters, crabs, prawns and wild salmon.
Come for the progressive oyster happy hour when you can score a bivalve starting at 3 p.m. for as little as 75 cents. Stay for their coconut prawns and fresh from the sea fare.
Outdoor seating is a plus.
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.
I just gave Elliott's Oyster House a 'Recommend' at Citysearch
good lunch menu! – I had a lunch special. Salad was wonderful and the melt sandwich was really good. My hubby had the chowder it was good too! Would go back.
Average with a twist – We have always enjoyed Elliot's - and we still do. Our last visit came with an annoyance that I felt compelled to share with "those-in-charge" and now you. Keeping it simple, I ordered white king and got steelhead. I fished in AK, (circa '70's) caught white king and ate it then or when we got back to town, since the buyers didn't want it. It has to be red or people get suspicious. White king is the best because of its high fat content (which also means it is too much for some). The fish served tasted like trout, was dry (low fat) and had the grain of a smaller fish - I was looking for some big flakes. As suspected, I was assured by the chef then and the person who responded to my email that it was most definitely King. I've heard this in regards to red snapper / rock fish. As in this case both are excellent, it's just not what I ordered.
How can you beat a oyster happy hour? – Oysters are the next best thing to lox, uni, and yellowtail.
When I found out that Elliott's Oyster House has oysters for 50 cents during happy hour, I squealed. No. Literally. Squealed. What can be better? (answer: a lox, uni, yellowtail, oyster cake)
Now being a lady, I had to keep it classy. When asked how many I wanted I answered demurely, "3" when I wanted to say A MILLION NOM NOM NOMz. We got a dozen of kumamoto oysters (six from WA, six from CA) and later another half dozen of the happy hour special (hunter's creek and deer point I believe. I could be way off base)
I loved the pink iced champagne mixture (red wine vinegar, champagne, tabasco, shallots) that came with the oysters. It was pretty tangy so it really brought out the sweetness of the oysters. It was super fun watching the chef chuck oysters like a pro. They really discard the bad ones!! The chinese in me would have served it anyway just cuz that's how we roll and I'm cheap. Which is why I will never own a restaurant.
I can't wait to come back and literally eat a million.
Fantastic Oysters - best in Seattle – This is my favourite oyster bar in Seattle - took a group last night and was not disappointed. Fresh, plump, flavourful oysters shucked to perfection. KNowledgeable staff that can tell you about the types of oysters -especially David who is their champion shucker.
The other entrees are excellent also - the Copper River Salmon was outstanding and the spicy crab was very good too. The crab comes in a sweet Thai chilli sauce.
Would definitely recommend.
Bad management – 7/2/08 for lunch & 7/7/08 for dinner. Years ago traveled to Seattle and really enjoyed this place. Love the food, location, views and atmosphere. Boy were we disappointed in their management. On 7/2/08 for lunch it took us 3 hours to eat--waiting for service, waiting for order, waiting for appetizers, waiting for soup, waiting for lunch--took FOREVER. We gave them a 2nd try for dinner 7/7/08. We lost count of empty tables at 15 or 16 and those were just INSIDE the restaurant, there were a bunch of empty tables outside AND we had to wait 30 minutes to get one of those empty table. Rediculous. The waiters were literally standing around and regularly checking with the hostess for customers to be seated at their empty tables. After checking with the hostess a couple times, we grabbed a waiter and he was able to get us a table--made no sense. Once we were seated, the service and food was great. The management clearly doesn't have it together. Having customers standing for 30 minutes with dozens of tables empty is just bad management--had to mark them down for that. Would I eat there again probably, but if I walk in and there is empty tables and have to wait more then minutes, I'm out of there! My time is valuable too and there are plenty of excellent restaurants in the neighborhood!
My husband and I ate at Elliot?s a couple of weeks ago. Two words: over-priced and over-rated. The waitress was very friendly and chatty as a distraction to try to get you to order things you didn?t really want. For example, I ordered a bottle of wine and she made a remark walking way, mid chatter, something about a wine with another name other than the one I had ordered. I quickly looked at the menu and noticed that the one she named was $43 a bottle and the one I wanted was $27 a bottle. When I called her back to make the correction she was a tad snobbish about it, like I didn?t know what I wanted. The same thing happened later when we ordered raw oysters. We ordered the $23 selection and she brought and charged us for the $30 selection, twice, because we ordered two orders. We expected the raw oysters first, and indeed did see the oyster guy set our order out for pickup rather quickly. But the waitress walked by it several times and didn?t notice. All of a sudden she appeared with our salad and entree?s at the same time. The oysters were still sitting on the bar. A few minutes later she appeared with the oysters and made some comment about them finally being ready, when we had been sitting there eying them for 30 minutes or more. Now to the food. In addition to the raw oysters, which were the best thing we got but certainly not worth $30 a dozen, we shared one shrimp salad and one order of pan fried oysters. The shrimp salad consisted of two romaine lettuce leaves with a small mound of chopped fresh tomatoes on one end, half of a chopped boiled egg in the middle, and crumbled blue cheese on the other with frozen tiny salad shrimp sprinkled on top, topped lightly with a bland dressing of some sort. The 6 pan fried oysters were overcooked to the point of tasting burned. All this to the tune of $150 for the meal and we left still hungry.
Not a first choice by any means – I would not recommend this place; if you are looking for good seafood there are a bazzillion places in and around Seattle, and many that do better (particularly in the "service" department). My wife and I went there last night, and we were seated at the worst table in the place (you will know it if you see it. It is the one at the back, by the emergency exit, and which comes with a commanding view of the kitchen and (dirty) server's station, and with the sound of the dishwasher drowning out all else). For us it was a special occasion, and I asked the (very) young girl at the front desk if we could move; I indicated that we would even wait for the opportunity to get a better table (which meant by definition any other table in the restaurant). She just stared at me blankly, and flatly declared "I have no other tables". That was patently false, as many couples arrived after us and were readily seated at other tables. The service and the food were sub-par (I had the wild mushroom and dungenness crab ravioli, and it was too salty to enjoy), although my wife's seafood chop was fine. Memo to server: do not take ten minutes to take the first drink order, do not reach across the table while the guests are speaking, and do not bring the bill at the "end" of the meal until the guests ask for it (instead, take the time to first ask if the guests might like a coffee to end the evening). Yeesh. Our two meals, with two drinks each, and one dessert cost $125, with tip (not bad). My wife is a good sport, and we still managed to have fun, but honestly, we would have probably had a better experience at the Red Robin on pier 55. If you want good seafood, and service that isn't forced then consider Palisade, or Canlis, or Daniel's Broiler. It is the little things that make for a great evening, and it is the cumulative effect of little things that can ruin an evening as well. If you agree, then don't take a chance on this restaurant.
For oyster-lovers and non-oyster-lovers alike! – This was a great place for my dad and I. He loves oysters, and I dislike them. There were plenty of oysters for him to eat, and a great seafood selection for me. We called ahead for a reservation, and were told about free valet parking after 6pm. The free valet was a mix-up from last year, and the policy had changed. The hostess was generous enough to understand and make sure that our parking was free.
Once we were seated, our waiter quickly stopped by and gave a brief explanation. Since it was a Friday night, the place was hopping, and often there was a lag in service, but understandable because the place was so busy.
My dad was very satisfied with all of his oysters. The waiter explained which oyster was which, and the general taste of them. I had the copper river sockeye salmon, and it was amazing. A smoky and slightly salty flavor with a pear and nut chutney was perfect.
It lived up to all reviews, and I will go back as soon as I can.
Half-shell Heaven – Had a great meal and a great table. Everyone I encountered at Elliot's was courteous, prompt and knowledgeable. I'm a J&W grad, and I don't go out "just to eat", I pay attention to the details. If you know your going to Seattle make a reservation early so you get a good table. My boss took me to Seattle for a coffee show (imagine that!), and knew he wanted to return to Elliot's for a massive cauldron of their ciappino. We started off with a dozen oysters on the half-shell $29, 6x2, shucker's choice. They ranged small to large and sweet to briny, all fresh and moist, served with a champagne sorbet. I had the ciappino $31 too because I often suffer from "plate envy", a horrible ailment. It had crab legs and body quarters, plump mussels, small manilla clams and chunks of wild salmon all in a piping hot and delicious tomato broth. I tried to finish, I could not (I'm 6'7" and 300lb), I sat there sated with broth running down my forearms. I had met my match! That said I was attentive of all dish placed on table around us and all looked outrageously delicious, I actually was sad I hadn't ordered one of the three salmons being offered that night or the FRESH Alaskan King crab legs, reportedly a "chance of a lifetime" $51. We finished it of with a shared portion of fried chocolate truffles ~$12. The Pelligrino was cold and fresh! I would eat here again, "tourist trap" (A lot of locals there and I was a tourist) or not.
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