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: Belltown, Downtown
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.
Stay Away from this tourist trap!!! – We went for dinner at this tourist trap, last night. It was five of us. Trouble started from the very beginning. We were directed to a terrible table next to the restrooms. We noticed that there were other tables that were more to our liking. We requested that we allowed to sit at one of those tables. The young lady sitting us then became argumentative and said that those tables were for customers that had made reservations. We reminded her that WE had made reservations. Then she argued that we had requested to be seated inside and those tables were outside. I made the reservation, so I informed her that we had made no such request. I then asked to speak to the manager. The manager arrived after about a 15 minute wait. While he was talking to us, we saw other people, who arrived after us, being seated at one of the available tables. In the meantime, he was full of excuses and reasons why he could not accommodate us. Tired of this, we walked out and took our business elsewhere. Years ago this used to be an ok place, but no longer. They have gotten too big for their breaches. Customer care is no way to be found at this place. My recommendation: Stay away!!
Oysters, calamari, chowder, lobster, wine – I had a great night there, had read about the Oyster Olympics, and how it was "banned" to use the term Olympics, and so on etc.... But, an old compadre was winner (again), so I checked it out to see if he was around. I went in last week, and the place was a little more busy than I remembered. We did go straight to our table, and had a great seafood experience, and I stalked the oyster bar to do some name dropping, but to no avail, they were busy. Fine, I'll see Dave some other time. I shucked against these guys for three years in a row at the Oyster "Games", and it's wicked amazing to see! But the cool part is that they keep it real and are a part of what I know as the waterfront to be.
Traveled 2000 miles for horrible service and expensive oysters. Ordinary food. – I created an account on City Search just so I could write this review. Perhaps it was just our waitress or perhaps it was an off day but my fiance & I received horrible service from the get go and the oysters we ordered were very ordinary and very expensive. 6 oysters cost us about $50.
We went to Elliot's earlier this month because of the impressive reviews I read on City Search and I will NEVER go there again. There were several booths next to the large windows by the waterfront open and we were asked to sit in the front area with hardly any view. We asked to be re-seated to an OPEN booth by the water and then promptly were ignored for roughly 10 minutes while the wait-staff served everyone around us. I had to ask to be recognized and to get a drink order.
Our waitress was decidedly unenthusiastic, even after I told her we traveled across the country to eat there. Needless to say, I was in a terrible mood at that point and we decided to cut our meal short. The waitress responded with a "thats all your going to order?" comment that enraged me because of the annoyed attitude in her voice. I had just spent $50 on 6 oysters and that was quite enough of the robbery.
Like I said, perhaps it was just a bad day but I didn't travel 2000 miles for that kind of service, pricing and average food. The Crab-Pot restaurant at the next building provided a much more friendly and affordable experience, not too mention a much better tasting experience.
Elliot's. You failed miserably on the one time I choose to eat at your establishment. Good job.
For Oyster's, it's Elliott's. – Period. They have so many varities, even when other restaurants are in short supply, Elliott's has good connections and will still have something in stock. It is the best place to fulfill your oyster cravings.
And they are so delicious! I was introduced to them last summer when my oyster-loving boyfriend took me for the first time. I shook with nerves when I slurped my first one, but now I love that salty, crisp flavor. And the champange miognette tops them off perfectly. Yum.
Champagne granita – I am planning a trip to Seattle for the small (non-gooey) tasty (not fishy) wonderful oysters on the half-shell with champagne granita. They alone are worth the trip!
My Favorite All Around Seafood – As the title says, this is my favorite place for seafood- Great crab, oysters, and fish; I like to take tourists and others here for food that really "says" Seattle. Quality has always been good for me and the service is usually great.
Better for drinks and oysters – Last time I had dinner here I was fairly disappointed. The salmon with crab sauce was so buttery I could only eat about 1/4, and my friend's halibut cheeks were tought, grainy, and inedible. Good service, but very overpriced for the food quality. The locale and the bar are great, maybe opt for martinis and oysters rockafeller (which were great) instead.
One of the best in Seattle – I always enjoy visiting Seattle and now I have another good reason to come back. The atmosphere was great and the food was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was very nice and helpful especially with helping us choose the oysters we would best enjoy. He suggested a nice combination of several different kinds of oysters which we very muched appreciated. The entrees and appetizers were also on point and the portions were huge. I would definitely go back on my next visit. A+ on both food and service.
It's the best at what it does – I've been to Elliott's a few times now, and I can say that they are absolutely wonderful. In my opinion, Ray's Boathouse is the best seafood restaurant in the city if you want quiet, romantic and fin fish, but if you want to have a good time with your friends, eat THE BEST SHELLFISH anywhere, and be absolutely stuffed by their huge portions, you need to go to Elliott's. The oysters are perfect every time, and the staff know their stuff and will help you choose the oyster that you will enjoy the most.
A reliably great oyster and fish house on the waterfront. – In Short
All teak, copper and rough-hewn timber, Elliot's is most inviting when the weather cooperates. The long south-facing deck provides sun for lunches and early dinners, and sea-fresh dining for the nighttime crowd. A 21-foot oyster-shellfish bar sits opposite the entrance, where expert oyster shuckers and crab crackers skillfully prep crustaceans. Oysters and Dungeness crab are highlights, but in true fish-house tradition, the menu runs long with various preparations of local and Alaskan seafood.
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