Seattle >Food & Dining > Shucker's
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel 411 University St., Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.608492 -122.336407
Neighborhoods: Central Business District, Downtown
Seattle's Best Seafood – This was my first visit to Shuckers, and to the Seattle area for that matter! I am from the east coast, so I am a very experienced seafood eater- and, let me tell you, this was a wonderful place for fresh seafood. I was very pleased not only with my meal but also with the service. My server was extremely knowledgeabe and friendly!- very attentive to all my questions and quirks. The atmosphere was comfortable, big banquets with wood carvings throughout the place. There was also a patio outside where the locals gathered to meet for an after work happy hour or for a leisurely dinner. A very pleasant dinner overall (they also have lunch), wonderful staff, and beautiful atmosphere- All in all, I wouldn't return to Seattle without coming here!
What a dissapointment – Where to begin..waited ten minutes for a childs menu..waited another ten minutes for a bar drink..almost finished the drink when we recieved our bread..ordered ten minutes later..waited another ten/fifteen minutes for a childrens chicken nuggett meal (McDonald's put them to shame .. cold fries and $ 7.50 later)..recieved my meal and the seafood chowder was RI style (not mentioned on the menu) looking forward to a cream based chowder so they substituted clam....another ten minutes. Salad cam with dressing on it when asked for it on the side and not to mention that it was scarce on the avacodo and cucumber and egg...Aaaagggghhhh...manager came over to smooze us and did not really seem to care. After asking and explaining why we were not happy the time it took to eat a bowl of chowder and worse than McDonald's meal (now running on 1 hour 15 minutes) he took off the salad and chowder..THANKS so much, really...
Waitress was kind and really did not seem to have much control over this situation and she was tipped well. Soooo fifty four dollars later ($28.00 in two really good drinks) we left and will never go back.
Hopefully they will listen to this and try to do better for their sake...there are a lot of restaurants in Seattle that try harder and do well for themselves.
Shucker's the best! – The best seafood in town, the best service, and they love families.
simply stated: great service, great food: best halibut and chips! – We had walked by Shuckers a few times while staying at hotels nearby and never really considered it (maybe the name, and no enthusiasm for oysters?). July 4, our usual area targets were closed, so there we were. Never read a review, so no expectations.
We're really glad we went! We were seated promptly; the service was actually rather amazing - we never had to wait to ask questions or order, nor were we pestered by over-attentiveness. Perfect balance.
I had something I very rarely have: fish and chips. Four good-sized chunks of halibut in a wonderful, light batter; generous cuts of fresh potato, perfectly cooked. I waved one of the fries under my companion's nose: 'what do you smell?' - 'Potato!' The experience was perfectly cooked battered fish and potato, not oil (which I expect, and why I rarely order f&c).
They have a decent beer list with local microbrews - some organic - which was perfect with the above. I had the 'beer flight' (array of 3) and particularly liked the perfectly balanced and aromatic Manny's Pale Ale. Dessert was their version of strawberry shortcake: based on a very solid lemony cake, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and a scoop of house-made strawberry sorbet. Good finish to the main.
My companion has allergies and these were dealt with creatively and without condescension (always a treat when that happens!).
In fairness, this was July 4th evening, and the place was less than half full; but we would certainly go back to explore the other dishes.
Oysters. Nuff said – Their happy hour deal is a steal... great oysters and draft beers for a great price, and it's not busy at all!
The bar staff is also extremely friendly and chatty. They did assume that we were from out of town, but I'll give them that, as they are in a hotel. Down to earth, helpful... just right
This is where you get your Oysters! – Ok. So Shuckers in in a hotel. Its not standard hotel food. And besides,its not just a standard hotel. Its the Fairmont Olympic. I'll get to that later. Shuckers is where you go for Oysters. You want your Oysters to be prepared perfectly,right? It doesn't matter if you prefer Oysters in the Half Shell. Oysters Rockefeller, Oysters Casino or however you like. Shuckers is THE place to get your Oysters. In fact, I make a habit of enjoying Oysters Rockefeller at the bar. Its a classy place,but not snobby.
Seafood as it Should Be – Shucker's knows their oysters!! No less than 6 kinds of local oysters, plus 8 kinds of imported varieties. Absolutely fresh and full of flavor. Seafood chowders are great as well.
Interior is a little gimmicky and the wine list is only okay and very pricey. However, these are the best oysters in Seattle.
A comfortable, old-style Northwest setting where oysters are the draw. – The Scene
Inside, the Fairmount Olympic Hotel's casual oyster bar resembles a chapel: shadowed, quiet, sheathed in dark wood, with recessed seating along one wall. Local business people predominate at lunch; hotel guests and other out-of-towners at dinner. Business wear mixes affably with denim and shorts.
As the name implies, oyster selections are plentiful, and the bivalves earn respectful attention, especially the plump, crispy fried version. It's possible to make a satisfying meal of the tomato-broth seafood chowder and the Irish-soda-bread muffins that come in the bread basket. Sandwiches--grilled portobello on potato bread and ahi on grilled sourdough--appear at lunch; steaks at dinner. Chalkboards announce daily seafood specials.
Spendy, but worth it – I had dinner here last night, and it was excellent. The fresh fish menu changes daily, but if you have the chance to order jumbo scallops, do it! At $26, it wasn't cheap, but the scallops were fat and juicy, and the portion consisted of at least 6 of them. Also, the macadamia nut crusted key lime pie was off the charts! This is definitely the restaurant to take your folks or relatives to when they're visiting from out of town--and picking up the bill. ;-)
Worth the trek up town! – Had a wonderful lunch at Shucker's with 3 business associates last week. They had the Clam Chowder and Ceasar Salads and I had the Green Goddess Salad with Shrimp, Dungeoness Crab and Avocado, which was a delicious meld of the above ingredients. I was in the mood for something a little out of the ordinary that wouldn't leave me feeling overstuffed. I was delighted with my choice! The waitstaff was attentive without being overbeing and the atmosphere at lunch was pleasant. Definitely a mix of business people, "ladies who lunch" and visitors from out of town. There were even several families with young, well behaved children there! I highly recommend Shucker's to anyone wanting great seafood and a classic Seattle restaurant atmosphere!
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