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1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.606055 -122.341036
11:30a.m.-9p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30a.m.-10p.m. Friday; 11a.m.-10p.m. Saturday; 11a.m.-9p.m. Sunday
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Business District
BEST VIEW ON THE WATERFRONT!!! – Writing this after having an excellent experience at the Fishermans. Happened upon this place while on a strole through the Pike Place Market. I have not been to the waterfront in several years and was pleased to see all the freshened buildings, remodeled aquarium, sculpure park, cruise ship terminal. I stopped by the Fishermans restaurant to have a drink on the deck, it was located in the center of the seattle waterfront and seemed to have the best view. I sat outside on what they referred to as thier cocktail patio. I appreciated the fact that they seem to separate between their dinner deck and the cocktail appetizer patio. I appreciate kids but also appreciate the more casual quiet enviroment that the over twenty one area can offer.
I was promptly greeted by a cute, bubbly server and given a happy hour menu and quickly served a refreshing cocktail off of their menu. A great fruity sangaria on a hot day. I ordered a couple of inexpensive appetizers and was surprised by the size and quality of the food. I had a cold king crab appetizer served in a slightly spicy salsa of sorts. Excellent!! I also ordered a bucket of steamer clams, fresh and delicious.
I had an overall great experience and will definetly be back again soon. I recommend this place!
Great view, average food – Spent a day downtown in late August doing the tourist thing. We picked this restaurant mainly because it was a beautiful evening and the view from the end of the pier as the sun set was absolutely amazing. Didn't run into any of the service problems other reviewers seem to have experienced as we were seated promptly and had a relatively attentive waiter (though he did seem a little overworked at times since it was unusually busy for a weekday evening). After a loaf of acceptable, but not exceptional sourdough bread and a cup of delicious fish chowder, I had the cajun seared yellowfin tuna. The fish was definitely fresh and tasty but the preparation was rather unimaginative and a somewhat heavy hand with the spice had a tendency to slightly overpower the delicately flavored tuna. Where the food really falls down is in the accompaniment which is nothing better nor worse than thoroughly mediocre. Every dish is served with the exact same rice pilaf and vegetable (green beans when I visited); no attempt whatsoever at pairing the accompaniments with the main item. And what is served is (again) passable but not great. Overall, I'd recommend Fisherman's if the weather is nice, the sun is setting, and Elliot Bay is filled with sailboats since the view of the water is absolutely stunning. The food however is nothing special and isn't a reason in itself to dine here. Average through and through.
View with entertainment for the kids!! – Enjoyed the new sculpture park for a family gathering on the waterfront. Happened to stoll to the end of one of the piers finding the Fishermans Restaurant. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the patio with resonable prices and great service. We had a fresh broiled Halibut with rice and fresh asparagus which included soup or salad of which I enjoyed a creamy cup of thier house made chowder. I was told when asking about the soup that they have had the same guy making it for over twenty years, I think he has got it down, it was some of the best I've ever had. The kids had the Fish & Chips, and a cheese pizza. I was impressed with the childrens menu, they had a nice selection and even included a broiled salmon filet. The service was attentive and our waiter served up free carousel passes for the kids at the end of lunch. I was throughly impressed with the location, view, menu, and service!! I will be Back!!
Best place to sit outside in the summer!! – Just enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the deck at the Fishermans. I rarely go to the waterfront especially in the summer when the tourism is up. Had family in town and decided to check out the newly remodeled aquirium and ended up at the end of pier 57 at the Fishermans restaurant. The fresh alaskan WILD!! salmon was amazing, cooked to perfection and served with asparagus and rice, and included my cup of clam chowder. A couple of the children enjoyed a salmon dish off the childrens menu and a hot dog. The food and the service were great. Our server Cy was attentive and provided the kids with a couple free passes to ride the carousel, nice touch. Overall a great day on the waterfront.
Worst Seafood Place In Seattle – Horrible, Horrible, Horrible. My experience was so bad that I had to come home from tonight?s dinner at The Fisherman's and write this. We ended up at this so called dining establishment because The Steelhead Diner happens to be closed on Mondays (our loss). Everything about our dinner sucked. Poor service, terribly over priced, the food was bland and just plain bad. The waiter spilled water on our table and didn?t even wipe it up and would disappear for 30 minutes at a time. The fish we ordered was served with bland rice and mushy asparagus, the clam chowder was horribly over-salted, and our pasta was over-cooked and paired with the type of ?preserved? smoked salmon you would buy at a Seattle souvenir shop. There were empty tables throughout the restaurant, however they felt it would be a good idea to seat a couple and their 3 small children next to us as we tried to enjoy our cocktails. Good God how do these people stay in business? I will never get our $175 or our 1 1/2 hours of time spent back??.
Crab cakes, and roasted garlic with olives – I went there on a Wednesday, and had a great experience with a couple friends. We sat at the bar upstairs for a beer as we were waiting for someone to show up. There was a guy named Oggy who knew about things in the area going on. We had a table in the main dining room with a view of Waest Seattle, the ferries, and other Elliot Bay stuff. Actually, I was wondering which of the islands were the ones across the way. The crab cakes, and sauteed mussells were great, and I had the Columbia River king salmon, but everyone else had to try the halibut. The wine paired were two different types of Stagg's Leap which went well between the two different types of fish. I want the deck to open, and was let out there to walk around and look forward to an outside summer night there. We went to the bar afterward to end up discussing Kurt Vonnegut with "Oggy" until it was time to go to the show.
DON'T DO IT – hmmmmmmmm...where to start. how can i begin to explain just how bad our dining experience was at this "restaurant"? i seriously doubt any fisherman would claim this. we had sub-par cocktails to begin, and then moved on to the ridiculously overpriced crab "feast". soup...not bad for canned. ICEBERG lettuce garnished with one measly shriveled cherry tomato posing as a salad. then on to clams and mussels, "not so good" would be putting it nicely. finally, the "feast" of crab...literally stomach turning. after receiving our crab, our waitress decided to take the night off. probably the first time i considered a little D&D (yah know, dine and dash), but the restaurant was so empty we never could have pulled it off. even after stating in the comment card we had absolutely no interest in returning EVER we received coupons/gift cards in the mail...anyone want one? $100 spent on two meals...anyone hear of buyer's remorse?
nice sunset, great food, friendly service – Fisherman's Restaurant has got to be one of my favorite places to eat in Seattle. We go there a lot, especially in the winter when there aren't so many tourists. I always have a hard time deciding, but I love the teryaki salmon, and my family likes the roasted garlic appetizer and the crab is always good. Our server tonight was really sweet and attentive. And you can' t find a better place to watch the sunset!
Good fun, lovely view, friendly service – The other reviews of The Fisherman's surprise me. I work in the area and so I eat there often and my experiences have been positive. The view is paramount-almost worth the trip alone. The vast majority of the seafood on the menu comes from the Pacific Northwest so it's very fresh. The clams in the herb-butter broth is absolutely amazing and the dungeness crab is great. A weekday evening is best-the service is fast and efficient and the food always comes out hot. try it!
there's a reason it's not so busy – We actually were planning to go to the CrabPot one evening but they closed early with the new Fall hours so we went here instead. Just for good measure we ordered the big p0t of seafood since that's what we were craving. It was on the pricey side, the bread wasn't warm, the seafood was mediocre and for some reason the butter was completely tasteless. The service was so slow and for no good reason. We had our food sitting on a tray waiting to get dished out to our table and another waiter had to jump in and help because he saw us staring at our food and our waiter was nowhere to be seen. We also didn't get our water topped up and no one ever came to check on us. All in all, it's pretty clear why the restaurant had so few patrons on a Saturday evening.
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