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A Dungeness crab roll at the Market Fishmonger & Eatery in Edmonds
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Great Places to Get Crab and Lobster Rolls Around the Seattle Area

A terrific summer snack, from Edmonds to Burien and points in-between

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A Dungeness crab roll at the Market Fishmonger & Eatery in Edmonds
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Even though the East Coast sometimes grabs all the glory when it comes to crustaceans, Seattle is no slouch. There are plenty of options when it comes to getting a whole succulent crab or lobsters on their own, but there’s nothing like having the meat hand pulled and served on a toasted, buttery roll. Here are just a few of the places that have great crab and lobster rolls around town, putting their own spin on the popular snack. The pop-ups, markets, and restaurants below are listed from north to south.

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1. The Market

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508 Main St #3148
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 967-5329
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Many Seattleites aren’t averse to making a trip up to Edmonds specifically to sample the wonderful seafood at this highly acclaimed restaurant and fishmonger. The Maine-style lobster and Dungeness crab rolls are terrific, stuffed with succulent meat, poached with garlic brown butter, and topped with Old Bay aoli.

2. Local Tide

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401 N 36th St Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 420-4685
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This spot in Fremont started as a pop-up in Pike Place Market four years ago, and is standing out in a crowded Seattle seafood pack through intense quality control. Dungeness crabs are sourced from trusted local vendors and meticulously cracked onsite, then topped with a drizzle of lemon and just the right amount of mayo.

3. Bar Harbor

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400 Fairview Ave N #105
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 922-3288
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South Lake Union’s East Coast-inclined restaurant serves up different styles of both lobster rolls: with mayo (Maine), butter (Connecticut), and the slightly more elaborate New England version, with fixins such as celery and chive. Its owner is from the Northeast originally, so the restaurant is precise with such regional distinctions.

4. Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

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1521 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 501-4321
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Though the well-known Pacific Northwest seafood purveyor is most known for its oysters and clams, Taylor Shellfish’s Melrose Avenue location on Capitol Hill serves a pretty stellar shredded crab stuffed into a potato roll. They’re available for takeout, as well as dine-in, but orders go fast, so it’s best to arrive on the early side.

5. Lobster Daddy

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1508 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 407-6542
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After starting up in 2020, this buzzy new pop-up has set up a semi-permanent residency at Capitol Hill restaurant Vermillion, with excellent Maine lobster and crab rolls as s the focus. It’s open for takeout only for now, but aims to add sit-down service in May or June, once bars are allowed to host diners in a greater capacity.

6. Pike Place Chowder

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1530 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 267-2537
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As the name indicates, people usually come to this Post Alley classic (with a location at Pacific Center) for the creamy clam-based soups. But there are plenty of other top-notch items on the menu, including Dungeness crab and lobster rolls, served either warm or cold. The spot also now has an app for online ordering.

7. Seattle Fish Guys

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411 23rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 485-7388
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Central District’s popular seafood market is maybe known best for its excellent poke bowls, and serves seasonal fish by the pound for both takeout and delivery. But diners shouldn’t miss the Dungeness crab “subs,” served with Japanese mayo, Sriracha, and green onion on a toasted bun. Open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats.

A colorfully decorated plate displays a Dungeness crab roll with a side of chips and a black dog in the background
Dungeness crab on a Macrina roll
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8. Sea Sandwich

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5300 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

In terms of quality and seafood portion, it doesn’t get much better than this weekend pop-up from the Heigh Connects Food Group (co-owners of famed poke chain Sam Choy’s). The lobster and crab rolls are generously portioned, well-seasoned, served on nicely toasted rolls, and there are even some crispy lobster tots. Open for takeout service only, but there’s a small patio outside the ordering window. Next pop-up dates for preordering are TBD.

9. Burien Fish House

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133 SW 153rd St
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 294-3506
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Though many may flock to this spot for the delightfully crispy fish and chips, that dish is just the beginning. The delightful offerings extend to the plump King crab rolls (available Saturdays), and the lobster rolls served on buttered and toasted brioche buns, with tartar sauce made onsite and minced bell pepper and celery.

1. The Market

508 Main St #3148, Edmonds, WA 98020

Many Seattleites aren’t averse to making a trip up to Edmonds specifically to sample the wonderful seafood at this highly acclaimed restaurant and fishmonger. The Maine-style lobster and Dungeness crab rolls are terrific, stuffed with succulent meat, poached with garlic brown butter, and topped with Old Bay aoli.

508 Main St #3148
Edmonds, WA 98020

2. Local Tide

401 N 36th St Suite 103, Seattle, WA 98103

This spot in Fremont started as a pop-up in Pike Place Market four years ago, and is standing out in a crowded Seattle seafood pack through intense quality control. Dungeness crabs are sourced from trusted local vendors and meticulously cracked onsite, then topped with a drizzle of lemon and just the right amount of mayo.

401 N 36th St Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Bar Harbor

400 Fairview Ave N #105, Seattle, WA 98109

South Lake Union’s East Coast-inclined restaurant serves up different styles of both lobster rolls: with mayo (Maine), butter (Connecticut), and the slightly more elaborate New England version, with fixins such as celery and chive. Its owner is from the Northeast originally, so the restaurant is precise with such regional distinctions.

400 Fairview Ave N #105
Seattle, WA 98109

4. Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

1521 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Though the well-known Pacific Northwest seafood purveyor is most known for its oysters and clams, Taylor Shellfish’s Melrose Avenue location on Capitol Hill serves a pretty stellar shredded crab stuffed into a potato roll. They’re available for takeout, as well as dine-in, but orders go fast, so it’s best to arrive on the early side.

1521 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Lobster Daddy

1508 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

After starting up in 2020, this buzzy new pop-up has set up a semi-permanent residency at Capitol Hill restaurant Vermillion, with excellent Maine lobster and crab rolls as s the focus. It’s open for takeout only for now, but aims to add sit-down service in May or June, once bars are allowed to host diners in a greater capacity.

1508 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Pike Place Chowder

1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

As the name indicates, people usually come to this Post Alley classic (with a location at Pacific Center) for the creamy clam-based soups. But there are plenty of other top-notch items on the menu, including Dungeness crab and lobster rolls, served either warm or cold. The spot also now has an app for online ordering.

1530 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

7. Seattle Fish Guys

411 23rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
A colorfully decorated plate displays a Dungeness crab roll with a side of chips and a black dog in the background
Dungeness crab on a Macrina roll
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Central District’s popular seafood market is maybe known best for its excellent poke bowls, and serves seasonal fish by the pound for both takeout and delivery. But diners shouldn’t miss the Dungeness crab “subs,” served with Japanese mayo, Sriracha, and green onion on a toasted bun. Open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats.

411 23rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

8. Sea Sandwich

5300 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

In terms of quality and seafood portion, it doesn’t get much better than this weekend pop-up from the Heigh Connects Food Group (co-owners of famed poke chain Sam Choy’s). The lobster and crab rolls are generously portioned, well-seasoned, served on nicely toasted rolls, and there are even some crispy lobster tots. Open for takeout service only, but there’s a small patio outside the ordering window. Next pop-up dates for preordering are TBD.

5300 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

9. Burien Fish House

133 SW 153rd St, Burien, WA 98166

Though many may flock to this spot for the delightfully crispy fish and chips, that dish is just the beginning. The delightful offerings extend to the plump King crab rolls (available Saturdays), and the lobster rolls served on buttered and toasted brioche buns, with tartar sauce made onsite and minced bell pepper and celery.

133 SW 153rd St
Burien, WA 98166

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