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A top-down view of an oyster platter filled with crushed ice at White Swan Public House.
White Swan Public House is a great waterfront place to eat oysters.
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Where to Get Outstanding Oysters in Seattle

A bivalve education across the city

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White Swan Public House is a great waterfront place to eat oysters.
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When it comes to raw oysters, plucked fresh from cold, nutrient-rich local waters and shining with the subtle merroir of their salty origins, Seattle is a dream. In the Pacific Northwest, there's no need to douse superbly formed varieties of Kumamotos, Virginicas, Pacifics, and native Olympias with heaps of cocktail sauce, though local chefs often create delicate mignonettes that perfectly complement the oysters' pure, clean taste. Here are some of the best spots for eating fantastic bivalves throughout the city, including some to-go options for those who want to shuck some at home. They’re listed from north to south.

Most places below offer takeout and/or retail, but a number of Seattle restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining as well. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the King County COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Frank's Oyster House

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2616 NE 55th St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 525-0220
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Diners who favor a cozy spot over trendier newcomers should consider this tried-and-true oyster house and champagne parlor just north of University Village. It has long been a great place for neighborhood regulars to tuck into oysters served on a wooden plank and a sturdy slab of ice, and now offers takeout through Tock (fried and baked oysters) in addition to limited onsite dining.

2. The Walrus and the Carpenter

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4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 395-9227
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This Ballard gem from acclaimed chef Renee Erickson has helped define Pacific Northwest cuisine, combining just-shucked oysters — such as local Chelsea Farms’ Sirena variety — and the chef’s flawless take on locally sourced seafood and produce. It’s open for limited onsite dining, as well as takeout oyster options for customers to shuck at home.

3. White Swan Public House

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1001 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 588-2680
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This breezy spot on the southern end of Lake Union has a pretty sweet outdoor patio where diners can watch the float planes come in (it also has a few takeout options now). The oyster menu rotates often, and a half a dozen with a split of champagne will set one back about $30, although the bivalves can be ordered a la carte, too.

A top-down view of an oyster platter filled with crushed ice at White Swan Public House.
White Swan Public House has a selection of wonderful oysters, along with great views.
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4. Taylor Shellfish Farms

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1521 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 501-4321
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More than a century old and now the country’s largest purveyor of farmed shellfish, Taylor Shellfish Farms and its handful of hip oyster bars are an educational experience. Diners should be sure to ask lots of questions about the many Kumamotos, tiny native Olympias, and other types to sample. The Melrose Avenue outpost is open for retail, takeout, and limited outdoor patio dining.

A selection of oysters of various sizes against a gray slate background at Taylor Shellfish Farms.
Going to Taylor Shellfish is an oyster education.
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5. East Anchor Seafood

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1126 34th Ave #101
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 708-6669
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This sleek Madrona seafood market has a solid lineup of to-go items, and selective shoppers are rewarded with carefully curated raw oysters, well-chosen wines, and snacks like smoked fish crostini and salumi. There’s no onsite dining anymore, but East Anchor recently added delivery on select items through third party services such as Doordash and Grubhub.

6. Shuckers

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411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-1984
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Situated in a former haberdashery on the ground floor of the upscale Fairmont Olympic hotel, the longtime destination exudes class. As the name suggests, oysters are the star of the seafood-centric menu, which otherwise tends toward pricey dishes that don't always live up to the bivalves. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

7. Elliott's Oyster House

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1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-4340
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Pre-pandemic, Elliott’s probably filled with more tourists than locals, but the waterfront restaurant is still a classic when it comes to raw oysters. The shuckers behind the massive 21-foot oyster bar are deeply knowledgeable about the 30-something varieties they're prying open. And the views on a clear day? Unbeatable. Open for takeout and onsite dining, indoors and outdoors.

8. 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 it also has a wonderful selection of briny Kumamotos and the sweeter Kushi varieties, sold by the dozen. Perfect for a small backyard barbecue or picnic.

A closeup of oysters at Seattle Fish Guys surrounded by sliced lemons, with a bottle of a red drink labeled Umami Kushi
Kushi oysters at Seattle Fish Guys
Seattle Fish Guys [Official Photo]

1. Frank's Oyster House

2616 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA 98105

Diners who favor a cozy spot over trendier newcomers should consider this tried-and-true oyster house and champagne parlor just north of University Village. It has long been a great place for neighborhood regulars to tuck into oysters served on a wooden plank and a sturdy slab of ice, and now offers takeout through Tock (fried and baked oysters) in addition to limited onsite dining.

2616 NE 55th St
Seattle, WA 98105

2. The Walrus and the Carpenter

4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This Ballard gem from acclaimed chef Renee Erickson has helped define Pacific Northwest cuisine, combining just-shucked oysters — such as local Chelsea Farms’ Sirena variety — and the chef’s flawless take on locally sourced seafood and produce. It’s open for limited onsite dining, as well as takeout oyster options for customers to shuck at home.

4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. White Swan Public House

1001 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
A top-down view of an oyster platter filled with crushed ice at White Swan Public House.
White Swan Public House has a selection of wonderful oysters, along with great views.
White Swan Public House/Facebook

This breezy spot on the southern end of Lake Union has a pretty sweet outdoor patio where diners can watch the float planes come in (it also has a few takeout options now). The oyster menu rotates often, and a half a dozen with a split of champagne will set one back about $30, although the bivalves can be ordered a la carte, too.

1001 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

4. Taylor Shellfish Farms

1521 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A selection of oysters of various sizes against a gray slate background at Taylor Shellfish Farms.
Going to Taylor Shellfish is an oyster education.
Taylor Shellfish/Facebook

More than a century old and now the country’s largest purveyor of farmed shellfish, Taylor Shellfish Farms and its handful of hip oyster bars are an educational experience. Diners should be sure to ask lots of questions about the many Kumamotos, tiny native Olympias, and other types to sample. The Melrose Avenue outpost is open for retail, takeout, and limited outdoor patio dining.

1521 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

5. East Anchor Seafood

1126 34th Ave #101, Seattle, WA 98122

This sleek Madrona seafood market has a solid lineup of to-go items, and selective shoppers are rewarded with carefully curated raw oysters, well-chosen wines, and snacks like smoked fish crostini and salumi. There’s no onsite dining anymore, but East Anchor recently added delivery on select items through third party services such as Doordash and Grubhub.

1126 34th Ave #101
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Shuckers

411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

Situated in a former haberdashery on the ground floor of the upscale Fairmont Olympic hotel, the longtime destination exudes class. As the name suggests, oysters are the star of the seafood-centric menu, which otherwise tends toward pricey dishes that don't always live up to the bivalves. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

7. Elliott's Oyster House

1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56, Seattle, WA 98101

Pre-pandemic, Elliott’s probably filled with more tourists than locals, but the waterfront restaurant is still a classic when it comes to raw oysters. The shuckers behind the massive 21-foot oyster bar are deeply knowledgeable about the 30-something varieties they're prying open. And the views on a clear day? Unbeatable. Open for takeout and onsite dining, indoors and outdoors.

1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Seattle Fish Guys

411 23rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
A closeup of oysters at Seattle Fish Guys surrounded by sliced lemons, with a bottle of a red drink labeled Umami Kushi
Kushi oysters at Seattle Fish Guys
Seattle Fish Guys [Official Photo]

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 it also has a wonderful selection of briny Kumamotos and the sweeter Kushi varieties, sold by the dozen. Perfect for a small backyard barbecue or picnic.

411 23rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

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