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Eight Seattle Spots To Slurp Oysters NOW

Cold weather means prime slurping.

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Standbys like The Walrus and the Carpenter draw year-round lines for freshly-shucked oysters, but many agree that bivalves taste best in the colder months from October to April. March is a great oyster month, so—as we await the arrival of Columbia City's forthcoming raw bar, Sea Salt—here's an update of our oyster map, including the new and gorgeous, Bitter/Raw. —Megan Hill and Jen Chiu

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Anchovies & Olives

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1550 15th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 838-8080
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From scallion mignonette to chili vinegar and chives, the oysters here are paired with flavors that both enhance the oyster and in some cases make them more approachable to the new oyster eater. Extra points for the All Clad dishes the oysters are served in, presentation gets an A+ for sure.

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2. Ballard Annex Oyster House

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5410 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-5410
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With super high ceilings and a white tile floor, this spot just feels like a place to get oysters, and considering it’s kind of their thing (see name of restaurant), they really do it right. Perfect for those days when you miss brunch because you didn’t get up until 2pm and all you really want is a couple of raw oysters and a stiff Bloody Mary somewhere clean but not too bright.

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3. Bitter/Raw

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4. Coastal Kitchen

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429 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 322-1145
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Coastal Kitchen's brilliant addition of an oyster bar brings a selection of bivalves from Taylor Shellfish and Hama Hama to Capitol Hill's 15th Avenue. The oysters complement the bar's fresh seafood dishes, also sourced from local waters.

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5. Mistral Kitchen

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2020 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 623-1922
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The beauty of this spot is its ability to provide a few different experiences for the same, totally awesome oyster happy hour. Looking for a more intimate encounter? Get your oysters in the lounge. Like to be part of the action? Dine at the kitchen counter bar. The snacks are a little small, but they pack a tasty punch, and at $1.50 an oyster it’s a pretty sweet deal.

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6. Taylor Shellfish Farms

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1521 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 501-4321
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Consider it an educational experience. Go by yourself or bring a group, but either way ask lots of questions. These folks know their oysters and after spending a happy hour at Taylor Shellfish, you will too! And now with multiple locations, you can slurp in Pioneer Square, Lower Queen Anne, or Capitol Hill.

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7. The Walrus and the Carpenter

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4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 395-9227
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8. Westward

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2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 552-8215
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9. Westward

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2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 552-8215
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1. Anchovies & Olives

1550 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

From scallion mignonette to chili vinegar and chives, the oysters here are paired with flavors that both enhance the oyster and in some cases make them more approachable to the new oyster eater. Extra points for the All Clad dishes the oysters are served in, presentation gets an A+ for sure.

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1550 15th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

2. Ballard Annex Oyster House

5410 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

With super high ceilings and a white tile floor, this spot just feels like a place to get oysters, and considering it’s kind of their thing (see name of restaurant), they really do it right. Perfect for those days when you miss brunch because you didn’t get up until 2pm and all you really want is a couple of raw oysters and a stiff Bloody Mary somewhere clean but not too bright.

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5410 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Bitter/Raw

Seattle, WA
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4. Coastal Kitchen

429 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Coastal Kitchen's brilliant addition of an oyster bar brings a selection of bivalves from Taylor Shellfish and Hama Hama to Capitol Hill's 15th Avenue. The oysters complement the bar's fresh seafood dishes, also sourced from local waters.

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429 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

5. Mistral Kitchen

2020 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

The beauty of this spot is its ability to provide a few different experiences for the same, totally awesome oyster happy hour. Looking for a more intimate encounter? Get your oysters in the lounge. Like to be part of the action? Dine at the kitchen counter bar. The snacks are a little small, but they pack a tasty punch, and at $1.50 an oyster it’s a pretty sweet deal.

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2020 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

6. Taylor Shellfish Farms

1521 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Consider it an educational experience. Go by yourself or bring a group, but either way ask lots of questions. These folks know their oysters and after spending a happy hour at Taylor Shellfish, you will too! And now with multiple locations, you can slurp in Pioneer Square, Lower Queen Anne, or Capitol Hill.

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1521 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

7. The Walrus and the Carpenter

4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
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4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

8. Westward

2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
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2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

9. Westward

2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103

2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

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