Between our restaurant tour and the fact that we arrived pretty late in the afternoon on our first day in Seattle after flying cross-country, we didn’t have all the time in the world to try out multiple restaurants. Therefore I wanted to make the one we did dine at special. So for a city that’s on the water, what better place to dine than one that’s right on the waterfront?
Seattle’s waterfront can be a bit “tourist trap heavy.” However, Elliott’s Oyster House is somewhat of an institution there and seemed a cut above the rest. It serves local seafood and offers an impeccable bay view so reservations were made.
We ended up dining here on our final night in the city and the place was mobbed (we had a reservation for Sunday evening). Granted it was a holiday weekend but even with a reservation we had to wait a short time to be seated.
As its name suggests, Elliott’s does oysters but after trying them for the first AND last time on my food tour the night before, I didn’t partake even though the selection is quite extensive. Drinks wise, to start out I ordered the Seattle Mule, D a local beer.
Since I didn’t necessarily want too large an entrée and also wanted to try as much as possible, I ended up ordering a couple of smaller items to “make my meal.” I started with the Potato Bread and Butter ($3) which is a massive portion I obviously shared that features local artisanal bread with whipped butter.
I also ordered a cup of the Red Clam Chowder ($4, bowls are $6). This was much better than what I had at Pike Place Chowder our first night as this was considerably less watery. D went with a cup of the Spicy Crab and Corn Chowder (same prices as the red). I found it interesting that in Seattle, these are not called New England (white) Clam Chowder or Manhattan (red) Clam Chowder as they are on the East Coast.
For my main course I went with the appetizer portion of the Crab Cakes ($18). This consists of Dungeness and Jonah crab, ocean shrimp, mango ketchup, Singapore chili, and chayote and jicama slaw. This was honestly some of the best crab I’ve ever tasted. And ordering smaller size portions was definitely the way to go.
D selected the Grilled Hokkaido Scallop Risotto ($39) for his entrée. These are char-grilled Hokkaido scallops accompanied by garlic herb butter and spinach-pepper bacon risotto, along with a smoked tomato-lemon cream. He thoroughly enjoyed this, just wished there had been more.
For dessert, we split the Northwest Strawberry Pound Cake (desserts were under $10). This is topped with sweetened whipped cream, strawberry puree, and crispy basil. It isn’t chocolate based but it’s still decadent.
Service at Elliott’s was great and the food superb. I wished it had been less noisy and mobbed but que sera sera. For a memorable dining event in Seattle, definitely head here. Just make sure you have a reservation.
Elliott’s Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way | Seattle, Washington