Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar - Seattle
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar - Seattle

Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar - Seattle

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.seastarrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2064624364
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: John Howie
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Weddings, private dinners, theme parties, cooking classes or special events. Seastar's professional off-site catering team can take care of your needs. Your menu will be designed specifically for your event by Chef Howie. We are a full service provider, taking care of all your tables, chairs, rentals, linen, service, entertainment and food and beverage needs. See our website, www.seastarrestaurant.com, for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Seastar Seattle enjoys the ability to host groups up to 16 in our Seastar Executive Room, with a dedicated service staff and full media capabilities.
  • Private Party Contact: Restaurant Manager 2064624364

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Denny Way
  • Public Transit: The South Lake Union Transit rail-car is available, stopping at the Whole Foods Market (we are up the stairs).
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for both lunch and dinner. Validated parking in the garage beneath the restaurant (off of 9th Ave) is also available.
A word from Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar - Seattle
Acclaimed chef/owner John Howie returned to Seattle in early 2009 with his second Seastar Restaurant, located on the corner of Westlake and Denny Ave., above Whole Foods Market. The inspired menu rotates seasonal specialties and northwest favorites, while our Raw Bar offers a host of ceviche, poke, sushi, and freshly shucked oysters. The understated atmosphere of our dining room suits any occasion, casual or formal, and our award winning service staff looks forward to carefully attending to your every need. Welcome to Seastar Seattle, the city’s premier seafood dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)special occasion (75)romantic (45)notable wine list (40)good for groups (38)great for lunch (33)neighborhood gem (30)great for outdoor dining (11)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • The Seattle Sea Star Restaurant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/25/2009
    The Seattle Sea Star Restaurant, we experienced very attentive staff from the moment we entered the doors, in the bar and in the dining room. Each of us ordered a different menu item and all were equally delicious and prepared to perfection. Parking was somewhat difficult, on street parking only is available for the restaurant.
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  • Best seafood restaurant. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2009
    Best seafood restaurant. I visit every time I'm in Seattle. Their crab and corn bisque is THE BEST soup I've EVER had - must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    eastlakegirlVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2009
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal top to bottom. Will become our new favorite late night stop because of the dessert menu too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All I can say is don't go.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2009
    All I can say is don't go. Very expensive. Ambience is really poor. It's located off a hotel and the experience was weak. The food was average to really good depending on what you ordered. Waiter was fantastic (Tim). However, the wine guy, was awful. No personality. And absolutely of no help other than uncorking the bottle.
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  • Food and service were both
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/12/2009
    Food and service were both very good. The trek to the ladies room was a chore, however. The restaurant needs better access to the ladies room.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a fantastic meal after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/7/2009
    We had a fantastic meal after a Mariners game. Quite a contrast. The food, ambiance, and service were all excellent. We were particulary impressed with the Assistant Sommolier, Jennifer. She was knowledgable, with out talking wine over our heads. It was a truly wonderful and rewarding dining experience....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Food was exceptional; everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/31/2009
    Food was exceptional; everything prepared with care. Great flavors and style! Service matched the food; done exceptionally well, interested without being intrusive. Best dining experience overall this year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The food was good, service
    Scomas
    Dined on 5/29/2009
    The food was good, service was okay but not real attentive. Ambiance was a bit stuffy, it isn't a place to gather with friends to relax, enjoy the food and laugh. It is a quiet, upscale restaurant, that doesn't quite fit romantic, vibrant, or "hot spot" titles. You would almost call it boring.
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  • Very nice restaurant with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/28/2009
    Very nice restaurant with good service and very good attention to guest special requests from the maître d'. Food taste very good. Presentation immaculate and eye-catching. Bar tender very pleasant, conversant and knowledgeable. A great experience. Nice ot also chat with the General Manager.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor parking available but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2009
    Poor parking available but we had an amazing waiter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The seafood was excellent.
    GaryCoVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2009
    The seafood was excellent. The service was very attentive yet not interuptive and the prices were very reasonalbe given the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • We had an very good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/20/2009
    We had an very good experience. I had the "3 for $30", which had great choices including any dessert off the menu (I loved the sampler). My husband had the ahi off the regular menu & it was a huge amount. We don't go out too much and this was very memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Actually went her for both
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/20/2009
    Actually went her for both lunch and dinner within a couple of weeks of each other. Dinner was just as good. The crab bisque is to die for. Would go back just for a cup. Great salad, very diverse menu. Lot's to too select from weither you want small plates or a full sized entree.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good. Definitely will
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/20/2009
    Very good. Definitely will return. Bathrooms inside hotel was an inconvenience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This ranks as one of the very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/20/2009
    This ranks as one of the very best seafood restaurants in Seattle. The food was excellent and the service very good. We will definitely return.
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  • The service was top notch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/19/2009
    The service was top notch. When the food came, it was delivered to everyone all at once. We really thought that the 3 for $30 was a great deal. We were still treated like royalty. The food was fabulous. So many choices and the dessert menu was right off of the regular menu. We will add this place to our favorites. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food had a beautiful presentati
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2009
    The food had a beautiful presentation. THe Ahi was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Wonderful food and service,
    cswanVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2009
    Wonderful food and service, especially helpful and nice sommelier. The entire meal and experience was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as nice as Bellevue. Seemed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    Not as nice as Bellevue. Seemed cramped and the view was into the side of another building Same menu as Bellevue
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  • We ate there during prime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2009
    We ate there during prime dinner hour on a Thursday and the place was creepy dark and empty. It felt like a hotel restaurant that no locals ever go to, which is surprising given the popularity of the Bellevue location. I think everything in that 2200 Westlake complex is going to really struggle to survive. Also, it seemed that to make up for the lack of volume, they are gouging a bit on the prices. $11 for a mixed drink?! $34 for Ahi tuna? Come on...
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  • The seafood was very fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/13/2009
    The seafood was very fresh and everything cooked perfectly, but way too much butter used in everything for my taste. Service was odd. After we had been there 15+ minutes, we still no menus and had to ask. When the waiter eventually came back, we were specifically told there were no specials. Odd, given we were there during the 30 for $30 promo (had to ask again). The rest of evening was akward with things forgotten and the server not attentative when he should have been. The $30 menu did have a great seection and was a very good value - so be sure to ask! The wine list was excellent.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Excellent place to bring your
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    Excellent place to bring your significant other or a family for dinner. The service was extradonary. The maitre'd was considerate and the waiters were all helpful. I will definietly come here again.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • I went their for my senior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    I went their for my senior prom and the service was excellent. We were all treated courteously and fantastic service. The food was also very well put together and tasted great, I would recommend Seastar to any group or couple that is looking for a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view
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  • If I had to guess, I'd say
    Jamichl
    Dined on 5/6/2009
    If I had to guess, I'd say this was Seastar Seattle's first week. Unfortunately, I think it's been open longer. They simply didn't have their act together yet. The kitchen couldn't keep up, on a half full Wednesday night. Staff could frequently be seen scratching their heads over the computer system - and was then often seen running around in a frenzy. This was an Urban Eats night ("aka 30 for $30"), however that menu was offered to no one who didn't ask for it. Pretty tacky. Speaking of tacky - the expensive bottle of wine order by the table next to me resulted in 'high-fives' by wait staff at the order console.
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  • We had lunch there on our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/6/2009
    We had lunch there on our wedding anniversay. The staff couldn't have done anything more to make it a special occasion for us. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Not at all an intimate restaurant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/5/2009
    Not at all an intimate restaurant, but rather large and cold. Excellent food. For such a large restaurant, the sharing of restrooms with the hotel seems bizarre and an unnecessarily long walk.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • We emjoyed perfectly prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/3/2009
    We emjoyed perfectly prepared seafood (king salmon, trout, shrimp) with great taste, and the creamy risotto was outstanding. Service was prompt and attentive. We could not have asked for more and give Seastar our highest recommendation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Tried their fix price dinner
    Knute000
    Dined on 5/3/2009
    Tried their fix price dinner for $30 and found it to be spectacular. Ambiance not quite as warm as their Bellevue restaurant but as it becomes more popular on the west side of the lake it will improve. Doug, the manager, was extraordinary, inquiring about our service and meal and asking how things could be better. Really appreciated his personal touch. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Best dinner I've had in Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/2/2009
    Best dinner I've had in Seattle in quite some time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Matches the Bellevue location
    rc8647VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2009
    Matches the Bellevue location for quality and service.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The staff is knowledgeable,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/18/2009
    The staff is knowledgeable, the food is fantastic (I had parmesean crusted tilapia that melted in my mouth). The composition of the dishes is exquisite and everything was served hot and delicious. My only complaint was that our server seemed to forget about us once the entrees were served and it took a long time to get our check and pay once we finished our dessert. The ambiance is a sophisticated 'under the sea' vibe and they have plenty of seating for large groups even though I was just in a party of 2. I will absolutely visit again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The service was immaculate
    atemperenceofchefs
    Dined on 4/17/2009
    The service was immaculate from the moment I walked in the door. Started with the cold bowl...it was ok, the scallops were good but a bit waterlogged stuck in the ice like that. The oysters were not well shucked, bits of shell, not loosed from the shell very well. His risotto was really nice, smoky, lemony, herbaceous, nice amount of shrimp. My Reggiano crusted halibut was flavorful, a little thin for the price. The potatoes were a really under seasoned, but nice and buttery...green beans cooked perfectly. His creme brulee was lovely. My lava cake was over cooked and did not run, but the ice cream was special. Again, excellent service, great sommelier, the food was just ok...not a great value for the money in my opinion.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • on an early Tuesday night
    aeromom
    Dined on 4/15/2009
    on an early Tuesday night during an economic downturn, the restaurant was 1/4 full at the most. But it didn't stop the staff from providing very thoughtful service and honest recommendations. Superb alder-planked salmon, cooked moistly and medium rare, so succulent! Great 2 oz. wine samples if you want to try something expensive but not pay $30 a glass. Obscure location, since the address isn't 2200 Westlake, like most of the other tenants. Nice alternative to the usual downtown scene, though.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We really liked the Seastar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2009
    We really liked the Seastar and will go back. The food was very good overall. My husband had the Ahi tuna appetizer and loved it. His entree was the Columbia River Salmon, which he also very much enjoyed. I ordered the steak and it was good, but just a little too salty. The creme brulee was very good. It took a while for the food to be brought to the table; we waited a bit longer than we would have expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • This is an excellent find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/10/2009
    This is an excellent find in between downtown and South Lake Union. The service is impeccable. The chef met our special needs by modifying two of our orders. Decor is upscale modern. Try to scallops - perfectly done.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We had a really enjoyable
    PDDoc2
    Dined on 4/8/2009
    We had a really enjoyable dinner at Seastar. The service was good and mostly unobtrusive. The menu had multiple enticing selections. Only complaint was that the wine list was a bit pricy.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The only draw back to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/21/2009
    The only draw back to the new Seastar was finding it, tucked away off the street with no signage. On to the good stuff and I do mean good stuff. The service was impecable, the ambiance beautiful. The food was as good or even better than we expected, since we have been to the Bellevue Seastar. The 30 wines under $30 was a true find and Jennifer, the wine stewart, knew her stuff. We are all ready talking about returning once the Halibut is on the menu.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • This was business dinner with
    CharlieinBellevueVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2009
    This was business dinner with an important client and his spouse. Our guests remarked it was one of the better dinners they had experienced in a restaurant in a long time. With the help of the sommelier we landed on a wonderful Washington wine that was appropriately priced for the current economic situation. This was our first time at the Seattle location. The Bellevue location is one of our favorite spots, so we were pleased at the consistency between the two. Great experience. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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  • This was my first outing to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/14/2009
    This was my first outing to Seastar and I was blown away by the experience! My girlfriends and I went for dinner at the Seattle location and everything from the hostess at the door to our server was divine. Our server was charming and his recommendations were excellent....the drinks, appies and main meals were all delicious and we ended off with a decadent dessert which truly ended the evening on a high note. I will definitely return to Seastar and will definitely recommend it to friends and family!!!
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  • We had many excellant choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/14/2009
    We had many excellant choices of restaurants to choose from to celebrate my boyfriends birthday, but a good friend of ours recommended the Seattle Seastar. It was our first time dining there, so we did not know much about Seastar. The staff was friendly & attentive without being intrusive. The sea scallops with truffles was incredible, as was the gulf shrimp & risotto. Unfortunately, we did not leave room for dessert, but we definitley will be back to try the signature coconut cream pie. The valet was friendly & prompt with our car. This was absolutely one fo the best dining experiences we have ever had. Seastar would be a perfect place to entertain guests from out of town, have a romantic dinner for two, or entertain business clients.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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