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: (206) 462-4364
  • 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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)special occasion (83)romantic (54)good for groups (50)notable wine list (48)great for lunch (45)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (13)great for brunch (8)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Our waiter was the best! Suggested
    DeeP
    Dined on 8/19/2009
    Our waiter was the best! Suggested sharing because of the portion sizes which we so appreciated. I would definitely recommend Seastar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderfully prepared & tasting
    CUGRZ
    Dined on 8/18/2009
    wonderfully prepared & tasting food, attentive service and comfortable atmosphere liked it as well as I do the Eastside location ... glad to have it downtown
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My experience at Seastar Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2009
    My experience at Seastar Restaurant was great. The service was the best I have seen so far, and the food was amazing. I would go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We dined at the Seattle location
    Andrea
    Dined on 8/13/2009
    We dined at the Seattle location for our wedding anniversary after having been there recently for another wedding celebration. The food was memorable and well prepared; the sesame peppercorn crusted ahi was outstanding, the wines by the glass selection among the best. I very much enjoyed the potato chip crusted halibut, my husband had the salmon, and both were prepared to perfection. There wasn't anything that could have been prepared better, and would rate 4 1/2 stars on the food. Our server really knew his craft and confidently suggested several winners for us, including wine pairings. The passion fruit panna cotta was unusual and wonderful. I do recommend dining here, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously and will return soon.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was excellent- server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2009
    Service was excellent- server was familiar with all the dishes and passionate about the menu. Food was unique, not standard fare and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well informed waitress who
    Profoodie
    Dined on 7/31/2009
    Well informed waitress who recommended great dishes. Flavors were outstanding in all we ate--hor d'oeuvre trio, Chef Howie's rub on the salmon was mouth watering, dessert was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was great for romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/27/2009
    It was great for romantic dining. Food and service was very nice. I'm looking forward to come here soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful food, great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/24/2009
    wonderful food, great service. the 8 oz. wine pour was perfect. fabulous leftovers!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at Seastar was delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/23/2009
    The food at Seastar was delicious and the serving sizes were huge! We found the service to be excellent. A waitperson would materialize when we needed one and fade into the background when our needs were taken care of. We will definitely dine there again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food is wonderful. Not jsut
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2009
    Food is wonderful. Not jsut another seafood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ideal for business lunches
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2009
    ideal for business lunches - great food, excellent service and validated parking - all key when meeting in downtown Seattle
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • After finding out Oceanaire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2009
    After finding out Oceanaire recently closed, I was searching for a new great seafood restaurant with a raw bar. Seastar more than surpassed my expectations, as the food was exceptional, the service was extraordinary, and the ambience was perfect. Seastar also offers sushi in conjunction with the raw bar and traditional fine dining fare, so whatever youre in the mood for theyve got it more than covered! I will definately be dining again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one of a kind: An
    VissidarteVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2009
    This is one of a kind: An oasis in the concret jungle surrounding it. It's an absolute gem in every respect: Excellent food, superb service, calming and attractive design. And to top it all off, it's very affordable, a great value for super fresh food and exquisite plating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was attentive and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2009
    Service was attentive and friendly. Food was great and flavors and textures were spot on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been going to Bellevue
    CharlieZVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2009
    I have been going to Bellevue location since they opened. Since I live in Seattle GREAT to have you here and NOT deal with 520!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was absolutely atrocious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2009
    Service was absolutely atrocious. Manager did step in and try to make things right - he definitely gets credit for that. Pretty miserable dining experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The server was very in touch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/10/2009
    The server was very in touch with our needs. Fresh oysters, good food, great service...they sure went the extra mile.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, service and
    RRG1
    Dined on 7/2/2009
    Excellent food, service and selection. Would certainly recomend and will absolutely visit again in Seattle or Bellevue.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We don't have to drive to
    CharlieZVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2009
    We don't have to drive to Bellevue, Seastar has come to Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Both the food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2009
    Both the food and service were excellent. We tried 3 of the seafood entrees and all were outstanding. The restaurant staff was attentive, friendly and very efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 of us had excellent Service
    BelleviewerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2009
    5 of us had excellent Service from Chip and Team. Good food -- everything ordered. Very Creative menu. Consistent with the Bellevue location. Got lost in the many appetizers and never got to the main course. A bit noisy. Easy access and parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good but
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2009
    The food was very good but not great, which is what we expected, based on our earlier visits to their Bellevue restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good. Definitely will
    Sheriff
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This ranks as one of the very
    OldCowboy
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate