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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
157 reviews since July 29, 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 (104)special occasion (83)romantic (54)good for groups (50)notable wine list (48)great for lunch (45)neighborhood gem (39)hot spot (13)great for brunch (9)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (6)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great food and great service.
    greatplace
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything was perfect. This place rocks with an affordable menu and great food. Chef Howie nailed it with this place !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Food, Cornucopia of tastes
    RK42VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We sampled soup, salad, a main course, an appetizer. Everything was perfectly cooked/prepared. Tastes were showstoppers! We are still talking about the Thai soup. We reviewed John Howie's cookbook & plan to purchase it. How can you do such a fantastic job with Manilla clams, scallops??? Well they did. We will return. We walked from 8th and Olive in the rain. It was worth the effort. Great wine list. Great waiter. Truly a fantastic night and priced appropriately. We think it is a 'must visit' stop in a town of amazing food at every turn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Izzy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great restaurant. Very pricey. Good for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny Portions for Big Bucks
    Gogogamma
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    1st time in Seattle and craving salmon, so we ordered the sampler dinner: it turned out to be thimble-fulls of each course: plank salmon, pasta with smoked salmon and spring sweet peas, filet mignon and strawberry rhubarb pastry. Most everything was delicious, except the pasta dish. The cream sauce was bland and the peas had long given up their sweetness. The portion sizes were quite meager for $80. In their defense, the chef listened to my complaints and invited us to come back to try a regular menu entree. He even gave us a box of decadent truffles as a way of apologizing for our disappointment. All in all it was a pleasant experience, and while I do recommend the restaurant, I would never recommend the sample plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service!
    LilianaVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I ate sashimi and it was incredible! The new restaurant manager is very friendly and I know he will do an amazing job!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for average at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I thought the food was ok, but overpriced for what you got. $40 for a dozen oysters at lunch? That is a bit outrageous. $12 for an Absolute cocktail? Crazy. $122 for lunch and we were hungry when we left. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't complain
    AnotherJen
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was quite good. The service was great. We had a great evening. Nothing to complain about. But nothing felt special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    foodwinelife
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Fish dishes spectacular, dessert over the top, terrific wait staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seastar is 5 Stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was our third time dining at Seastar, and I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jason R
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    this was the best salmon i have ever had and the wine pairing was superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood place
    MichaelA
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is a great value. The food is very good, ambience and wait staff excellent but the prices are really good compared to other finer seafood spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First dinner in Seattle
    Diesel
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife had the chef's 5 course special with the wine pairing. Excellent. My Parmesan halibut might have been even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable for great dinner
    DaveTLVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Because I work across the street, I wind up stopping in here frequently. Great spot for lunch, service is always excellent, very good wine list with interesting wines available at smaller pours for tasting. Food is always excellent. Several times I've brought medium to large groups in and they have handled them with aplomb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RodAVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This was a great start to our Seattle vacation! The seafood was great and the service excellent. Our server, Jessica, was very friendly.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dragon
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was "good" but not memorable. Overpriced considering the quality. One step above Anthony's Seafood. Service was outstanding
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  • Great seafood
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This was our first time at Seastar. We both had sockeye salmon and it was great. We ate early at 5:00 pm so restaurant was not very busy. Service was good, but facility seems pretty worn and outdated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LovechocolateVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food was good, bread basket does not compare with seastar in Bellevue or john howie. The crab legs are delish, my pear martini excellent. The chocolate truffles were to die for
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good.
    FrancescaVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We visit Seastar whenever we are in Seattle. The quality of their seafood is outstanding and the service is excellent. There were a couple of hiccups this time, though. The Copper River salmon was overdone (it should have been medium rare). We didn't send it back because we dislike making a fuss. And the martinis weren't as good as usual; they were watery. But we still enjoyed the evening; just wanted to give a little heads up to the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seastar_Seattle
    billkoeh
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was great except the Applewood smoked salmon. It needed some sauce over it. It was also ordered medium and came out med-rare. The person who ordered it couldnt eat it because it was so rare in the middle. For $45 it was ridiculously overpriced. As usual with restaurants like this entrees are small and pricey. Sauces were excellent and drinks good. We had the "trio dessert sampler" plus the banana spring roll and they were excellent. For 3 of us our bill was $204 without tip.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor Service
    Snappercarr
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My steak was over cooked and we were never approached for another drink.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exquisite !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband & I dined there most recently on May 17, 2014; it was our 1 year wedding anniversary. We had dined there exactly on year earlier with a party of six; it was our wedding dinner. In both instances, the food was outstanding and the service unparalleled ! On our 2013 visit, the waiter quickly made rapport with our party and was able to identify that each of was a little different in our needs and levels of food & wine knowledge. He catered to us individually and collectively and really guided us on selections that made for a wonderful meal and experience ! This year, I had made indicated when making the reservation that it was our anniversary. We were wished "Happy Anniversary" no less than 3 times; including once from the mgr.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seastar gets 5 stars
    foodieworldVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had dinner here for the first time on Saturday night as part of a celebration. We had both been to the Bellevue location a number of times, and I had been to the bar at the Seattle location for happy hour, but never to the dining room. It was beautifully appointed -- casually elegant. All the waitstaff was very attentive, the dishes were described with great accuracy, and the waiter was very gracious. Beautiful setting, great food, and service -- definitely a 5 star experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shellyvball14
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was excellent. The selection of food, appetizers, salads, drinks was unreal. Seafood is their specialty. Sushi was impressive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • not enough
    feedmeseymour
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was good, the service was great, the food presention was great. the portions for the amount of money paid was not enough. 70$ for the shared plate of food we got might have filled me up but not two of us. I was starving after eating there. We had crab and no melted butter was served I felt that was kind of odd.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money charged
    disappointedfoodie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were disappointed with the quality of the sushi and the overall pricing for the quality of the food. The sushi wasn't comparable to other restaurants that are at half the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service on a special Day
    Snowman
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I took my wife there for our 20th Anniversary. Prior to arriving, I called the restaurant to inquire about any local florists that could deliver roses to the table before we got there. The manager got on the phone and said she would take care of it. Upon arrival, my wife was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful bouquet of 2 dozen red roses on the table. The staff greeted us and wished us Happy Anniversary and brought us champagne. The food was outstanding and the customer service was top notch. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably delicious
    PDDoc2
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I can always count on Seastar to have delicious food that is impeccably prepared and excellent waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    NeesyVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Seastar did not disappoint! From the service to the raw bar to the wine list to the food.... Everything was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have the tasting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I had been to the Bellevue location before, but this was my first chance to have the tasting menu in the downtown location... must have!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Dott
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I love this restaurant. There is ample space between the tables. The carpet allows for a greatly decreased noise factor. I could not hear my neighbor talking. The food was excellent. The presentation was exquisite and the spices gave it a flavor, jusqu'au point. It was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seattle Restaurant Week Highlight
    Katharina
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Great food. Great amount of food (not too little, just right for the average sized person). Kind and observative staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Wine and Service
    BTHart
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We were in Seattle for 3 nights and Seastar was the best meal we had during the trip - and the other meals were delicious. This was just beyond good food - superb! If we didn't have commitments with friends/family that took us elsewhere, we would have eaten here again. I would go to Seattle just to eat at Seastar again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and miss
    krissco
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Pros: Atmosphere is very nice. Noise level is quiet. Kitchen is fast. There is plenty of service (lots of staff standing around). Cons: Service was not overly friendly, and seemed indifferent. Food: Food was hit & miss. The calamari ceviche was good. The tomato bisque was nothing special. The pork loin, potatoes, and greens were amazing! The seafood capalini was so-so. 2/3 of the dessert trio were great, but the molten chocolate cake was more like a congealed under-sweetened sponge.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening!
    countrygirlVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We visit Seattle once a year and usually stick to the same restaurants. This year we had heard good things about Seastar and made the switch. We were very impressed! Our server Pedro was wonderful, the wine selection was great and our meals were excellent! Every dish was thoughtfully prepared to maximize the flavors and the presentation was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seastar a star!
    cstump
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great experience. Usually a large group of nine would be difficult for a restaurant but Seastar performed amazingly. We were seated at a roundtop in a quiet corner so conversation with all was easy. Service was topnotch even with a timeline so that we could make the theater. Pacing was smooth but not rushed, suggestions for gluten-free diners was expertly given. Food was varied and in all cases, well prepared and presented. In all, an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Lunch
    Penguinschu
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I have taken clients to Seastar in the past and the experience was excellent. This time was no different. The restaurant is bustling, but organized. The food is exceptional and the service level is top tier. They never make you feel rushed and are always around at just the right moment. A very nice way to treat a business associate to lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    suzellaVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We have always had a superb dining experience at Seastar, both food wise and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our experience here was quite
    ez2luvlife
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Our experience here was quite outstanding. We recieved the best service by a restaurant in a long time. Plus the food was outstanding despite being Restaurant Week. The superb seafood and sushi was any foodie's dream. Our final surprise, a delicious truffle in a gift box because to take home because it was our anniversity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Restaurant Week Dinner!
    MItraveler
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    My husband and I decided to treat ourselves to dinner at Seastar for Restaurant Week. Everything was top notch. Easy, free (after 6) parking, which is unusual in this busy area). I had asked for a quiet table on Open Table, which they provided. Our waiter, Roy, was attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful in choosing excellent wines for our main course. We both got the ancho rubbed steelhead, which was melt-in-your-mouth awesome! My husband got the "trio" dessert, which he gobbled up and pronounced delicious; I got a wonderful Creme Brûlée. Forgot mention the bread--my husband told me, "if you eating, you'll never stop!" I didn't start :). We'll be going to try their fixed price pairing menu, which looks great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • April Love
    Truth
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I was discussing which location of Seastar to visit with owner John Howie a few months ago and he recommended the Seattle location and said the service was a bit more formal there. We could not have been more pleased taking his advice. The ancho smoke flavored steelhead fillet over the rustic mashed potatoes simply melted in our mouth and the intense flavors of the 3 components of the Seastar tower appetizer ( shrimp, scallop and crab cake ) made choosing a favorite tricky. My vote was for the shrimp but just by a tail. Service was polished. Try this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.