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 WinnerSeafood
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (73)special occasion (62)romantic (41)notable wine list (37)good for groups (34)great for lunch (24)neighborhood gem (21)great for outdoor dining (10)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Best seafood in Seattle!
    Lovesunvalley
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Seastar is the master of treating excellent seafood. Our dinners, both salmon and halibut, were the best seafood we have tasted in any restaurant! The fish was amazing high quality. Their crab bisque is a timeless favorite and the crabcakes were wonderful. It's hands down just the best seafood in Seattle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Canned spices, liquid smoke?! No.
    SadinSeattle
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    So disappointed, food was less then average...for what you pay I was expecting stellar. Salmon run was SO overpowering, halibut had bagged potato chips as the crust, and famous 'smoked broccoli' was disgusting. Will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Service and great food
    Bryce
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Never disappointed in Sea Star. They have a large variety of seafood options on the menu and even though they substituted OnO for Mahi Mahi, it still was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was as usual very good and attentive. Food was excellent. The local WA wines were very palatable as well.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Awesome
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything about this place was awesome. The waiter was great. Food was ridiculous. House beer was great as well
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Seattle Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Beautiful restaurant. A-1 service. Great sushi and entrees. First timer in Seattle and this made it special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Groupon was a bust
    Karen54VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We've been to Seastar Bellevue many times. and we love it. I bought the Groupon for "crudo tasting plus John Howie cuvee for two". I paid $30 for it; they call it a $55 value. Turns out the crudo tasting ("tasting" being very accurate here) was $21 on the menu. That made our 2 glasses of champagne worth $17 each - I would never spend that and it wasn't that special. 6 bites of food and 2 glasses of champagne - not worth the drive across the lake. Unfortunately, they don't honor the Groupon in Bellevue - which seems silly. However, we definitely recommend the Bellevue restaurant and their great way with seafood.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    MellowOchre
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Best meal in Seattle. We were a bit early and were given a great table. Although the Seastar pricey, our meal was very good. The maytag pear salad was great and the divers scallops and crab were prepared perfectly. Our server was the best, very attentive and even found out some details of the food preparation. Try this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • LennyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great fish in a nice setting with good service plenty of specials and choices
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food. a favorite!
    Trish
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had a lovely dinner for a special occasion and were treated like royalty! Tuna poke was terrific and halibut cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always excellent
    robinsnestVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We eat here a lot for lunch but this was dinner. The fish was. Outstanding, the portions generous and service attentive. We also have them cater our parties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best crab cakes
    dfryVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The best restaurant for crab cakes and scallops. The Tower is a must get. Seastar is also one of the best restaurants for wild salmon and wild halibut, very tasty and well prepared. Service is always excellent.
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  • Very enjoyable
    Labmom
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food and service. We can especially recommend the corn crab chowder, spinach and strawberry salad and chicken. Nice wine by the glass list, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • best salmon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Brother visiting from LA for over 30 years said best Salmon he's had in Seattle
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Celebrated our 10th anniversary there. Food and service was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hotel Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It's rare to find a truly superb restaurant attached to hotel. ( in this case the Pan Pacific in Seattle ) However this restaurant stands on its own as an excellent choice for anyone looking for both excellent food and attentive but non intrusive service.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Best King Crab ever!
    Duke
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent food, wine and service. My wife loves king crab and she was excited by their take on it, which was four huge legs cooked on a grill. She says it was the best king crab she has ever had, and she has eaten lots! I hah sushi and mussels, bothe of which were excellent. The someleil paired our meal with a Washington Viognier. It was delicious. All together Seastar lived up to its reputation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very tasty "45 minute" lunch
    SeattlefoodchaserVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I went to Sea Star for the first time this week to meet a friend for lunch, we both ordered from the 45 minute lunch special menu. I would say the food was delicious and had a creative twist. I ordered corn and crab bisque- it arrived nice and hot but not scorching, had a generous amount of crab and was topped with a swirl of balsamic vinegar that brought out the flavors. I also got the ceasar salad and it was good, the croutons tasted slightly stale like they were the box pre-made variety, but the dish was served with a baked cheese "cracker" which was a really cool twist on what otherwise would have been a typical ceasar salad. The whole service was about an hour and we weren't rushed but didn't linger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Seafood
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We enjoyed another outstanding meal at Seastar. The service, as usual, was outstanding and the food delicious. All of the seafood was freash and tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    ToddY
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    One of my favorite places to dine for excellent seafood and service. Everything is meticulous and top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    robinsnestVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Seastar is a star-eat there 4-5x a month. fabulous lunch deal and food is best in Seattle. they also cater our parties. manager Doug is always accomodating to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    GTW1
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Scallop carpaccio especially good. Also prosciutto wrapped scallops and crab and corn chowder delicious. Potato chip encrusted halibut overcooked.
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  • Good but not stellar
    charlottesvillefoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food is well-prepared but not memorable. Beautiful décor. Service a touch slow but still fine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeaStar Seattle
    Kinger
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Outstanding food, beautifully prepared and lovely presentation. All that coupled with a warm welcome and terrific service made for a great evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cfamom
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was quite a disappointment. I ordered the salmon special and found the salmon itself was good, but it was ruined by excessive and poor-tasting seasoning. It's rather criminal to do that to Copper River salmon. The broccoli that was served with the salmon was so tough I needed a steak knife to cut it. We spend nearly $300 for 4 people and felt it was not worth the money. I will not be going back to this restaurant.
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  • 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 !
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    fit for foodies
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Izzy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great restaurant. Very pricey. Good for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • 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
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    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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  • 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.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    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!
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    fit for foodies
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • 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
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
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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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable for great dinner
    DaveTL
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    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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  • 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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