Ballard Annex Oyster House

4.6
288 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Good for Groups
  • Local Ingredients
  • Bar Seating

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About

The Ballard Annex Oyster House serves fresh NW seafood (we might sneak somethings over from the East Coast, I'm lookin' at you Maine Lobster!) seven days a week. We've always got 8 types of oysters behind the bar -where we serve a variety draft wines & beers, bubbles, and specialty cocktails- you'll also find us steaming house made chowders, bisques, and shellfish in our stainless steam kettles. Feelin' picky? Whole Dungeness Crab and the aforementioned lobster are also available to crack at the table.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Northwest, American
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Hours of operation


Lunch: F-Su 11:00am-3:30pm

Dinner: M-Th 3:30pm-10:00pm

Dinner: F-Sa 3:30pm-11:00am

Dinner: Su 3:30pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 783-5410
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Josh Green
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Private party facilities
The Back Bar is located in the old Ballard news printing press building behind the original town hall bell at Marvin’s Gardens (5410 Ballard Ave NW). The space is beautifully designed with wooden floors and a natural décor creating a relaxed, yetsophisticated dining environment. The Back Bar can sit up to 60 people for a sit down dinner and 80 people for a cocktail style event, and also features a private bar.
Join us for your next birthday party, company event or rehearsal dinner at the Back Bar at Ballard Annex Oyster House in historical Ballard. Choose from the menus of three restaurants, and enjoy a private and unique setting.
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Private party contact
Kaitlin Parker: (206) 783-5410
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ballard Ave NW & 22nd Ave NW
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room
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LD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Seattle and had a great dinner at this restaurant. Had a bottle of bubbly and started with some oysters. Our server told us where the different types were from and what to expect from each type in terms of taste. Followed with a bucket of steamers, mussels and clams in a lovely broth that was delicious and not overpowering as some can be. For our main course, we had the scallops. WOW...they were terrific. Perfectly cooked and well seasoned. Nice room, great service, cool neighborhood. It all worked! Would definitely go back again in a heartbeat.

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s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal! I visited for Seattle Restaurant week and am already planning my next dinner.

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n
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. It feels down to earth here, but the food is top notch and the service is excellent. What more could you ask for?

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SS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ballard Annex was out of my way, but completely worth the trip. It's smaller than I expected, but has fun decor. (Expecially the cool paintings.)

The service was great. They kept our drinks filled, delivered us hot food, and helped with meal selections.

I ordered the crab and bacon cheesecake for my first course. I will absolutely go back just for this. It was delicious and the flavors were well balanced. The tomato jam on top was a nice touch, and it spread nicely on the crostini toast. So. Freaking. Good. Seriously, I want to go back soon.

For my dinner, I tried the gnocchi. It was good, but not great. My friend ordered the salmon and said it was excellent.

For dessert, I ordered the creme brulee. It was top-notch. I'd definitely order it again.

So yeah, go there.

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was about 15 minutes early, but our table was ready so I got to sit down (before the other 5 guests arrived). Ice water was poured and I was offered bread - which was warm! The server was especially kind - we talked about the birthday and the dessert/candle and how she should give me the bill. It was as if she was in on my making a great birthday dinner for my son-in-law - and the rest of my family - and wanted to make sure that it was a nice experience.

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SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the oysters, which were excellent! Lots of options for seafood; some vegetarian or vegan options available as side dishes (salad, roasted vegetables). Very nice atmosphere. Can be a bit loud though. Servers took good care of us. We were a party of 8 on a Friday night. Parking is difficult on this block due to the high number of popular eateries. Give yourself extra time.

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VS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We came for the oysters and left full and happy. My father came into town and his favorite thing to do is eat fresh Puget region oysters. The Annex did not disappoint here. We have been here before with a great experience under the belt it only felt right to come back again.

It was a pretty quiet night, maybe a small handful of patrons (some at the cool bar seating, others in groups and a couple ones and twos throughout). There were three people running the floor, however, somehow it still took 20 minutes to get a second round of drinks even ordered after a single Rainier had been requested. Our total time at the Annex was an hour and a half. This all seemed a bit long for such a slow Tuesday night.

The lobster mac & cheese along with the Brussels sprouts were pretty bland. The fish and chips were pretty soggy. I would say $170.00 for 3 people eating non-market priced fish (aside from the oysters) is pretty steep for the quality of food we ended up with. The redeeming factors was that when we saw our waiter, he was friendly and also fun, also my father got his oysters that were super tasty along with a couple glasses of wine in our bellies. May try another oyster place before coming back here next time he is in town.

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s
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have eaten here many times. Always reliably excellent. Friendly service. I love the trout

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S
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to celebrate our nephew’s engagement with his new fiancée. The waiter brought us a bottle of champagne on the house to start our celebration!! So thoughtful and unexpected! Had a great food and can’t wait to come back!

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DM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Overpriced and disappointing. Oysters weren’t worth the price!

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would have been nice if we were told the cost of the lobster when we ordered. I guess we could have asked but when $72 is added to bill for the lobster roll I was a little shocked!

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Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

These folks know how to cook seafood perfectly. Ordered the steamed clams - first time ever all clams were wide open. Fresh oysters and a very good selection of reasonably priced wines

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SU
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner enjoyed the fresh oysters, nice champagne!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like seafood and PNW cuisine, then you won’t be disappointed at the Ballard Annex. I love this place.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service from our waitress and delicious food made for a wonderful night out.

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HM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I just went here for the second time and it was not as good as my first. Maybe just an off-night or maybe it was just too busy because it was a Saturday, but our waiter went to get a wine sample and never came back; he just totally forgot. No biggie, it happens, but we felt a bit neglected as a pattern. Also, I am gluten free, so ordered the scallops but just asked that they come on a bed of greens instead of what it normally came with (I can't remember what that was--maybe cous cous). They basically just made a completely plain scallop salad, which I think totally altered the dish instead of just substituting the one problematic ingredient of the dish. It would have been fine (I love seafood salad), except there were only THREE scallops for the $30 pricetag. So, $10 per scallop. Total rip, and I was still hungry when I left. The oysters and cocktails are very good, though, and I'm sure I'll give them another chance.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed after watching "food Paradise" witch feathered the Annex. The "chips" were soggy, limp and unappetizing .... the coleslaw was nothing like the fresh coleslaw made on the show.... actually not even coleslaw! looked like left over purple onions and maybe a large tablespoon at best of the cold nasty onions.. the 3 pieces of cod were the only thing I could eat.. The Martini was served in the wrong glass, was not shaken, and not the least bit chilled and wimpy olives to boot! Just soooo disappointed after such a good spot on the TV... aint going back .... less you all fix it!!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabulous service and delicious oysters.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour after a day skiing.

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L
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for a semi-fancy meal for a couple or a big family gatherings. I’ve been here for my anniversary and for when my brother visited from out of town-it’s fancy but not pretentious, and everything is excellent

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and the ambience very lively. The staff was very helpful and welcoming.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was very mediocre. My group was very excited by the menu and we all ordered a wide variety of options on the menu, and every dish ended up being somewhat disappointing. Great ambience and accommodating for a large group of us.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole trout was amazing! Great atmosphere, perfect for big groups or couples.

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London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just made it to happy hour (3.30-6pm) which allowed us to try 6 or so different dishes at very reasonable prices in one of our favorite seafood restaurants in Seattle.

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p
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great new years dinner!

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l
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, as always! First tried this place last fall and it has become a regular date-night spot since. Every meal we've had has been great- good service, nice place!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely dinner celebrating my sister and brother-in-law who were recently married out of the country. Ballard Annex was able to seat our group of six with short notice, and we received excellent service. The waitress knew details about the cocktails (both on the menu, and what the bartender could make special order). The food is delicious - the trout is really fantastic, and my husband and I had the crab gnocchi and octopus salad to share, with were both superb. We've been here 3-4 times before, I look forward to each visit!

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c
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there early so definitely quiet. The staff was friendly and the food was great. The oysters were fresh and shucked perfectly. Looking forward to going again!

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We were a bit disappointed in the food from the last time we ate here. We were almost the only other party in the whole place which seemed odd.

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s
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle! The food is always delicious and they use quality ingredients. The staff is wonderful and I love the atmosphere. Their happy hour is one of the best, you can't go wrong with the white fish dip and the chowder. I would highly recommend the Ballard Annex to anyone!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience. The bartender who took care of our party in the bar area was awesome. The food was great and had nice proportions, presentation, and flavor. Would highly recommend this place to any who are curious. The octopus, squid, and oysters were on point!

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great & fresh oysters.
Oyster Rockefeller's were some of the best I've had.

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JW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for an early brunch with 3 kids under 3. It was really quiet before 11am, which is exactly what we wanted with that many young kids. Service was excellent and attentive, and we all liked the food. Kids loved the french toast.

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K
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome brunch. Bartender was super talented. He created a custom martini for me. it was so good!

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MD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality food! Good service. Great if you love seafood!

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M
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was one of the noisiest restaurants I've ever been to. We had to shout across the table to be heard. Not kidding! I finally gave up. It was frustrating. The wait staff was really nice and had wonderful suggestions but they seemed a bit over-extended. We had 3 people come to take our drink order. Nice that they were so attentive but overall disorganized. Maybe someone called in sick?
The food was decent. Loved the dozen oysters we ordered. Came with fresh horseradish! Yay! I think the fish and chips were good according to my friends who ordered it.
Would I go back? Maybe if I didn't want to talk to my table mates.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although they did not notice it was my birthday the food was phenomenal: simple yet perfectly executed! Our server was pretty dang good too...

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i
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood and drinks. We were seated upstairs in the bar area at a 4-top. Service was attentive but not overbearing. The baby octopus appetizer was tender and delicious. Willie's bucket with oysters, mussels and clams in butter, wine and garlic is so good--highly recommend side of bread to sop up the wonderful broth!

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The bartenders make a wonderful cocktail. Had a lovely time!

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