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About Ballard Annex Oyster House

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.

5410 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Northwest, American

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

Cross Street:
Ballard Ave NW & 22nd Ave NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 783-5410

Website:
http://www.ballardannex.com/

Executive Chef:
Josh Green

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.

Private Party Contact:
Kaitlin Parker: (206) 783-5410

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room

Ballard Annex Oyster House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
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Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
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Seasonal (3)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very comfortable and very good menu selections. Always a treat.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We wanted to try the oysters and our waiter was fantastic. He had the chef pull two of each of the 7 different types of Oysters. We also had the chowder which was one of the best that we have ever had. And the Coho salmon was also fantastic.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It was a toss up. The beet salad was very delicious, along with the savory cheesecake. The baby octopus entree was just too oily. I couldn’t finish it. The chocolate cake had too much coffee flavor and not enough sugar. The “whipped” cream was.....interesting. The feeling inside the restaurant is quite nice but the service, food preparation and plate presentation leaves much to desire for the price you pay. I might go back one day but not too soon.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We went for my husband birthday and sat at the bar. We loved watching the oysters being shucked and the chowder being freshly made! Our bartender was knowlegable and very polite. The service was amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and service. Seared scallops and crab gnochi were outstanding! Added to a wonderful weekend in Seattle!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was fresh and delicious. The server was friendly and helpful. We had oysters, mussels, and salmon. Everything was wonderful. The only disappointing aspect was that the restaurant was loud. I wish it had been quieter.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

A diverse and concise menu. Great seafood options. Great oyster selection. A simple but wonderful Northwest atmosphere. Just a great Go-To place in the heart of Ballard.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Seriously an awesome food and booze experience. The oyster selection is great, the full menu selections are tasty and delicious, the cocktails are well made, and the beer offerings are great. You won't go wrong if you go here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were there for restaurant week. I ordered a few extra oysters so I could try all five varieties and they provided a little list so I could keep them all straight. My black cod was "melt in your mouth" as it should be, the vegetables nicely crisp, and the broth tasty. I licked the plate clean. Breme Brule was nicely crunchy and well flavored. Waitress was friendly and helpful.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Ate here during Seattle Restaurant Week. The food was delicious. They were sold out of the main course I was going to order, so the waitress substituted the salmon dinner for the same price, which was an above-and-beyond accommodation. It was pretty empty at 7:30 on a Tuesday, so it would be a good alternative if you're stuck with a long wait at a more popular restaurant in Ballard.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great oysters and mussels. Good Monday night dinner after good medical news.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Everything was absolutely delicious. The wine pairing with our meal was phenomenal. I wish I could have tried more of their craft cocktails (the descriptions sound so good), but my martini was perfect. I’m excited to go back to try more!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My friends and I spent a week in Seattle. We came here on our last night in search of clam steamers and overall good seafood. We were not expecting to totally fall in love with the place though! The waiter was excellent, attentive, humorous, helpful, overall awesome. I wish I knew his name so I could give him props - he had dark hair man bunned and a goatee with funky mustache. He was awesome! The food was so good too! We all had different main courses and everything was delicious! I wish we lived closer than 1,500 miles away so we could visit more often. Everything was awesome!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Waterfront, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere! Grab a cocktail and order some oysters! Cool decor on the inside too. Great for date night or a friends get together!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was good. Nothing wrong with it in general, but not something we would go out of our way to have again, especially given the premium price. The ambience was definitely more bar-like than fine dining, which was okay. The music was too loud and given the several great options in Ballard these days, I don’t see us returning to the Annex for food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wow! From the service through every course, we felt well taken care of.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fun place for a dinner with friends. Food was really good especially the crab Mac and Cheese. Will definitely come again!!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The seared scallops were amazing. Oysters, cocktails, and service were all solid and very enjoyable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Celebrating a 50th birthday, visiting from Denver, had a fantastic meal, waiter was attentive and well versed on menu items.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had a dozen oysters, the calamari appetizer, trout main dish and oyster po boy. Everything was quite tasty, though the fries were incredibly salty. Our waiter was awesome and offered to comp us due to the saltiness, but we felt everything was great, so did not do that. Only complaints was that between the hight ceiling and a rowdy crowd, it was very difficult to have a converation.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The salmon was a bit overdone, the Caesar salad was fine, we had a ton of lovely dining experiences over a week in Seattle and this was among them. Never did figure out how a trout was delivered though

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

The oysters are on point and the fish and chips are killer. Those French fries are still on my mind and I will quite possibly stop by just to get some fries to go. Everything was fresh and presented well and the service was just right.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great Beer, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Service was very good. Food was pretty good with generous portions .
Great indoor space and natural lighting for a Sunday lunch. Good spot for Sunday brunch cocktails, beautiful bar area

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great food but mediocre service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Just have to say what a great server we had! She totally anticipated everything before we knew we wanted it, was friendly, and kept things running smoothly even though she was running a fair number of tables. Thanks!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Lovely summer dinner with all the windows thrown open and the sun shining in. Arrived early for Happy Hour which was a good value. Proceeded to enjoy Raw Oysters, Scallops, Crab Mac & Cheese, Gnocchi and Lobster roll - note - this is a full price lobster part of which is on a roll, the claws are for you to crack and extract. A wonderful splurge.

There are so many restaurants to choose from in Ballard, but selected this place for their oyster selection, and we were not disappointed.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Nice ambient, good location.
Clean place not too noisy.
Nice old, big portions

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Enjoyed the oysters and seafood. Friendly service. Great food.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Great food, good service, and nice ambiance. Somewhat upscale but still casual. Prices are too high normally, but happy hour brings them in line with expectations.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was attentive. The prices were reasonable. I would definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great experience for a big group! The chef had to fillet the salmon for us so we had to wait awhile for food but we're compensated with amazing ice cream. Everything was delicious !

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