Had a lovely dinner enjoyed the fresh oysters, nice champagne!
If you like seafood and PNW cuisine, then you won’t be disappointed at the Ballard Annex. I love this place.
Exceptional service from our waitress and delicious food made for a wonderful night out.
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.
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!!
Fabulous service and delicious oysters.
Great happy hour after a day skiing.
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
The food was delicious and the ambience very lively. The staff was very helpful and welcoming.
Amazing food and service
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.
The whole trout was amazing! Great atmosphere, perfect for big groups or couples.
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.
What a great new years dinner!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Great & fresh oysters.
Oyster Rockefeller's were some of the best I've had.
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.
Awesome brunch. Bartender was super talented. He created a custom martini for me. it was so good!
High quality food! Good service. Great if you love seafood!
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.
Although they did not notice it was my birthday the food was phenomenal: simple yet perfectly executed! Our server was pretty dang good too...
Great food. The bartenders make a wonderful cocktail. Had a lovely time!
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!
Very comfortable and very good menu selections. Always a treat.
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.
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.
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.
Great food and service. Seared scallops and crab gnochi were outstanding! Added to a wonderful weekend in Seattle!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great oysters and mussels. Good Monday night dinner after good medical news.
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!