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The Best Seafood Restaurants in Seattle

No disrespect to coffee and cream cheese-smeared hot dogs, but seafood reigns as the most delicious and enduring icon of Seattle's dining scene. Emerald City chefs need not look far beyond local waters to source star ingredients for the best seafood in Seattle. Plump oysters plucked from the edges of Puget Sound, salmon from the Copper River and Dungeness crab scooped up from the Pacific all dazzle foodies citywide. But where are the most experienced, expert diners eating seafood in Seattle? Discover the Tastemaker Lists. We used data from thousands of restaurants to determine the best eateries according to OpenTable's smartest, savviest diners. Book a table and get ready to feast on the finest fish and seafood of the Pacific Northwest.

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11 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Vendemmia, Omega Ouzeri, Westward
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, Greek, Northwest
Neighborhoods:Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park, Capitol Hill / First Hill, Wallingford
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Vendemmia

$$$$
Italian
Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
4.7
924 reviews
Vendemmia’s offerings stick closely to a winning formula of comforting bowls of handmade pasta plus great wines and some of the best seafood in Seattle. The serene neighborhood eatery in Medrona features sleek, industrial-chic décor and an open kitchen. Its menu presents modern versions of Italian classics, such as spaghetti spiked with chili and strozzapreti with an octopus Bolognese. Expect a perfectly prepared Copper River sockeye salmon among the protein entrees, and local oysters, ahi crudo and a smoked fish preparation under the raw and cured section of the menu. Several of these seafood highlights feature as daily happy hour deals too.

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Omega Ouzeri

$$$$
Greek
Capitol Hill / First Hill
4.8
719 reviews
Omega Ouzeri, an authentic Greek eatery in Capitol Hill, takes inspiration from the enticing combination of ouzo and mezethes (small plates) offered at traditional ouzeris across Greece. In its light-filled blue-and-white space reminiscent of the Aegean, Omega Ouzeri presents some of the best seafood in Seattle. Its preparations represent the simple, yet perfectionist approach that characterizes classic Greek cuisine and lets the finest ingredients shine. Fish and seafood feature strongly on the dinner menu of mostly small plates. Consider the grilled octopus with potatoes, capers and dill, the calamari with potato skordalia and the pikilia plate with dips, olives, graviera cheese, sausages and Spanish sardines. There’s also a larger entrée of whole grilled Mediterranean sea bass and a fish of the day.

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Westward

$$$$
Northwest
Wallingford
4.6
1491 reviews
Westward, a hip, maritime-meets-industrial-chic space on the shores of Lake Union, boasts two lovely outdoor areas. There's a cobblestone patio in the back and in front a terrace set with Adirondack chairs right at the water’s edge. The Seattle skyline adds a stunning backdrop. The restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine prepared with carefully selected local, seasonal ingredients. This means seafood and fish dishes aplenty, a fitting complement to the waterfront setting. Don’t miss the creamy tonnato dip with house-made chips, crispy octopus salad with cauliflower and herbs, or the pan-seared halibut with a walnut-cilantro relish. A bonus: Within the restaurant is the Little Gull oyster bar and take-out market.

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Shuckers

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown
4.6
2172 reviews
Shuckers is an oyster bar inside the upscale Fairmont Seattle hotel. Its space was formerly a haberdashery and the elegant restaurant retains vintage fixtures that nod to this time, including an original tin ceiling. Naturally, seasonal oysters are the highlight among its offerings. They’re available in a choice of six preparations, among them Olympic, house-smoked, Provencal and Rockefeller. More substantial fish and seafood dishes include a couple of chowders, seared sea scallops with squash risotto, and a classic beer-battered fish and chips. Consider accompanying any meal with a pint of honey ale available on tap; it’s brewed with honey from the hotel’s rooftop beehive.

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Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

$$$$
Northwest
Downtown
4.6
1413 reviews
At Goldfinch Tavern, a chic spot inside the Four Seasons Seattle, impeccable seafood has some stiff competition from burgers, prime steaks and pasta dishes. Also vying for diners’ attention are glorious views across Puget Sound. Yet, fish and seafood specialties including Hamachi crudo, grilled octopus with olives and artichoke, and cedar plank king salmon with Pike Place Market vegetables steal the show. Goldfish Tavern is open all day, every day and presents a popular brunch on weekends. Its happy hour is notable too, with a lengthy menu of small plates plus full-size burgers, crab cakes and pastas for a steal. The Seattle Times called it “a high-end bar-snack dream.”

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Boat Bar

$$$$
Seafood
Capitol Hill / First Hill
4.7
312 reviews
Bar Melusine, a fine French restaurant plus oyster bar in Capitol Hill, is a bright and chic spot offering some of the best seafood in Seattle. Chalkboards display a daily line-up of oysters, which are perfect for mixing and matching with the restaurant’s small-plate-dominant menu. Regulars rave about the frites, which are certainly compatible with seafood-showcasing items like cured Copper River salmon with fava beans, whole-fried smelt (“fries with eyes”) and wild Alaskan cod cakes. Other highlights include a buckwheat crepe with herbed fromage blanc and English peas, and a dry-aged quarter-pound burger.

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RockCreek Seafood & Spirits

$$$$
Seafood
Fremont
4.8
2179 reviews
With the rustic-chic vibe of a luxury lakefront cabin, RockCreek Seafood and Spirits in Fremont is a cheerful two-story space in which to enjoy some excellent seafood. The lengthy menus (dinner and happy hour daily and brunch on weekends) change frequently to best showcase seasonal, sustainable fish and seafood from global sources. Look for exemplary versions of shrimp and grits, roasted sea bass and black cod Provencal. Alongside beautiful oysters on the half shell are oyster shooters doctored up with pineapple, cilantro and Fresno chile (the mezcal), ruby red grapefruit, shiso and olive oil (the vesper) and pickled pear, hijiki and sesame oil (the whisky). Seattle Magazine called RockCreek one of the best new restaurants of 2013.

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Grappa - Seattle

$$$$
Mediterranean
Queen Anne
4.7
843 reviews
Grappa, a cocktail bar and Mediterranean restaurant in Queen Anne, is a lovely place to enjoy some of the best seafood in Seattle. Small plates feature strongly on the dinner menu, among them seafood showcases like Dungeness crab ravioli, grilled octopus with a lemon beurre blanc sauce, and mussels with Italian sausage and a wedge of focaccia on the side. Larger plates perfect for seafood lovers include a risotto with smoked salmon, prawns and lobster bisque, halibut Provencal and a paella packed with prawns, mussels and calamari plus chicken and sausage. Look to the grappa list for a comprehensive array of drinks that exude the Mediterranean in every sip.

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Matt's in the Market

$$$$
Northwest
Downtown
4.8
1412 reviews
With its unmatched setting above Pike Place Market, Matt’s in the Market would be bustling at all hours even with just-OK food. Rest assured, the crowd is there as much for the top-notch cuisine – certainly some of the best seafood in Seattle – as the iconic venue and sweeping bay views. Fish and seafood naturally come as fresh as can be from the market below, as do seasonal produce and organic meats. Regulars enthusiastically recommend the catfish sandwich at lunch time, which comes crusted in cornmeal and dressed in sambal mayo on pillowy potato bread. Dinnertime highlights include seared scallops with marcona almonds, labne and veal sweatbreads, and a seafood stew with a roasted shellfish broth.

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Shaker + Spear

$$$$
Seafood
Belltown / Pike Place Market
4.6
1638 reviews
The most notable assets of Shaker + Spear are its lovely and light-filled space inside the upscale Kimpton Palladian Hotel, super-friendly service and a menu packed with some of the best seafood in Seattle. It’s a straightforward formula resulting in a superior dining experience, especially for those seeking top-notch fish and seafood. A few exemplary dishes include shareable salt cod beignets, Dungeness crab and sunchoke dip, and diver scallops with cauliflower and barley risotto. Daily breakfasts offer seafood by way of a crab cake Benedict. Shaker + Spear hosts brunch on weekends too.

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Tulio

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.6
3589 reviews
Tulio, part of the Hotel Vintage downtown, is an old-school upscale Italian restaurant suited to romantic meals and special-occasion dining. Chef Walter Pisano’s North Italian cuisine is simultaneously rustic and sophisticated. His expertly conceived seafood preparations include Sicilian-style Penn Cove mussels, linguine with local clams and preserved lemon, and halibut with black lentils and a creamy saffron vinaigrette. Note that Tulio has dedicated gluten-free menus for lunch and dinner. Among many accolades, Travel and Leisure named Tulio one of the best Italian restaurants in the nation in 2012.

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