About Chandler's Crabhouse

Chandler's Crabhouse is the premier waterfront restaurant in Seattle for the world's finest crab, the freshest seafood and steaks.

Chandler's Crabhouse has established itself as an institution in the Pacific Northwest since 1988. Our style of service is technically correct, attentive, warm and welcoming.
In addition to our commitment to the highest quality in food and service, we are committed to an extensive wine list that allows our guests to pair great wines with the finest available crab and seafood the season has to offer.

Chandler’s Crabhouse includes a 20% service charge on each guest check. Chandler’s Crabhouse retains the full service charge and compensates team members in the form of wages, commissions, benefits, or otherwise, in accord with employment agreements and understandings in place.

901 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Bar
Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Aloha

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 223-2722

Website:
http://www.chandlerscrabhouse.com/

Parking Details:
Diamond Parking Lot $6.00 for 3 hours. Street level parking parallel to Fairview Avenue - Back in angle at city meters. Pay only till 6 pm.

Public Transit:
South Lake Union Street Car

Executive Chef:
Jeff McCartney

Private Party Facilities:
The Lakeview Room can accommodate parties of up to 35 people. A waterfront deck with a spectacular view is available for your dining and party needs.

Private Party Contact:
Chandler's Crabhouse Private Dining: (888) 906-8559

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Chandler's Crabhouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Casual (3)
Cozy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (2)
Fun (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined 16 hours ago

The 20% imposed service charge probably makes sense but in practice it no doubt is the reason the service was so poor. The our waiter seemed to have zero incentive to be attentive and responsive. The food was excellent but the service was as poor as it gets. Our table wasn’t bussed. We had to track someone down to clear our table. We had to ask several times for our waiter to come to our table. When we finally got our check we couldn’t find our waiter again and after 15 minutes finally gave up and took the check to the front desk and asked to have someone run the payment. Unfortunately there was no way to reward superior service at Chandlers nor, as in this case, “appropriately” tip for the poor, inattentive and generally inferior service we received. With an imposed standard service charge restaurant management really needs to ensure a high standard of service by the waitstaff since their compensation performance is not directly (if at all) tied to the quality of service they provide.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was good and the location had a good view. I highly recommend trying the whisky crab soup. The service left more to be desired. I expected better service given the required 20% gratuity. Our waters were not refilled without asking during our dining experience and our waiter was not very attentive.

My wife and I had purchased gift cards from Costco. When we paid for the bill partially with the gift cards, I found that my debit card was still charged the full amount after we left. I returned and the manager talked to the waiter and sent him back to talk to me. The waiter assured me that the error will be corrected the next day. The manager never followed up with me.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

We were celebrating an anniversary and our Valentiene's Day. Everything was perfect!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Fun
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 5 days ago

There’s only one place in Seattle to go for king crab!

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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

For the price I would have expected better service and tastier food. The portion size was good. The service was fine but not exceptional. The food didn't taste any better than other places that cost half as much.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

This is one of my favorite restaurants. We come here for date nights, Birthdays, when family comes to town, business dinners and any other time we’re downtown. The food is always fabulous, the staff is very attentive and it’s just always an enjoyable experience. We will goo back for sure and have recommended Chandler’s to many others. Keep up the great work!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Casual, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Nice place food was good however for the price the portion was very small.

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Although it was wonderful, we found out that Chandler's Crabhouse will be closing their doors for good sometime in September 2018. Paul Allen will be taking over the cove and put in more buildings. Daniel's Lake Union will also be gone but will reopen at the Hyatt Hotel. So sad to see Chandler's Crabhouse closing after 30 years!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The service was outstanding and the food was fantastic.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I went to Chandlers to celebrate our anniversary and we were treated to an outstanding meal with impeccable, attentive service. We will return and I recommend it to everyone looking for a great dining experience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The clam chowder was one of the best that I've ever had. I was disappointed with the crab mac and cheese that I ordered. I couldn't find any crab pieces. Usually when I order this meal at other restaurants there are pieces of crab on top of the mac and cheese.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Enjoyable meal with personable and helpful service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

All of the staff were very courtious and professional. Our server Maria was excellent, and was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. Food was absolutely delicious and the restaurant was beautiful. Food was pricy but definitely worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Chandler's Crabhouse is famous for their crab cakes and they deserve that reputation. Their 1/2 lb Dungeness Crab Cake is truly the best. We split one and each had a salad, and it was plenty! The ambiance and service was very nice, and we enjoyed our meal there. Great spot right on Lake Union -- get a view table. It's fun to check out the yachts.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I've never been disappointed with Chandler's. It's been a few years since I've been there, but I was shocked at the prices this time. In addition to the overpriced food, they now charge you 20% extra on top of the bill. And that doesn't include the tip. I don't know if that's how they roll in all of Seattle nowadays, but at those prices I can't afford to go back anytime soon. 3 people with 1 drink (1 pop, 1 lemonade, 1 cocktail) each and the bill was over 3 C notes. The food was great and the service fair - the waiter said they were short staffed on a Saturday night. I like the restaurant, just can't afford it.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing as always. The view of the water is so comforting. Tasting the fresh seafood with superb service is nothing short of perfection!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We came for our anniversary, but were underwhelmed by the dining experience--especially considering the total for our meal was ~$200. Not the Friday night environment we were expecting!

At the start of the meal they put a note on the table stating that there is a 20% service charge applied to the check, to share the gratuity to all members of the team. Seems nice, but we had pretty lousy service (maybe because of this policy?):
The server came by infrequently, didn't interact much at all, and then took one of our plates while my wife was still eating! There was no personal connection with any of the service team, and in general we felt like we were imposing on people by frequenting their establishment.

It seemed like things were sort of half-way done, which was fairly disappointing for a couple Out-of-Towners coming into the city for a special night.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Our group enjoyed our experience. The Alaskan king crab legs were the biggest hit! The service was friendly an attentive.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We had lovely dinner. From start to finish, the food, service and setting was great.
Could add some veggies to the steak entree(other than mashed potatoes.)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The bread was hot, seafood was fresh & excellent service!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The food was delicious and our waitress was very helpful in giving us recommendations. I wish they had more beer choices, both draft and bottled. In this day and age, a lot of people expect it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I love Chandler's, and am a frequent customer. I wanted to celebrate with my wife's birthday and experience the seafood week. Very disappointed, we order the three specials, and nothing desirable, also I felt they were overpriced.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I have been a fan of Chandlers for many years and it’s been a go to place for special occasions! The crab wasn’t served the way we’ve been use to for so long it was disappointing. The crab meat wasn’t is chunks, it was shredded and fluffed atop my salad. The crab in my prawns was shredded as well. It seemed like the presentation was to make it look like there was more crab there than there actually was!?

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Our birthday celebration was noted by the hostess when we checked in. Our server provided excellent service and when it came time for desert we were presented a very good desert for the birthday party without our asking.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 18, 2018

They charge a 20% service charge which is their tip, which is taxed as well.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We were here for Mothers Day and did not have good experience. Very limited menu due to a Mothers Day only menu. You could not choose from regular menu. Drinks took forever to come and were not offered second until we were done with food. Waiter set down bill without even asking if we wanted dessert or coffee. Some dishes were okay but none were great. Would not go again with large group or special occasion, did not seem to be able to handle how busy restaurant was that day.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Waterfront, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Last time I was here was more than 6 months ago and this time I had family in town and wanted to treat them to a nice dinner. I was hoping the surf n turf special would still be going on but right now it is Crabfest through Memorial Day. Last time we paid $50 for what is normally a $69 entree so this time we paid full price which would have been fine had the entree been prepared well. We ordered 3 portions of the USDA Prime Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail and a side of mushrooms and broccolini. We skipped the drinks because they were not good last time.

The entree looked good but that's where it ended. The mashed potatoes and lobster were fine. We all asked for medium rare on the steaks but they were cooked closer to medium but since the meat was tender enough we did not send it back. The sauce on the steak was the worst. It was a viscous brown gravy that did nothing to enhance the flavor of the steak. It was bland. I moved my steak over to the lobster side to use that sauce which was a little better. Next, the sides were a failure. Our favorite mushrooms were not palatable. The mushrooms were a flavorless, watery mess. We sent this one back for them to remake and it came out a bit better the second time but still nowhere near as good as last time. The broccolini also needed improvement. It felt oily and hard, like it needed a little more roasting time.

The person making the sauces tonight was not good. This person was probably the one responsible for the mushrooms too. I always thought Chandler's was consistent in their quality but after this disappointing visit I'm going to say that spending my hard earned money here was not worth it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Was very disappointed. Ordered truffle fries. They were not fries but potato wedges and most of them were undercooked. It should be more specific on the menu about being wedges. Also calamari was just ok, nothing special. Had the surf and turf. Lobster came with a sauce on it, again not stated on menu so had to send it back for one without sauce. Although the steak was good. Our server was very polite. And the rolls weren't fresh crust was very hard. Won't be going back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This was a planned evening with our daughter and spouse. We could not have been more pleased. First time we have dined at Chandlers and although expensive for our normal dining fare, the food was prepared so well that we did not feel it was overpriced.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Had a great window table to gaze out at the Seattle rain. Food was excellent. Pleasant ambiance. It's fairly pricey, but good for a special occasion.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Greeted by staff with Happy Birthday wishes, everybody very friendly, table in a quiet spot with a view. Waiter (Brian) was very attentive, wine was a bit on the expensive side, food was very good.
Both of us were very happy with our selections. Felt a bit rushed which was not necessary as there were many empty tables. A good experience.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 26, 2017

I had not been to Chandlers recently. In my prior visits they had the freshest and best seafood available.

On this occasion food quality was sadly disappointing.

I got crabcakes. These were of low quality, tasting stale, uninspiring and dry. These would have been disappointing even in a fast food restaurant. Definitely not worth the substantial price this restaurant charges.

I tried a standard, ice cream for dessert. Strange flavors, overly sweet and thoroughly unpleasant.

I don't know if I just had a bad day or if this restaurant has fallen from its former grace.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 22, 2017

When we arrived we were greeted very nicely and were promptly seated . Our cocktail order was taken and it arrived in a timely manner. I ordered crab on ice and it was excellent, my husband ordered the choppino which arrived luke warm but when sent back was nice and hot.
We enjoyed our dinner and will be coming back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

To whom it may concern... This is my experience at your restaurant...The positive, nice ambiance, good food. The bad, service. The waiter got the first course order wrong. Ok, no problem. I am a low maintenance kind of guy. The second course (surf and turf) was very under cooked. Our server never checked back to see if everything was okay. I asked another server if she could find our waiter and she never did. I flagged down a manager and he re-plated the food only the steak was still under cooked. The ugly, %20 gratuity. The word tip is an acronym for "To Insure Promptness". I don't mind the included gratuity even if I receive mediocre service but this establishment failed on every turn when it came to service. I would have given zero stars for service if I could have.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We went for my wife's birthday this week. We used to go to Chandler's fairly regularly about 10 years ago, but haven't much in recent years. Anyway, we were really surprised and disappointed in how the quality of the food has declined. Our appetizer was a crab stuffed mushrooms and it was undercooked (mushrooms were still hard) and not flavorful at all. Our main courses weren't much better. My wife had the crab stuffed salmon, which was just ok, but she really disliked the roasted vegetables (which we had to pay $4 extra to substitute in for the default vegetable on the plate). I had the seared ahi tuna which was a huge let down. I love seared ahi (I get it at Daniel's all the time and love it there). But this one had some type of seasoning and oil that made it unbearably spicy (and I like spicy food--I travel and eat in India often). It also had a cous cous salad or something with it that I really thought was bad. I got a cup of the Whiskey Crab soup (which I used to order every time I came). Even that isn't as good as it used to be; the crab pieces in it were stringy and brownish (the flavor was ok, but it seemed like it had been sitting on a burner all day long).

Anyway, this was just a big disappointment. We were actually talking about getting this restaurant back into our regular rotation before the meal; no way we're going back after that. Way too expensive for the kind of food quality you'd expect at Red Lobster.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We were there to celebrate a family birthday. The great views created a the ambiance we always look forward to when coming here. The food was great and Brian our server was outstanding. We would recommend Chandlers for a special dining experience as you can count on fresh ingredients, great service an that special view!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Went to Chandler's for Seattle Restaurant Week. Good selection and variation for each of the 3 courses. Food was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Food was mediocre and service sucked! With some Seattle restaurants adding 20% service charge we felt that we were basically being robbed and can't do anything about it. I wouldn't mind paying the service charge if we've gotten good service. Our server didn't even try. Came by once to fill water and that was it. However, there was a server there that worked his butt off and we wished we had him. This service charge thing really makes it unfair for some that do work hard and some just don't give a rats about cause they know in the end they will get it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 13, 2017

A colleague from KC and I went to dinner during Seattle Restaurant Week. I chose to have the fried Brussels sprouts for the appetizer which I've never had before. I had a different sauce on request--Garlic aioli. Surprisingly, the appetizer was so delicious. Great taste and texture with the sauce. My second course was the steak medallions with crab, including mashed potatoes. I was so full that I ate less than half of the entree and had the waitstaff pack the rest home for me to enjoy another night. For dessert, I had the Valrona Chocolate Torte. It was really rich, creamy, and to-die-for. I took most of it home so that I could enjoy it again. I'll have to say that since I devoured the Brussels sprouts, I was so full I couldn't eat the rest of the two courses. Didn't care too much about paying for parking.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 12, 2017

A very pleasant and relaxing evening with very f=good food and ambience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Waterfront
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