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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.
Seattle, WA 98109
Hours of Operation:
Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
$31 to $50
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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.
South Lake Union Street Car
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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