Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

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Seafood
Known for its constantly changing seasonal menu and diverse selection of seafood, Chef John Howie's Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar is a showcase of unique preparations representing various culinary styles and geographies. The restaurant offers signature dishes and small, shareable plates featuring items from the sea and land, and a diverse array of sushi, sashimi and fresh local oysters from the Raw Bar. Seastar’s wine program boasts more than 750 wines and the prestigious Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.


A 20% service charge is included on each check. Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar retains 100% of the service charge. Our professional service team receives industry leading compensation.

Specials

All Day Happy Hour every Sunday

Enjoy Happy Hour in the lounge every Sunday from 4pm - 9pm

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 23, 2019

Ends: July 24, 2118

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 3616 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place making this my go to for a good night out

FM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was great but service was very slow

MA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was delicious. I'm just picking, but there were some shells in the first of the 3 crab cakes. But other than that, everything was absolutely delicious!!

JH
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Fabulous service on a crazy Valentine’s Day. They just know how to work it and deliver amazing food and service every time

VB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was outstanding, unfortunately the service was, once again, subpar. We were there to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Two examples of poor service: 1) we asked for bread when our first drinks were delivered. We had to remind our wait person over 20 minutes later. It was finally delivered about the same time as our entrees arrived. 2) our entrees were delivered while our appetizer plates were still in front of us.
Regretfully (because the food has always been very good) we will not be going back. This is the third time in a row that service was an issue.

TM
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Usually our great go to place for an outstanding meal. This time we are disappointed. The automatic service fee that is now attached is also taxed. Not at all sure how much of this goes to the server. We did leave extra cash for the server as he did a great job. (Hopefully he got to keep 100% of that) The food - I’m not going to say great. Salmon was an incredibly small piece and way over cooked. Ahi was outstanding as was the poke we had for a starter. We will go back - but most likely only for happy hour.

BB
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT food and GREAT service!!!!

MC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Ambiance and seating location was good. No full set of silverware on the table, only a fork, no salt and pepper. Waiter was drooling while taking our order. Food was not that great. Over-rated restaurant.

D
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We are regular patrons of Seastar. It is disappointing to find they have decided to demand an automatic tip on all services. Additionally this service fee is also taxed. The service has not changed and the evening we attended it took at least 10 minutes to get water.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booked through open table and marked birthday for special occasion, but disappointed that the birthday wasn’t acknowledged and we weren’t asked if we were celebrating any special occasions. Not sure if there was a disconnect between open table and the restaurant. Other than that food and service was great.

FB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a little on the expensive side, but it is worth it! I took my parents here for lunch when they were in town - they were on the fence about going there - but now, they can't wait to come back! I got the hooked on the Dungeness Crab Bisque.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and excellent service. This visit was no exception

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Parking was easy. They were able to seat us earlier than our reservation time. The food was phenomenal! The staff was very attentive. We will definitely be back!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always five star in my book. I loved the crab cocktail! My husband had a steak and loved that. Thank you for being there!

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome sushi and fish entrees. Roasted cauliflower is so good!

FG
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb, our server was very knowledgeable and sweet and the ambiance was perfect!

NA
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining experience from beginning to end. I always appreciate good service especially when the service charge of 20% is already included in your bill.

JR
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Beautiful place, slow service. Our waitress immediately let us know 20% gratuity is included, so maybe there's no incentive left for great service?

Food was great, but not as amazing as previous visits.

AD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, service was great. I think we were lost in the bustle a bit as the first interaction took about 15 minutes but after that it was wonderful. This new 20% fee that restraunts are charging has me completely turned off. If I go there and you charge it, it will be the last time. This is the case with Seastar. I didnt come here to save money, raise your prices. Paying 20% to walk through the door is ridiculous.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Might have been an off night, usually great every other time we’ve gone. Food wasn’t seasoned, I don’t think at all. Wine glass wasn’t sure if was still wet or not washed, had to ask for another glass. Had reservations and still had to wait 15 and when we first got there they couldn’t even tell us how long it was going to be. Started think about option B. Bright side, the deserts were amazing. Like I said usually love this place, will be back again, maybe just a bad night.

K
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were one of the UNLUCKY tables seated next to the group table in the first of Seastar's 2 rooms. I have been seated near and away from this table of 14, in the past, but this weekend night it has 20 guests! VOLUME was pretty high at times and made conversation for our family of 3 hard. Staff was polite and explained that the party was booked for 14 but arrived with 20- should not have been the problem for the rest of the guests in the vicinity. I will be sure to specify by seating preference in the future and weigh more fine dining options on the Eastside.

BS
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slightly overpriced and very, very noisy. Unable to carry on a conversation at our table of 4. Mark up on wine list was criminal.

ST
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent tonight!!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food and drinks were excellent, service staff was friendly and attentive. The space feels a little unrefined, but overall a very pleasant experience. Then I received the bill. That’s when I found out that Seastar charges a 20% service fee, none of which is passed on to the actual service staff. Incongruously, the service charge explanation states that Seastar employees are compensated above industry average, yet John Howie himself cites rising minimum wage as one of the factors necessitating this charge. My server was exceptional, and deserving of a tip, so I wound up paying double gratuity. In all, Seastar’s prices seemed appropriate to what I’m accustomed to paying for similar quality of cuisine and service (in Seattle as well as other markets), while the ambiance fell short. Seems Mr. Howie has just found a way to reap additional profit from his staff’s efforts. I won’t be back.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The quality of the food here is top notch. They show a lot of creativity and attention to detail in their seafood dishes. It is not overly pretentious. The prices are a bit high, but I didn't mind paying the automatic 20% gratuity knowing that it went to the wait staff. I was traveling and stopped on the recommendation of a colleague. Worth a detour.

H
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Time after time Michelle and her team make our dinners joy to remember

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was ok, but not worth price

n
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service - but gets very, very noisy when the restaurant fills up. Hard to carry on conversations.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was top notch, but hostess tried to sit us at a crap table so it took some talking to get to an ideal dining location.

s
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Menu is too dull and over priced. Its ok to have premium items but they should have some regular items and moderately priced so a couple can order a mixed group of items.
They don’t pretend to be a steak house yet they have steak and lobster with no baked potato.
There is no Wagu burger on the dinner menu; just in the happy hour bar menu.
The location is also dull with no traffic for exciting and vibrant evening.

MO
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My crab bisque was absolutely amazing! I however wasn’t very impressed with my fish. Overall it was a great time and I would dine here again but order something different for dinner.

SK
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love Seastar a lot. The food service was really slow this time and especially between salad and entrée. About 30 minutes. I do not think is was our server, but the kitchen, as a number of tables around us seemed to be waiting for their food too.

We will be back however.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good. Seastar is consistently great

JY
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband really likes everything. Our server was nice too. I personally like the crab cake and the grilled salmon fillet. The salmon was juicy and the sauce for the crab cake was unique. Molten Cake and coconut cream pie were good (weren't too sweet but flavorful). We will definitely be back !!!

JM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have never been disappointed as a patron of Seastar Restaurant.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Restaurant was nice, waitstaff did an outstanding job. We enjoyed our meal including some sushi, seafood samplers, lobster sandwich, and oysters. Will definitely be back to try more stuff on the menu

SM
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food excellent service.

I
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service perhaps the best we’ve had in a long time. Attentive but not too present engaging and checked on us Happy to see my fave on the menu again.

KG
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent as always - service was slow and forgetful

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

CONSISTENTLY fabulous. Once again, we had a great experience at SeaStar. The service was impeccable. The menu selections were enticing and wide-ranging. The food was delectable. John Howie's teams never miss a beat.

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