Shaker + Spear

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Seafood
Shaker + Spear is all about seafood paired with fresh, regional ingredients. We invite you to enjoy dishes and drinks in a neighborly atmosphere set among one of Seattle's coolest neighborhoods, Belltown. Helmed by Chef Carolynn Spence, Shaker + Spear features market fresh and decidedly innovative fare focused on local sourcing and sustainable fishing. Shaker + Spear is a restaurant favorite of visitors seeking a respite from a busy day of shopping at nearby Pike Place Market or walking along the Puget Sound. A nightcap at the adjacent Pennyroyal bar satisfies both parties nightly until 12am.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal with outstanding service.

K
Denver
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, outstanding service and very attentive service. Will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kate was our waitress and she was absolutely amazing!!!

HF
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This modern restaurant can compete with the best restaurants around the world (including those in my Melbourne hometown).

OT
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding

OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katie is awesome

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tastiest seafood we’ve had in a long time. A great spot to grab dinner before a show. We will definitely go again.

R
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the chefs bar and were able to see all the dishes prepared. I can’t wait to come back and try more of the menu.

L
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful interesting menu and food, elegant but inviting atmosphere, fun and friendly waitperson

H
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lively, festive and executed at a fantastic level for our NYE dining experience. From the maître d’ who greated and seated us, to Keegan, our waiter; every detail and in whole, it was about as great an experience as I’ve had in Seattle. Keegan was superbly versed at dealing with and suggesting menu items for a person w multiple food allergies. Aside from that, he was perfectly friendly and efficient! I have dined here before and been impressed, but maybe the festive occasion made it all that much better! Keep it up S&S, you are appreciated by these two diners (at the very least, but likely thousands more)!

SF
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service and lively atmosphere. Love this place, will go again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! The food was fantastic.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We arrived early and the hostess graciously seated us. Crab dip appetizer and Delicata salad was amazing. Lamb meatball appetizer was tasty but tiny tiny portion for the price.

Biggest disappointment was the Rosemary Popover. Popovers should be hot, airy, light and steamy, but these were dense and cold. The outer crust was tough, it took major effort to rip a piece off and chew. Yuck.

The Chicken and Dumplings was ok. The crispy fried chicken skin was intriguing and unique touch, but the skins were over done so incredibly hard and chewy.

Service was friendly, but incredibly slow.

For the price point, it was an inconsistent dining experience which leaves me unenthusiastic about returning.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food (especially for seafood lovers), great ambiance with the right amount of dimmed light and moderate background music, amazing service with great recommendations from the server and sommelier!! Salt cod beignets, crab and sunchoke dip, Arctic char, and seafood paella stood out as Star dishes. Overall fantastic experience for celebratory family dinner out!

JB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from start to finish. My third time for the snapper and it did not disappoint.

A
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best duck confit I have ever had! Everything else was delicious, too. We shared 2 apps, 2 sides, an entree, dessert, and 2 drinks, and our bill was only $120, which I thought was a great value. Our server was so sweet, knowledgeable about the menu, and gave great recommendations. We were there for my boyfriend's birthday, and they made it special. I would definitely recommend.

LH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambience. Highly recommend this restaurant.

ST
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The draft beer came in two sizes so I ordered the larger which turned out to be very small. That got the evening out on a sour note.

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate here with my family, including my twin 7-year old girls. I would classify the food as fine dining, but the atmosphere was loud and slightly raucous so my kids blended right in. One of my daughters is picky, so we asked for the staple of noodles and butter and they were happy to oblige. The waiter was very helpful and enthusiastic and the food was divine. I had the salt cod beignets as the appetizer which were scrumptous but not as amazing as the rest of the meal. For my main courses I had the octopus and the duck confit. Both dishes were divine, but the octopus was next level amazing. My wife had the paella. We went to Spain last summer and she said that this paella was definitely comparable to some of the best paella we had there. Overall, this was one of the best restaurants I have visited in a long time.

1
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. The staff was excellent as well as the food. I will definitely return. Thanks!

j
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent and the service top notch. Always an enjoyable experience!

MS
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant. We enjoyed everything we ordered. The salt cod appetizer was great, oysters were tasty, the charred octopus was fabulous, the Arctic Char was delicious, and the apple beignet really was delightful. What a nice treat to have all this great food and great service, too. Thank you.

S
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t express how amazing this restaurant is, from the service, to the food, and the ambiance. Each time we came in we’ve interacted greatly with the staff and as we make our way through the menu there’s not one dish that we do not enjoy. From chef Channel’s kindness and beast mode cooking, to the managers attentiveness especially Ryan, and the helpful and sweet servers like Mitch we are always in for the best experience with every visit.

MB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and the service was awesome....friendly, genuine, warm. Beignets were delicious, brunch was yummy, though my burger was way overcooked. Def would go again.

S
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service and nice modern atmosphere. The food could use a bit of work though as one of our appetizers came it cold - twice. Entrees were just Ok given the prices. Fun place to dine but don’t come in looking for a gourmet food experience

F
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here before a show at the 5th Ave. Every bite was amazing! I can't think of a single thing we did not enjoy!! Even the names of the drink/cocktails were funny and great!

H
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was clean and we were greeted immediately with smiles.
Drinks were delish and the food - everything was good. Arctic cod, pork chops, fried whole bass, charted octopus, and cod beignets.
Dessert was also amazing apple beignets and the special of pumpkin ice cream with pumpkin cake in it. That was sweet - my kid loved it.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The place was very nice, service was outstanding. The food was a bit salty for my taste, but presented very nicely.

KV
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good but not great breakfast! Ate at Shaker + Spear on Saturday after reading good Yelp reviews. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing - smoked salmon frittata - but I was expecting more. It tasted like an over salted egg puff. Needless to say, I was disappointed. My wife ordered the waffle with the sausage bits baked into the batter. That was much better than what I had! So, again, maybe I just ordered the wrong thing. I'd go back to Shaker + Spear, but I'd probably stay away from the frittata and order something else. Beyond the food, the mimosas were good (can't really screw up a mimosa), as was the coffee. And the ambiance was nice. I wish the waitress would've checked on a us a bit more than she had. After we received our food, she did not come back to our table until I motioned her over so I can order a side dish. Anyway, give it a try and maybe you'll have a better first visit than I had.

J
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a return trip to Shaker + Spear with friends, having been there once on a date. My friends and I started with oysters, greek lamb meatballs, and the caramelized onion and chèvre beggar's purse, these latter two outstanding. For the mains, I had the diver scallops, expertly prepared, and my friends went for the linguine and clams (which came with a fennel sausage ragu) and the seafood paella. All of the offerings were original and interesting, with lovely flavors that were a step away (and above) the more banal offerings at many seafood restaurants. But what made the evening special was our extraordinary server, the master of attentiveness without intrusiveness. She kept our glasses full, our tummies pleased (many of the choices were her recommendations), and our conversations flowing. Highly recommended for both intimate dates (yup, that first one went well) and special gatherings for family and friends.

LG
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was lovely! We were there mid-day so we had the place to ourselves. This allowed us to chat up our server and get to know the place and the menu. We went with a lot of his recommendations and everything was great. The drinks were great, the food was great, the service was great. The restaurant was open, welcoming, it had a great ambiance and the service was exemplary. Highly recommend!!!

DP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful, will go back!

KK
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a nice place to eat. I've now tried both brunch and dinner a few times, and all my visits were very enjoyable. quality of the food is amazing, excellent service, and very comfortable dining environment. This place remains one of my favorite in Seattle. Their sister bar Penny Royal is also fantastic!

ST
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant. We asked our server about the prep for each food and she assured us the shrimp and the whole fish were not prepared similar as they sounded both deep fried . So we ordered both and they were the identical prep and Was way too much friend food. Both delicious but. Should not have both been recommended. Otherwise a lovely experience.

OT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter, Mitch was fantastic... catered to our every “need”....and the food and atmosphere was terrific too!

JC
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My 3rd visit. Asked earlier, I'd have given a max overall rating, based solely on liking the meal we ordered better on last visits. Must say though, the octopus we just had was tender & delucious. Restaurant is pleasing as to size (not too large), decor and noise level. Even when full it's never too noisy. You can talk to your date at normal voice volume. The food is great and service is always wonderful. Our latest server, Robin, is lovely. Great restaurant.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was at 6:45pm on Thanksgiving. However, due to the delay from the last customers, we were not seated until 7:35pm. Though the waiting area in the lobby of the hotel was not bad, that was not the best start for our Thanksgiving dinner.

Once we’ve got seated, the experience was super nice:) We like our server Robin, she’s super efficient, friendly, and thoughtful.
The space in the restaurant was not huge but very cozy, chic, and stylish. Me and my family, who were visiting Seattle the first time definitely love it. The most important things of the night, the food, were bravo!

The holiday special, traditional turkey was not the best only bc turkey itself is dry, and I am not a big fan of it. But everything else, which are on their regular menu are so delightful. I love the seafood paella so so much!

It was our first time at Shaker + Spear and I am planning to return the next time in town!

Though, it would have been a better experience without the 40min wait. Or, maybe a tiny complimentary something, sparkling water or a cookie.

AG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is impeccable, menu is enticing and the food is nothing short of superb. Duck confit is a must-have.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had a 2pm reservation for lunch on thanksgiving day. I spoke with the restaurant the day before after learning that they close between lunch and dinner. I wanted to be sure we wouldn’t be rushed. I was assured that we would not. As it turns out we were. Entrees were brought out with the salads. Dessert menu was dropped before we were done with our entrees. Food was fine, but none of us were happy with how we were rushed through the meal.

LP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love it!! I dined here on Thanksgiving. Incredible food with outstanding service. I can't wait to return to Shaker and Spear this weekend for their crab cakes and scotch olives, among other great plates.