Shuckers

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1763 reviews
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Boasting the beautifully carved oak paneling and unique tin ceiling of the haberdashery it once was in the 1930's, Shuckers is one of Seattle's oldest and most pre-eminent oyster bars. With a daily menu featuring a selection of fresh fish and seafood, Shuckers brims with 13 different kinds of oysters prepared nine different ways and features local artisan microbrews.

The Zagat Restaurant Survey coins Shuckers as a 'Seattle classic' that is one of the 'best seafood restaurants in town' with 'great ambiance' and 'excellent service.'
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CP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have always enjoyed Shuckers, even way back when it was part of the Four Seasons Olympic. Food always lives up to expectations and ambience is very appropriate to this kind of establishment. We had a very seasoned, professional waiter who helped us with my birthday dinner on the 17th. Sorry but forgot his name. Will definitely keep going back to Shuckers when in Seattle.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have been there a half dozen times and were always pleased. This was hopefully an off night as both the food and the service were just ok. Our shrimp was under cooked. When we mentioned this to the server he offered to exchange the couple we hadn’t eaten. Nothing terrible, but not the stellar experience we have had in the past.

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m
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful experience we had. If ever in Seattle, I will re visit.

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C
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Shucker’s is a good place to go before the theater, which we do at least once every season. The cobb salad was not a cobb salad as I know it. It was a big bowl of bibb lettuce, a hard boiled egg, grape tomatoes and avocado. Maybe it was the presentation that I didn’t like. The Green Goddess dressing was delicious. As well as the clam chowder. My friend enjoyed her fish and chips. The service was good.

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W
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shuckers is one of Seattle's iconic seafood restaurants. As one might expect they are generally known for their fresh Oysters. On our most recent visit I had the fresh caught Halibut Fish and Chips (OMG) and my wife had the fresh sheet special Halibut which was also amazing.
There just aren't enough superlatives to express how much this restaurant lives up to its reputation.

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Essex
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service excellent, food excellent, a little expensive and a bit casual for the type of hotel.

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T
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shucker's and our waiter Steve once again served up a terrific meal. Very attentive service. The food was excellent. We will be back.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

During our trip to Seattle we were looking for an enjoyable seafood dinner. After perusing trip advisor and yelp and reviewing the menu, we landed upon Shuckers. It was shown to be highly rated within the Seattle area. We arrived a bit before our reservation and were quickly seated. Note: Shuckers is located inside the Fairmont hotel, if we would have known this beforehand we would have picked another place. Once seated we were greeted by our server and ordered drinks. As we start reviewing the menu, it is different from the menu that was on Yelp/Trip advisor. Two individuals had wanted to try the Ahi Tuna, but settled for the Scallops. I ordered the burger, and another friend had the chef recommendation of the day Salmon and clams. Our drinks arrived and were good and a bit later the food arrived. Upon first impression, I felt horrible for my two friends that ordered scallops. The dish itself was $44 and there were 3 small scallops and probably a half of a cup of risotto. There feedback was the scallops were chewy and over cooked and the risotto had been drown in lemon. My other friend who had the Salmon and clams didn’t even eat his meal. He shared the salmon was over cooked and didn’t have a good flavor. Lastly, my burger was so salty I only had a few bites. We were very disappointed and expected more for a $200+ dinner for four. My recommendation if you are looking for seafood, there are better options.

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R
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cramped. The server and people could not move. Redesign.

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Staff very friendly and accommodating. We went there for our wives birthday celebration. They gave us excellent complimentary desserts to acknowledge birthdays. They seemed to have a more limited menu from the time of our last visit. The restaurant feels a little cramped especially for 4 people. Also it can be quite noisy. Oysters and seafood was very good. My brick chicken was slightly on dry side but flavorful. Salads were very good.

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DP
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, especially the roasted brussells sprouts (who would have known? :) Our server was also amazing - very attentive without being overbearing, never hovered around us, either. Wish we had had more time for dessert and coffee.

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K
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for a good seafood restaurant in the Tacoma area, and this one seemed to have good reviews so I thought I would give it a try. First of all, Claire was an exceptional waitress, and the staff that greeted me was more than helpful. I even got the chance to meet and talk with the general manager. Bourbon selection is important to me, and Duke's did not disappoint. I had to try the signature clam chowder, and it was very tasty. The main attraction for me was salmon, and the stuffed variety fit the bill nicely! Complemented with a potato and vegetable medley, it was one of the best meals I've have in the greater Seattle area. My complements to the chef, and if you are in the area, give it a try!

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WW
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Our food was excellent, but our service was not so good. After meal coffee and tea were late and the coffee got cold before any cream arrived.

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GM
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as it always is. Liked the new item, Dungeness Crab-Mac and cheese. Not a kiddie dish.

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R
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was in Seattle for a conference. Met my cousin and her hubby for delicious oysters of many kinds at Shuckers. The food and service were superb.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Oysters were lack luster and pretty bland. We are oyster lovers and left pretty unimpressed. The service was slow though the restaurant was fairly empty. Not mention, we were crammed into a tiny table in the wall. The salad was the highlight of the meal.

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really price

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BJ
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

My wife found a hair in her salad and I paid $44.00 for three scallops.

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MB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

My wife and I have dined at Shucker's many times over the years. It was a dependable seafood restaurant of the first order in a city where that means something. We invited long-time friends to join us on Saturday and we were very, very disappointed by the NEW Shucker's. We ordered fish and chips. The fries were room temperature and the fish batter was hard to cut it was so spongy. And the fish itself was dry and look reconstituted, even for halibut. Our server, Michael, was fine. But the meal was a BIG disappointment and we're unlikely to return. That's a real shame because it was one of our stalwarts.

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JA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was as good as expected. Our waiter, Chris, was very observant of our needs, engaging and most helpful.

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WS
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly, cordial, and efficient. Our evening was a great one.

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CP
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old-fashioned, cozy atmosphere. Excellent, friendly service. Food presentation was lovely. Cocktails were good. Food quality and taste were very good.

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JK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Halibut was way too expensive and a very small portion. Don't like the fact that there is no more Rachel's corner.

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z
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for dinner with a family of four with two teen boys on a Monday night. The place wasn't very crowded, maybe a little over half full. We started with warm sour dough buns - excellent. Then we had a few oysters on the half shell. We didn't know that much about the many oyster options so our waiter picked two for the 3 of us eating oysters. Then we had fried calamari, and some had the chowder. The red chowder was spicy, and the white chowder was creamy. Then there was a halibut special that was great, and the rainbow trout that was a full fish - two meals - i should have shared. The scallops were just 3 large scallops - not enough for the teen boy that ordered them, and then he helped with the fish. The side of Brussel sprouts was excellent, but a lot of food overall. We had an excellent time.

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JA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Super overall experience, Really great service which made for a extraordinary night. I enjoyed every part of the experience, event he crowded surroundings were made to feel comfortable.

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DC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh delicious seafood. We have eaten here a few times and love the fact the menu changes frequently and never disappoints.

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DE
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very expensive, but excellent service and we enjoyed our food and beverage. This does not feel like a special occasion restaurant, but it is very "old skool" with dark wood panels and felt like a classic hotel restaurant. I will be back, but probably not for a full meal.

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JE
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Shuckers is one of the best fish restaurants in the downtown area -- a nice variety and always well prepared. It tends to cater, at least at lunch, for a more business-oriented crowd, rather than tourists, and therefore is a good place if you actually want to hear a companion sitting across the table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food and customer service. A bit noisy for those sitting on the walkway side of tables. Would recommend for the experience, however difficult to have a conversation.

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W
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is where you go when you want great service.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful and the food was great!

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WH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey, but the food and service is excellent. The whole trout was awesome!

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r
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just after lunch, not crowded. Lunch service at the bar was great. Oysters were extremely fresh and meaty!

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OL
Seattle
70 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Due to an overabundance of never-ending construction all over downtown Seattle, I have not been back to Shucker's for more than a year. However, the marvelous Jelena greeted me as if it had only been a week since my last visit. I love this old-school, elegant joint and will return in a few weeks for fresh halibut. Today I had a great Chop salad with Green Goddess dressing, a treat indeed, all very fresh ingredients, and then indulged in that huge chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream and strawberries. I definitely will be seeing this place more now that spring (and fresh fish) is coming. And they give me a nice pillow for my back, too. That's consideration!

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M
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Oh my goodness! Shuckers has been on my radar for a few years, but I was skeptical since it's a hotel restaurant (Fairmont Olympic) and the prices high. However, today I asked a local shop owner about it and he said that Shuckers is absolutely worth the money if you want to go out for oysters, etc. With this recommendation (and since we're staying at the Fairmont for our anniversary), we decided to have our anniversary dinner at Shuckers. I am beyond satisfied and stuffed...trying to write this review before I pass out in a food coma.

Between us, we had 1/2 dozen oysters, crab cake, jumbo prawn cocktail, sablefish in potato/leek/cream/pancetta broth, a side of sauteed mushrooms, and the fish n chips. The restaurant comped us the most delicious chocolate fudge cake for our anniversary and we had a cocktail, mocktail, wine, brandy Alexander, and espresso. I don't even know where/how to start describing how impressive this dinner was. The sablefish fish was a bit underseasoned for my taste. The house Sauvignon Blanc could've been better. Those are my only criticisms. Everything else was fantastic. Crab cake was packed full of crab (I hate it when they taste of bread crumb filler instead of sweet crab meat). The fish and chips was the best version I think I've had anywhere--fish was so fresh, well seasoned, and flavorful. The side of mushrooms was fantastic. I don't even like chocolate cake very much, but the fudge cake was delicious and not overly sweet.

Drinks were spot on except the house wine mentioned earlier (waiter gave me a chance to taste first, but I declined so I didn't bother saying anything later). I had a brandy Alexander with dessert. I haven't had one in years...an adult milkshake (so good!) My hubby doesn't drink alcohol so had one of the mocktails--a peach something. It was good and beautiful. I appreciate that they had a couple mocktails on the menu (rare). Service was great!

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D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

What a disappointment!! We have been dining at Shuckers before the Symphony, or for special occasions, for years. We arrived at the restaurant to discover that the menu that we have so enjoyed, had vanished. No more “Fish Board” with specials and their sides highlighted. Yes, there were still some familiar items on the menu, but prices had increased dramatically.
I ended up ordering a King Salmon fish that was cooked over a pork infused broth with clams. None of it made sense; the flavors fought one another so that the predominant flavor was the salty pork broth. It was described as being cooked over braised greens, but instead had tiny bits of raw chopped greens strewn over the fish. Had they grilled the salmon with a beautiful rub, as they used to, it would have shone.
I think that a Food and Beverage Manager got their hands on the restaurant’s concepts and energy and diluted it to a tasteless nonentity. The restaurant, which used to be packed with happy diners, was perhaps 1/4 full, if that.
I think the restaurant personnel could tell that we were not thrilled, and they seemed to avoid us a bit after noticing our disappointment.
I wish that I could say that we will give it another try, but that is doubtful.

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CK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely tasty sauce for the fish, delicious oysters!

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A busy place at night but service is efficient. Clam chowder a bit heavy perhaps. Excellent fish. And local wine was a good choice.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service.

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JJ
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and Stellar service! This is a TOP SHELF dining experience!

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