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Walrus and the Carpenter

4.8
190 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Fishing pub meets restaurant - that is the ingenious idea behind the Walrus and the Carpenter. This bustling neighborhood restaurant specializes in oysters and other seafood dishes. Using nothing but the freshest ingredients, Chef Breckin VanRaalte creates seasonal food. The Walrus and the Carpenter also serves wine, smart cocktails, beer and cider. It makes an ideal after-hours hangout spot. Enjoy some fried oysters with a cold beer, surrounded by cozy rustic furnishings. If you prefer an alternative to seafood, look no further than the steak tartare, which comes with thinly sliced rye toast and egg yolk. Launched in 2010 to rave reviews, The Walrus and the Carpenter is open Wednesday through Sunday between 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 190 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LouisC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a safe, comfortable outdoor seating setup - warm enough on a chilly February night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We arrived twenty minutes early to our reservation at 7:30 pm. Upon arrival, we were informed we would be seated at the time of the reservation and were thanked for checking in. After waiting the twenty minutes until 7:30, we were approached by the hostess and told that the table before us was “finished” but may take a little longer before they get up to leave. We obliged, assuming this would be a simple few minutes. However, the party of two ended up taking ~15 more minutes. This was extremely frustrating considering we were told if we canceled our reservation there would be a $25 charge per person, as well as the fact that each party was informed upon arrival that there is a 1.5 hour time frame in which the reservation is held. Once we were sat, it took some time before we were greeted by our server which did not put a reassuring taste in our mouths considering our wait time. However, our server did continue to check in on us throughout the reservation. The food was phenomenal. The old fashion a bit on the sweet side. Understandably, we are all trying to get by in this pandemic. But, I hope this shared experience can be utilized as a teaching opportunity. I’ve experienced great service in the past and would hope to again in the future.

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AliceO
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

When greeted by host, no smile, no welcome, no kindness, just very stern girl who acted like she was doing us a favor, first thing out of her mouth were the rules. I understand precautions but to be treated so coldly, i will never be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and perfect socially distant outdoor setting!

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melo
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Oyster was good. All the other dishes were dissapointing.

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vipNatashaC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a lovely job they have done at adapting to Covid times. Camp Walrus is very comfortable and feels very safe. I really appreciate all the attention to details - and the heaters are always appreciated! The staff is so wonderful and the food was delish , per usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best oysters I have ever had. And everyone was very knowledgeable about them.

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vipDeborahW
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good variety of raw oysters. Otherwise, somewhat limited menu. Geoduck krudo was divine with just the perfect amount of heat and acidity. The Hama Hama clams were cooked well but with rather too many ingredients. Service was attentive and friendly. Overall a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was mouthwatering delicious! Staff are super friendly, detail-oriented. Amazing!

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PatriciaF
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We sat outside on an end tent, which is probably the safest area. Even with the heaters, it was COLD!!! The tables are wood and it is cold to sit on. The sardines were excellent and a real treat!!! I took my daughter for her birthday and it was really fun. The mixed drinks are over priced, but the food is delicious and reasonable. We felt very safe and our pregnant waitress was great. I felt for her and tipped well!

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stefanoa
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining out since the pandemic and everything felt very safe while still feeling comfortable. Not going to lie but I really like the segregated dining spaces that has come from the pandemic. Great for people with social anxiety Lol

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iancunn
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Walrus and the Carpenter is one of my all-time favorite Seattle restaurants and our recent visit was as great as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here lived up to everything I had read. The oysters were so fresh I could swear they just pulled them in 5 minutes before plating them. The Brussels sprouts were a big surprise (in a good way). The pot de creme was a nice way to finish the meal. This belongs on a list of must-eats in Seattle.

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RussJ
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Found it to be over priced and service was just ok. I had to remind them of a appetizer we ordered and was really cold inside. As much as we love oysters we won’t go back. Just thankful I didn’t wait hours in line for this. When they go back to no reservations I don’t recommend waiting for this.

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DaveS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The oysters were exceptional, but I'd say that's a function of the source (Hama Hama). The fried brussel sprouts were perfect, but everything else was only okay. Most dishes needed a touch of acid, salt, or both. The desert was simultaneously bland and burnt.

The cocktails were excellent.

If you come for cocktails and oysters, then hell yeah- you're in for a good time. If you want more than that I'd consider elsewhere.

TJ
vipTimJ
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the outdoor seating. Overhead heater keep us reasonably warm. Fun picnic table seating just right for the four of us.
Staff was nice and not over bearing. Food was excellent. Would highly recommend it.

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KatT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service is very good and food are excellent! I just wish they have more food selections though but overall is great.

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NurseJacy
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here during a weekend trip to Seattle and I'd like to return frequently just to eat here again. We shared multiple dishes and everything was amazing. The staff was helpful with suggesting dishes and drinks. Everything we ate was 10/10 and the oyster selection was amazing. The music selection was inclusive and set a great tone. Being able to watch the food prep near the bar was great. Would highly recommend this place.

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Stokes
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend's birthday w/ champagne & oysters and the outdoor ambiance and heated tent made the dinner festive. The staff was so attentive and can't wait to go back. The BEST dinner outdoors since this pandemic.

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ChristineT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite seafood restaurant in Seattle. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a change food that has taste! Amazing taste. Love love love!

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Kristina
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed outdoor dining on their back patio, which has been converted to safe, covered and heated outdoor dining. We felt good about the overall experience and enjoyed our meal!

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imadb
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the variety of oysters, this spot delivers a new experience every time guaranteed!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything! Can’t wait to come back and experience a different menu!

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Brady
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect. The weather was a little tough, but the outdoor dining setup concealed it mostly well. Service was perfect, food outstanding, drinks on point.

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SHP112
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Overrated. They’re resting in their laurels. The outdoor area is not heated well enough. Service is good.

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Shannon
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Oysters and steak tartar was delicious. Even the toast points were amazing switch the rye bread flavor. We would have been warmer sitting out in the tents with the overhead heaters. It was frosty inside with all the doors open. Waitress was definitely a drag though. Expected ALOT more from the service with all the accolades. She was short and came across like we were a nuisance when we had questions. Disappointing to see such poor customer service in such a highly rated restaurant. Also the drink pours were weak.

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vipTrishaP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious!!!

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LoriS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed my birthday dinner at Walrus and Carpenter. We had one each of all the oysters, sardines, scallops, cheeses, pork with polenta and chocolate layer cake for dessert. We sat in the back patio room, which had it's bank of windows open and heaters on. A very pleasant place to sit and Covid safe. Staff processes were careful and safe. It made things almost seem normal. Very enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place to ask my girlfriend to marry me (she said yes!)

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vipYourTravelDesigner
Seattle
39 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service as always - amazing!

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vipAlexK
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Adore this place! It’s pricey but the food is amazing abd so is the ambiance

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LettisiaT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at the terrace under heat lamps and it was warm! We've been going to different restaurants and this has got to be the warmest place in Seattle area. We are not new to W&C and we always come back because of the food. Oysters were fresh and delicious, we also ordered french onion soup, cold steelhead plate and steak tartare. The steelhead stole the show it was very very good. Steak tartare used to be the star but now we have a new favorite.

Service was friendly and prompt, overall a great experience. Will definitely come back.

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EmilyP
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great oysters ! Loved our dinner

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AnnaH
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve ever had. Felt weird to go out during a pandemic but my husband and I really needed it. We were so grateful for the staff for being there, and for taking Covid precautions so seriously. The porch was a really nice place to be. The hour and a half went by too fast!

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Plee
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well executed to allow for pandemic dining. Service was impeccable as usual and teh food was so thoughtfully prepared. Loved the Kimchi clams with Korean Rice Cakes!

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BeccaC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Walrus and the Carpenter is a great choice for outside dining during these covid times. The ambiance was wonderful and the whole dining experience felt very safe. The staff was as lovely as the food. Their oysters were amazing but it surprisingly was their garden plates (brussel sprouts and cauliflower) that stole the show. Overall, you can never go wrong with a night at Walrus and the Carpenter.

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ricalynnm
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and service was amazing!!! Will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Walrus is doing and excellent job Despite covid restrictions. They have a Large outdoor heated area. The food and service was excellent as usual.

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You can order delivery directly from Walrus and the Carpenter using the Order Online button. Walrus and the Carpenter also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 395-9227.

Walrus and the Carpenter is rated 4.8 stars by 190 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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