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Walrus and the Carpenter

4.8
150 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.

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day at The Walrus and the Carpenter

    $125.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2021 only

    Celebrate at Walrus with a special prix fixe menu ✶ Ridgeback oysters from Olympic Oyster Co. ✶ Geoduck crudo with cucumber, meyer lemon aioli and mint ✶ Endive with buttermilk, blood orange and candied nuts ✶ Crab and mascarpone ravioli ✶ Braised beef shank with barley, chimichurri, madras yogurt and flatbread ✶ Chocolate pot de creme, cognac caramel & brown butter crumb ✶ Ticket price covers food, gratuity on food, and tax. Drinks will be available separately as well as additional oysters at market price to your heart's content.

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 150 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was awesome! Loved out outdoor area!

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Parrish
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ll be really honest, I liked the outdoor seating A LOT. They even put cute minimalistic framed art on the sides of the tent with subtle lighting hanging all around. It was like a little Pinterest-ish dining setting. Food was great, always is. My friends mom asked me to bring her some oysters, so I bought 20 to go along with an Italian ( I think? ) shucker knife. The staff person was kind enough to show me how to properly shuck an oyster. Also their hand sanitizer is made out of whiskey, I spent a good minute standing near the entrance smelling my hands thinking I just used the wrong bottle for hand sanitizer.

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Maureen
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

This is a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try since I moved to Seattle. Our visit made for a really fun special date—great ambiance, great oysters, and we loved the sparkling wine on offer. But, the service team felt a bit pushy, rushing us through our 1.5 hr time slot. We understand Covid restrictions, but if we’re paying $200 for our meal, please don’t try to shove us out the door.

If I were to come back, I’d probably just stick to oysters, a drink and a starter. For the cost, I didn’t think the rest of the meal was that outstanding. Specifically, the almond cake was a bit of a miss for me.

Best of luck, I truly hope the business sticks around, but I feel like improvements could be made.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience dining in the tent! Groups are divided by tent walls and plenty of room for air to circulate. Food and drink are top notch, as always.

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TammyH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Well, $4 for an oyster was just about as high as I have ever paid - and this was not in a fancy white tablecloth restaurant (and we live in Oysterville!). But the service was great and the food interesting and flavorful, despite high cost. They have done a nice job making it safe dining, as well.

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Rdfjr
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Even with the pandemic, Walrus and the Carpenter provides the unmatched, artistic & scrumptious experience that I’ve fallen in love with over the years.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually avoid anywhere with a pre fixe menu as it’s usually not as good as normal. This was one was the best pre fixe menus I’ve had

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vipLaura
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walrus and the Carpenter has done a fantastic job of creating a safe and comfortable outdoor dining environment. The setting was lovely, the food was delicious and the service was stellar. Highly recommend!

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SebastianQ
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They have couple good plates and I know about the pandemic situation but you can not charge $18 for 4 shrimp. Also my wife's parents call in advance to buy all the drinks and appetizers and they lost all the info. It was my wife birthday after all that mistake they didn't even bring anything for her birthday. Very disappointed!

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SaraG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Everything was delicious. Grilled sardines, steak tartare and oysters really stood out. Sat in tents outside, but was warm and nicely decorated. 100% would come back.

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BradyW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great job managing the circumstances. Tent seating was good, service great, food outstanding as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there a little early and thought that maybe we could catch a drink somewhere in town, but with the rain and outdoor seating as the only option, we quickly realized we weren’t going to have any luck as everything was full. We headed to walrus and Carpenter an hour early of our reservation hopeful that they would be able to accommodate us during these weird times. The host informed us that there were still four reservations ahead of us but that they could accommodate us at a table they don’t use for dining if we wanted to have a drink while we wait and that they would give us the soonest table they had. This worked out great! It actually was what we were hoping for the whole time, but didn’t think this option existed as bars and indoor dining are closed. We hopped on a couple stools in the outdoor area and were quickly greeted and provided access to drinks. We ordered two bourbon drinks and by the time we wanted our second round our table was ready. We enjoyed more drinks, right oysters, scallop Crudo, and the house bread with butter. Everything was really delicious. And the service was spot on. Thank you for making a rainy pandemic night for these two locals comfortable!

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Svet
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and drinks. Fantastic service. Very safety oriented- a nice place to feel a little normalcy in today’s environment.

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Jess
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a lovely place to throw down some oysters! They are doing a great job during COVID and we felt comfortable and safe.....

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NatalieL
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, it is COVID but they had a comfortable and private set up outside. The food was fantastic - oysters, beet salad, scallops, French onion soup, steak tartare- ll delicious. Service was wonderful.

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AlishaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service! The Brussel sprouts are beyond amazing. They’re doing fantastic with Covid safety. Would definitely recommend!

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LynnT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cozy outdoor dining experience! Overhead heaters—along with dressing in many layers—kept us very warm. The table were distanced as required and all wore masks except when eating. And the food! The oysters on the half shell were delicious as were the pesto grilled sardines and French onion soup. Craft cocktails rounded out a perfect evening. Five stars!

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RachelJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing-- great outdoor dining set up as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! We were very impressed with how cozy you were able to make the out door seating feel

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Eric
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food here is always top notch. Service is fantastic. Drinks are a little pricey but not too bad. My only gripe was with the outdoor seating. We were seating in the innermost of the two seating areas. While the tables were spaced out nicely, they was no air flow. There is a wall on two sides of the space so it's essential that the other two sides have air good flow. The wall facing the back patio had windows that could have been opened a lot more. So only one area was really open and that was attached to the main restaurant. I would not consider that part outdoor seating at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Love this place. Have to try the scallop crudo.

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Unsatisfactory
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Everything was delicious but portions were small and way overpriced!!!
$126 for the 2 of us (just one cocktail and one beer) I was still hungry when I got home.

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Emily
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made us feel so safe dining during quarantine and the food was as good as we remembered, if not better. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Great staff! Doing the best that can be done ! Covid sucks!

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Emad
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Walrus and Carpenter made a great dining experience with setting up tents and heaters to adhere to Covid restrictions. The food and service was very good as well.

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Madams
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The oysters were great and should be the reason you go, very underwhelmed by the other items

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TaylorO
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved Walrus and the Carpenter. Everything about our experience was a 10/10. From the cozy outdoor tents, to the extremely friendly staff, and the insanely well crafted food, everything was perfect. Dont walk, RUN.

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CynthiaL
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like many of us, I have missed going out to dinner. Walrus allowed me to enjoy some of my favorite food in Seattle in a safe, cozy, comfortable atmosphere. As always, the food was spectacular! The staff, thorough, friendly and smart! The menu’s beverage list is packed with great choices, so those that may need reading glasses to read tiny print, don’t forget those glasses! ❤️🥂

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JennyB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved dining here even during COVID. Our server was awesome and the food was delicious!

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Thoughtfulguy
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has a tent build in the parking behind the restaurant. It is providing 4 separate tables and it works very nice. It is heated space. But still wear warm clothes and especially warm shoes, since the cold floor surface penetrates your feet.
The hour and half for 2 and 2 hours for larger parties are a bit short, but the team is flexible to accommodate. what is even better news is that the complete menu is back.
I am happy to see they are in business!

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nadjahA
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Best thing here is the oysters. All the food here was a little over done but not flavorful. Very expensive for tapas style food and not very filling. Would come back for oysters or happy hour when restrictions let up.

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Anthony
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walrus and the Carpenter never ceases to disappoint. Cannot say enough good things about the food and drinks - there is not a bad dish on the menu, period. I honestly don't know why seafood restaurants all do fried calamari instead of oysters, Walrus and the Carpenter's fried oyster dish is the best fried seafood I've ever had - much more flavorful and a better texture than calamari (IMO). Other great dishes: delicata squash with piripiri, grilled sardines were amazing, tartare is always excellent, perfectly fresh raw oysters. The waitstaff is always friendly, helpful, and upbeat. Even while outdoor dining, we were able to take our coats off as their heaters kept the temp nice and warm. COVID-wise, they did a great job. The host lets you know when you check-in that you must hand sanitize upon entry and wear a mask whenever a staff member approaches your table or when you are on your feet, much appreciated. The waitstaff did an awesome job giving ample opportunity to put masks on before they approached the table and kept their distance as much as they could. Also, I did not see one staff member's mouth/nose the entire 2 hour dinner; masks were on them at all times, even when just interacting with eachother. If you're like me, and more than a little uncomfortable dining out (even outdoors), W they take it seriously and have a great outdoor space that is kept plenty warm with their heaters.

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Coco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100% recommended. The daiquiris were the best I have ever had!!!! That bread pudding changed my life! Awesome staff who seemed like they were having a nice time working together- very important!

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AnaM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Brussels sprouts and grilled sardines were out of this world!

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BrianA
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. It was outdoor dining and we were very comfortable. We'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Did a great job setting up private outdoor tents

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vipAnnGH
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night to eat indoors before another Covid19 lockdown. Everything was excellent. My favorite restaurant in Seattle.

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HuzZ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise was low when we had dinner. Covid may have been a factor. Oysters were fantastic. Cocktail was okay, could have been a better old fashioned. Food was good, service was good, and the outdoor patio was nicely heated and comfortable. Recommend this place. Few shops around as well to walk around Ballard St

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LisaMarie
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time back since Covid restrictions were put into place, and I was very impressed. They really have it figured out. I felt safe, and the food and service were amazing as always!

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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 150 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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