Oysters, prawns, clams, mussels, and crab… oh my!
Bastille Cafe & Bar | 5307 Ballard Ave NW | 206-453-5014
Dig into a heaping plateful of this Ballard hotspot’s Moules Frites, featuring creamy coconut milk and red curry-spiced Taylor Shellfish mussels layered with red ginger and green onion… the perfect saucy combo for dipping those crispy golden pommes frites. Fill up for dinner or snack and share at happy hour (when you can order a petite portion) or late night.
Doc's Marina Grill | Multiple locations
Choose from an extensive seafood-centric menu and nibble your favorite shellfish options by the sound in Bainbridge Island or Port Townsend. Whet your appetite with steamed clams and grilled garlic focaccia, Manila clams and smoked Andouille sausage in white wine and garlic herb butter, or peel-and-eat shrimp by the half or full pound. Then eat your way through an entree menu featuring Northwest delights from clam linguine to Crab Louie salad, gluten-free housemade clam chowder, or two renditions of fish and chips (with either tempura prawns or Dabob Bay oysters).
Elliott's Oyster House | 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56 | 206-623-4340
This pierside setting offers a true shellfish feast nirvana. You’ll find everything from oysters, of course (including a rotating daily oyster list, chef’s choice happy hour options, oyster stew, and pan-fried oysters), to crab (fresh Dungeness crab cakes, anyone?), prawns (check out the hearty grilled seafood salad or the grilled wild prawn risotto), and mussels (fresh from Penn Cove in a tequila-lime sauce). Head over for a waterfront lunch, dinner, or happy hour.
Petra Bistro | 2501 4th Ave | 206-728-5389
How about some shellfish with a Mediterranean touch? This Belltown eatery has you covered. Try the Mediterranean prawns (charbroiled with North African spices and served over rice with sautéed garlic, onions, tomatoes, and house garlic sauce), or opt for either of two seafood kabobs: one with prawns and one with a prawn-salmon combo. Both kabobs are also served with a charbroiled veggie kabob and rice.
Shingletown Saloon | 2016 NW Market St | 206-782-5182
Snack on some crispy and lightly sweet coconut prawns between sips of cold draft beer by the pint, mug, or boot -- or pony up to a draft cocktail (keep those Moscow Mule rounds coming!). The best way to enjoy yourself at Shingletown is by heading in for any of its daily specials and bar events… where you’ll find no shortage of grub on the menu!