Must-Try Crab Cakes at These Seattle Spots

Whether you share ‘em with the table as an appetizer or scarf a plateful on your own, crab cakes are a good choice at lunchtime, dinnertime, and happy hour. Seattle does them up Dungeness style and fresh as can be. Here’s where to get the freshest of the fresh.

Duke's Chowder House | Multiple locations

Duke’s dubs its Dungeness crab patties “Un”Cakes. Why? They’re heavy on the fresh crab, light on the “cake.” Maybe it’s this dreamy ratio that earned them the fan vote for best crab cake in Seattle… or maybe it’s the housemade zesty lime aioli dipping sauce, which you’ll want to smear all over your order.

Highliner Public House | 3909 18th Ave W | 206-216-1254

Just west of the Ballard Bridge on the sidelines of the Ship Canal, Interbay’s Highliner Pub is turning local Dungeness crab into a trio of pan-fried cakes. These crab cakes are crispy on the outside, fresh and flavorful on the inside, and served with a cucumber salad to cleanse the palate between bites.

Lowell's | 1519 Pike Pl | 206-622-2036

Lowell’s seafood-heavy menu makes sense considering its proximity to Elliott Bay (views abound) and Pike Place Market. In fact, not only is this casual favorite located directly inside the Market -- it also sources its ingredients directly from Market vendors. At lunch and dinner, you can dig into two ultra-fresh Dungeness crab cakes, served with either Lowell’s own citrus aioli sauce and fresh spinach topped with homemade mango salsa or pickled cucumber salad and red pepper aioli.

McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside | 1200 Westlake Ave N | 206-270-9052

Seafood with a Lake Union view, anyone? McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside Seattle location does a mean Dungeness Crab & Bay Shrimp Cake. Enjoy fennel slaw, romesco sauce, and prime lakefront real estate on the side.

Red Cedar & Sage | 1501 Pike Pl #200 | 206-538-0377

More views! More Dungeness crab (cakes)! Choose Shallot Citrus or Caper Cream sauce for dipping and smothering, and snack on a side of fresh Mesclun greens. At brunch, elevate your Eggs Benedict game with Red Cedar & Sage's fresh crab cake benny.