You know what people in Seattle love? Oysters and happy hour. You know what people in Seattle REALLY love? Both of those things at the same time. So we trolled through The Town’s considerable bivalve-based deals to find you the best of the best oyster happy hours around.
This celebrated Mediterranean spot from local super-chef Ethan Stowell normally slings a seafood-/pasta-heavy menu highlighted by things like some of Seattle’s best crudos, but Sunday through Thursday from 5-6pm -- and again from 10pm to close -- it hosts an Oyster Power Hour, which features oysters of the day for $1.50 each, and differs from the power hour you did on your 21st birthday in that you’ll actually remember what you’re shooting this time.
Seattle’s quintessential waterfront eatery may be a bit touristy, but it boasts a very progressive happy hour from 3-6pm on weekdays: oysters are $1.50 the first hour, $2 the second, and $2.50 each during the last hour. There’s also stuff like fish tacos and oyster stew for just three bucks.
This ambitious contemporary eatery has a two-and-a-half-hour happy hour every day starting at 4pm (only available in the bar/lounge on Friday and Saturday) that includes signature cocktails for $8, food like wood oven-roasted Manila clams, and… surprise!... oysters on the half shell w/ the chef’s accompaniments for $1.50.
In addition to snacks like spicy popcorn shrimp and salmon sliders, this seafood joint inside one of Seattle’s swankiest hotels offers up three to five of its eight oyster varieties weekdays from 3-5pm for $1.50 each.
Queen Anne (& other locations)
Each one of these three Seattle spots boasts slightly different menus/happy hour options: at the newest one you’re in for an excellent Bloody Mary, spicy house-pickled garnishes, and $1.50 Shigoku oysters from Willapa Bay Monday through Friday from 4-6pm.
One of Seattle’s most lauded restaurants (from one of its most-lauded chefs), the Walrus doesn’t mess around when it comes to happy hour, it just knocks $1 off all its oysters -- and it's got a lot -- for an hour starting at 4pm, Monday through Thursday.
Every day at both the Seattle and Bellevue locations, this Vietnamese-inspired eatery offers up raw oysters on the half shell for $1.50 from 3-5:30pm, along with things like steamed dumplings, marinated pork belly, and more.
So, it’s not technically a happy hour, but it should make you very happy to know that in addition to its outstanding soba, on Tuesdays, M45 offers oysters for $1 all night.
South Lake Union
Not only is it a stop on, like, the best public transportation-based bar crawl ever, but FF is also the place to go for daily $1 oyster deals from 3-6pm and 8:30pm-close. Limit two dozen per person. Seriously.
This new-ish seafood spot in South Seattle serves up boldly flavored, Vietnamese-influenced dishes, but forget all that. It also boasts two nightly happy hours -- one from 3-5pm and a late-night one -- where Minter Sweet oysters w/ cilantro lime mignonette are just a buck.
Perhaps better known for its occasional bacon happy hours, this upscale comfort food restaurant only serves foods sourced within 360 miles, so guess how far the $1 oysters w/ mignonette it serves every day from 3-6pm come from?
This monument to non-mammalian proteins boasts one of the single best seafood lineups in a pretty seafood-obsessed city, which could come in handy, but only if you somehow miss its daily 3-6pm happy hour featuring Pacific oysters w/ pink peppercorn mignonette for $1.50.
RC serves a selection of seriously next-level ocean-going eats that rotates depending on what's fresh and includes a take on a classic called Oyster Brock-A-Fella that usually goes for $13, but is just $5 during two daily happy hours from 4-6pm and 10pm-midnight.
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Bradley Foster is a former Thrillist editor who took his colleagues to several of the above-mentioned happy hours when they came to town, but only ate enough oysters to make himself sick one of those times.
1. Anchovies & Olives1550 15th Ave, Seattle
2. Elliott's Oyster House1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56, Seattle
3. Mistral Kitchen2020 Westlake Ave, Seattle
4. Shuckers411 University St, Seattle
5. Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar410 Occidental Ave S, Seattle
6. The Walrus and the Carpenter4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
7. Monsoon615 19th Avenue East, Seattle
8. Miyabi 45th2208 N 45th St, Seattle
9. Flying Fish300 Westlake Ave N, Seattle
10. Salted Sea4915 Rainier Ave S, Seattle
11. Local 3602234 1st Ave, Seattle
12. Blueacre Seafood1700 7th Ave, Seattle
13. Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle
From Chef Ethan Stowell, who received James Beard nomination nods for Best Chef in the Northwest from 2008-2011, the remodeled Anchovies & Olives serves up seafood and pasta dishes with lots of brine, probably best encapsulated by the bigoli tossed with anchovy, chili, garlic, mint and Pangrattato. The space is sleek, with wood and grey stone defining the interior, and painted waves crashing up on sea rocks above the bottles of the bar. An active open kitchen adds a buzz to the dining room, where nightly tasting menus offer a “Feast of the Fisherman,” in family style courses of seafood, shellfish, seafood and pasta. At the bar on weekend nights, patrons swarm to two “oyster power hours” (cheap oysters with beer and prosecco specials) like sharks to a freshly spilt chum bucket.
This place may be a bit touristy, but their oyster happy hour deals are too good to pass up.
Helm'd by one of Seattle's hottest chefs, this place offers slickly produced farm-to-table eats and a bar menu that includes things like a cocktail served in an ice cold flask.
This place has one of the best oyster happy hours in Seattle.
Before it opened shop, Taylor Shellfish was providing oysters, clams, mussels, and crab to most of the city’s chefs. Now with several of its own locations, this oyster bar continues to serve all seafood in its purest form. Not to mention that the selection of draft beers and wine is worth drinking your way through. It seems like it would be some sort of Seattle stereotype that people spend their pre-football-game time drinking craft beers and slurping raw oysters, but that’s why we love it here, no?
This chic oyster bar serves neither walrus nor houses carpenters (that we know of) but it does dish out mounds of delicious shellfish in a comfortable atmosphere. Additionally, this cozy, neighborhood spot -- which has been recognized by The New York Times also serves incredible desserts, with highlights being maple bread pudding and roasted Medjool dates.
Monsoon serves up Vietnamese food paired with cocktails built using spirits from the Eastside distillery, including the chartreuse/lime/Thai basil Green Monster.
Formerly known as Soma, Miyabi 45th is Wallingford’s hole-in-the-wall joint for modern Japanese food. While the focal point of the menu is no longer Soma’s famous soba, it still reps the toothsome, buckwheat noodles, hot or cold (try the braised beef cheek soba bowl). Miyabi also offers sushi and sashimi, tempura, and unconventional items like uni shots (with quail egg, shiro ponzu, and wasabi), and foie gras tofu. If you find yourself craving Miyabi 45th’s sushi but can’t make it to Wallingford, stop by sister restaurant Miyabi Sushi in Southcenter and Tacoma.
This is one of our favorite bars in Seattle, and their oyster happy hour special is unbeatable.
Salted Sea is the place for those who love oysters (there are at least four on the menu to start) and simple seafood like whole-roasted trout.
Local 360 sounds like it might be the name of an overpriced rotating restaurant on the top floor of a hotel somewhere, but it's quite the contrary -- in fact, this Belltown spot earns its name by sourcing most of its ingredients within a 360-mile radius of Seattle. Brunch and dinner in this two-level, rustic, wood-paneled space offer a slew of modern takes on American favorite. Braised rabbit leg with vegetable ragout, mushroom bolognese, steak frites with red wine butter: it's the kind of comfort food you'd eat at home every night, if only you could.
Taking advantage of the space left when Oceanaire abruptly shuttered, BS is a 200 seat, similarly pimped fishstaurant slinging "unconstrained" creative seafood (and run by a married couple who previously worked at the old spot) done up with artful blue ac