Food & Drink

Seattle’s Best Oyster Happy Hours

Published On 12/01/2015 Published On 12/01/2015

Anchovies & Olives

Capitol Hill

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.

Elliott's Oyster House- Seattle

Elliott’s Oyster House


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.


Mistral Kitchen


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.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel



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.

Taylor Shellfish Farms

Taylor Shellfish Farms Oyster Bar

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.

The Walrus and the Carpenter

The Walrus and The Carpenter


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.

Monsoon Seattle


Capitol Hill

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.

Courtesy of Miyabi 45th

Miyabi 45th


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.

Flying Fish (Official Page)

Flying Fish

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.

Salted Sea: Seafood & Raw Bar

Salted Sea

Columbia City

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.

Local 360

Local 360


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?

Blueacre Seafood

Blueacre Seafood


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.

Rock Creek



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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1. Anchovies & Olives 1550 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

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.

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2. Elliott's Oyster House 1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56, Seattle, WA 98101

This place may be a bit touristy, but their oyster happy hour deals are too good to pass up.

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3. Mistral Kitchen 2020 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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.

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4. Shuckers 411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

This place has one of the best oyster happy hours in Seattle.

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5. Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar 410 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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?

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6. The Walrus and the Carpenter 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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.

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7. Monsoon 615 19th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98004

Monsoon serves up Vietnamese food paired with cocktails built using spirits from the Eastside distillery, including the chartreuse/lime/Thai basil Green Monster.

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8. Miyabi 45th 2208 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

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.

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9. Flying Fish 300 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

This is one of our favorite bars in Seattle, and their oyster happy hour special is unbeatable.

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10. Salted Sea 4915 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

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.

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11. Local 360 2234 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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. Both brunch and dinner at this two-level, rustic, wood-paneled space offer a slew of modern takes on American favorites -- braised rabbit leg with vegetable ragout, mushroom bolognese, steak frites with red wine butter. The kitchen is serving the best of classic home cooking, but with far more skill (and far more fabulous ingredients) than most can muster at home.

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12. Blueacre Seafood 1700 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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