Seattle’s very close to the Pacific Coast, which means that on any given Saturday you can go take a drive, hike up a cliff, and gaze out upon some water. But it also means that we have access to a ton of wonderfully fresh seafood. There are plenty of places around town selling (and sometimes also cooking) that seafood. So the next time you want to be reminded why living close to an ocean is a good thing, check out one of these 16 markets.
Pike Place Fish Market
East Anchor is a Madrona seafood market from the team behind Haymaker, Raccolto, Vendemmia, and G.H. Pasta Co. Their selection isn’t very large, but what they do have is great, including some of the best ahi tuna steaks you’ll find in the city, as well as ready-to-sear crab cakes and salmon burgers.
Lam's Seafood Market
This International District market specializes in seafood from the Washington coast as well as Alaska, which means you’ll see lots of geoduck, live sea urchin, coon shrimp, Dungeness crab, and more. It’s also a fully-stocked grocery store, so you can do all of your shopping here if you’d like.
Usually, you’ll find us at Jack’s eating delicious cod and chips, but this seafood stand at Pike Place doubles as a fish market. They sell everything from raw oysters to fresh Idaho trout, and offer national overnight shipping as well.
First and foremost, Seattle Fish Guys is a counter in the Central District that serves delicious marinated poke alongside tasty macaroni salad. It’s also a fish market, where you can buy said poke by the pound. They also sell shellfish like lobster tails, Hokkaido scallops, and Penn Cove mussels, as well as filleted fish, smoked salmon belly, and more.
St. Jude Tuna
Seattle Fish Company
This West Seattle fish and chip shop doubles as a seafood market - you can expect to find Hood Canal oysters, mussels, Dungeness crabs, and lots of different fillets from mahi mahi to Chilean seabass. If you’re looking to easily plan a dinner, you can purchase cioppino kits from them as well, and they offer national shipping.
Wong Tung Seafood Inc.
Wong Tung is open every day from 9am-6pm, selling everything from live clams to eel. Just note that Wong Tung only accepts cash.
Wild Salmon Seafood Market
As the name suggests, you’ll find a lot of salmon at this market located at Fishermen’s Terminal right next to Little Chinook’s (the smell of fish and chips should get you excited to buy some seafood). Wild Salmon sells coho, sockeye, king salmon, and even salmon pet treats, not to mention a bunch of shellfish, too.
Pure Food Fish Market
Another market located at Pike Place, Pure Food’s selection is broken up into categories like salmon, halibut, shellfish, fancy crab, and seven different types of smoked salmon and lox. You can also add on overnight shipping for a flat $35 fee by ordering online. Also, kudos to them for securing “freshseafood.com” as their domain name.
City Fish Co.
City Fish Co. is a lot like most of the fish markets at Pike Place - they have a variety of salmon, halibut, and crab. They also sell pickled herring, ikura, kosher lox, and smoked scallops.
Mutual Fish Co.
We can personally endorse the lobster and shrimp from Mutual Fish Co., but you can also find whole fish there as well as specialty items like salted cod from Portugal. And, during the one time a year Copper River salmon is available, they sell it. Check out their website for recipes to get inspired, too.
Wanli Seafood Market
Wanli is a Beacon Hill seafood market that carries a lot of live shellfish, so keep it in mind for lobster, oysters, and crab.
Ba Mien Seafood Market
Ba Mien in New Holly has produce and meats in addition to seafood, so you could feasibly do your entire shopping trip here. They’re also open until 10pm if you feel like grabbing your groceries late at night.
Fresh Fish Co.
This Ballard fish market has a nice selection of seafood, from black cod to halibut, along with some produce, wine, and beer. While you’re in the area, stop by Larsen’s Bakery next door for a pastry.
Lucky Seafood is a market on Beacon Hill that specializes in live crab and lobster, as well as geoduck, clams, eel, and snails. They also only accept cash.