Elliott’s Oyster House is the frattiest place to eat seafood, thankfully without any Vineyard Vines or fear of getting Smirnoff Iced. It’s best to hang out here with out-of-towners, but it’s also fun to come here and pretend you’re on vacation. Yes, it’s a tourist move, but the view of the water is excellent, it’s a festive place to slurp down oysters, and you can spend a few hours on the patio day-drinking and catching up with friends. If oysters aren’t your thing, the salmon pesto sliders will be.
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Michou is an excellent deli Downtown at Pike Place Market that serves pressed sandwiches.
Cafe Hitchcock is an all-day coffee shop downtown serving sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls.
Aqua is a Downtown waterfront seafood restaurant that’s perfect for impressing people who need to be impressed.
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FlintCreek Cattle Co.
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Ray’s doesn’t have the best seafood in Seattle (or even Ballard), but when the sun comes out, the patio here is where you want to be.
100 Pound Clam
The seafood at 100 Pound Clam in South Lake is great. Just know you’ll be eating it next to a screaming two-year-old and a dad wearing Sperry’s.
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
Taylor Shellfish in Pioneer Square is one of the best oyster bars in Seattle.
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