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Jul 24, 2006 12:32 AM

Oyster bars in Seattle?

My wife and I will be in Seattle for a few days in August. Can you suggest some good places we can sit at the bar and eat raw (hopefully local) oysters?

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  1. If you are a visitor, Eliott's Oyster House on Pier 56 is a decent place for oysters. Great place for tourists, as it is near Pike Place market and the waterfront.

    1. Cfrolio, There is a summer toxin running through the Puget Sound oyster herd and eating raw oysters is to be avoided for health concerns. As an alternative suggestion, order the Szechuan Crab at Seven Stars Pepper restaurant and the mussels at the upstairs bar at Maximillien's At The Market. Both of these dishes will rock your Chowhound socks. Then, for a memorable meal, make reservations at Harvest Vine and try their unique preparation of calamari and other seafood. You'll leave Seattle with fond memories.

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      1. re: Leper

        How bad is the raw oyster situation? I'm coming in two weeks and will be heart broken if I can't eat some. What about Alaskan oysters? By the way, is Dungeness Crab still in season?

        1. re: guttergourmet

          According to the Seattle Times, there are still some open oyster beds so you'll probably find some in restaurants.


      2. The only time Dungeness crabs AREN'T in season here is Sept. 15-Dec. 1.

        1. The state department of health has a biotoxin bulletin at
 which will tell you about what may not be harvested right now. That'll give you an idea about what might be floating around in them thar bivalves. And much though you may love them, 3-5 days of vomiting, nausea and diarrhea just don't sound worth a few lip smacking minutes of oyster consumption. Oh, and to exacerbate matters, we've had 90+ degrees every day since that Seattle Times article came out -- an anomaly for this area. Other than that, happy eating!!

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          1. re: missliss

            OK Ok I get it. Go easy on the oysters. So somebody tell me about geoducks. Blackbean sauce, sashimi? Where's the best place to get them?

            1. re: guttergourmet

              My personal fave for raw fishies is Nishino, just off Lake Washington Blvd on Madison. You can walk through the Arboretum (work up an appetite) and then sit down at the sushi bar and eat eat eat eat. Fresh, lovely sashimi and very intriguing and imaginative specials that combine seafoods and seasonal ingredients. Some say it's stuffy, but I don't think so. It's a bit dear, but it's a special occasion place for us that is worth it every time.

          2. Not to worry. Elliott's Oyster House has a seven point safety system for all of their daily selections. During this time of year they will feature New Zealand and glacial selections, very few NW farms.

            Oceaniare has a great oyster bar too.

            If you are in the mood around 3-5pm, both places offer oysters at 50 - 75% off regular menu pricing.