Westward | Photo: Nicole Franzen

Catch of the Day

Westward Photo: Nicole Franzen

Seafood is a way of life in the Pacific Northwest, and no visit to Seattle would be complete without a taste of it all.

The waterfront is known for its seafood restaurants, from the oyster bar at Elliott’s Oyster House (*1201 Alaskan Way; elliottsoysterhouse.com) to the crab legs at Cutters Crabhouse (*2001 Western Ave; cutterscrabhouse.com) to the surf-and-turf classics at AQUA by El Gaucho (*2801 Alaskan Way; elgaucho.com/dine/aqua). Find more deliciousness at Sushi Kashiba (86 Pine St, Ste 1; sushikashiba.com), a buzzworthy eatery from sushi legend Shiro Kashiba. Order the excellent omakase, or chef’s choice menu, to sample fresh nigiri, geoduck, and fresh salmon.

Folks love Westward (*2501 N Northlake Way; westwardseattle.com) for its spectacular water views on Lake Union and menu starring pretty fish entrees and raw oysters. Bonus: a fire pit and collection of Adirondacks make it easy to enjoy the sublime location. For more oysters, Taylor Shellfish (*multiple locations; tayloroysterbars.com) doles out freshly shucked oysters, plus geoduck and mussels.

On the fish front, RockCreek (4300 Fremont Ave N; rockcreekseattle.com) features local catches like Neah Bay black cod alongside globally (and responsibly) sourced fish. And when it comes to comfort food, the city has plenty of seafood choices. Try chowder from Duke’s Chowder (*multiple locations; dukeschowderhouse.com) and Pike Place Chowder (*multiple locations; pikeplacechowder.com), or dig into fish and chips from Ivar’s (*multiple locations; ivars.com), boasting nice lake views from its Salmon House.


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