To eat outside
Westward’s outdoor space is a gravel beach with a view across the water and Adirondack chairs positioned around a fireplace built from oyster shells. Enjoy the sunshine or cozy up under the supplied blankets and slurp down happy hour oysters. For more, head to Boat Bar and Walrus and the Carpenter, the other oyster-focused spots from James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef Renee Erickson.
For oysters with a view
White Swan Public House serves up oysters in the shadow of the Space Needle. Stare up at it or watch the seaplanes land as you order from the daily fresh sheet, which lists a variety of oysters, including at happy hour discounts.
For the best variety
Shuckers is one of the city’s oldest oyster bars, and it brings that aged elegance to the ambience. The fresh board features interesting varieties ready to serve over crushed ice, while on the dinner menu, there’s a selection of seafood-forward small and large plates.
To slurp from the source
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar has locations all over town that serve up fresh shellfish from their local farms. While the original location on Capitol Hill has a fresh focus and sells oysters to-go (it's more of a shellfish bar than anything else), the rest are full-fledged restaurants. In Pioneer Square, for example, you’ll find about eight varieties of raw oysters, but also smoked oyster dip, oyster stew, fried oyster po’ boys, fried oysters with pickled ginger slaw or buffalo style, broiled oysters, or “margarita style” baked oysters. Like what you taste? Taylor sells their shellfish via their website, shipped overnight around the country.