Treat yourself at Seattle's 4 top spots for fancy seafood

Treat yourself at Seattle's 4 top spots for fancy seafood
Elliott's Oyster House | Photo: Corina M./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 26, 2020.

Looking to sample the best seafood around town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end seafood spots in Seattle, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs.

1. Nishino

photo: alan s./yelp

Topping the list is Nishino. Located at 3130 E. Madison St., Suite 106 (between East 31st Avenue and East Lake Washington Boulevard) in Capitol Hill, the sushi bar and Japanese spot is the highest-rated high-end seafood spot in Seattle, boasting 4.5 stars out of 671 reviews on Yelp.

"Nishino serves the freshest sushi with a modern flair," it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "We are known for our chef's choice omakase dinners."

When it comes to seafood, the restaurant offers spicy clam miso soup, broiled black cod, fresh oysters and a lineup of sushi and sashimi.

2. Elliott's Oyster House

photo: fion l./yelp

Next up is Central Business District's Elliott's Oyster House, situated at 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56. (between Seneca and University streets). With four stars out of 3,451 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score seafood has proven to be a local favorite for those looking to indulge. 

We turned there for more about Elliott's Oyster House.

"For more than 30 years, Elliott's Oyster House has been Seattle 's showcase for classic Northwest seafood," it writes on Yelp. "Elliott's specializes in serving fresh local Dungeness crab, wild Northwest salmon, Alaskan halibut, fresh Pacific finfish, Northwest shellfish and our specialty, fresh oysters."

3. RockCreek Seafood & Spirits

photo: ashwin r./yelp

Fremont's RockCreek Seafood & Spirits, located at 4300 Fremont Ave. North (between 44th and 43rd streets), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the fancy spot to score seafood and tapas 4.5 stars out of 925 reviews. 

RockCreek Seafood & Spirits serves "globally sourced seafood and spirits," according to Yelp.

Stop by for albacore tuna with arugula, tarragon, Nicoise olives, capers, eggs and radish; sardine salad with roasted eggplant, mint, basil, tomatoes and shallot vinaigrette; and barbecued Alaskan octopus with fingerling potatoes, Picholine olives, cannellini beans, watercress and olive aioli.

4. Canlis

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Canlis, a New American spot that offers seafood and more in Queen Anne, is another high-traffic, pricey go-to, with four stars out of 1,477 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2576 Aurora Ave. North to see for yourself.

"Culled from the imagination of founder Peter Canlis and famed architect Roland Terry, Canlis was a pioneer in many respects: the first restaurant to expose the kitchen to the dining room; the first to use team-styled service and the first a la carte menu now known as 'Northwest cuisine,'" states the business.

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