I’ve always wanted to check out Elliott’s Oyster House at Pier 56 on Seattle’s Waterfront. I had read on the foodie boards that Elliott’s was the place to go for oysters and what’s even better is they have an Oyster Happy Hour. Though I don’t typically rely on those ‘Best Of’ lists, I read that Elliott’s was awarded Best Oyster Happy Hour in 2010 by Seattle Weekly so that was just further validation I should give this place a try. From just perusing their online Oyster list, which gets updated daily, I could tell this place was serious about their oysters. Not only do they list all the varieties of oysters available but they also provide details on the different growing areas and methods.
Elliott’s is famous for their ‘Progressive Oyster Happy Hour’ which runs from 3pm to 6pm on weekdays. Starting at 3pm, a featured oyster from Elliott’s impressive oyster selection goes for $0.75. The price increases by $0.50 every hour so at 4pm, the featured oyster goes for $1.25 and at 5pm the price rises to $1.75 per oyster.
When we arrived shortly after 4 pm, the lounge was packed and we had to wait about half an hour for a table. My friend C and I each ordered a glass of the House White ($4) featured during Happy Hour, which was a chardonnay from California. We also ordered two dozen freshly shucked oysters on the half shell at $1.25 each. The featured oyster (Chef’s Choice) was the Barron Point from southern Puget Sound, Washington. These oysters on the half shell were served with a tasty Iced Champagne Mignonette made of champagne, lemon zest, minced shallots, red wine vinegar, and rice wine vinegar. These Barron Point oysters were delicious! They were plump, sweet, and fruity with a creamy finish. I found the mignonette really brought out the subtle flavours of the oysters. If we didn’t have another stop planned on this mini-foodie tour, I could have easily eaten another dozen of these! They were some of the best oysters I’ve had, especially at such a reasonable price of $15 per dozen. I totally see why Elliott’s has been voted Seattle’s Best Oyster Happy Hour. I have yet to find another place that offers such quality and freshness relative to the price. We definitely will be back again for the Oyster Happy Hour at Elliott’s. It would be a steal if we made it next time at 3pm and got these yummy oysters at $0.75 each.
Elliott’s Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101