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Elliot's Oyster House

Elliot's Oyster House Photo, Seattle, Washington

We ate a late dinner at Elliot’s. We didn’t have reservations but were seated within 15 minutes. The seating here was packed both inside and outside. This place is on the waterfront. If you are fortunate enough, you will be seated by a window overlooking the waterfront or seating on the boardwalk/dock under a patio umbrella with a plastic table and chairs. Although we didn’t make a reservation, we were lucky enough to have an inside booth overlooking the water.

This restaurant has three dining areas, plus a private dining room. One is the outside seating on the waterfront and the other three are inside the restaurant. As soon as you walk in, you check in with a receptionist and then your waiter seats you.

We had a lovely waiter named Jeff. Right away we knew we were all gay (gay people call this gaydar) so the dining experience started off great. He helped us select our meal and later our desserts. And later he gave us the dessert menu as a souvenir. In addition, he was attentive. Lastly, he took a picture of the three of us.

Jeff seated us in the second inside dining area overlooking the waterfront. Our booth had a comfortable, soft upholstery seating encased in an oak wood trim. The cloth was green and gold. The booth’s table had gold metallic swirls on it. The walls in this dinning room had reproduction prints of fish and wood fish sculptures hanging on rustic oak poles. The lighting here consisted of a hanging ceiling fixture shaped like a dome on the center and eight lamps surrounding it with gold metal leaves.

My partner and I ordered the same entrée. We ordered the prime top sirloin and scampi brochette. It was a prime center-cut top sirloin paired with prawn scampi brochette. It was served with roasted mashed potatoes and market vegetables. This entrée was priced at $35.95. Our friend ordered a salmon entrée, which I think she paid $26 for.

After having a savoring meal, Jeff showed us the dessert menu. We first weren’t going to order anything but then gluttony took over. As a result, we all ordered yummy desserts. My partner ordered crème brulee, which was priced at $5.95. It consisted of baked custard topped with a caramelized sugar crust and finished with fresh fruit. I ordered the fried chocolate truffles sundae which consists of dark truffle ganache coated with graham cracker and almonds then deep fried. It is served with vanilla ice cream in a praline cup and topped with chocolate and caramel-rum sauces and toasted almonds. The cost of this is $7.95. And our friend ordered the fried long stem strawberries which are kaitafi-wrapped long step strawberries dusted with powdered sugar and served with orange crème anglaise, dark chocolate sauce and rum-caramel sauce. This cost of this dessert is $8.95.

The drink prices vary on what you order. Our domestic bottled beer was $3.25 each.

When the bill came for the three of us, the total was 147.15. This included a few drinks, the entrées and the desserts. This of course did not include the tip we left. Although this place is a little costly, it was worth every penny. The waiter was attentive and helpful, the food was superb (food you would die for) and the ambience was wonderful. A friendly, comfortable, romantic and scenic atmosphere would best describe this restaurant.

Elliot’s Oyster House is located at pier 56 in Seattle, WA, 98101. The telephone number is 206/623-4340. I highly recommend this restaurant. For the past two years, it has been named to Tom Horan’s America’s top ten club’s list of top ten seafood houses. These types of restaurants are chosen based on food, selection of quality wine and spirits, value, reputation, history, and overall dining experience. In addition, this place has an enormous oyster bar. It is 21 foot long. Because of Elliot’s location (on the waterfront) and its great relationship with the oyster farmers, it can provide one of the biggest selections of fresh oysters in the world.

Elliot’s hours of operation are the following: for lunch daily it is 11-4:00pm, for dinner it is 4-10pm on Sunday through Thursday and 4-11pm on Saturday and Sunday. Progressive Oyster Happy Hour is 3-6pm on Monday thru Friday in the bar (beverage and appetizer specials and drink specials are located in the Cove Lounge).

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