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The Walrus & the Carpenter

4.5 (1,771) $$$$ $$$$ Small Plates, Pacific Northwestern, Oysters


Summary: A delightful oyster bar with an array of small plates for a fun dining experience.

Nestled in the historic Kolstrand Building, The Walrus & the Carpenter stands out as a beacon of Seattle's dining scene. This charming oyster bar at the south end of Ballard Avenue not only serves up a variety of freshly shucked oysters but also delights with locally sourced clams, mussels, and house-smoked meats. The menu features a rotating selection of small plates perfect for sharing, making it an ideal spot for group gatherings. The ambiance is bright and cheerful, with white decor and unique lighting that sparks conversation. Guests can enjoy their meal at the zinc bar or opt for a more interactive experience by taking a seat at the open kitchen counter. The Walrus & the Carpenter is known for its high-quality seafood, with standout options like Blue Pools and Kusshis oysters. For those looking beyond seafood, the restaurant offers a short list of small plates with a focus on land-based fare. Steak tartare, grilled sardines, and smoked trout are among the favorites, while the dessert menu keeps it simple yet satisfying with choices like roasted medjool dates and maple bread pudding. The drink selection complements the menu, with well-crafted cocktails and a wine list that favors European classics. With attentive service and a knack for pairing, The Walrus & the Carpenter ensures a memorable dining experience for locals and visitors alike.


James Beard
Outstanding Chef - Semifinalist 2023
Outstanding Restaurant - Nominee 2022
3 Diamonds
3 Diamonds
1 Toque
1 Toque
Best Female Chefs in the U.S. 2017
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4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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