You can eat oysters on the half shell all year long, and Elliott’s shipshape, brass-railing bar (and lovely Sound-side outdoor deck during summertime) is just the place to do it. The oysters are super-fresh (they sell a ton of them), the shucking is ultra-professional, and the wines (or, of course, martinis) are specially selected to go with them. If you’re feeling poor, Elliott’s oyster happy hour is excellent (and if you’ve never eaten a raw oyster, your first one is on them—honor system). The rest of the menu features high-quality, good-if-unexciting seafood favorites. Cafe 56 (formerly Elliot’s Seafood Cafe), the more casual part of the premises, has a sidewalk oyster bar and is good for a summertime shrimp salad, made with a big wedge of cold iceberg, crunchy hazelnuts, and lots of Oregon blue cheese dressing.
Elliott's Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56,
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Air Conditioning
Mon-Fri 3-6 pm ($4–$5 beer and house wine, $6 drink specials, $1.50–$3.50 oysters, $3–$4 food specials).