The Zagat 2005 Restaurant Survey coins Shuckers as a 'Seattle classic' that is one of the 'best seafood restaurants in town' with 'great ambiance' and 'excellent service.'
Very good food and customer service. A bit noisy for those sitting on the walkway side of tables. Would recommend for the experience, however difficult to have a conversation.
This is where you go when you want great service.
Our server was wonderful and the food was great!
Pricey, but the food and service is excellent. The whole trout was awesome!
Just after lunch, not crowded. Lunch service at the bar was great. Oysters were extremely fresh and meaty!
Due to an overabundance of never-ending construction all over downtown Seattle, I have not been back to Shucker's for more than a year. However, the marvelous Jelena greeted me as if it had only been a week since my last visit. I love this old-school, elegant joint and will return in a few weeks for fresh halibut. Today I had a great Chop salad with Green Goddess dressing, a treat indeed, all very fresh ingredients, and then indulged in that huge chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream and strawberries. I definitely will be seeing this place more now that spring (and fresh fish) is coming. And they give me a nice pillow for my back, too. That's consideration!
Oh my goodness! Shuckers has been on my radar for a few years, but I was skeptical since it's a hotel restaurant (Fairmont Olympic) and the prices high. However, today I asked a local shop owner about it and he said that Shuckers is absolutely worth the money if you want to go out for oysters, etc. With this recommendation (and since we're staying at the Fairmont for our anniversary), we decided to have our anniversary dinner at Shuckers. I am beyond satisfied and stuffed...trying to write this review before I pass out in a food coma.
Between us, we had 1/2 dozen oysters, crab cake, jumbo prawn cocktail, sablefish in potato/leek/cream/pancetta broth, a side of sauteed mushrooms, and the fish n chips. The restaurant comped us the most delicious chocolate fudge cake for our anniversary and we had a cocktail, mocktail, wine, brandy Alexander, and espresso. I don't even know where/how to start describing how impressive this dinner was. The sablefish fish was a bit underseasoned for my taste. The house Sauvignon Blanc could've been better. Those are my only criticisms. Everything else was fantastic. Crab cake was packed full of crab (I hate it when they taste of bread crumb filler instead of sweet crab meat). The fish and chips was the best version I think I've had anywhere--fish was so fresh, well seasoned, and flavorful. The side of mushrooms was fantastic. I don't even like chocolate cake very much, but the fudge cake was delicious and not overly sweet.
Drinks were spot on except the house wine mentioned earlier (waiter gave me a chance to taste first, but I declined so I didn't bother saying anything later). I had a brandy Alexander with dessert. I haven't had one in years...an adult milkshake (so good!) My hubby doesn't drink alcohol so had one of the mocktails--a peach something. It was good and beautiful. I appreciate that they had a couple mocktails on the menu (rare). Service was great!
What a disappointment!! We have been dining at Shuckers before the Symphony, or for special occasions, for years. We arrived at the restaurant to discover that the menu that we have so enjoyed, had vanished. No more “Fish Board” with specials and their sides highlighted. Yes, there were still some familiar items on the menu, but prices had increased dramatically.
I ended up ordering a King Salmon fish that was cooked over a pork infused broth with clams. None of it made sense; the flavors fought one another so that the predominant flavor was the salty pork broth. It was described as being cooked over braised greens, but instead had tiny bits of raw chopped greens strewn over the fish. Had they grilled the salmon with a beautiful rub, as they used to, it would have shone.
I think that a Food and Beverage Manager got their hands on the restaurant’s concepts and energy and diluted it to a tasteless nonentity. The restaurant, which used to be packed with happy diners, was perhaps 1/4 full, if that.
I think the restaurant personnel could tell that we were not thrilled, and they seemed to avoid us a bit after noticing our disappointment.
I wish that I could say that we will give it another try, but that is doubtful.
Extremely tasty sauce for the fish, delicious oysters!
A busy place at night but service is efficient. Clam chowder a bit heavy perhaps. Excellent fish. And local wine was a good choice.
Awesome food and Stellar service! This is a TOP SHELF dining experience!
Shuckers has been a favorite of mine for more than 20 years. I had not been in about a year. I recently relocated back to Seattle and was looking forward to visiting an old favorite. Upon arrival, the receptionist was on the phone and did not even acknowledge our presence for almost 5 minutes. We were finally seated by a passing server. After viewing the menu, we quickly realized that it had been stripped down and very uninformative. We asked our server to explain a couple of preparations and he responded with “its all right there on the menu. We started with a martini (at $19 ea.) and they arrived ten minutes later at room temperature. My wife followed up with an over dressed Caesar salad served in a rice bowl (odd choice of serving ware) and I ordered the chopped green goddess salad that has been a staple on the menu for as long as I can remember. Both salads were mediocre at best, I sent mine back. My wife scallops were done well, however they were served on a bed of squash risotto that had the consistency of squash mush. I ordered the sablefish which showed up swimming in a bowl atop a cloyingly rich leek cream sauce. The server kept blaming all of the missteps on a new chef, however it read much closer to the result of corporate budget cutting.
All in all, it was the worst $250 meal that I can remember. Unfortunately, after probably close to 50 visits over the last couple of decades, I do not foresee returning to or recommending Shuckers again.
Menu choice and quality seems more limited than on our prior visit.
Chris our waiter was really personable and did a very good job. Food a little expensive...
The fish dishes and the oysters were absolutely excellent! The desserts are gigantic and should be shared! They could use another server--the waitstaff were stretched thin.
The prawn appetizer was outstanding...nice big prawns. The wagyu steak was overcooked. I asked for pink all the way through, with no blood on my plate. It was served sliced, and most of the steak was gray, with 3 pieces pink. I think they sliced the steak you make sure it was cooked through.
The crab louie was fabulous. Each element of the salad had an element of surprise, as in peeled cherry tomatoes and lovely green beans among the crisp bib lettuce and tasty avocado. We ordered an Italian Pinot Grigio which turned out to be the perfect pairing for our seafood. Great meal after a great show at the 5th Avenue Theater.
Fried oysters had no taste. Pretty sure they were frozen from Costco. Broiled Brussels sprouts were really good.
Pacific oysters prepared variously--while my fried oysters were very good, the baked oysters (Casino) were tiny, but flavorful...left me wanting more. If the baked oysters were bigger, I would have left more satisfied.
The service was great, the food was flavorful. If you are a desert person, the blackberry/blueberry pie, with sour cream ice cream is a must.
Expensive but worth it!! Food was amazing and the drinks were on point. Would definitely come here again and very happy I made a reservation because it was packed!
Great atmosphere, delicious food. The fish and chips were amazing, and the house beer was great too.
I had a relative in town unexpectedly and I took him here for dinner. We really enjoyed it. The food was excellent, our waitress was outstanding, and the overall ambience was really nice... Will definitely be a repeat customer.
My date & I went for a dinner on valentine's day last night. We were seated at a table right off the entry although other tables remained empty the entire time we were there. This was the first of many disappointments of the night. The food was underwhelming and overpriced. We ordered grilled octopus, baked trout, and Sable fish. Everything was too salty. The trout was dry and burned at the sides and the octopus had it's skin taken off. But the worst was yet to come. After returning home both of us had stomach aches and non-stop trip to the loo all night. I am thankful to have a two bath apartment.
Our server was a nice lady though, and the bees knees I ordered was great.
Server was great! Attentive, but not pushy and gave us time to enjoy our meal. Trout I ordered was quite salty, almost to the point of being distasteful. However, when I took the skin off, the underlying meat was OK. Clams we had were good and the desserts were great.
Excellent service and food was great as well.
Great place - except they don’t validate parking.
Foods look good but test too salty
Restaurant just changed their menu and no longer offer a fresh catch board which was a little disappointing.
Loved our server and the sable fish, oysters and Caesar salad were fantastic.
Disappointing that we had a reservation yet waited 15 minutes to be seated...especially when there were only 2 of us.
Service was pretty slow.
Used to love this place but apparently things have changed. No longer have a fresh fish menu so the menu is now just what’s printed...pretty limited.
Our food and drinks were good...just took forever to get (and to even get water).
I have dined at Shuckers over the years and have really enjoyed most of my visits. The staff has always been welcoming and accommodating. These past couple years I must say, the menu formatting and selection reductions have left me thinking, somewhere along the way Shuckers has lost their identity. While there have been some changes in menu offerings, on the most part, it appears to me it has been "dumbed down". Environment and food work together, what once was an Iconic destination in a classic hotel, now is missing an opportunity with the rather lackluster and pedestrian menu. Hoping that you find a new vision and turn Shuckers into the destination that it should be once again.
This is primarily an oyster bar and it's the only restaurant open for dinner in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. So if you need to stay within the hotel, this is your only option, and it's not bad. So first, here are the grains of salt to take this review with: 1) There was a VERY NOISY table of ten seated behind us and I could barely hear my dinner companion speaking in a normal tone of voice; and 2) I don't eat oysters. But I ordered the sablefish and it was excellent! Crispy skin and delicious, resting on smashed tiny potatoes with chopped leeks, Brussels sprouts, and pancetta with a dilled cream sauce that thankfully they gave you a soup spoon to lap it up with. Otherwise, I would have had to embarrass myself...!
The food was great, but the service was a little odd.
Greatly enjoyed this restaurant two nights running while at a conference in Seattle. Oysters were impeccable, the chowder was outstanding (two areas where I am very judgy when it comes to seafood restaurants), and the salmon BLT was fun and delicious. The wine by the glass list is short, but it's good (and I live in wine country so I'm picky). The sound volume was high but I was able to hear my dining companions just fine. Lovely wait staff. I was surprised there were not more options for composed salads designed for seafood, but a small issue. It was also a little chilly by the door. Still, I went here two nights running for a reason. I didn't have dessert but the people sitting next to us did and they testified that the desserts were wonderful.
The restaurant was a little dated and cramped. We had dinner during the rush, so it was a bit crowded and loud. I had the fish and chips, which were okay. The service on the other hand was excellent. Overall, I’d say this is a good place to go. Not amazing, but definitely not bad either.
Food and servjce always great!
A longtime favorite. Delicious food, nice warm ambiance, great service. Also, I am allergic to candle smoke so most restaurants are ruled out. Shuckers is just fine. The air is fresh and warm.
Took a long time for the food to come and our table wasn’t awesome, but the server was a sweetheart and we had a good time.