Elliott’s Oyster House is located on the waterfront in the heart of tourist zone. Because of that I think it is often overlooked by locals which is a real shame. They do a great job with fish and have an amazing assortment of oysters. While I understand locals reticence at frequenting a tourist trap, this is one place that should be taken seriously.
A week or so ago a friend and I had the perfect opportunity to take advantage of Elliott’s Happy Hour. He was near the end of a two week vacation and I was waiting for a new contract to ramp up which meant we both were free in mid-afternoon. Elliott’s Happy Hour starts at 3:00 pm and is, partially, a progressive Happy Hour. What’s a progressive Happy Hour? Well, in this case, it means that at 3:00 pm oysters on the half-shell are available for 50¢ and then increase in price by 20¢ every 30 minutes.
In addition to the oysters, they have several drink specials like $3 martinis, and special prices on margaritas, beer and wine. And they also have several other small plates at small prices available during Happy Hour.
The nice thing about their Happy Hour is the special prices are available on their outdoor deck, as well as in the bar. Not every place does this as deck seating is normally in demand so they don’t extend the offer outside.
We arrived at 3:00, ordered cocktails and I twisted his arm and ordered a dozen of the day’s oysters. While he’s not a big oyster eater he gamely handled a few of them while I happily slurped my share and part of his. Elliott’s has a large selection of oysters but they decide what variety will be offered for Happy Hour. In my experience, they normally offer something in the small to medium range – perfect little bites of the sea. They are served with a frozen champagne mignonette, which is a little tart. Sometimes I think I like it as much as the oysters.
Since my friend was not so much into the oysters he ordered salmon pesto, chorizo and clams, and we both had a blackened fish taco. While all of the food was tasty it seemed a bit skimpier than items I’ve had there in the past. Maybe it was just my imagination but other than the oysters the food did not seem to me to be a real bargain this time.
Still you really can’t go wrong sitting on a deck over the Puget Sound, enjoying 80° weather and a cold drink. It was a fun afternoon.
Also, check out their upcoming Ocean Harvest Festival with events running from October 1 – November 2. There’s a big party on October 9th to get it all started properly.
Elliott’s Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way
On the waterfront at Pier 56