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The Walrus and the Carpenter



4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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(206) 395-9227

  • Sun - Sat 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cuisine: American Restaurants, Bars, Seafood Restaurants


4.8 of 5.0 from 79 reviews


price range:$26 to $50

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  • Jackson C.Beef tartare is raw meat.

    55555 by Jackson C.


  • Calvin T.In addition to your raw oysters, order a plate of fried oysters. Pairs perfectly with the cilantro aioli.

    55555 by Calvin T.


  • Christina T.winning game plan: oysters, steak tartar + then tell the bartender what you're eating to make you a special off the menu cocktail to perfectly pair. this place is great.

    55555 by Christina T.


  • David T.Loved every bit of this place. Excellent oysters. Grilled sardines, beef cheek terrine and steak tartare Also bartender made an excellent cocktail of gin, dry vermouth, absinthe, soda and celery

    55555 by David T.


  • Jonathan T.Awesome staff, food and music ... Steak tartar is a must, country style & one of the best I've ever had

    55555 by Jonathan T.


  • VinostomperOrdered 2 of every oyster, mussel stew, shaved celeriac with pine nuts and pomegranate, and steak tartare!!

    55555 by Vinostomper


  • Danielle L.Arrive early and plan on waiting in line. But worth it - better then the hype. Yum!!

    55555 by Danielle L.


  • Mutineer MagazineAn assortment of oysters and bubbles is always a winning combination. Try some local craft beer after your bubbles; Bellevue Brewing ESB is a winner.

    55555 by Mutineer Magazine


  • Nicholas J.Excellent food, and a killer wine list. Oysters, steak tartar, the anchovies, and go french and white for the wine. The staff was supremely knowledgable.

    55555 by Nicholas J.


  • Kevin S.Go early, it might be the most popular place in the city. If you have a wait, stop in at the bar Barnacle next door. The oysters were fantastic.

    55555 by Kevin S.


  • skinny_cyclistOysters were good but don't expect a full meal for anything less than $50 per person.

    55555 by skinny_cyclist


  • Angie N.An hour wait at 5pm on Mon. Waited it out next door with wine and it was worth It. Olympia, broomstick and Glacier oysters were my fav. Steak tartare, zucchini salad and eel special were also delish.

    55555 by Angie N.


  • Shaun M.Oysters are fresh and amazing, make sure to try the Moscow Mule

    55555 by Shaun M.


  • Josh F.Food is amazing, loved the Samish Oysters, tomatoes and peppers

    55555 by Josh F.


  • Emmanuelle R.The best tartare! OMG!!!

    55555 by Emmanuelle R.


  • Emmanuelle R.The steak tartare is fabulous!

    55555 by Emmanuelle R.


  • MaryMary Q.the grilled sardines are beyond amazing!

    55555 by MaryMary Q.


  • Johanna L.Get in early or try weekdays otherwise prepare to wait at least 1.5 hours before you get seated. They don't take reservations. Menu changes daily.

    55555 by Johanna L.


  • Martin R.Grilled Sardines w/ 3 Treasure Cove Oysters

    55555 by Martin R.


  • StillsHeirloom tomatoes are an orgy in your mouth.

    55555 by Stills


  • Nikhil H.Found Apricot Shortcake as Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com

    55555 by Nikhil H.


  • Lloyd G.Rated as one of the best restaurant in America by many critics, this little hidden gem serves fresh oysters and mussels along with other small dishes. Unique flavors and terrific wine, cocktail & beer

    55555 by Lloyd G.


  • Mitch T.Delicious oysters and cocktails! Particularly like the mustache ride (and the sick mustache on our server). Sammamish Sweet were the best oysters.

    55555 by Mitch T.


  • Jason B.No more happy hours on Sundays as of June 30, 2013.

    55555 by Jason B.


  • juliecakes!Hands down better bread pudding at Renee's other spot...The Boat St Cafe.

    55555 by juliecakes!


  • Mark M.Spend time with the Oyster menu and look beyond the usual go-to NW favs. We discovered Treasure Cove oysters that blew our minds. Oh and my wife loved her Mustache Ride.

    55555 by Mark M.


  • ZachGet there before it opens to be sure to get a table for happy hour. Pretty hard to get in with groups of more than 4, but the wait is definitely worth it.

    55555 by Zach


  • Jared G.If this place had Tabasco I would love it :(

    55555 by Jared G.


  • Stan R.Try the Oysters (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Stan R.


  • Pejman P.Pac NW Dining. Expect a 1-2 hour wait. Not really kid friendly.

    55555 by Pejman P.


  • Calvin T.Go for the mustache ride. Then follow up with a go on a Moscow Mule.

    55555 by Calvin T.


  • Rich T.Try the Assorted Oyster Platter - Wow so many amazing varieties here (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Rich T.


  • Rich T.Try the Smoked Trout With Lentils, Walnut, Onion And Creme Fraische - Sweet, savory and rich all at the same time. Perfect salt. Yum! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Rich T.


  • Taka T.Try the Assorted Oysters - #oysters are super #fresh here at #thewalrusandthecarpenter. Maybe the best oysters in USA so far (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Taka T.


  • Claire T.Happy Hours Sunday – Thursday 4 to 6PM

    55555 by Claire T.


  • Marc E.Tom Douglas choice for Best Happy Hour: For classy, the Walrus and the Carpenter in Ballard.

    55555 by Marc E.


  • Belinda G.Yummy fried oysters!

    55555 by Belinda G.


  • Caroline S.Get your name on the list, grab a drink somewhere, then a drink somewhere else, and then maybe your table will be ready. And it will be SO worth it. The garden plates are as standout as the oysters.

    55555 by Caroline S.


  • Mike N.Get there early. Fucking amazing. Enough said.

    55555 by Mike N.


  • Travel + LeisurePristine shellfish displayed on a gleaming zinc counter are the main event at this handsome Ballard oyster bar. The shucking itself is a work of art. More places to eat like a local: tandl.me/12ufz7c

    55555 by Travel + Leisure


  • Jason B.Pass on the pork rinds.

    33333 by Jason B.


  • Linus B.The vintage french styling and comfortable ride are perfect for cruising around Portland.

    55555 by Linus B.


  • Cheryl C.Best place in Seattle for oysters

    55555 by Cheryl C.


  • Tammi S.Amazing oysters!

    55555 by Tammi S.


  • Rob A.The check is delivered to your table on a scallop shell. I challenge you not to think of the three seashells from Demolition Man while paying your bill!

    33333 by Rob A.


  • Vanessa T.One of the best meals I've ever had. Wish we could get something like this in NY. Come early (before 4) and take advantage of the happy hour from 4 - 6.

    55555 by Vanessa T.


  • Taylor F.if billy's tomatoes are on the menu/in season, they are a no-brainer. raw oysters and steak tartare are year-round standbys.

    55555 by Taylor F.


  • Sam G.Coolest restaurant in Seattle. Great oysters. Get drinks at Dutch Bike Co. (only in Seattle does a bike shop double as a bar) while you're enduring the long wait.

    55555 by Sam G.


  • Haley T.Shut up and order the speck.

    11111 by Haley T.


  • Amanda L.I wasn't too impressed with the oysters here, had two of each kind. . . not bad but not amazing :(

    55555 by Amanda L.


  • Jonathan L.Great portion sizes! Come with a few people to split all of the amazing dishes. Yum.

    55555 by Jonathan L.


  • Erik M.For meaty, sea salty oysters go for Barron (WA) or Treasure Cove (BC)

    55555 by Erik M.


  • Liliana H.Found Panna Cotta as Yawn. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com

    55555 by Liliana H.


  • Liliana H.Found Roasted Medjool Dates as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com

    55555 by Liliana H.


  • Liliana H.Found Sardines as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com

    55555 by Liliana H.


  • Liliana H.Found Chicken Liver Mousse as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com

    55555 by Liliana H.


  • Liliana H.Found Padron Peppers as Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com

    55555 by Liliana H.


  • Nikhil H.Found toasted almonds as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com

    55555 by Nikhil H.


  • Conrad S.Everyone says the oysters are great, because they are, and the steak tartare is the best I've eaten anywhere, and I like steak tartare.

    55555 by Conrad S.


  • Cat T.Oysters are fresh and delicious, but don't miss out on the scallops, amazing!

    55555 by Cat T.


  • Robby D.Famous TV chef Anthony Bourdain stopped by the Walrus and Carpenter.

    55555 by Robby D.


  • Dave K.Peanut allergy warning! This restaurant cooks in peanut oil - high risk of cross contamination. Not well advertised. We had just ordered a ton of food before waitress confirmed, so we left.

    22222 by Dave K.


  • Jenny L.Best drink in the winter is the Yule Flip

    55555 by Jenny L.


  • Social E.Try the Drinking Caramel - Salted Caramel concoction - completely divine! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Social E.


  • Arminda G.Tiny and very popular, make sure to get there early to snag a table, but well worth the wait. Oysters are fresh, bartender knows his stuff - try to get a seat at the bar to watch all the action!

    55555 by Arminda G.


  • Brian B.The Mustache Ride is their best drink!

    55555 by Brian B.


  • ❤ Carla Jean ❤"Of Shoes & Ships & Sealing Wax, Of Cabbages & Kings, Why The Sea Is Boiling HOT & Whether Pigs Have Wings..OH Little Oysters!!" A Little Alice In Wonderland & A LOT Of AMAZING!!

    55555 by ❤ Carla Jean ❤


  • Cathy M.So happy to see Renee's place ranked as one of the best in the US...the downside is not being able to get a table anymore. Plan ahead!! It is a good 2 hour wait on weekends.

    55555 by Cathy M.


  • Daryn N.There may be an hour and a half wait. It's worth it!

    33333 by Daryn N.


  • Roberto J.Sit at the bar.

    33333 by Roberto J.


  • mcasaverdeOverrated. Oysters good, rest not so much. Burnt brussel sprouts. Much better places in seattle

    33333 by mcasaverde


  • Trophy Cupcakes a.Quite possibly the best oysters on the half shell in Seattle. Super cool decor and one of the hardest seats to get at the moment. Arrive early (4:30) or expect to wait at least 1-2 hours for a table.

    55555 by Trophy Cupcakes a.


  • Sian W.Not only is this place delicious, but they really support clean water efforts, according to Puget Soundkeeper Alliance. A socially conscious place to eat!

    55555 by Sian W.


  • Trophy Cupcakes and PartyPerfectly selected, perfectly chilled oysters- beautifully shucked right before your eyes (if you sit at the bar)...order a glass of bubbly and you are pretty much in heaven. Get there early.

    55555 by Trophy Cupcakes and Party


  • John B.New Happy Hour: 1 dollar off beers and cocktails and 1/2 off oysters from 4-6

    55555 by John B.


  • Liz B.Meh.. cool. Great mustache, lame service. Food wasn't on par with the other "top 25" I've been to :/

    33333 by Liz B.


  • Noah S.Must get the roasted dates. They're flash pan fried with vanilla olive oil

    55555 by Noah S.


  • Seattle MetFresh simplicity defines chef Renee Erickson’s food at the Walrus and the Carpenter. It also describes the cocktail menu—the creation of her partner Jeremy Price.

    55555 by Seattle Met


  • Seattle MetWith seven oyster varieties daily, W&C is a nosher’s paradise, not a dinner house, so plan accordingly. Then plan to wait, as dozens crowd the line ahead of you, and reservations aren’t accepted.

    55555 by Seattle Met


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