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Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar

1916 Pike Place, Seattle, WA - (206) 622-7721
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/27/2012 4:35:00 AM
Emmett Watson’s is the place to go when you have some time on your hands and want to wile it away over beer and seafood. A laid-back oyster bar just across the street from the Pike Place Market in a back street nook inside the Soames-Dunn Building, it can be maddening if you are an efficiency nut in a hurry. For leisurely enjoyment of oysters, clams, and mussels, or baskets of fish and chips, or wonderful soups and chowders, this brash little eatery is a Seattle treasure. There is a sunny, flower-adorned courtyard behind the building for warm-weather dining at rickety little tables, and an indoor area with small booths.

For many regular customers, Emmett Watson’s is a place to come for several beers accompanied by oysters on the half shell, either raw or broiled. We have spent many a happy afternoon at a patio table enjoying a drawn-out meal of oysters, then shrimp, then a cup of chowder, and an occasional order of garlic bread. For appetites in search of well-balanced meals, we recommend anything fried (fish, clams, shrimp, oysters) or the steamed mussels or clams in garlic broth.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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The fish and chips come with three firm pieces of cod.
"The fish and chips come with three firm pieces of cod."
Cliff Strutz





A half-dozen briny Penn Cove oysters
"A half-dozen briny Penn Cove oysters"
Cliff Strutz


One of the soups on the day we visited was Puget Sound Salmon Soup. The mussels and fish were fresh and the soup had a strong garlicky flavor.
"One of the soups on the day we visited was Puget Sound Salmon Soup. The mussels and fish were fresh and the soup had a strong garlicky flavor."
Cliff Strutz


2 raw oysters, 3 shrimp, French bread, and chowder:  a nice little lunch that begs for a few beers on the side. (Marc Bruno photo)
"2 raw oysters, 3 shrimp, French bread, and chowder: a nice little lunch that begs for a few beers on the side. (Marc Bruno photo)"
Michael Stern


The top of Emmett Watson's menu, complete with stains from dripping oyster juice.
"The top of Emmett Watson's menu, complete with stains from dripping oyster juice."
Michael Stern


A quiet refuge from the bustle of the Pike Place Market (Marc Bruno photo)
"A quiet refuge from the bustle of the Pike Place Market (Marc Bruno photo)"
Michael Stern



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