Situated in Pike Place Market for over 40 years, Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar is a cozy and casual spot with fresh oysters, fish ‘n’ chips, and plenty of local beer on tap. In fact, it is the city’s first and oldest oyster bar. In an era when quirk has been replaced with an upscale design, this dive of endless memorabilia and fresh local oysters is just what Seattle needs in a dining experience. The restaurant is located in the Soames-Dunn building on a backstreet away from the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market's main drag. It is the perfect laid-back eatery if you have some time on your hands to enjoy a selection of oysters, clams, and mussels, or soups and chowders.
This restaurant doesn’t mess around with fancy garnishes; its dishes come simply garnished with a lemon wedge and cocktail sauce. The menu still comes hand-written on a paper bag. The meal to get is still the oysters, in any form. Customers can sit outside in its courtyard behind the building. This is perfect for warm-weather dining. Otherwise, customers can opt for the indoor dining area with small booths. This Pike Place Market staple has drawn long lines for decades, even winning an America’s Classics Award from the prestigious James Beard Foundation. For a no-frills dining experience, Emmett Watson’s is a place to go for oysters in Seattle.
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