What do you do in Seattle at 4PM on a Saturday? You go to The Walrus and the Carpenter in Ballard, because if you don’t get there right when they unlock their doors, you are going to be waiting for a table for a looong while.
If you love oysters, you should put dining at the Walrus at top of your list. If you hate oysters, you should also put the Walrus at the top of your list. Huh?
The Walrus and the Carpenter is most well known for its oysters, but everything else on the menu is so exceptional that any oyster-hater could end up leaving this place happy. Case in point:Their steak tartare. Raw egg yolk, rye toast. Whoa. I usually don’t order steak tartare, but the bartender said it was the best, so obviously we had to oblige. It was a semi-scary, yet GREAT decision.Smoked trout with lentils, walnut, onion, and crème fraîche. That lentil mixture on the bottom…HOLY CRAP.House Arancini…Because you just can’t go wrong.Speck! Essentially delicious prosciutto with a dollop of ricotta and persimmon. Dinah’s Cheese from Vashon Island with Ballard Bee co. Honey. An awesome way to end our meal. A huge Thank You to our friend Erin who gave us a gift card for our Wedding gift! We had such a fun date night!
The Walrus and the Carpenter
4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, Wa 98107
Daily: 4pm – 10pm