The Walrus and the Carpenter

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 13 publications
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13 expert recommendations


Bon Appétit

Oysters and cocktails make a great party in Ballard. Full review →


Condé Nast Traveler Tick Editor's Pick

Walrus is walk-in only, a spare and simple spot in a former marine hardware shop, where you come for piles of oysters—each named for the regional bay where they were harvested. Full review →



Chef-owner Renee Erickson was inspired by the casual oyster bars of Paris to open this bustling shoebox of a restaurant on the south end of Ballard Avenue. Full review →


Frommer's 33

Taking its name from the Lewis Carroll poem and set at the back of a converted commercial building on shady Ballard Avenue. Full review →


Gayot 14.0

Loyal regulars know well to come early or be prepared to wait for a seat in the homey, historic Kolstrand Building space, all dolled up in cheerful white with conversation-starting lighting. Full review →


Lonely Planet

Puget Sound waters practically bleed oysters and – arguably – there isn't a better place to knock 'em back raw with a glass of wine or two than the Walrus. Full review →


Michelin Guide

This tiny restaurant, with an unlikely name-from a Lewis Carroll poem-has been designated one of the top restaurants in the nation by multiple national news media.


Not For Tourists

Stylish and transcendent oyster bar tucked behind a bike shop. Full review →


Seattle Times 3.0

The haute bar cuisine (tartines, charcuterie, smoked fish and cheese) is matched by an impressive roster of drinks. Full review →


The Infatuation 9.4

In this town, people treat oysters like celebrities, and Seattle has no shortage of them Full review →


Travel + Leisure

There's a bit of Alice in Wonderland-inspired whimsy at this oyster bar—a coral-inspired chandelier, wild drawings by a local artist, and a staff that doesn't take themselves too seriously Full review →

Choose a glass of white wine from their robust menu, or opt for one of their excellent and creative drinks, like the black magic, with tequila, blood orange, and campari.


This oyster bar blends the elegance of France with the casual comfort of a local fishing pub Full review →



"Pay someone to stand in line for you" at this "tiny", "packed-to-the-gills" midpriced Ballard seafooder, where bivalve fans slurp "expertly shucked oysters" at the zinc bar. Full review →

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