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Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar - 12 Reviews - 1916 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101-1056, Seattle, WA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (206) 448-7721

Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar

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1916 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101-1056
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Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar - Seattle, WA
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Yes, a lot of the menu is fried, but MAN ALIVE! that is one mean bowl of chowder! I never liked chowder until I tried their's and now nothing compares. Considering how much it r...

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I was really looking forward to getting some oysters at Emmett Watsons. They only had one kind of oysters. Most of thier menu was fried. The service was slow!!! Kinda a hole i...

Charge more money than I really paid ! 9/23/2010

I went to this restaurant on Sep.21, 2010 and I came all the way from Pennyslvania to visit my friend in Seattle. I went to lots of places and restaurants with my credit card. Only Emmet Warson's Oyster Bar charged more than I really paid. My bill was 44.65 but they charged me 44.80. I know it's only 15 cents, but it still bothers me. \r \r I've never been charged more than my bill, and this is my first time. I will consider the honesty of this restaurant in the future and I will never go to Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar anymore. Their service was really horrible and the price was higher than the rest of the restaurants, and it wasn't even worth it.\r Think twice before you use a credit card in this restaurant.\r \r \r more

baffled by the reviews. emmett watson's is GREAT! 1/19/2010

i am not quite sure why the priors reviews are only 1 star. i had a great time at emmett watson's. it's a casual, cute local seattle seafood joint, complete with blue and white checkered tableclothes. delicious clam chowder and oysters, nice choice of local and regional beers on tap to complement any meal. Pros: delicious clam chowder and oysters Cons: hidden. you may have to call for directions. more

Discrimination 1/16/2010

I was denied service there on 1/16/2010 at 2pm. I seated myself at a table for one and waited for 5 minutes, but the waitstaff ignored me. Then an elderly couple entered, seated themselves at the booth next to me - they were given menus, silverware and napkins AND a waitress immediately. The only difference I saw between me and the couple was that I have multiple piercings in both of my ear lobes which some people ( who work at this restaurant) use as a means of discrimination. more

Do not eat there 10/25/2009

We found this Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar about a month ago and the food at that time seemed really good. We went on October 24,2009 and what a revolting, service and food that we had.\r \r The service was absolutely terrible. My husband loves fried oysters. When they came out he tried one and he knew immediately that something was wrong with them. He tried to tell the server in a quite and polite way that something was wrong, but the server got loud and basically thought that my husband did not know a thing about oysters. Well he was wrong my husband has worked in seafood for a number of years and knows what oysters taste like and if they are bad or old. He did not want to bring us anymore and basically charge us for the bad ones. He finally brought some more out, they were okay but after the service that we had and embarrassment the waiter had brought to us, we will never go back. This waiter should be fired and the establishment needs to have a health inspection done now. Cons: Service is revolting and food is not properly cooked and old more

Good oysters and market atmosphere, but slow and rude service. 8/10/2008

The broiled oysters are great and the location hidden back in the market has a cool Seattle vibe. However we have stopped going there because the service is so bad. They automatically assume everyone is a tourist, as they never have a consistent seating structure or staff that knows what they are doing. For regulars this is a pain because you never know what you are going to get, yet if you try to seat yourself they get upset (even when they aren't busy and nobody is up front to help you). \r \r The service is also slow and disinterested, and can take quite a bit of time to receive another drink or the check. If you order broiled oysters they always annoyingly remind you that it will take time, yet from hearing them talk it's because the kitchen staff hates to make them and doesn't like schucking the oysters. \r \r Overall this place would have great potential if it just improved its service and standards. Pros: Broiled Oysters, Location Cons: Slow and Rude Service, Can Get Crowded Outside more

For Real Cioppino 4/29/2008

Emmet Watson the person was a true curmudgeon, but his namesake restaurant, on the other hand, is a great place to catch lunch in the Pike Place Market. It has the best cioppino hands down. And of course you get lovely crusty sourdough to go along with it. more

Tried only 2 items since it was for a snack.... 11/17/2007

Tried only 2 items since it was for a snack. We ordered half-dozen raw oysters and a bowl of the puget... more

Tried only 2 items since it was for a snack.... 11/17/2007

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Tried only 2 items since it was for a snack. We ordered half-dozen raw oysters and a bowl of the puget sound salmon soup. The oysters were tasty,... more

One Bad Waitress ruined the whole experience 7/7/2007

My boyfriend and I went down to Pike Place today and were searching for someplace to eat. When we saw the menu printed on a brown paper lunch bag posted on the window we thought it was charming so we gave it a try. We were warmly greeted by the staff and headed outside to the outdoor dinning area. There were 3 empty tables so we sat at the only one that was clean. It took the waitress a while to give us our menus and when we realized the tree above our table had a bird in it we decided to move to a different table. When we moved to a table that seated 4, the waitress snapped at us and said ""people are waiting for that table- you can't sit there, theres only two of you!"" So we moved back to the table with the bird and the bird pooped on our table!!!!!!! To make matters worse we had already put in our order for two beers that took 15 minutes to get - meanwhile we had full view of the entrance to the restaurant and no other party had sat down for the entire time we had waited for our drinks to the time we finished our drinks. We were so upset that we didn't even try the food. I will never go back - which is too bad because the food smelled great and the had a chowder that sounded great! more

Salty Seattle atmosphere and good oysters 2/13/2007

I take out-of-towners here for seafood over some of the more swanky fish spots because of its ambience--it's sooo Seattle, and old-school fisherman-style Seattle, not its sleek new Belltown incarnation. Visitors love it. I always order a dozen oysters (always fresh) and then everyone gets what they want--the fish and chips is good, the salmon chowder is extremely tasty but sometimes its overwhelmingly rich. Microbrews on tap, friendly staff and an eclectic crowd make it an experience to remember. Pros: Good food, well-priced, friendly Cons: Can be freezing inside! more

Kinda of hidden, but kick ass chowder! 1/30/2003

Yes, a lot of the menu is fried, but MAN ALIVE! that is one mean bowl of chowder! I never liked chowder until I tried their's and now nothing compares. Considering how much it rains here, it is nice to get a bowl of chowder and some fries in a mainly-locals restuarant in a touristy area. It always makes me happy, full, and leaves me with a couple of bucks in my pocket. Besides, it is great for cheap eats with freinds. Pros: yummy!, atm down the hall, easy on the wallet Cons: Pike Place Market, Market Parking more

Not as great as expected, still ok 1/20/2003

I was really looking forward to getting some oysters at Emmett Watsons. They only had one kind of oysters. Most of thier menu was fried. The service was slow!!! Kinda a hole in the wall place. The clam chowder was more like a potato soup, with clams :) Steamers were good but tiny. Not a bad place, but I don't think I'd go back. Cons: like just ok, nothing special more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    When Emmett Watson created this spot it was the city's first oyster bar. Though first situated in a wee spot well off the Market's main drag, the oyster bar put Washington's...

  • 3/30/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 11:30am-7pm Fri, Sat 11:30am-8pm Sun 11:30am-6pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, Cash
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, Pike Place Market
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