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Local cuisine, Seafood, Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly
$35 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Seafood, Soups, American
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an excellent table when my husband took me here for my birthday last month. Server was awesome as was the steak. The lobster tail was OK. Crab cakes were delicious. The biggest problem was our neighbors phone kept binging every time he got...More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed July 3, 2020 via mobile

We had the halibut and ling cod. The food was beyond excellent. Perfectly prepared. Enjoyable to the last bite.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 14, 2020

Unbeatable view, relaxed but nice vibe, great service and food. A tad pricey - but that's how all places with views are? Fun to look out over the oyster beds you are eating from. Great wine selection. This place is always a treaet.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed June 7, 2020

We were so thrilled that Oyster Bar was open again so that we could take our son and daughter-in-law there for a birthday celebration. We wondered how it would feel to go back into a restaurant--would we feel safe? Could we still have a similar...More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 9, 2020

Once again The Oyster Bar did not disappoint. I got the winning dish of the day which was their appi special, a pork belly confit with seafood in a saffron broth. Yum! All the other dishes were also top drawer. The drive on the Chuchanut...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed October 31, 2019

I and friends visit here about six times a year. Living about 90 minutes south means fewer visits than if we lived much closer. Been going here since the current ownership arrived and converted a basic chips and chowder place in the late 1960s. The...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 25, 2019 via mobile

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We stopped in on a Thursday at 11:30 and were the first people there for lunch. We had our choice of tables and ended up being alone for our entire lunch. Excellent service as usual. Gorgeous view. The...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019

The excellent service was only overshadowed by the chefs amazing creations. The food was exceptional albeit the oysters were milky when served in August. They should have not been served. That was the only shortcoming of the entire experience. I highly recommend this place.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed October 5, 2019

We were here for the 3rd time and are still enjoying the stunning view and the excellent food. It has all the makings of a great restaurant and all the food is a pleasant surprise.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2019

We have made the trip down Chuckanut Drive several times this year to go to the Oyster Bar. We have been going there for over 30 years although it is now under new management. The building is on a cliff overlooking the San Juan islands....More

Date of visit: March 2019
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September 17, 2017|
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Response from emersonreturn | Reviewed this property |
from my experience the wait staff are beyond expert, most of whom i shouldn't be surprised to learn are parents, so i shouldn't be surprised to learn they know exactly how to deal with infants (adult or otherwise) in a way... More
July 25, 2015|
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It's a fancy restaurant but I felt comfortable going in a mountain hardware skort, with a plan flannel shirt. My mom wasn't too happy she was in hiking clothes but they don't make you feel bad being casual. The area is... More
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