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The Walrus and the Carpenter

#42 of 3,038 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA
+1 206-395-9227
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Myrtle Beach, SC
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72 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Crowded and busy, but best raw oysters ever! Met up with our son and future daughter-in-law for a lovely evening. Our waiter was amazing, he was a floor show himself. Definitely will return on our next trip and recommend it highly. Worth the wait.

Thank scarolinamama
Santa Cruz, California, United States
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything we had was perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. However, two things detracted from our experience. First, and most difficult, was the noise level. The restaurant was playing music so loud that we had to almost shout at one another to be heard. I like to talk with my friends when we're out to eat, not shout at them. The... More 

Thank Ken C
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favorite restaurants of all time. The most amazing oysters and such a great selection, also their deep fried oysters is a must try. Small restaurant so not a whole lot of seating and the wait can be a bit crazy so get there before it opens or anticipate a long wait (though worth it). Their wine selection... More 

Thank Jenny C
New Haven, Connecticut
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here is really good, and the restaurant is located in the middle of the trendy neighborhood Ballard. The selection of oysters is great, and they tasted amazing. The atmosphere is nice but a little loud during happy hour. We also had to wait for a while to get a table, since it's a popular place.

Thank Malene K
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The oysters that I had were amazing. They were fresh and raw and we're just amazing. The sardines were grilled to perfection. I've never had better sardines.

Thank Nimmi Z
Auckland, New Zealand
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83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

This Restaurant was recommended to us by another Kiwi who had been up in Seattle on Business. We drove over in our own car and finally found the establishment after a few wrong turns. A little tricky to find but worth searching for. We started with oysters us the four of us love oysters. The waiter made good recommendations on... More 

Thank William A
Orlando, Florida
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Oysters were great. Try fried oysters and steak tartar too. Was not a fan of the bread pudding. It's not what I'm use to. Nice atmosphere and service. Had a 2 hour wait. Overall good but wait should be no more than 45 minutes.

Thank Charles R
Lakeside, Montana
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80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

We love oysters, so this place was right up our alley! Good selection of wine and loved their bread! We were afraid of having to wait for a table, but we were seated right away with no wait!

Thank Montanaboysmom
Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Sought out this restaurant based on advice from a colleague at Cook's Illustrated and was not disappointed. Was on my own and arrived right before it opened on a Tuesday. Sat at the bar looking into the open kitchen. There's a happy hour from 4-5 and the oysters are 1/2 price and many of the drinks are a few dollars... More 

Thank mwfenway
Gloucester, Virginia
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Great place to visit with a unique atmosphere. The open kitchen and bar gives the restaurant a close home like vibe. The oysters are a must! All of the sides and small plate options all pair well each other and are great to share as a couple or with a group. The restaurant has a full bar with specialty cocktails,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: +1 206-395-9227

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?