94 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
At one time, Matt’s in the Market was a pint sized joint tucked away in Pike Place Market that was known to pull out just a couple tables and replace them with a jazz combo. They may have expanded and lost the live jazz but Matt’s is still one of the best restaurants in town, especially if you enjoy seafood. Oysters, mussels, albacore tuna, catfish, prawns — they do them all well. But if scallops are your thing you can expect to enjoy them pan seared with grapes, bacon, pickled maitake mushrooms and salsa verde.
4741 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
Ethan Stowell has made his name on creating lively dining environments with spot on food in neighborhoods all over Seattle. His latest is Marine Hardware in the heart of Ballard’s restaurant row. With just 26 seats you might call it one of Stowell’s most personal ventures as you might just find him serving as your line cook for the evening. Marine Hardware offers reasonably priced four and six course tasting menus that ring in at $50 and $80 a person. But if making your own decisions is more your style you’ll have 10 or so dishes to choose from on the a la carte menu. One of the dishes you’ll want to check out are the just right plancha-seared scallops served with sugar snap pea salad and crushed english peas.
2968 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Since Sushi Kappo Tamura opened on the north end of Eastlake they’ve been a local favorite. Chef Taichi Kitamura and his team serve up traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch, brunch and dinner and offer an impressive sake collection to wash it all down. Part of the fun is watching your food being prepared in the open kitchen. Grab a seat at the sushi counter for the best seat in the house. Start with the scallop seared with yuzu kosho (citrus chili paste) and let the chef direct you from there. You’ll be glad you did!
2404 NE 65th St.,
Seattle, WA 98115
Seattle’s North end residents cheered when they heard Chef Edouardo Jordan would be opening Salare in their neighborhood and they were right to do so. Chef Jordan brought Ravenna a neighborhood restaurant that is decidedly destination worthy. The environment is contemporary and casual and the service is gracious. There isn’t a miss on Chef Jordan’s menu which features cuisine inspired by America’s South, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean Islands but the seafood shines bright including the scallops served with zucchini squash, quinoa and a saffron vinaigrette. While you’re in the house savoring the scallops don’t miss the spruce tip cured salmon paired with radish, asparagus and rye bread or the yellowtail crudo that is complemented with avocado, sea beans and grapefruit.