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Chuckanut Drive in the Fall

The historic Chuckanut Drive is beautiful no matter what time of year you take your car down its winding path, but in the Fall, the wonder of the scenic highway becomes even more magic.

Chuckanut Drive Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuckanut Drive Fall Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuckanut Drive Fall Bay View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every season, we switch up our menu to use the produce and match feeling of that time of the year. In the Fall, you can order specials like the Mixed Seasonal Greens with baby greens, toasted walnuts, bleu cheese, red onions, gala apples, red grapes, and maple cider vinaigrette. Or the Butternut Squash Ravioli with mushrooms, leeks, swiss chard, green beans in a light lemon sage cream and Manchego cheese. Our chefs do their absolute best to capture the flavor of Fall in our seasonal dishes, and you can enjoy their work while looking out at a stunning Autumn landscape.

 

The Oyster Bar: On the Half Shell, In the News

Oyster Bar Reviews

As a restaurant with a long history in the region, we’ve been featured in a long number of publications and personal blogs! Below, we’ve gathered some our favorite reviews, recollections, and write-ups in one place — a sort of scrapbook of people’s experiences with us throughout the years. We’re delighted to see the reviews have remained consistent — fresh Northwest seafood, a spectacular view, friendly service, and award winning wines. If you’ve ever dined with us then written about the experience, we would love to see it!

Team O (2008)

The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive

A date with my husband of one year; crab cakes; a palette cleansing white grape sorbet with champagne; blue marlin with a rhubarb and lavender gastrique; king crab legs infused with tequila and lime, served with blood orange butter; and cappuccino crème brulee for dessert.

And, yes. Everything lived up to my decade’s worth of cravings and imagination.

Northwest Wining and Dining (2011)

A Pinnacle Experience at The Oyster Bar

Every now and then, a meal’s setting and the meal itself sync so perfectly that they form an unforgettable dining experience. That happened to us recently at The Oyster Bar on the Chuckanut Drive, about a two hours drive from downtown Seattle.

Cooking From Memory (2011)

The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive

There is no hurrying here.  After decades of refining the fine art of hospitality and service, the wait staff carries on a legendary task of “teasing” diners out of any impatience that might have brought along from the day just past.  The evening’s visits to the table including a warm welcome, refreshing beverages, warm bread with finishing butters, and salads are spaced and timed perfectly.  When the entrees arrive, thanks given, conversations shared, the experience of the meal ahead will once again leave you fascinated with this place. 

Annie and Rich’s Travel Adventures (2012)

Chuckanut Drive and Oyster Bar

As we sat there enjoying our meal, we watched the tide go down and the oyster beds started to appear. The Pacific oysters from our lunch were grown from seed and harvested from the farms right in front of us. You could call this the 100 feet diet. Talk about freshness!

Seattle Met (2013)

Seafood Road Trips

“Since the Great Depression, the Oyster Bar has sold Samish Bay oysters from right outside the window, baked or fried or quivering in their shells; these days there are other varieties, too, with an optional side of mulled apple cider mignonette. It’s all very hushed and throwbacky in here—there are the crab cakes, there’s the steak and prawns—but that’s just another word for classic.”

Seattle Refined (2015)

5 Stops to Make on Washington’s Beautiful Chuckanut Drive

“If you’re looking for an incredible view and a tasty lunch, stop by The Oyster Bar. This place used to be a shack where oysters were sold to passing drivers, but it’s now a pristine fine dining restaurant. Every table in the restaurant has a great view of the water and there’s an extensive wine list.”

 

Things To Do Around Chuckanut Drive

Places Near Chuckanut Drive

Things to do around Chuckanut Drive

As we wrote about in March, the scenic Chuckanut Drive turns 100 this year! The stunning view from the historic highway – all dappled light, lush greenery, and splashing ocean – is enough of a reason to visit, but why not make a whole day out of exploring Chuckanut? The surrounding area is filled with hidden spots that are rich in history with stories to tell. If you’re riding the highway, here are things to do around Chuckanut Drive.

Larrabee State Park

For those who are tired of watching the trees whizz by and want to get out and explore them, you’ll find no better place than Larrabee State Park! Washington’s first state park is perfect for families with curious kids, a romantic picnic with your special someone, or a quiet time of reflection on your own. The edge of the park overlooks the bay, where you can see the nearby islands and watch incoming shipping vessels. You’ll need to purchase a Discover Pass, but $10 is a small price to pay for the experience.

San Juan Cruises

Things to do around chuckanut drive whale watching

Get up close and personal with the wonderful Washington wildlife in our waters with San Juan Cruises. The cruise will take you around the San Juan Islands in search of Orcas, Humpback whales sea lions, and more. The captain will share the history of the area and point out areas of interest as you travel through the bay. Along the way, you’ll stop at Friday Harbor, a vibrant seaside port.

Historic Fairhaven District

Explore the red-bricked district of historic Fairhaven and discover a Pacific Northwest gem. The area is well-known for its small artisanal shops – you’ll find independent bookstores like Village Books, specialty clothing stores like Fairhaven Runners, and home boutique shops like the well-named A Lot of Flowers. Every nook and cranny is bursting with something exciting to see — well worth an afternoon of walking around.

The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive

Of course, we like to think The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Bay is essential to enjoying the full Highway 11 experience. Our restaurant has been a staple of Chuckanut Drive for almost as long as it’s been around – starting as a tiny seaside oyster shack in the 1920s and growing into the fine dining establishment it is today. Make a reservation and end your Chuckanut Drive adventure with local seafood and an unforgettable view.

 

 

 

Chuckanut Drive – A Century Old and Still Looking Good

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The 100th Anniversary of Chuckanut Drive

The incomparable Chuckanut Drive is turning 100 this year! Chuckanut Drive, or State Highway 11 if we’re being official, was completed in the spring of 1916. Since then, it’s been a favorite cruising spot for those looking for a drive with a view—and good food!

The now scenic highway first began as a logging road in the 1890s. The thick forests of Bellingham made transportation and travel extremely difficult for the settlers coming for a new life in the Pacific Northwest. In 1905, city lawmakers approved funds to begin improving the road, but the money soon ran out. The project wouldn’t be completed until Charles Larrabee and Cyrus Gates, two wealthy Bellingham businessmen, gathered the funds to complete the rest of the road. The work began with convict crews, but ended with private companies and state crews.

In the 1920s, just a few short years after the road opened, the groundwork for The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive was laid. A small shack selling fresh oysters to travelers was started by Zenzabaro Maekawa, a plant manager for the Rockpoint Oyster Company. The shack did so well that it soon sprouted four walls and a lunch bar and was named the Rockpoint Oyster Restaurant! One hundred years later, that humble shack is now The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive!

Rockpoint Oyster Chuckanut Drive

Last week, Chuckanut Drive showed her wrinkles with two rock slides experienced back-to-back. To make sure the area is safe, the Department of Transportation has closed that section of the road down for now. But we’re in contact with them every day to see when it will reopen.

Fear not though, The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is still reachable! The rock slides took place to the North of us, but the road is clear from the South. You can get to us via Colony Rd., Bow Hill Rd., Cook Rd., and Chuckanut Drive exit 231. Make your night perfect with an unrivaled highway view, followed by an unrivaled seafood meal!

Learn more about the history of Chuckanut Drive and watch a great video on it at The Bellingham Herald.

Live Maine Lobster!

(Warning: The following blog post will create an undeniable craving for all things lobster. Read at your own risk.)

You may have seen our live Maine lobster offerings on our social media feeds lately. During the month of January, our lobster entree special includes a half or whole lobster served with prime top sirloin steak, prime filet mignon steak, or with wild gulf prawns. (Is your mouth watering yet?) In addition to our special lobster entree, we are offering 5 small plates all featuring mouth-watering lobster. For anyone that has wanted to try lobster, these small plates are affordable and PACKED with lobster flavor. (We don’t skimp on the lobster, either.) For those with an established love for lobster, you’ll want to try all plates especially the ice cream.

Our small plate lobster specials include:

Lobster RavioliLobster Ravioli: served with mascarpone, arugula pesto, toasted pine nuts, brown butter, and shallots.

Lobster BisqueLobster Bisque: with goat cheese gougere and fresh chives.

Lobster Specials The Oyster BarLobster Carpaccio Salad: served with thin slices of lobster, avocado, mango, passion fruit, and vanilla bean vinaigrette.

Lobster Mac & CheeseLobster Mac and Cheese: with truffle cream, lemon powder, brown butter, and cookie crumble.

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Lobster Ice Cream The Oyster BarLobster Ice Cream: lobster infused cream, lemon powder, brown butter, and cookie crumble. (This is a MUST try.)

For pricing information, please visit our lobster specials menu.

To help with the winter chills, we’ve always got our fireplace going and invite our guests to enjoy a nice fireside meal.

The sun is setting from 4-5 pm directly over Samish Island, it makes for a stunning spectacle to close out the day, and complements your feast.

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For Your Favorite Foodies

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Featured Wine: 2012 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Founded in 1979, Quilceda Creek the top, consistently hits the mark as a top Cabernet Sauvignon producer. A world class winery right here in Washington State.

2578 Chuckanut Drive
Bow, WA 98232

info@theoysterbar.com

360.766.6185

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