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Short History of The Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar

The Journey of what is now known as The Oyster Bar restaurant began long before 1921 on Samish Bay. It started as a company called Pearl Oyster Company. The owners of Pearl company brought in and planted eastern oysters, selling them fresh in the shell. Later, Pearl company was sold to E. N. Steele and … Read more

The 125-year history of Bow, WA in its roads

Driving down Chuckanut

2021 marks the 2 important dates: the 125th birthday of the oldest artifact of Bow – a steam locomotive – and the 105th anniversary of the opening of Chuckanut Drive. Explore exciting facts about the milestones of our community! The railroad impact in Bow The second part of the 19th century featured the advent of … Read more

Best Local Seafood Restaurants

We know that you have many seafood restaurant choices in and around the Northwest corner of Washington. Our *unbiased* opinion is that we love The Oyster Bar above all, but in all fairness, it is important to highlight other restaurants in the area. Here are two other local options: Chuckanut Manor Seafood & Grill (currently … Read more

Feel Like Taking A Drive? Stop By The Oyster Bar!

If a drive through the Chuckanut Scenic Byway clears your mind, just think of how you will feel perched above Samish Bay sipping a glass of our Woodward Canyon 2016 Nelms Road Cabernet Sauvignon or savoring our fresh Northwest oysters. Situated in the Chuckanut Mountains, The Oyster Bar offers a seasonally-inspired menu along with expansive views … Read more

Learn How To Identify San Juan Islands

Our locally-sourced menu isn’t the only thing that separates our restaurant from the rest. Visitors also stop by year-round to take in stunning views of Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands. More than 170 islands varying in size and population comprise the San Juan Islands. Some islands are popular tourist and retiree attractions, while … Read more

Spot These Birds At Larrabee State Park

Thousands of migratory birds of the Pacific Flyway pass through northwest Washington to rest, eat and breed. A great place to see them is at Larrabee State Park, a 2,748-acre waterfront park located on Samish Bay. According to Cascade Loop — a publication that tracks 225 of Washington’s 346 annually recorded bird species — birdwatchers … Read more

Explore The Geology Of The Chuckanut Formation

Forged during the Eocene Epoch approximately 50 million years ago, the Chuckanut Formation is composed of layers of sedimentary rock that reveal the area’s former climate and geological environment. According to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Exploring Expedition began studying fossil specimens collected from the formation during the mid-19th century. The … Read more

Winespectator.com: Spotlight on The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive

Thanks to Wine Spectator for their spotlight on the Oyster Bar!

“Nestled on the shore of Washington’s Samish Bay, not far from the U.S.-Canada border, is longtime Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winner the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive. Holding its Best of Award of Excellence since 1985, the Oyster Bar attracts diners from both countries. The Bow, Wash., restaurant offers regional seafood-focused cuisine by chef Justin Gordon with dishes like local chanterelles with warm goat cheese, balsamic charred tomatoes, roasted garlic and crostini; cedar roasted salmon; and cioppino, a saffron-based fish stew…..”

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