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  • Lunch Daily: 11:30am
  • Dinner Daily: 4 – 9pm
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The 4 Seasons of Seafood at the Oyster Bar

Seafood, like fruit and vegetables, has its seasons. Let’s learn how to incorporate in-season seafood of the Pacific Northwest into our diets and benefit from it!

3 benefits of seafood seasonality

  • Health: caught undeveloped properly fish lacks minerals, nutrients, and vitamins.
  • Economic:  a seasonal increase in supply makes fish more affordable.
  • Sustainable: seafood populations migrate in and out of local areas. Consuming seasonal foods helps to prevent poaching and breaking migratory patterns.

Explore seasonal seafood in the Pacific Northwest with the Oyster Bar!

In the Pacific Northwest, about 70 species are harvested throughout the year. Some of them are available during all seasons. Such as salmon, oyster, trout, rockfish, octopus, sea scallops, etc.

Collaborating with the best local harvesters, we always have most of these types of fish. This, in turn, ensures regular updates for our seasonal menu.

Particularly popular with our guests, oysters feature our specialties. You can try them in two variations.

Baked Oysters (16.50 $) is one of the highly-ranked dishes. Served with pancetta, heirloom tomato, and spices it appeals to our visitors due to its simplicity.

Similarly, seafood admirers love our Fried Oysters (22.95 $). We serve them with apple aioli and sautéed vegetables.

Salmon Pastrami Sandwich (21.95 $) with in-house smoked fish with homemade rye bread is another popular choice on our menu. Combined with Emmental cheese and smoked sauerkraut, it’s an original culinary delight.

Calamari Golden fried rings and tentacles with saffron lemon aioli are the most popular winter choice of our visitors.

Spring is the time of crab! To enhance its health benefits, we have created Chilled Seafood Entrée Salad (32.50 $) with prawns and fruit, avocado, mango, feta cheese, and boiled eggs seasoned with Serrano chili.

In summer, we offer our guests native to the North West mussels with local vegetables. Our Steamed Mussels (18.00 $) go well with leeks, fennel, white wine, saffron tomato cream, and fresh thyme.

The autumn vegetable variety is vividly demonstrated in our Atlantic Cod Tacos (23.95 $) with cabbage jicama slaw, cilantro, red onion, arbol chili sauce, avocado, and crème Fraiche.

It’s All About The Oysters

Local Oysters

It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest is home to some of the best seafood the world has to offer. This undeniable fact is part of the reason that The Oyster Bar‘s proprietors, Guy and Linda Colbert, originally moved to the area. Since taking ownership of the restaurant in the early 1990′s the two have tirelessly sought to provide both top notch preparation of these marine delicacies as well as the most calming atmosphere in which to enjoy them.

Samish Bay

As our name might suggest, The Oyster Bar On Chuckanut Drive offers a variety of fresh, local Oysters. Located past the cliff and just beyond the restaurant is beautiful Samish Bay. If one were to happen upon the bay during high tide, it would appear deceptively deep. To wait just a few hours longer would be to reveal a hidden bounty, dutifully collected by the men and women of Taylor Shellfish Farm.

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Taylor Shellfish Farm

Just below the cliff and directly off of Chuckanut Drive, Taylor Shellfish Farm provides The Oyster Bar with a wide variety of fresh, local shellfish on a daily basis. A trip to their Chuckanut Drive location yields not only spectacular views but the ability to handpick from the live dungeness crab, fresh mussels, and a wide variety of fresh oysters grown and harvested on site. If you’re lucking enough to pass by the area during the right year, and the right time, you’ll even get to see Oyster Creek full of spawning salmon.

Here at the Oyster Bar we are proud to be able to say that our mussels, clams, Samish Bay Oysters and Kumamoto Oysters come directly from Samish Bay. With the help of Taylor Shellfish Farm, we’ve been able to provide the freshest shellfish the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

If you find yourself travelling along Chuckanut Drive this summer, or simply need a break on a trip between Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle, WA, we’d like to recommend these fresh, delicious delicacies. And if you like what you find, you might even try stopping by Taylor Shellfish Farm to pick up a dozen or two from their on site retail shop. After all, it’s just a stone’s throw away.


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Featured Wine: Domaine Magdalena Cabernet Sauvignon

(Bin #1114 $87) This sophisticated, balanced Washington Red is everything a Cabernet from Red Mountain should be. It’s fine tannins accent the beautiful notes of blackberry, rose petal and earth. Domaine Magdalena is not only beautifully made but also thoughtfully made. The wine undergoes wild yeast fermentation, is unfiltered and is Demeter certified biodynamic. This wine can stand alone but would pair nicely with so many of our dishes including our vegetarian and wild game options.

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For Your Favorite Foodies

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+ Closing times may vary seasonally so please call for a reservation if wishing to dine after 8pm.

+ It is our policy not to seat parties with children under 9 years of age unless our downstairs dining room is unoccupied.