Washington is one great place to get crabby! There’s a plethora of dining establishments that offer crabs every way you can imagine. From crab cakes to whole Dungeness crabs and delicious dishes filled with crab meat like macaroni and cheese, crab salad, and crab soup, seafood platters, and everything in between. If you’re a foodie and crabs are your specialty, check out these awesome places for crab in the state!
Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar is a downtown waterfront eatery that’s known for being a casual seafood-centric location. In operation since the early 1900s, Lowell’s features three floors of seating so you can watch the boats on the water while you eat. Located right beside the famous Pike Place Market, the fish served there is fresh daily, and the menu features Dungeness crab cocktails, a seafood salad featuring crab meat, crab cakes, a hot crab melt with mozzarella cheese and a homemade bacon-tomato jam on a grilled rosemary bun.
Skagit Valley and Samish Bay are the beautiful lookout points at Chuckanut Manor Seafood & Grill located in Bow, Washington. The restaurant has historic undertones because it was built in 1934 as a private home that served good tasting and filling family meals. It was turned into a restaurant years later and eventually became known as Chuckanut Manor, offering the same dedication to providing a great dining experience with the best food and excellent customer service. If you’re a seafood lover, the menu features innovation and creativity in items like the Whiskey Crab Soup, crab and shrimp melt served on an English muffin with bacon, avocado, tomato and dill Havarti, Dungeness crab and Bay Shrimp Louis salad, crab cakes, and a seafood pasta that will melt in your mouth.
If you like fish, you’ll love Burien Fish House in the town of the same name. Open every day except Sunday, this charming little diner features fish tacos, fish and chips, fish burgers, fish rolls, and fish soup. Don’t ask for a steak here. And if you really love crabs, you have to try the Dungeness crab mac & cheese or the crab roll served with French fries or coleslaw.
Overlooking Commencement Bay, you really will see the harbor lights from Harbor lights in Tacoma, Washington. Harbor Lights is part of the Anthony’s Restaurants family and is dedicated to serving the best and freshest food up and down the Pacific Northwest. Stop by for lunch or an early bird dinner and try the baked Dungeness crab, shrimp, and artichoke dip, the classic crab legs served with drawn butter, a house specialty, or a warm bowl of seafood mac & cheese or crab fettuccine. This is good eatin’.
Dragon Crawfish brings authentic Cajun cooking to the Pacific Northwest. The name says it all with the reference to crawfish, the popular shellfish of Louisiana. One of the house specialties here is the combo meal otherwise known as the fish boil, served with corn on the cob, potatoes, and crawfish, clams, shrimp, and crab legs. Make sure to have plenty of napkins because this is finger-lickin’ and arm drippin’ good eatin’.
Ivan’s has been serving up the freshest seafood for decades. Started by the man who opened Seattle’s first aquarium at Pier 54, Ivar began selling his visitors fish and chips, and this locale is one of the restaurants that opened with the idea of keeping his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to good food and good service alive. You’ll enjoy the same delicious menu items from long ago like fish and chips, seafood chowder, and combo dinners featuring Dungeness crab.
The Crab Pot Seafood Restaurant is a place that takes the business of eating seafood seriously. No fancy dining room here, just a simple atmosphere with tables covered with brown newsprint and great food served by friendly servers. If you’re in a crabby mode, start your meal off with a delicious creamy cup of crab bisque soup or a fold Dungeness crab cocktail. Moving on from there, you have your choice of Crab Louie Salad. The highlight of the evening could be the seafeast, a meal that two can share and made with a variety of fresh seafood, steamed and poured on your table with the gift of two mallets and bibs. You can have your feast featuring clams, mussels, shrimp, andouille sausage or Dungeness crab, snow crab, shrimp, clams, and mussels, or…well, you get the idea. All feasts are served with boiled red potatoes and corn on the cob.
The tagline on their website says it all: breakfast, burgers, and seafood. Adrift in Anacortes, Washington certainly isn’t adrift in the their mission to offer great food for breakfast, juicy cooked-to-order burgers, or the freshest seafood in town. If you’re there for breakfast, the chai-spiced oats is the perfect start to your day. Made with rice milk and dried cranberries, you’ll have a spring in your step after eating this. Lunchtime menu choices include a juice 1/3-pound hamburger with toasted garlic aioli, balsamic-glazed red onions, and lettuce. Crab cakes are a great way to begin dinner, and if seafood is your love, then keep going with Crab au Gratin Steak, a special surf and turf treat served with mashed potatoes and a seasonal vegetable. Open every day but Sunday.