Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

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Seafood
Known for its constantly changing seasonal menu and diverse selection of seafood, Chef John Howie's Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar is a showcase of unique preparations representing various culinary styles and geographies. The restaurant offers signature dishes and small, shareable plates featuring items from the sea and land, and a diverse array of sushi, sashimi and fresh local oysters from the Raw Bar. Seastar’s wine program boasts more than 750 wines and the prestigious Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.


A 20% service charge is included on each check. Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar retains 100% of the service charge. Our professional service team receives industry leading compensation.

Special Offers

All Day Happy Hour every Sunday

Enjoy Happy Hour in the lounge every Sunday from 4pm - 9pm

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 23 July 2019

Ends: 24 July 2118

Availability: Sun 16:00-18:00

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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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AS
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The place was closed. First, they confirmed my reservation and when I came they were almost closed, they even didn't allow us to have a drink while we were waiting for a taxi. Maybe there are tasty( now I can only guess) but the service really bad.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Went for an anniversary and was excited for some good seafood. Even though I knew what prices were going to be still a bit alarming to open the menu and see an 8 oz glass or basic wine for $18. The looking at the food and seeing nothing under $49 going all the way up to $165 for a NY strip steak. Just crazy no matter how it’s prepared. Ended up getting the salmon. Shrimp ceasar salad and clams. All was delicious but nothing to flip out over. I will say the waitress was super nice and knowledgeable. She recommended the bourbon butterscotch creme brûlée and boy was she right it was delicious. All said and done I think it’s a solid 4 but definitely over priced. Our tab came to $175

Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
Responded on 9 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback, and the positive review. We always appreciate feedback from our guests, it is one of the ways we make decisions on what needs to improve at our restaurants. I'm sorry that you felt the restaurant was over priced. We try to do our best to offer a range of pricing that will fit all guests needs, one that provides value. That is why we offer a 4 fl. oz pour or an 8 fl. oz pour for wines by the glass this allows us to provide range and allows guests to try many different wines. The usual wine pour at a restaurant is 5 fl. oz's, years ago we moved to the 4 fl. oz or 8 fl. oz option as it is easy for guests to equate those pours to 1/2 cup or 1 full cup. We currently have 4 fl. oz options from $5-$11.50, and 8 fl. oz pours from $12 - $24. Just as an FYI, an 8 fl. oz pour is the equivalent of 31% of a bottle approximately 1/3rd of the bottle. Two and one-half years ago, right after our remodel we chose to add the "Tastes" section, to offer more range with some small plates. This section offers sixteen different items priced from $10-$16 for soup to salad to $15-$37, the $37 being the brown butter lobster roll. A full page of menu offerings from our Raw Bar range from $7-$25 (32 offerings at this time), with an Omakase Platter for $63. The entree section has offerings from $28-$58 (11 of which are at $49 or less) then we offer a 14 oz wt. New York Striploin Steak for $68, a Filet Mignon and Lobster for $87, King Crab Merus for $90, and then The Japanese "A5" Full Blood Wagyu New York Striploin Steak for $135, I believe this last choice may have been mistaken for a regular New York Striploin Steak, the $135 for the 6oz A5 Wagyu Steak is actually a very fair price. I believe that you may have misread the price on this steak as it is $135 and the closest price on the menu to the $165 New York Striploin Steak that you mention in the review. We are always working to be better and its guests like your self that help us discover where we can be better. Thank you again for your feedback. Sincerely, Chef John Howie

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JS
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was very good, and the service was outstanding. We were a large party, and the staff did an excellent job taking care of us. We will definitely return to Seastar.

S
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, always very fresh fish and excellent flavor.

JK
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Seastar is fantastic. This was the first time I had ever had swordfish where it just melts in your mouth. Not a disappointing dinner with my husband. Service as always was great.

KA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Cool spot in Bellevue, but you certainly pay for it. Food prices are really high and alcohol prices even higher.
The food and service are great, the only thing holding this restaurant back from being 5 stars in the pricing.....oh and also the noise. It is a very loud restaurant.

CB
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Seastar is a fantastic place for dinner. Although I am not a seafood person, everyone in our party of ten loved the seafood towers - we had a few of the different ones offered. The meals were all delicious, no complaints from any of our party. And as the person always trying to find the non-seafood option, Seastar had a nice variety of options for me. The steak I had was amazing, cooked beautifully, and did not disappoint. Great venue and we were very well cared for by the team.

JS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seastar is where we go to celebrate important occasions and we've never been disappointed.

AG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and food is amazing. Will come back again.

D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good as usual, but very put off by the 20% service charge that is added to the bill, but not given to the service staff. We were a group of eight. Service was good, but not excellent as it has been in the past. I think we will look elsewhere to hold department events in the future.

G
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place to dine when you want really great food!

HH
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Good Japanese-inspired food, good cocktails. However, a little bit expensive.

s
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner and great service great restaurant enjoyed our evening

m
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always have a good meal at your restaurant.

I always order a martini with blue cheese stuffed olives and have never been charged extra for them. Now you are charging an extra amount per olive- I think that this is ridiculous especially when we are already paying a very nice amount to eat at your restaurant!

M
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The Ahi Tuna entree was not only delicious, but spectacular in presentation.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Start with their Hot & Sour soup. I would live in their kitchen to have that daily. Mahi- Mahi we ate twice that week. As we (party of 8) all agreed to go back a second night.

LB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was amazing. The setting was perfect and the food was better than I could of imagined. Even shared coconut cream pie. Will be back soon

JF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Seastar. I’m never disappointed here. Food, ambiance and service are excellent.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We went to celebrate my sister’s Birthday. Several years earlier we threw my mother’s 70th birthday party there and thoroughly enjoyed everything. The food this time was just average — very disappointing.

m
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have visited your restaurant for many years and I believe it is great.

What I don’t lie or appreciate is the fact that “ gratuity” is added to the total of the bill, even for a table of three. You can’t call it gratuity is you add it to the total, that is a Sevices charge! I personally took it as a message that “I am not trusted as a costumer to leave what you have decided, not me, what is the right amount for a tip.
The service was great, my complaint is about your policy.

Mauro Felizia

TF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic birthday meal. We were quickly seated and offered drinks. Menu choices were outstanding and food was delicious. Great service and a free birthday dessert!

R
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place, discovered a new wine, great staff and really exceptional meal. Thank you

l
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible!

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place making this my go to for a good night out

FM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was great but service was very slow

MA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was delicious. I'm just picking, but there were some shells in the first of the 3 crab cakes. But other than that, everything was absolutely delicious!!

JH
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food. Fabulous service on a crazy Valentine’s Day. They just know how to work it and deliver amazing food and service every time

VB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

The food was outstanding, unfortunately the service was, once again, subpar. We were there to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Two examples of poor service: 1) we asked for bread when our first drinks were delivered. We had to remind our wait person over 20 minutes later. It was finally delivered about the same time as our entrees arrived. 2) our entrees were delivered while our appetizer plates were still in front of us.
Regretfully (because the food has always been very good) we will not be going back. This is the third time in a row that service was an issue.

TM
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Usually our great go to place for an outstanding meal. This time we are disappointed. The automatic service fee that is now attached is also taxed. Not at all sure how much of this goes to the server. We did leave extra cash for the server as he did a great job. (Hopefully he got to keep 100% of that) The food - I’m not going to say great. Salmon was an incredibly small piece and way over cooked. Ahi was outstanding as was the poke we had for a starter. We will go back - but most likely only for happy hour.

BB
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

GREAT food and GREAT service!!!!

MC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Ambiance and seating location was good. No full set of silverware on the table, only a fork, no salt and pepper. Waiter was drooling while taking our order. Food was not that great. Over-rated restaurant.

D
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

We are regular patrons of Seastar. It is disappointing to find they have decided to demand an automatic tip on all services. Additionally this service fee is also taxed. The service has not changed and the evening we attended it took at least 10 minutes to get water.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Booked through open table and marked birthday for special occasion, but disappointed that the birthday wasn’t acknowledged and we weren’t asked if we were celebrating any special occasions. Not sure if there was a disconnect between open table and the restaurant. Other than that food and service was great.

FB
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a little on the expensive side, but it is worth it! I took my parents here for lunch when they were in town - they were on the fence about going there - but now, they can't wait to come back! I got the hooked on the Dungeness Crab Bisque.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent food and excellent service. This visit was no exception

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Parking was easy. They were able to seat us earlier than our reservation time. The food was phenomenal! The staff was very attentive. We will definitely be back!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food is always five star in my book. I loved the crab cocktail! My husband had a steak and loved that. Thank you for being there!

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome sushi and fish entrees. Roasted cauliflower is so good!

FG
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was superb, our server was very knowledgeable and sweet and the ambiance was perfect!

NA
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful dining experience from beginning to end. I always appreciate good service especially when the service charge of 20% is already included in your bill.

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