Shaker + Spear

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Seafood
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Shaker + Spear is all about seafood paired with fresh, regional ingredients. We invite you to enjoy dishes and drinks in a neighborly atmosphere set among one of Seattle's coolest neighborhoods, Belltown. Helmed by Chef Carolynn Spence, Shaker + Spear features market fresh and decidedly innovative fare focused on local sourcing and sustainable fishing. Shaker + Spear is a restaurant favorite of visitors seeking a respite from a busy day of shopping at nearby Pike Place Market or walking along the Puget Sound. A nightcap at the adjacent Pennyroyal bar satisfies both parties nightly until 12am.
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience! The food was excellent and our server Keegan had incredibly intimate knowledge of the menu and a fabulous personality. Definitely a new favorite.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff was impeccable as well as the food. We had several items on the menu and all were spectacular. We’ll be back!

SB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My Son Ed recommended Shaker and Spear to us
and we’re so glad he did!
From the moment you enter you’re greeted pleasantly. Our Waiter, Keegan is Tops and
the meal prepared by a great team with Carolyn
ensuring satisfaction every step of the way was
Delicious!!!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and food!!!

HH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and incredible food. Loved it!

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the food here. We ordered small plates and shared as a group. Brussels sprouts, truffle fries, salt cod, peanut shrimp. All so good. My colleges liked the crab cake too. It’s a restaurant I often return to when I want something delicious. They also have great fish dishes.

f
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fresh vish, service excellent. Would return

KM
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service and food were outstanding and I highly recommend dining here soon! The server warmly greeted us, explained all items on the menu with enthusiasm without us even asking him to do so. The food was delicious. The artic char was amazing as was the octopus appetizer. And you can't go wrong with their pistachio crumble cake desert.

B
New Mexico
40 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The Arctic Char was a good choice. If you have room for dessert the black currant sorbet with fresh berries was the best I’ve ever had.

I
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Whole red snapper was cooked perfectly. Kudos to the chef.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most importantly, service was excellent. Good menu suggestions, plus top-notch service. Food was great, overall experience outstanding.

RF
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I say yes hesitantly. The food was good. The server not so much. I ordered tea with milk and got tea, no milk. I had to ask two more times in order to get it. He also was supposed to bring water to the table. Nothing for a good 10 mins. The food runner was AMAZING! He was on top of everything! The server checked in once after he food arrived and didn’t see him until about 10 mins after the table was cleared! 🤔

The last time we were at the restaurant our server was awesome! Hence why we came back, but this server makes me not want to come back.

CB
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had the snapper. Beautifully presented and had equisite flavor. A wonderful spicy aioli accompanied with fresh arugula and greens was perfect. There are no booths and tables are rather close. Loud conversations from across the restaurant can be easily heard everywhere. Waitstaff are awesome. Chef is obviously talented. Bathrooms are not in the restaurant but in hotel and were clean and tidy. With tip, our meal was about $95 per person that included low end beverages.

JC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

We went to Shaker + Spear for lunch based on reviews in Open Table, but were disappointed on many levels. The restaurant was very noisy, the food was slow in coming out and the portions were small. I enjoyed the crab cakes but the corn pudding with the shrimp scampi was under-cooked. The only bread we were offered were popovers that came after the entrees arrived. The olives were tasty but the pickled vegetables consisted mostly of bread and butter pickles and 1 or 2 pickled green beans.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The entire experience was great! Would HIGHLY recommend the octopus - it was outstanding!

AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice food, original recipe and great presentation

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic, and our server, Mitch was helpful and delightful. We had one night in Seattle and randomly made a res at Shaker & Spear and it was the best food we had the entire time on a week and a half, Chicago to Seattle road trip.

b
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Birthday dinner almost didn’t happen as my wife fell extremely hard slipping on an obviously wet floor by our table. The entire restaurant stopped and was concerned. She recovered with a large bruise on her upper arm and sore hand. The manager did come over to check on her immediately after the fall. Dinner was delicious. Manager did not check on her during or after dinner. Shaker and Spear did comp only her drink, not anything else. That aspect, of an otherwise superb meal, unfortunately left a bad taste in our mouths. Looking at the bruise upon arriving home it is very clear this was not a minor incident.
Would we go back? Certainly. We were told the floor is getting redone, in 3 months! Not sure we will be having dinner there until after that has been accomplished.

L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

The manager asked our group of 8 to 'please leave soon' after less than 1 hour and 40 minutes dining. She said they had another group arriving shortly and they needed the table. Could you tell we were having a business dinner?

She's lucky I didn't make a scene as I had yet to pay the $600 bill. Great meal right until the end, but earned that 1 star for having no clue how long large groups are expected to dine for.

Oh yea, wasn't even a busy night...it was a Thursday night! Hilarious!

OT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Almost always look on the bright side of dining experiences, couldn’t do it on this one. Had the first seating when they opened at 5:00 pm. Ordered the Bronzino special for my wife, and ordered half dozen oysters and grilled calamari for myself. Although the latter two were technically appetizers, asked our server to please bring out all 3 dishes together and we would share. No problem waiter said, and took my order for a glass of white wine.

A few minutes later, I glance at the bar and see the bartender pour my glass of wine. She starts to put the bottle back behind her, then comes back to the front of the bar, picks up my glass of wine, and pours some back into the bottle. Seriously? Unbelievable. I’m actually speechless and in shock when a different server brings the glass to the table.

A few minutes later, a third server brings the calamari and oysters to the table, no bronzino for my wife. A few minutes pass, and our original server arrives and apologizes, saying they had a computer error and the bronzino will only be a moment more. I’m of course waiting so that my wife and I can enjoy our dinner together.

9 minutes later, no bronzino, but we certainly have cool grilled calamari by then. I ask another server about the bronzino, she says she’ll be right back. Original waiter Haver’s near nearby tables, but he avoids eye contact. Very disappointing.

Finally bronzino arrives, long overdue, and we “eat” but we certainly don’t “dine”.

Stuff happens, totally understand. But first seating in a nearly empty restaurant with the reputation that Shaker +Spear has and it all adds up to an incredibly disappointing experience.

Very sorry to post but I know ownership would want to know.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Slow service

MT
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant was the food highlight of our 1 week excursion to Seattle. The meal was memorable and the server was delightful. Highly recommended.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Took two hours to have brunch. Slowww service. Food and drinks were good though.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing! Definitely going to try their brunch as well!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulus food, fabulous service! Mitch is the best server we have had at any restaurant in quite a long while! Wish we lived in Seattle so that we could go more often.

l
New England
59 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service! One of our favorite dining experiences while visiting Seattle.

O
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food at Shaker + Spear was some of the best I’ve had in my 3 years in Seattle. This will be a go-to spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The service was pretty good although our server lacked enthusiasm. I had the seafood paella and the rice was over cooked and the squid ink aioli was overwhelming. When I didn’t finish, the server asked and I politely explained that the dish was a “new experience “ for me. I didn’t want to be a complainer. He gave us a discount. My husband said his burger was delicious so I’ll go that route next time!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious! The ambiance/location is a little off (in a hotel and all) but the decor is nice, food is excellent, and service is superb.

SB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was outstanding and memorable. It was perfectly seasoned. The food pairing was matched with expertise.

ES
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Ate brunch there with friend who ordered the pancake but waitress did not explain that it was more like a cake. Way too large, way too rich, way too uneatable, waste of money

MZ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Recommended items: the cocktails, grilled octopus, salted cod beignets, paella.

Not as much: the steak was nice but somewhat overcooked.

The service was top-notch. Great ambiance, and the noise level was about right for groups of 4 or less.

j
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing! All the recommendations were great! Our server was very informative and friendly!

GL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was generally really good. Loved their gingered Brussels sprouts and chips with yoghurt dip! :)

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent! Would highly recommend

JC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The staff was amazing, incredibly informative and knowledgeable. Even if the food wasn't delicious (it was, the octopus was crazy good) I would be back for the service.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rose was our server and she made the experience such a great one! Very excellent menu and amazing items from the chef. We had the crab dip, oysters, paella and popovers. So much food. But ALL delicious. And Rose's enthusiasm and love for the chef and the menu just put it over the top as an excellent experience.

BG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic open concept restaurant that provided a real nice venue for our business dinner meeting. Service and food fantastic, would definitely return! On a side note, our server was fantastic!

SM
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

The food took over 45 mins and after that the taste of the seafood platter was not great. The rice felt old as well.

G
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A friend said this was her go to brunch spot so we gave it a try and she wasn’t wrong! We had an 11:30am reservation and was seated right away. We were offered mimosas, bloody Mary’s and/or coffee pretty quickly although the drinks took a while to arrive. The mimosa and Bloody Mary (The Hub’s brunch drink) were good as was the coffee.
My husband ordered the waffle with sausage cooked in the batter. It was delish! They rest of us enjoyed egg bennies-which were pretty much perfect. They were served with seasoned potatoes-also yum!
Would 10/10 come back and explore the tantalizing menu!

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