Shaker + Spear

4.7
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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T
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

Eggs Benedict eggs were overcooked to the point of being hard boiled for our entire table. That was the only disappointment.

SL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

fOOD WAS PHENOMENAL AND A GREAT SETTING. Spendy so great for a special occasion!

DS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best oysters we had all weekend, in fact, they were so good we had them twice.

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved everything about our experience!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best scallop dish I ever had. Highly recommend

JS
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The octopus appetizer was stellar. The service exceeded expectations, too.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Shaker + Spear was by far the best dining experience we had in Seattle. The hospitality was beyond everyday expectation and the food blew me away. The Sassy Peanut + Chili Shrimp was a knockout, the Charred Octopus was a showstopper and the Rosemary Popovers melted in my mouth. The cocktails were perfectly crafted and we felt well taken care of from start to finish. Can’t wait to return!

MS
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We were a party of 6 and each of us thought the food was outstanding. The octopus appetizer was fantastic. Everything was prepared so well. Among us we had scallops, linguini with clams, chicken and dumplings, and paella. Each was delicious and we all love the brussel sprouts. If you are going to splurge, this is a great choice.

TS
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I reserved a table for my husband and myself for dinner before a show at The Moore. Having never been before, I thought I would have to rely of reviews from other sites, but was happily surprised to have our server be so enthused and excited to tell us about the menu. We started with the Salted Cod Beignets, which were amazing. I had the Scallops and my husband ordered the Pallela, both were prepared and plated with such care (we were able to watch the whole preparation as we were seated near the open kitchen). The flavors were fantastic and the overall experience was wonderful. 10/10, will be back.

t
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome new menu items for the season still love the dynamite shrimp new add but the Dungeness crab salad is amazing plus the pinxtos inspired by Spain bar snacks.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines day

FN
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had such an amazing time here! The service and food were outstanding. My boyfriend looked up who the Chef is and turns out she came from Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and at one point trained under Bobby Flay at Mesa. Highly recommended and we will definitely come back if we’re out this area again in the future.

HO
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere in the heart of downtown. A creative and well executed menu offered an adventurous taste experience yet kept things familiar and approachable. Definitely looking forward to my next opportunity to eat here.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s my daughter’s 21st birthday and it was a great experience. We reserved for 9:30pm and came in a little earlier. We waited at the bar by the lounge and had a drink. Before we got our drink, our table was ready. We ordered a dozen of oysters which are really sweet and fresh, you won’t even need lemons with it... which got us to order another dozen!!!

We did a family style and ordered branzino, whole snapper and paella!!! Everything was perfect... the taste, the amount of food and the service was superb!!! There’s nothing else I can ask for. We finished with a really good dessert and they even put candles for my daughter’s birthday. I would definitely go back here. Thank you a Robin for taking care of us!!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grilled octopus and whole snapper. You won’t regret those!

NF
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I was there for brunch. Excellent but I spent $100 just for me. That is way too expensive for one person!!!

CC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious and creative offerings, genuine and efficient staff.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great experience! Our server was excellent. She was so enthusiastic, described the food so deliciously, and answered our questions thoughtfully. We went in Friday, 2/7th. Lived the Parmesan truffle fries, paella, crab salad (so good!), and everything else we ordered. Will definitely go back!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service! Very nice environment as well.

FF
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

You are always warned about the restaurant attached to hotel...Shaker + Spear vanquishes that myth. Our server, Rose, was passionate about everything S+S. She was so authentic-she liked working there-refreshing.

On to the food, started with the octopus app-delicious-done just right. Friend had the paella..a tad too moist for my friend...but the ingredients and combination was excellent-everything shined but complimented the other. Scallops unbelievable-fresh, huge, tasty...dessert-creme caramel with crispy cookie...interesting tart apple sorbet choice...might have gone with a rich vanilla ice cream but still a very guilty pleasure.

So good we returned for a second late night dinner at the bar. Josh directed us to the sardine starter and fried snapper main...wow.

Worth the stars...

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant was such a blast! I took my boyfriend here to celebrate his birthday as the last stop on a day of fun adventures. We ordered the crab dip and crackers, octopus starter, whole snapper, seafood paella, truffle fries, and creme caramel! Everything from start to finish was impeccable but my favorites were the octopus and Thai-seasoned snapper. Not to mention, the server was so sweet and enthusiastic, she seemed to really enjoy her job and was incredibly helpful with suggestions for dishes. It was a bit of a risk to venture out of our typical celebratory dinners at John Howie or Daniel’s - but I am so, so glad we did. Without a doubt I will be suggesting this to friends and putting it on the list to come back to soon!

JT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We had a fantastic experience the other evening. Food, drink and service were outstanding. My husband and I both had the arctic char which was cooked perfectly, and my husband inhaled his lamb meatball appetizer.

The service, though, really made our evening. We told the host we were going to a concert at the theater across the street after we ate. He mentioned he wasn’t aware of a show there, and later came by to update us that in fact our concert was at a different venue across town. The host had already asked the kitchen to speed up our order, and our server made sure we got out promptly to make our show. Such thoughtful and friendly service made it a wonderful experience, and we made our concert on time!

MW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Interesting and delicious food. Great service. We were in a hurry, we’re given food recommendations that allowed us to make our show and still enjoy a relaxing meal.

MG
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Our server Katie was particularly efficient and friendly. We are already looking at a date to go back, this time with friends.

SN
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Party of 2 reservations for 545pm prior to a 7pm show at the Moore... Seated on time without any issue even though they were fairly packed... Cannot say enough about our server being FANTASTIC!!! (I will update once I paw through receipts & find his name)... Great recommendations & very accommodating for dietary restrictions (I'm a pain & well aware)... Will definitely revisit:D

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great meal with outstanding service.

DS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very well situated when seeing a show at the Moore theater. Nice ambience.

K
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, outstanding service and very attentive service. Will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kate was our waitress and she was absolutely amazing!!!

HF
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This modern restaurant can compete with the best restaurants around the world (including those in my Melbourne hometown).

OT
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was outstanding

OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Katie is awesome

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tastiest seafood we’ve had in a long time. A great spot to grab dinner before a show. We will definitely go again.

R
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat at the chefs bar and were able to see all the dishes prepared. I can’t wait to come back and try more of the menu.

L
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful interesting menu and food, elegant but inviting atmosphere, fun and friendly waitperson

H
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was lively, festive and executed at a fantastic level for our NYE dining experience. From the maître d’ who greated and seated us, to Keegan, our waiter; every detail and in whole, it was about as great an experience as I’ve had in Seattle. Keegan was superbly versed at dealing with and suggesting menu items for a person w multiple food allergies. Aside from that, he was perfectly friendly and efficient! I have dined here before and been impressed, but maybe the festive occasion made it all that much better! Keep it up S&S, you are appreciated by these two diners (at the very least, but likely thousands more)!

SF
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly service and lively atmosphere. Love this place, will go again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great! The food was fantastic.

o
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Wonderful, delicious food.
Noisy
Chairs cheap and flimsy. Tables could be larger, and chairs should be heavier, more sturdy.
Service variable...depends on the server.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We arrived early and the hostess graciously seated us. Crab dip appetizer and Delicata salad was amazing. Lamb meatball appetizer was tasty but tiny tiny portion for the price.

Biggest disappointment was the Rosemary Popover. Popovers should be hot, airy, light and steamy, but these were dense and cold. The outer crust was tough, it took major effort to rip a piece off and chew. Yuck.

The Chicken and Dumplings was ok. The crispy fried chicken skin was intriguing and unique touch, but the skins were over done so incredibly hard and chewy.

Service was friendly, but incredibly slow.

For the price point, it was an inconsistent dining experience which leaves me unenthusiastic about returning.