Shuckers

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Seafood
Boasting the beautifully carved oak paneling and unique tin ceiling of the haberdashery it once was in the 1930's, Shuckers is one of Seattle's oldest and most pre-eminent oyster bars. With a daily menu featuring a selection of fresh fish and seafood, Shuckers brims with 13 different kinds of oysters prepared nine different ways and features local artisan microbrews.

The Zagat Restaurant Survey coins Shuckers as a 'Seattle classic' that is one of the 'best seafood restaurants in town' with 'great ambiance' and 'excellent service.'
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are always happy to dine at Shuckers. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and do everything to make us feel welcome. We’ll be back soon!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Wonderful experience with the exception of the oysters Rockefeller which my wife was disappointed with. There must have been a different preparation than what we had experienced back East. Otherwise a great meal and overall experience. Thanks again. We probably should have spoken up but it was Valentines Day and didn’t want to let it spoil the occasion.

MB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service & food. Was seated at a preferred/requested table courteously - even when it originally wasn't available.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Poor service. Waiter was not knowledgeable about the food or drink menu and brought courses out poorly timed. Rockefeller oysters were bland. Salad was bland and underwhelming. Derby Bird cocktail was refreshing and pleasant.

MP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I appreciated that although my party arrived 15 minutes early to our lunch reservation, we were able to be seated straight away. Thank you for a wonderful lunch. Great, friendly service was a compliment to the outstanding meal itself.

Shuckers
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us for lunch and for taking the time to share your experience. We are grateful for your kind words and hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Suggest they will hire waiters know their menu well, and know how to calculate basic math. Half dozen of oyster at happy hour is $2×6=$12, not $19!

Shuckers
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us for Happy Hour at Shuckers. We apologize that our service did not meet expectations, and appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We do hope you will join us again soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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SK
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We took our daughter and boy friend to Shuckers to celebrate her birthday. We had the clam chowder and halibut and chips...it was fantastic! Jenny and Robb had oysters on the half shell as an appetizer and mussels as a main course and they were very satisfied. Our waiter was quite attentive. The overall experience was great!

Shuckers
Responded on 11 February 2020

Thank you for celebrating your daughter's birthday with us at Shuckers. We are so pleased you enjoyed the food and service and appreciate you sharing. We hope it will not be another year before we have the pleasure of serving you again. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Our server was very knowledgeable and had good recommendations. We had the calamari appetizer and appetizer sized chopped salads. We shared the oysters and opted to try a half dozen raw and a half dozen cooked. We were able to try two different preparations for the cooked oysters. We had read reviews that mentioned the blueberry blackberry pie for dessert, and that was definitely the star of the show. The portion was more than enough to share.

Shuckers
Responded on 11 February 2020

Thank you for dining with us and for taking the time to share your experience. We appreciate your detailed and kind review and are so pleased you enjoyed the food and service. Please visit us again soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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AW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

When I made reservation I requested a specific table and didn’t get it. Caesar salad was very mediocre.
Raw oysters were good and smoked oysters were ok. Chocolate cake tasted good, but was so enormous, that it was a bit off putting.

Shuckers
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thank you for dining with us at Shuckers. We apologize that your visit did not meet expectations and hope to have another opportunity to serve you. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Slow slow service. Probably was just our waitress but food was delicious

Shuckers
Responded on 7 February 2020

Thank you for dining at Shuckers and for sharing your experience. We are pleased you enjoyed the food and apologize for the slow service. We hope we can wow you on your next visit. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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P
Tallahassee
27 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was terrific. Very nice oysters to start followed by an excellent Caesar salad. The sablefish was was perfectly prepared. Ended the meal with an two scoops of ice cream that was flavorful and creamy. Especially the cappuccino chip. The last word gin cocktail was superb. Highly recommend the restaurant.

Shuckers
Responded on 7 February 2020

Thank you for dining with us at Shuckers and for taking the time to share your experience. We are grateful for your kind words and hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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E
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Great oysters. When we were there there was no music which was odd. The food was good, not as good as what we had anticipated though. Left feeling a bit underwhelmed.

Shuckers
Responded on 7 February 2020

Thank you for joining us at Shuckers. While it seems you enjoyed your oysters, we apologize if we didn't meet your expectations otherwise. We would love an opportunity to exceed your expectations and hope you will visit us again. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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TZ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

We've been to Shuckers a number of times, and have liked the place. This time, for a reason unknown to us, and with the restaurant not even half full, the young man seating us placed us next to a family with 2 small children. When I asked for another table, he said the table he showed us was the table they'd chosen for us and they were expecting a full house. As if that had anything to do with anything. There were a number of other tables for 2 available, and I'd made a reservation, so why not seat us at another table? Within a half hour, he seated 3 other couples at the other tables. I think that person needs to be trained that if someone would like another table, they should be accommodated.
We sat there for at least 10 or more minutes when our waitress rushed over to tell us our drinks orders should be available soon. Of course, no one had taken our order--she'd been misinformed and thought we'd been taken care of for the moment. Having said that, our waitress was lively and engaging, and we liked her very much.
My husband's salmon was delicious, he said. My fish and chips were less successful. The breading around the fish was rubbery and pasty, as if it had been sitting there since the lunch serving. It just wasn't my night.
I'm generally pretty easily pleased, but forcing us to take a table we didn't want began the evening poorly and it declined from there. When we left, there were fewer than 1/3 of the tables filled, far from the 'full house' the guy at the front expected. Shuckers, don't offend someone who's in front of you in order to save better tables for someone who may not show up. Bad judgment.

Shuckers
Responded on 31 January 2020

Thank you for your patronage to Shuckers. We apologize that your last visit did not meet expectations. Thank you, as well, for taking the time to share your experience. We value this information and hope you will give us another opportunity to provide excellent service. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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c
Boise
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and the service was top notch. We were able to get a late reservation on a Thursday night and would def go back.

Shuckers
Responded on 28 January 2020

Thank you for joining us late on a Thursday night, and we hope you will visit us again soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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L
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, attentive staff. Good seattle locale

Shuckers
Responded on 28 January 2020

Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Shuckers. We appreciate you taking the time to share. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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d
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

According to our food server, Shuckers had a substitute chef this night. Either he could not follow recipes or he decided to improvise.
The Oysters Rockefeller were not even close to the menu description and had to be sent back.
The fried oysters had a strange batter which was awful and we sent them back too.
Our food server was apologetic and did the best she could but our night was pretty much ruined by this bad experience.
We have eaten at Shuckers many times over the years and the food has always been spot on- but not on this night.

Shuckers
Responded on 11 February 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience. We apologize that we did not meet expectation but appreciate and value the information. We will share this with staff. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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JB
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was fantastic. Some of the best crab cakes and scallops we’ve had, but service was pretty slow and our server wasn’t that attentive. I’d go back since the food was exceptional.

Shuckers
Responded on 28 January 2020

Thank you for you informative review. We're pleased you enjoyed the food and apologize that our service was not to standard. We hope to offer you better service on your next visit. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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s
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

cannot beat the fresh oysters. Noise level a it high because folks were having a good time. Wine selection OK, prices as per Four Seasons. Our waiter, Michael, after a mere 17 years there was excellent, outstanding, and personable. A professional !!

Shuckers
Responded on 28 January 2020

Thank you for you kind words and thank you, especially, for mentioning Michael. I will be sure he sees your comments. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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PA
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Our waitress Adel (I hope) was fantastic. Excellent service! Oysters were wonderful! Meal great. Just a little disappointed their menu has shrunk and become more a bar menu than a restaurant menu Ambiance as always vibrant!

Shuckers
Responded on 28 January 2020

Thank you for choosing Shuckers and for mentioning our server, food and ambiance. We apologize that you are disappointed with our menu and appreciate you sharing. We hope you will join us again soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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K
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

IMO best seafood in Seattle. Nice selection of oysters. Chefs are brilliant fish cookers. Always excellent. The service is perfect, knowledgeable and helpful.

Shuckers
Responded on 28 January 2020

Thank you for your generous review. We appreciate your kindness and for taking the time to share. And, of course, we hope to see you very soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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GG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service were excellent. We started with the calamari and the steamed clams. My wife and I shared the sablefish, while my daughter had the fish and chips. Wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable,

Shuckers
Responded on 23 January 2020

Thank you for dining with us at Shuckers. We appreciate your kind and descriptive review and hope that you will join us again soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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AL
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience3

Very hit or miss some of the food was great including the smoked oysters and clam chowder but the mains were not seasoned correctly (to salty). I had the scallops and my parent had the Sablefish. Cocktails were underwhelming and overpriced. Server was attentive at the beginning but then seemed to forget we were even there.

Shuckers
Responded on 7 January 2020

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're grateful for the hits and apologize for the misses and not meeting expectations. We hope to welcome you back for a better experience. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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s
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and the food was fabulous! We will definitely be back.

Shuckers
Responded on 7 January 2020

Thank you for your kind words and for dining with us at Shuckers. We hope to welcome you back very soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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GJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Our service was not very good. It took a long time to be greeted and when we were it was not a warm or welcoming greeting. There was some talk by the manager about where to seat us that made it awkward. Our seat was uncomfortably close to another couple to where conversations could not be kept private. It was our wedding anniversary but no one asked if we were celebrating anything. I think the servers were understaffed. It took a while to get attention from our server who seemed inconvenienced and didn’t bother to let us know what their specials for the evening were. The food was fine, but not a great value and not enough to make up for lack of service. I would not return.

Shuckers
Responded on 7 January 2020

Thank you for dining with us at Shuckers and for taking the time to share your experience. We apologize that our service was not to standard and will be sure to share this with staff. This knowledge will help us improve. We hope you will give us another opportunity to wow you. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Dinner was on New Year’s Eve 2019 so it was expected to be busy and it was. My wife and I were seated promptly. My cocktail was a beefeater dirty martini which was very nice and a good size. Probably a little more olive brine than I make them with but was still very enjoyable. I started out with a 6 raw oyster samplers. They were shucked cleanly and plated very nicely and they all tasted excellent. While waiting for our main meal we were served bread which was barely warm but given how busy they were it's not really a surprise and since that was the worst of the meal just a blip. I had the entree Caesar salad with chicken. Nice proportion and very well done. My wife had the Halibut and chips. The potatoes were well cooked and hot, soft but not mushy. Very nice. At first to me the batter on the halibut looked a little dark but it was thin and crisp, not oily and tasted great so I am guessing the color was from an ingredient, not over cooking. The halibut itself was thoroughly cooked but not overdone and was very light in color and taste and flaky but not overly moist. All in all an excellent meal and I would definitely go there again. Prices to me seemed high but this was in Seattle, which is probably the most expensive city north of San Francisco and the restaurant is located in a hotel. So prices were not really out of line for the rest of downtown Seattle, were a small turkey sandwich and 2 bottled soft drinks can cost almost $20.00.

Shuckers
Responded on 7 January 2020

Thank you for your kind and detailed review. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and hope that you will visit us again very soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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t
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

I have been going to this restaurant for 15+ years and have always loved it and recommended it to friends. Two nights ago we brought friends after having raved about it to them. Much has changed. The seafood chowder had tiny shreds of fish but you could not tell what it was because they were all blended together. There were only 4 types of fish to order when usually there is at least twice that amount. The scallop dinner had only 3 scallops and placed on either risotto or polenta, hard to tell which, instead of the crab whipped potatoes. it was supposed to come with some vegetable but as far as we could see it might have had a few pieces of diced zucchini. The Cesar salad had "anchovy croutons" which was actually very hard crumbles of bread crumbs that were difficult to bite down on. the oysters on the half shell were wonderful as always. Since the food was poor it was not a good value. We will not return. I think they are trying to cut costs by cutting the quality and servings. I am very, very disappointed.

Shuckers
Responded on 9 January 2020

Thank you for visiting Shuckers and for your long patronage. We value and appreciate your detailed feedback and will share it with the team. We apologize that we did not meet expectations and hope you will visit us again in the new year. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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n
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely lunch experience. Best Clam chowder I've had!

Shuckers
Responded on 31 December 2019

Thank you for joining us for lunch and for your kind words about our clam chowder. We hope you will visit us again and soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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n
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Very small portion of fish and chips! Servers need busers. Very small drinks for the price.

Shuckers
Responded on 31 December 2019

Thank you taking the time to share your experience at Shuckers. We apologize that we did not meet expectations but appreciate your honesty. We hope you will give us another opportunity. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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GW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Seafood is what I look for, I don't eat meat or fowl. And to me, Shuckers a classic example of "fresh fish", prepared well and served quickly from the kitchen.

Shuckers
Responded on 31 December 2019

Thank you for joining us for a seafood dinner and for taking the time to share. We hope you will join us again in the new year. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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s
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating the holidays and had dinner here. It was the best dinner we’ve had in a long time. I had the sable fish, crispy skin, just the right amount of food. He had the Louie Salad, the 1000 island dressing was obviously made in-house and there was plenty of crab and shrimp. Lastly, the bartender made a killer Cosmo. We’ll definitely go back.

Shuckers
Responded on 31 December 2019

Thank you for celebrating the holidays with us at Shuckers and for taking the time to share about your evening. We are grateful for your kind words. We hope to welcome you back very soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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KC
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Love the ambience and service. We got our favorite window table. But the menu had changed and while some items were excellent, others were only so so. We will go back but be more careful about what we order.

Shuckers
Responded on 31 December 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Shuckers and for your kind words. We appreciate your honest feedback and hope you will enjoy all the menu items on your next visit. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

After theater Christmas dinner

Shuckers
Responded on 31 December 2019

Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Shuckers. Please visit again soon. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hostess - great and friendly. Server - great, friendly and attentive. Food - spectacular. Other patrons - friendly. We may make it a tradition to come back every year for my birthday and other celebrations 😊

Shuckers
Responded on 31 December 2019

Happy Birthday and thank you for choosing to celebrate at Shuckers. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to the next celebration with you. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

We were met by the host who, from the time i gave her our name and reservation time, to seating us, never once spoke a word to us, not even when we requested she change our table. We've been eating at Shuckers for over 40 years and never had this happen. The wait staff was VERY good. But it took us awhile to overcome the exceptionally rude beginning.

Shuckers
Responded on 31 December 2019

We appreciate your patronage and for taking the time to share. We apologize that our service did not meet expectation and hope that your next visit will be much improved. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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TF
Tucson
19 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I no longer live in the Seattle area but since I was visiting for the holidays and was attending the 5th Avenue Theatre matinee on a Thursday, I decided to check out one of my favs for lunch prior. It remains top-notch in every aspect. The server could not have been more charming and professional. The seafood chowder was out of this world perfect (I had never had it before) and the Seafood Louie salad continues to be a total hit. I was determined to avoid the fresh rolls but once a close-by table received theirs I had no choice but to acquiesce. Two fresh, warm rolls, one whole wheat, the other sourdough, served with fresh butter. Perfection. I arrived at noon and by 12:30 the place was packed. It really is a Seattle institution for a reason. Since it's located in the lower level of the magnificent Olympic Fairmount Hotel, I checked out the festive Christmas-decorated lobby before heading over the theatre a half a block away. I could not have been happier.

Shuckers
Responded on 31 December 2019

Thank you for visiting us during your Seattle holiday and for your generous and kind words. We appreciate your detailed review and for taking the time to write. The Fairmont Olympic is so festive during the holidays. We hope to serve you again next year. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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T
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Perfectly portioned dishes. The steamed mussels were great, plump and juicy. The base of tables are a bit large and bulbous, so getting into booth was difficult.

Shuckers
Responded on 31 December 2019

We're so pleased you enjoy the steamed mussels. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you often in the new year. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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MA
Seattle
48 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect prawn cocktail, well-prepared crab cakes, salmon with polenta was nicely prepared and Cobb salad with grilled chicken was great. Wine selection fits the menu (and is quite good) and the chocolate martini makes a reasonable desert. Love the room, just a great place.

Shuckers
Responded on 18 December 2019

Thank you so much for your generous review and for taking the time to write it! It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback and I am sure it will encouraging to the team. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again very soon. Happy Holidays. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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A
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Louie Salad was wonderful! The wait staff were excellent- we appreciated the greeter ensuring that we got our preferred table and our server Jim was super. He was most helpful going thru options and he had a great personality, making everything even more enjoyable!

Shuckers
Responded on 18 December 2019

It was a pleasure serving you! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and especially for mentioning Jim. We will be sure he sees your kind words. Please join us again very soon. Happy Holidays. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice place. Food was good. Clam chowder was excellent!

Shuckers
Responded on 18 December 2019

Thank you for joining us at Shuckers and for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed the clam chowder and hope you will return again to explore more items on the menu. Happy Holidays. Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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LG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Perhaps the best Halibut flaky, crispy, and not at all greasy. While the noise of the restaurant is loud, the service and the general ambiance makes up for it. Make a reservation early to get the best table, one around the edge of the restaurant.

Shuckers
Responded on 18 December 2019

Thank you so much for the detailed and informative review! We are so grateful and we look forward to welcoming you again very soon. Happy Holidays Mike West, Director of Food & Beverage

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