Restaurant Spotlight: The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive

Regional seafood with a waterfront view

Restaurant Spotlight: The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive
The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive reduced the capacity of its outdoor-dining deck from eight tables to four to allow for socially distant dining. (Courtesy of the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive)
Oct 22, 2020

Nestled on the shore of Washington’s Samish Bay, not far from the U.S.-Canada border, is longtime Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winner the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive. Holding its Best of Award of Excellence since 1985, the Oyster Bar attracts diners from both countries. The Bow, Wash., restaurant offers regional seafood-focused cuisine by chef Justin Gordon with dishes like local chanterelles with warm goat cheese, balsamic charred tomatoes, roasted garlic and crostini; cedar roasted salmon; and cioppino, a saffron-based fish stew.

At 675 selections,12 of which are offered by the glass, the list, crafted by wine director Amanda Abbott, is strong in domestic wines, particularly from Washington, Oregon and California. Selections from France and Italy round out the list. After closing for two months to comply with stay-at-home orders, the Oyster Bar began offering their seasonal fall lunch menu to-go. When given the green light, the restaurant opened back up for in-person dining. While the takeaway menu is still offered, the multiple outdoor decks offer stunning views in an intimate setting that has been revamped for safely distanced dining.

Restaurants Restaurant Awards

You Might Also Like

9 Asian Eateries with Exceptional Wines

9 Asian Eateries with Exceptional Wines

Skip the sake and enjoy the cellars at these Asian restaurants

Sep 28, 2017
Restaurant Spotlight: Osteria I Nonni

Restaurant Spotlight: Osteria I Nonni

A Minnesota spot for seasonal, Roman-inspired dishes and world-class wine

Jan 14, 2021
7 Dine-In Restaurants for Top-Notch Champagne

7 Dine-In Restaurants for Top-Notch Champagne

At these dining destinations, sparkling superstars from the quintessential region reign …

Dec 1, 2015
11 Steak Houses with Must-Try Wine Lists

11 Steak Houses with Must-Try Wine Lists

These restaurants’ wine programs have the chops to complement their top-notch steaks

Nov 10, 2015
Restaurant Spotlight: JJ’s Restaurant

Restaurant Spotlight: JJ’s Restaurant

A Kansas City institution with classic cuisine and a rebuilt wine program that’s better …

Dec 3, 2020
13 Italian Restaurants for Vino Superiore

13 Italian Restaurants for Vino Superiore

From a modern trattoria to an old-school spot inspired by grandma’s recipes, these Wine …

Mar 29, 2018