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.