The Walrus and the Carpenter

The Walrus and the Carpenter is an oyster bar in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

The Walrus and the Carpenter, from Renee Erickson and partners, blends the elegance of France with the casual comfort of a local fishing pub. “The idea is to serve the highest quality food and drink in a space that is stripped of pretense and feels like home.”

The restored Kolstrand building on the south end of Ballard Avenue, is the perfect home for this rustic, light-filled, oyster haven.

In addition to oysters, check out our menu that includes locally harvested clams and mussels, house smoked fish, and specialty meats. A full selection of wine, craft cocktails, and beer are also available.

Summertime ratatouille to gear you up for the long weekend! Seared eggplant, summer squash, tomato piperade, garlic, oregano.
Walrus will be CLOSED tomorrow the 4th in celebration of Labor Day. See you tonight and then back on the 5th!

Your Sea Creatures News

Your Sea Creatures News

The Walrus and the Carpenter Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood And waited in a row.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @thewalrusbar

Sea Creatures News

Sea Creatures News

These Are 5 Places to Find the Best Seafood in Seattle

Thank you U.S. News and World Report for featuring us on your Best Seafood in Seattle list!

Come see us soon and make sure you drop into Barnacle right next door for a quick Amaro flight. Seattle's best seafood restaurants include Seatown Seabar and Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar.

Lamb, Rosé, and More

Lamb, Rosé, and More Join us at The Whale Wins for our annual Lamb & Rosé Dinner. A beloved Boat Street Café tradition, this communal pre fixe dinner will feature apple wood roasted lamb prepared by James Beard Award winning Chef Renee Erickson and her team. And yes, of course, lots of rosé. 

The Seattle Greatest Hits List - Seattle - The Infatuation

Hey The Infatuation,
Thank you for including us along with our sister restaurant Bateau in your Seattle's Greatest Hits List!

"The hype is deserved. The Walrus And The Carpenter is more than a restaurant - it’s a Seattle dining rite-of-passage. Like your Bar Mitzvah, except with lots of shellfish, and after eating here, instead of becoming an adult, you become a true Seatown local. Mazel. This spot has many sister restaurants, but Walrus is definitely the first one you need to go to in order to set the benchmark for the rest. Get there while the sun’s still up, sit at the marble bar overlooking the wire baskets of fresh oysters, pound flutes of sparkling rose, and share some of Seattle’s best small plates. If you’re new to oysters, this is where to try your first. (Backup plan: get them fried.) And if you encounter a line? Grab an excellent cocktail at their Barnacle Bar next door while you wait for your seat."

Looks like we still got it! 😉

From the weekend at our special Vineyard Dinner in Walla Walla with àMaurice Cellars.

Escarole, taggiasca olives, preserved lemon, currants and chili thread.

We'll be closed tomorrow, Monday the 29th, for Memorial Day. Pictured: halibut ceviche, radish, english peas, poppy seed.

Crispy shells right on top. Prawn crudo, charred scallion salsa verde, cucumber, and see you soon!

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Culinary Team

Executive Chef, Renee Erickson
Chef de Cuisine, Bobby Palmquist




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4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 4pm - 10pm
Tuesday 4pm - 10pm
Wednesday 4pm - 10pm
Thursday 4pm - 10pm
Friday 4pm - 10pm
Saturday 4pm - 10pm
Sunday 4pm - 10pm
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