Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for large species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Love thy fellow man and merman with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of seafood and steaks at Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, with locations in Seattle and Bellevue. This Groupon is valid only for dinner on Friday–Monday.
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar’s chef John Howie loads plates with a dinner menu of the northwest’s finest seasonal specimens, highlighted by wild king salmon grilled with applewood ($32) or roasted on cedar planks ($34). Escape the tyranny of heated preparation with bites from the raw bar, where an aquatic potpourri of japanese hamachi ceviche ($11) and northwest oyster samplers ($22) wash over landlocked taste buds.
Sailors wary of abandoning their beloved vineyards can rest assured with Seastar’s sommelier service, which pairs the finest underwater fruitlets with their grapevine counterparts. The encyclopedic wine list grabs glasses from around the world as well as potions closer to home, such as a Columbia Valley 2009 Poet’s Leap riesling ($8/4 oz.). As pirates routinely raid the seating list to place their names near the top, guests must call ahead to make a reservation.
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
The culinary artists at Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar grant palates the royal treatment with their smorgasbord of fresh, regionally sourced seafood and oysters, hearty steak-house cuisine, and all-star wine list, which earned the restaurant the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. With a storied resumé that includes manning the kitchen at the prestigious Palisade Restaurant, as well as appearances on Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Presents: American Gladiators, executive chef and owner John Howie focuses his culinary aesthetic on the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest while he experiments with exotic flavors from around the globe. His menu of refined dishes and homey meals furnishes stomachs with alluring flavors from both land and sea, as tasted in the sockeye-salmon poke, dungeness-crab risotto, and fire-grilled filet mignon.
Each Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar location surrounds guests in a cozy cocoon of blond woods and warm light—an ideal setting for polishing off plates of shellfish stews, steak and potatoes, and fresh ice cream and chocolate truffles. While admiring each restaurant’s sleek interior, diners can also enjoy the many notes found in Seastar’s 14-page wine list.