The elegant exterior of The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House is fitting for a restaurant located across the street from the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Art Museum. But as the old saying goes, it's what's inside that counts. Luckily, the inside of this award-winning seafood restaurant is just as beautiful, boasting what Gayot calls a "classy men’s club vibe." Picture, for example, a large, sturdy bar where bartenders serve microbrews, scores of wines (including those from local wineries), and specialty cocktails, or a dinning room filled with tables covered in crisp, white linens. As for the food, it's also easy on the eyes, but that's hardly what counts. What matters most is that the seafood is impeccably fresh, with daily deliveries yielding a rotating selection of fresh raw oysters, served on the half shell. Because the menu is dependent on fresh catches, the choices can change frequently, but entrees might include dishes such as lobster ravioli with king oyster mushrooms or a seafood volcano loaded with dungeness crab, prawns, and Penn Cove oysters. Meat lovers will also find plenty of choice cuts including a Martinez Farms slow-braised, moroccan-spiced lamb shank or the decadent steak oscar, which is paired with crab, asparagus, and a gold cheese potato tower, and presented to the diner by comedian Billy Crystal.
A lot of things keep people coming back to Okinawa Teriyaki, such as the friendly owners and affordable prices. Nothing, however, beats the ramen, which the Seattle Times once lauded as “divine.” The Yi family chooses to fill their soups with teriyaki meats, which pair nicely with toppings such as carrots and cabbage.
Seasonal Seafood | Aged Steaks | Strong Drinks | Business Lunch | Hearty Happy Hour
When to Go: Visit during happy hour (3 p.m.–6 p.m. weekdays, 4 p.m.–6 p.m. weekends) to sample a reasonably priced range of the kitchen’s specialties, including a beloved cheeseburger that’s otherwise confined to the lunch menu.
While You Wait: Decide where to vacation next by blindly pointing at the menu—the sources of its seafood, dairy, and produce are meticulously cited and range from Sitka, Alaska, to nearby Whidbey Island.
Mahi-mahi: a finned fish, also called a dorado or dolphinfish, known for its light-pink meat and delicate, almost-sweet flavor. Its Hawaiian name translates to “very strong,” referring not to its flavor but its size.
Salsa cruda: Italy’s answer to pico de gallo, made with fresh, raw tomatoes and often ingredients such as basil, parsley, and parmesan.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Watch the afternoon wind down from the giant windows of the 40th-floor Starbucks inside the Columbia Center (701 5th Avenue), a low-key alternative to the popular 73rd-floor observation deck.
After: Soak up some more old-fashioned hospitality and the glow of a giant bear lamp while sipping a nightcap at The Arctic Club’s Polar Bar (700 3rd Avenue).