The Walrus and the Carpenter

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 (Photograph: Courtesy The Walrus and The Carpenter/Geoffrey Smith)
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Photograph: Courtesy The Walrus and The Carpenter/Geoffrey Smith
 (Photograph: Courtesy The Walrus and The Carpenter/Geoffrey Smith)
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Photograph: Courtesy The Walrus and The Carpenter/Geoffrey Smith

Looking for all the world like a weather-beaten beach cottage—complete with a chandelier resembling bleached coral branches—this snug little magnet for Seattle’s lovers of marine cuisine is as packed with succulent sea creatures as it is with people. Chef-partner Renee Erickson has a taste for the briny, earthy and all-around funky that shows not only in signatures like the grilled sardines with walnut relish but also in the ever-changing specials: smoked-herring croquettes with malt-vinegar aioli one day, squid ink-spiked scallop aguachile another, potted crab still another. They’re supplemented by an exquisite array of vegetable-centric small plates, cheeses and, of course, market oysters on the half-shell. But wait, there’s more: The Walnut and the Carpenter’s carefully edited beverage list works like a charm—cheers to all those fun, food-friendly wine finds from France—and there’s a maple bread pudding in espresso sauce to sap the strength of the most resolute sugar-shunner.

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The Walrus and the Carpenter says
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.
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By: Ruth Tobias

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Venue name: The Walrus and the Carpenter
Contact:
Address: 4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle

Opening hours: Daily 4pm-10pm
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