Best Seafood Restaurants in Tacoma, Pierce County


From Ruston Way to Gig Harbor and Dash Point, we have a wide selection of classic seafood in the Tacoma area. Last month, we asked you to vote for the best in town.

Over 950 responses led to the winners listed here. Perhaps unsurprisingly, each of the Top 5 also offers waterfront views – and they’re all basically on Ruston Way. Interestingly, all but one of the main voters are part of a larger group and two are from the same society.

For the purposes of this battle, we focused on Tacoma and Gig Harbor restaurants serving up classic American-style seafood, where steaks mingle with lobster tails, clams find their way to creamy chowder, and donuts from crab are an essential appetizer, entree or addition. to. Niche restaurants, such as Italian Crudo & Cotto in Proctor, were excluded from this survey.

Here are the winners, according to readers, starting with #1.

DUKE’S SEAFOOD

3327 Ruston Road, Tacoma, 253-752-5444, dukesseafood.com

For 15 years, Duke’s has served the Tacomans countless bowls of the chowders the Seattle-based restaurant group is famous for: New England Clams, Lobster Mobster at Pernod, and North by Northwest Seafood Chowder. cioppino with salmon, halibut and cod. As the name suggests, the menu revolves around the sea, with breaded fish and chips in panko and Mac & Jack, wild Alaskan rockfish tacos and heavy crab cakes on the Dungeness. Founder Duke Moscrip opened his first restaurant in Queen Anne Hill in 1977 and currently operates seven stores, all with typical Pacific Northwest views. It’s no wonder he was No. 1, garnering a fifth of the votes.

TACOMA WILD

5115 Grand Loop, Tacoma, 253-267-1772, wildfinamericangrill.com

pierce county Wildfin opened in 2015 in Point Ruston, after the flagship restaurant in Issaquah (open since 2011) and another in Renton. The group, which prides itself on providing a sustainable seafood experience as accessible as your neighborhood pub, has since added locations in Vancouver, Washington and Beaverton, Oregon. Simple preparations – a lemon, garlic and vermouth butter – highlight British Columbia king salmon and Alaskan halibut, while contemporary dishes include jalapeno calamari and tacos with cajun fish. There’s something for everyone here, including the kids, or grab $5 beers and $8 Moscow mules during happy hour twice a day, 3-6 and 9 p.m. at closing. In the summer, try the fish and chips at What A Catch, the brand’s beloved showcase. Wildfin garnered over 150 votes, or 17% of the total.

HARBOR LIGHTS

2761 Ruston Road, Tacoma, 253-752-8600, anthonys.com/restaurant/harbor-lights

Anton Barcott, second-generation restaurant owner and son of a Yugoslav immigrant, introduced his waterfront destination in 1959. Anthony’s Restaurants took over in 2000, remodeling in 2015 – improving the cuisine and, notably, bringing the view to what was originally a bit dark. bright, secluded bar (although the drinks, they say, remain as strong as their mid-century brethren). In addition to four steaks, the menu centers on Northwest bounty: two pounds of steamed Manila clams, blackened rockfish, panko cod and seared oysters. The $35 three-course land and sea menu is always a snappy affair any day of the week. Harbor Lights got 12% of the vote.

THE LOBSTER SHOP

4015 Ruston Road, 253-759-2165, wp.lobstershop.com

Still one of the most Googled restaurants in Tacoma, The Lobster Shop opened in 1981, the second location of a since-closed Dash Point outpost. As the name suggests, this waterfront favorite showcases East Coast shellfish more than other local spots – think lobster carbonara, lobster bisque, lobster tail with truffled potatoes. Its ample deck seating, glorious buffets and, naturally, unbeatable views helped it land at No. 4 with over 100 counts. Its future is now in the hands of E3 Restaurant Group, which bought the restaurant from founders Katie and Dennis Driscoll in December 2021. (Sister spot Boathouse 19, which narrowly missed the Top 10 in the TNT poll, also has new owners.)

ANTHONY’S AT POINT DEFIANCE & GIG HARBOR

5910 N. Waterfront Drive, Tacoma, 253-752-9700, anthonys.com

8827 N. Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, 253-853-6353, anthonys.com

Kirkland-based Anthony’s Restaurants opened their Tacoma establishment nearly a quarter century ago, before the expansion of the Dune Peninsula around the Point Defiance Marina and Vashon Ferry Terminal. After acquiring Harbor Lights in 2000, a year later the group joined the community of Gig Harbor with a different perspective of the waterfront but an equally impressive view of Mount Rainier. Both serve the company’s famous clam chowder, freshly prepared daily, as well as classics like crispy calamari and seared oysters, but you’ll find variations on both menus — from linguine to clams at Point Defiance, for example. example, and a Kobe burger at Gig Port. Anthony collected just under 70 votes, or 7%.

THE TOP 10 AND HONORABLE MENTIONS

Rounding out the top 10, The Fish Peddler snuck into sixth place, followed by two local Gig Harbor restaurants: Gertie & The Giant Octopus and Brix 25, both with over 35 points. Rounding out the Top 10 are Gino’s at the Point, located in northeast Tacoma, and Stanley & Seafort’s, each with more than 30 votes.

This story was originally published January 19, 2022 5:00 a.m.

Kristine Sherred joined The News Tribune in December 2019, after a decade in Chicago where she worked for restaurants, a liquor wholesaler and a food bookstore. She previously covered the food sector for Industry Dive and William Reed. Find her on Instagram @kcsherred and Twitter @kriscarasher.

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