Looking for seafood buffets in the Seattle/Tacoma area priced below $25 a head. Any suggestions?
Interesting question. I'll be watching for answers myself. I live here and can't think of one! suze
I am glad Suze wrote first. Angelbaby, seafood buffets are not common in Seattle. This is not Red Lobster country. People in this region expect their seafood to be fresh, good, and local. Seafood that is fresh, good, and local is expensive and unsuited to the big, cheap steam table feeds of farmed Third World shrimp and dried up frozen snow crab claws that stock buffets in other parts of the country. There are many places to find high quality seafood in Seattle, and not all of them charge a lot. There is also at least one tourist trap that I will not name that serves crab. Don't fall for it.
You might visit the excellent Taylor Shellfish for oysters, geoducks and clams at a good price. Uwajimaya in the International District will sell you excellent fish, some of which is cooked, and they have a food court that is very good what it is. But the kind of seafood buffet you are asking about really is not a Seattle phenomenon.
see if Saltys or Ivars Salmon house offer a weekend buffet. Other than the casinos and a few chinese places there are few if any buffets in the Seattle area.
What Kaleberg said.
Both Salty's and Ivar's do offer seafood buffets, but the cost is well over $25 (Salty's is in the $40s), and the quality is only fair to marginal.
The following is speculation but it's based on the fact that my fishmonger tells me that spot prawns are harder and harder to come by because the tribes get a big allotment and they use them in the casino restaurants: there may be an Indian Reservation casino that has one that might be a "loss leader" ie underpriced to keep you on site and gambling. If you are really determined, this would be the thing to look in to. You might have to travel outside the Sea/Tac metro area to find this though. The Tulalip Casino, about 45 minutes north of Seattle during non-rush hour times, would probably be the first place I'd google. See if you can find reviews.
The buffet at Tulalip Casino has many seafood options but again, it's spendier than $25.
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