TripAdvisor travelers rated Elliot's very highly so I was really looking forward to eating at Elliot's. I purposely walked everywhere I went in downtown Seattle and the walk from the Hilton to Elliot's was a good trek down to the waterfront (that walk back up was a good aftermeal exercise to say the least).
It was prime time for evening dining so I knew that I should expect a wait. I was I could sit immediately at the oyster bar or wait told 20 minutes for a table. I had asked did that wait include patio seating as well and was told yes and I think the hostess assumed I wanted patio seating. So I ended up waiting about 35 minutes. Acceptable given I had no reservations and I did inquire about the patio (I just wish I had brought a light jacket).
However once, seated my wait truly began. The patio area was at capacity and the waitress covering my table was no where to be found for quite some time after I was seated. She was friendly but after seating and taking my drink order she was off handling her other tables and it was awhile before she came back to take my order.
I inquired about the oysters (of course) and I wanted to try locally grown varieties and we worked out where she would bring me out 6 different varieties based on their recommendations. I ordered the Copper River sockeye salmon since it was just in season.
Then I waited and waited. Then got bread and butter brought out. Then I waited and waited some more. Then I got my oysters. All of which were very fresh by the way ranging from sweet to salty varieties. And you guessed it, I waited some more for my entree. All the while the weather was turning a bit sour and windy. Indeed the salmon was excellently prepared at the medium temperature that I requested and the side vegetables and wild rice were very good as well, but by the time my entree came out I ate it at a good clip (too quickly to truly savour it) in order to get back to the hotel and out of the wind. I might have avoided that I should have brought that light jacket but that wouldn't have changed the length of time I had to wait.
While the food was excellent, I quite frankly felt the pricing was a bit high for both the oysters and main dish. If you want oysters and seafood you can probably get them just as fresh somewhere else for a better price. Overall, I may have felt better about the value if not for the service and wait times. No apologies offered for the wait between drink/refills, oysters and entree. A bit of a disappointing experience given the TripAdvisor reviews I read.
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