6 Halibut Dishes to Eat in Seattle Right Now

By Jackie Varriano  |  April 20, 2016
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In the food world, spring means easy access to local vegetables, but it also means access to the fairly expensive and infamously difficult-to-catch fish, the halibut. Firm and flaky, it’s also a fish that’s easy to overcook, making it the perfect fish to leave to trained professionals. Read on to find out where to get some of Seattle’s best halibut dishes before the season waves goodbye.

Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

Finding yourself with a fish craving in Bellevue? Look no further than John Howie’s Seastar, where the mighty fish is grilled on an applewood plank and served over Provencal-style spring asparagus with garlic and tomato ($41).

205 108th Ave. NE; 425-456-0010

Matt’s in the Market

Take respite above the bustling Pike Place Market at Matt’s, where the halibut is served in a veritable spring vegetable garden with chickpeas, fava beans, asparagus, snap peas, radishes and is finished with a mushroom dashi poured tableside (market price, roughly around $40).

94 Pike St.; 206-467-7909

Goldfinch Tavern

Grab this fennel-crusted slab of the perfectly flaky fish at Ethan Stowell’s shiny Downtown restaurant. It comes with marble potatoes, asparagus and pea sprouts with a crème fraiche vinaigrette ($45).

99 Union St.; 206-749-7070


This spot in sleepy Ravenna is serving baked halibut with pearl millet and kale rapini, shaved Meyer lemons and pickled peppers ($27). Photo by Suzi Pratt

2404 NE 65th St.; 206-556-2192


This seafood-focused Downtown spot is taking advantage of spring bounty, pairing halibut with asparagus sauce gribiche, nettle pesto, capers and preserved lemon ($38).

1700 7th Ave.; 206-659-0737

Ray’s Boathouse

Take full advantage of the 20 new window seats overlooking Shilsole Bay at the classic Seattle dining spot by ordering the halibut, paired with succotash and a lemon beurre blanc sauce dotted with capers and micro arugula ($46). Photo courtesy Ray's Boathouse/Facebook

6049 Seaview Ave. NW; 206-789-3770