The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive

One of the perks of traveling is trying new restaurants. I have been fortunate to have traveled to quite a few countries and I have some favorite restaurants in various locations including World Wine Bar in Tokyo, L’Etoile du Nord in Paris, and Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA. However, my absolute favorite restaurant, The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive in Bow, WA is thankfully, close to home.

Nestled in a wooded area along Chuckanut Drive with a gorgeous view of Samish Bay, and the San Juan Islands, this iconic restaurant has been open since the 1920s and has an interesting history. It originally started as a small road side diner and had several additions built on over time. The current owners, Guy and Linda Colbert bought it 32 years ago and have continued to keep this local gem running smoothly. They serve delicious food that is creatively prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

My husband and I go frequently for special occasions, or just about anytime we want a fantastic meal; we have never been disappointed.

We always start with a glass of cava and some oysters or the appetizer of the day. When we ate there last week to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary, the special appetizer was a crab brûlée with local mushrooms.

Everything is beautifully presented, even the bread and butter.

My husband had sturgeon for his main dish and I had a ravioli dish with celeriac cream sauce, local mushrooms and black truffles.

The dessert was equally delicious and beautifully presented. My husband had creme brûlée and I had a trio of sorbets.

All this is served in a beautiful setting with the most friendly, pleasant and helpful waitstaff you’ll ever find.

The images below are some of the other fish dishes we have enjoyed on previous visits.

The menu includes a variety of options for those who may not be keen on seafood.

The wine list is extensive and in 2018 they received an Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator Magazine.

I hope you enjoy a meal at the Oyster Bar next time you are in Northwest Washington State, I am certain you will not be disappointed.

Wishing you grand adventures,


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