The Crab Pot

My brother flew over from Toronto to visit me for Christmas and since we had time to travel, Jacky and I got a chance to take him to Whistler and Seattle on the weekends. You’ll be seeing mix posts from Toronto, Vancouver, Whistler and Seattle in the upcoming weeks, so make sure to keep up on the tags on the top of each post so you don’t get too confused!

There are many restaurants that most tourist would eat in Seattle. These locations include The Cheesecake Factory, anywhere in Pike Place and The Crab Pot. Many of my friends who have been to Seattle for a weekend trip recommended me to try The Crab Pot so I decided to go with the two men. I was told that the line ups could get up to an hour to an hour and a half, but since we arrived slightly earlier than the normal lunch hour, we walked right in.

The person at the desk was very out of it; he looked so tired. He led us around the entire restaurant before getting us to our seats and he was just really unfocused. Luckily, our server was very attentive and energetic to boost up the mood.


Before our order arrived, the server gave each of us a fork, a mallet and a bib. I didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into until the server told us to put paper towels on the table and he dumped a large metal bowl of seafood, corn and potatoes in front of us. This was going to be a dig in feast.


The Westport

What’s in it: Dungeness crab, snow crab, shrimp in the shell, steamed clams & Pacific mussels, andouille sausage, corn on the cob & red potatoes in their jackets.

Perhaps it is because I was brought up eating seafood prepared in a traditional Chinese steaming method, I wasn’t a fan of all the spices in this. Most Chinese restaurants have the seafood prepared fresh for you, meaning that it was just pulled out of the tank, alive. I’m pretty sure these were frozen seafood so the fresh natural juices and flavours were missing.

The shrimps had the most flavour and juice while the mussels and crab legs were dry and bland. I was surprised that the mussels were so dry because they were supposed to be steamed with plenty of juice sealed inside the meat.

The corn was a good flavour and texture addition to the seafood pile but the potatoes were hard as rock. We threw one of them on the table and it was just so stiff. We didn’t end up eating any of them.

This was definitely a one time thing for me. If you’re looking for a seafood experience and a “wow” factor to eating a giant pile of seafood with your friends, then Crab Pot is a great place. However, if you’re looking for tasty and a fulfilling meal, I wouldn’t recommend this place.

Crab Pot Restaurant & Bar on Urbanspoon

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  1. Steve

    hi Sharon, thanks for the tip about arriving early for lunch! It always makes a meal more fun when you don’t have to wait.


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