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5 of the Best Seafood Restaurants on the West Coast

The West Coast is flush with an abundance of amazing seafood restaurants. From plump salmon fillets to clam chowder to an array of fresh fish catches, the cities that dot the landscape of this region are home to their own seafood specialties. While it is hard to narrow down the best restaurants on the coast, here are five choices that deserve your consideration:

1. ANCHOR & HOPE - SAN FRANCISCO

Chef Vernon Morales brings a host of globally inspired dishes to this San Francisco seafood house. Located in the industrial yet chic warehouse district of SoMa, the unique setting for Anchor & Hope sets the mood for what lies ahead on this culinary adventure. Diners can choose from a variety of classic dishes such as traditional San Francisco clam chowder paired with a lobster roll. Or expand the palette with choices such as the chorizo and clams dish, the whole grilled local Petrale sole, or the seafood ceviche. Anchor & Hope also features a raw bar with oysters from both the West Coast and the East Coast. Popular dessert choices include the bread pudding paired with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream and the buttermilk panna cotta with blood orange caramel sauce.

83 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105

2. THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER

While salmon reigns supreme in the Pacific Northwest, this popular Seattle restaurant is making a name for itself for its extensive oyster selections and unique fresh fish dishes. Located in the trendy Ballard neighborhood, The Walrus and the Carpenter specializes in small plates meant for sharing and connecting with others. All of the oysters hail from local waters and are served in charming metal baskets with all of the traditional accompaniments. Small plate specialties include the grilled sardines, hama hama clams, and tuna crudo. The inventive dishes extend to the dessert menu with selections such as the salted honey pie and maple bread pudding.

4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

3. JAKE'S FAMOUS CRAWFISH

This local institution expertly blends the fresh seafood of the Oregon environs with a cajun flair. Do not let the hip digs fool you. This landmark restaurant dishes up some of the freshest and most creative seafood dishes on the West Coast. Be sure to not miss the northwest salmon saute, the wild Columbia River king salmon, Jake’s crawfish boil, and the crawfish penne. Jake’s is also a great place to enjoy happy hour with a variety of drink specials and great deals on food.

401 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

4. SON OF A GUN

It is challenging to pick a favorite seafood restaurant from the cornucopia of offerings in the Los Angeles area, but Son of a Gun should be at the top of your list to try. The nautical-themed decor is the perfect complement to the inspired menu. A casual lunch menu also makes Son of a Gun an ideal place to grab a quick meal on the go. While this hip restaurant is known for its lobster roll and shrimp toast, meat lovers will appreciate the famous fried chicken sandwich served with spicy pickle slaw.

8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

5. MITCH'S SEAFOOD

Moving down the coast to San Diego, discerning diners will love the offerings at Mitch’s Seafood. You will appreciate the sweeping views of the bay provided by this marina restaurant. The extensive menu focuses primarily on locally caught seafood. Mitch’s also offers tacos and tostadas that combine the area’s Mexican influence with its abundance of fresh seafood. Do not miss the wild shrimp tacos or the smoked fish tostada.

1403 Scott St, San Diego, CA 92106

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