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Cutters Crabhouse

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(31 Reviews)

2001 Western Ave Ste 100, Seattle, WA 98121

(206) 448-4884

Today: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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General Info
One of Seattle’s proudest traditions is the Pike Place Market, right next door. The market thrives by providing the highest quality seasonal products indigenous to the Pacific Northwest. This allows Cutters--totally remodeled in April 2012--to be directly influenced by the unique nature of the market. Because of Cutters' ongoing commitment to incorporate only the finest seasonal Northwest ingredients in all menu offerings, we can truly say: “If it’s there, it’s here."

Regular Hours

Sat - SunClosed

Extra Phones

Fax: (206) 727-2194

TollFree: (877) 997-3927

Payment method
travelers checks, carte blanche, check, amex, debit, master card, visa
Price Range
Pike-Market, Downtown Seattle

Cutter's Bayhouse

Sushi Bars, American Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants, Steak Houses, Seafood Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Family Style, American, Sushi, Steakhouse, Seafood


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Cheflev in Seattle saying ""another Don't Miss Place""

As a retired Pennsylvania State Certified Exec Chef and Culinary Arts Teacher for forty years in Philadelphia, I am delighted to recommend this excellent dining experience in Seattle, Wa. Starting with the free shuttle to and from our hotel (supplied by Cutter's).
The exec chef and his staff provide superb quality food, presented in the most eye appealing manner at the correct temperature, and served by wonderful eager to please waitstaff (ask for Adam if you want the best of the best servers anywhere).
Bonuses at this location include ""Happy Hour"" all day, every day, a terrific view of the water, marvelous ambiance, and great drinks.
When visiting Seattle, this place is as important to visit as the Space Needle, Pikes, etc.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great place to eat

I love this place so much. Their BLT salad is amazing and their food is too die for. Great view of Seattle and excellent service. A bit of a splurge on my budget, but still love it



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent Everytime!

I have been dining at Cutters for more than 15 years and I return for the same reasons! Service, Menu choices and great food. The menu selection is diverse and well executed. Rather someone in the group wants seafood, a steak, or pasta there are choices for everyone. I also love the Sushi here, very fresh. My extended family lives in Everett and I can always get them into Seattle if the plan is dining at Cutters! They can't resist the smoked salmon chowder. The service is consistant, every single time. I always feel my needs are met, often even before I ask for something. And I can't forget to mention my favorite guilty pleasure at Cutters . . . Bread Pudding. They have the BEST bread pudding in the entire city. Really the best I have ever had anywhere in my travels. Highly recommended. Period.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst Service - on multiple occasions!

This place has twice now given me some of the worst service I have ever experienced. After 45 min went by after ordering soup/salad combo (both myself and my guest), the waitress kept coming by to fill up our water but never once mentioned anything like, ""it's on its way"" or ""sorry for the delay."" Finally I kind of looked at my watch and glanced at her and she said, ""oh I wanted to ask you, did you want chicken on your salad?"" !?! I couldn't believe it. By the time our food got there we had been there an hour and half. They did comp our meals for the inconvenience. I swore I wouldn't be back. But, I ended up there again on a work lunch. Again the same waitress. We ordered right when we sat down, and again we all had a soup/salad combo and she said she'd be right out with our drinks and some bread. 15 min later we got water. 15 min later our ice teas. 15 min later our starter bread. Then ONE of the three people got her soup. She ate it. The empty bowl sat there. 30 min later we got our meals and she got the rest of her meal. No apologies or explanations! Same weird attitude. The view is gorgeous, the food is fine, the price is a little above average, the service is atrocious and the music is terrible. This place would sink in a second if it weren't for the view. I will never be back unless i have to for work, and if so, I'm speaking up immediately about being on a time crunch and needing to be informed if things are going to be delayed. What a waste of a beautiful spot for a restaurant. So disappointing.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fine customer service, great food

I went to Cutter's last night with my husband and 7 year old daughter. We had a great salmon dinner with heirloom tomatoes and fingerling potatoes. I had the strawberries & greens salad dressed with white balsamic vinaigrette--delicious! Daughter had fettucine alfredo from the children's menu, which she liked. The waiter was friendly and related well to our little girl, even though he was very busy. She had fun! We went there fairly early for dinner midweek, and the place was hopping! It was a little noisy, but not out of hand.
Pros: Good food and service
Cons: Probably very, very busy on a Friday or Saturday night; parking



Provided by Citysearch - 
Delicious Crab!

I disagree with what this other person said. I don't think Cutters is anything like ""Joe's Crab Shack"". I had a delicious crab there with my husband and he never eats crab! The staff was indeed friendly and the view was wonderful. Their salad was wonderful and the shrimp was cooked to perfection. Even after a rich meal, we still had room for the wonderful choice of deserts. My husband and I had a great time there and we look forward to another visit.



The Best Crab Eggs Benedicts!

If you are looking for a restaurant with a lovely view of the Puget Sound and have the best crab eggs benedict GO HERE!!! I love it!



Provided by Citysearch - 
A Glorified Denny's

I'm amazed by what I've read here. I can only assume folks with a vested interest in the place are writing these reviews.
Pros: the view is nice, if you're seated at the window. The staff is VERY friendly and efficient.

Cons: I was very disappointed overall; ""Cutter's"" is like a ""joe's crab shack""-style franchise, only with a veneer of classiness--various affectations in place of dangling lobster pots etc., or Joe's Jimmy-Buffet theme. We were made to wait in line, I think to create the illusion that we were about to enter an exclusive place, even though there were open tables all over the restaurant.
My food was acceptable, but not for the price range. The ""fresh-baked focaccia"" was a flattened sort of white bread with garlic powder and margarine smeared on it. I got the seafood grill and an order of mussels. They were unobjectionable, but nothing too special...just good. If you regularly drop 40+ bucks for a meal, you'll be happy to chow down with others of your class here. Cologne-soaked shirt-tie-and-a-smile guys and tourists--suburban and out of town alike--abound, late into the evening. The eating--not dining--atmosphere is cafeteria-like. The ""open kitchen"" wasn't the problem--it was the horde of hungry diners cramming their faces with food. I saw food fall out of a guy's mouth while he was yakking and shovelling, and a woman dribble something on herself. The atmosphere almost demands it.
So if you're looking for a nice dinner out, definitely go elsewhere. For the $20-40 an entree range you can do WAY better in Seattle, and you won't come out feeling somehow cheated. The Cutter's business model is based on the middle class presumption that if you're paying more, it must be better. You are, but it's not.



Provided by Citysearch - 

i would like to clear up some issues i've read about in the reviews regarding parking. partial parking validation is available when you park at the Market Place garage below cutter's. go west (toward the water) down lenora st., past western ave. (past cost plus on the right). it looks like a dead end, but you can take a left into the garage, take the elevator up to cutter's, and bring your ticket up to get stamped. partial validation is 2 and a half hours for $1 if you enter the garage after 4:00pm. enter the garage before 4:00pm, $1 off your total parking fee. be careful not to mix up the Market Place garage with the Market Tower garage (the wrong one, located between 1st ave and western--keep going past western, almost to the viaduct, to the Market Place). cutter's smoked salmon chowder, bloody mary's, and crab cakes are fantastic. i dine at a lot of different restaurants, and try crab cakes everywhere i go, and i've only ever had better crab cakes one other time. if you are looking for a quiet dinner, be aware though that this place has an open kitchen, and can be busy and energetic (in other words, a bit noisy at times).



Provided by Citysearch - 
consistently good

stopped in for lunch. i have been to cutters several times, and am just reviewing it now. the reason that i keep going back - and dragging friends and family there to boot -- is that it is consistently great. this time i had a bloody mary, which was better than what i could make at home. olives and shrimp came with it as garnish - beautiful. i ordered the pea salad and half of a dungeness crab melt sandwich. lov, love, love the pea salad. i probably order it every time i come here. this time it had a bit too much dressing but still fabulous. the dungeness crab melt sandwich was a new one for me, and i enjoyed every mouthful. service was outstanding. even though cutters is part of a semi-chain - it is still fabulous and well worth the money you pay for the scenery and food.



Provided by Citysearch - 

It is a great restaurant for romance, special occasions, service, food, value, etc. We love going to Cutter's after an afternoon of shopping at Pike Place.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fantastic Happy Hour

Happy Hour at Cutters is everyday (including weekends) from 3:30-6:30 and then after 9pm until closing. All shared plates are half off and most drinks are $2.99. You can't beat the value! The bar is large and comfortable though the televisions are old so it's not the best place to watch sports. They've got a great selection of standard Northwest beers. Service is a little slow in the bar but you get what you pay for and you're not paying much for this happy hour!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Family Place, Excellent Staff

The place was beautiful, and they were so hospitable to our 1 year old. They gave us a great table by the window, and brought our daughter a small bowl of crackers to munch on. She kept throwing bits of the crackers on the floor, and we kept apologizing to the waiter, but he told us to let her enjoy herself and not to worry about it. It was a very busy restaurant, but they seated us right way. The food was great, we loved our waiter, and the hostess was really accomodating. They took care of ""parking"" our stroller, and when we were leaving, said that if we bring back our cutie again, we're guaranteed another great table! The waiter even reminded us that they validate parking, which we almost forgot about. When we visit Seattle again, we will make this restaurant a traditional stop.



Provided by Citysearch - 
One of the Emerald's City's Best

This place is fantastic! From the food and the ambience to the prices and the service; it is just wonderful. We took out-of-town guests here quite a bit and they are still talking about it a few years later. The Halibut Cheeks are highly recommended. My husband has brought out-of-town clients here as well and they have also enjoyed it. Best of all is the view. I am not sure if they take reservations but I would check and also ask for a window seat. Enjoy!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wonderful view and meal

Over the past 10 years, I've been here many times for birthday and anniversary celebrations with friends. What a find for great ambience and the seafood dishes are excellent. After entering through the attractive bar, the spacious restaurant is open and cheerful. It's a sister restaurant to Kincaid's in the Bay Area, another great place to dine.



Provided by Citysearch - 

As an email member I was supposed to get a regular sized Ceasar Salad and Creme Brulee with my Salmon entree. Instead my salad and deserts were only bite-sized... and the manager has yet to rectify this... when she does I will remove this.



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My husband and I celebrated our wedding annviersary yesterday and we just wanted to go somewhere nice and quiet, to enjoy a good intimate dinner. Cutters seemed to be a nice restaurant, and we have never been there before so we thought we'd try it.

The waiting time was horrendous and when we did get our food, it was undercooked, poorly presented, not to mention the extremely tiny portions. For what little we get, the price is absolutely outrageous. We had planned to do other things after dinner but we ended up at home with upset stomachs. We were too shocked and bewildered to say anything and we thought we'd just make do with whatever we had, as we waited all evening to get our seats.

This place is not to be recommended at all. We strongly urge you not to go here as it is not worth the money.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Can I Bring You a Pillow?

I recently attended a birthday party with my grandfather at Cutters in their private dining room. My grandfather is recovering from cancer. The room was set up very formal like with appetizers and wine being passed around, your typical large party affair. Gramps needed to sit down right away so the waiters brought the trays to us (thoughtful). But what I thought was incredible was when I mentioned to the manager that the chairs were hard, she returned with a pillow. I thanked one of the servers for letting us use their pillow on the way out, she said that the manager had ran next door and purchased the pillow. I couldn't believe it! We thought the view was beautiful, the salmon was really good, but the service...EXCEPTIONAL!!! Thumbs up for living up to the customer comes first!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not a very Happy Valentine's Day

Crab & artichoke dip was excellent. Husband ordered seafood brochette (fancy word for kabob). Shrimp on both kabobs were clearly uncooked. Sent it back and 10 minutes later it came back out. Upon scrutiny, discovered that some of the shrimp were still slighty raw. They were very nice about it and took care of our entire tab. Did have a goofy excuse that they tend to undercook their fish and should have asked him how he liked his. He told them it wasn't the fish that was raw - it was the shellfish. I ordered pan-fryed oysters and while they were OK - there were only 6 or 7 and the rest of the plate was french fries for $18. Not a good deal or worth the $$. Ordered a drink and it took 15 minutes or more for it to arrive. Overall - would not recommend.