The Walrus and the Carpenter Restaurant, Ballard
The Walrus and the Carpenter is located in the back of the renovated Kolstrand building from the 1900′s. There is literally a small door with a small sign that leads you through a long hallway and into the bright, intimate space.
Be warned that this place is popular and is a walk-in restaurant only. With limited seating, folks line up prior to 4:00pm to snag a table or to sit at the counter. There is a heated patio but on the day I dined, was closed. Several accolades include Bon Appetit, Food and Wine and an appearance in Anthony Bourdain’s television show The Layover: Seattle.
Their menu is seasonal and rotates daily. Plates here are small, but enough for a party of two to enjoy. The hi-light of The Walrus and the Carpenter are their oysters. I would recommend sitting at the counter to see everyone at work in the open kitchen. There is a great selection of wine, hand crafted cocktails and beer to pair with your meal.
Everything on the menu looks delicious and does not disappoint. Note that they offer a happy hour Monday to Thursday to soften the financial blow. I highly recommend this place. It’s casual, delicious and a great place to just hang out, eat and drink.