Where to Find the Best Steak Tartare in Seattle

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The Walrus and Carpenter in Seattle serves the best steak tartare I have ever had. It is super creamy thanks to a raw egg, salty, and crunchy because of the rye toast crisps. I highly recommend trying this if you go to this popular French restaurant in Seattle!

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’m completely obsessed with steak tartare. I’m a complete savage when I go to restaurants. If they have this popular raw meat dish, I will be ordering it.

I started to realize that not all steak tartares are created equal. So I created a Trello board with a running list of all my favorites (I know, I’m a nerd). Rather than let that list go to waste, I thought I’d share with you where to find the best steak tartare in Seattle.

Last updated 2/20/2017. I’ll update it regularly as I find more worthy of this list. Recommendations and suggestions for edits welcome (for example, when they’re no longer available)!

Walrus & Carpenter

Neighborhood: Ballard | Cost: $16

The Walrus and Carpenter in Seattle serves the best steak tartare I have ever had. It is super creamy thanks to a raw egg, salty, and crunchy because of the rye toast crisps. I highly recommend trying this if you go to this popular French restaurant in Seattle!

I’ve been known to describe the steak tartare at The Walrus & Carpenter as life changing. It’s actually what spurred my love affair with steak tartare and started this journey. I just wanted to find a steak tartare that’s better than Renee Erickson’s. Unfortunately, I haven’t. This is still my favorite steak tartare I’ve ever had.

Most steak tartares use chopped meat, which can make the texture feel firmer and sometimes reminiscent of the chopped meat you use to make hamburgers. The Walrus & Carpenter’s is somehow creamier than its competitors. I think the meat is fantastic just by itself, but the accoutrements it’s served with are classically French and delicious.

You have the raw egg that you’re supposed to break and mix in (but I recommend trying the meat plain first!). Then there’s the perfectly crisp and thin rye toasts. Oh, and the flakes of sea salt. Together, it’s the perfect texture of crunchy, salty, and creamy. The Walrus & Carpenter is known for its oysters, and you should definitely get those. But it’d be a mistake not to get their steak tartare too.

Seven Beef

Neighborhood: Central District | Cost: $14

The steak tartare at Seven Beef is completely different from the one at The Walrus & Carpenter. Seven Beef doesn’t serve their steak tartare the classic French way with egg and bread. Rather, they mix it up by serving it with a celery root salad to add that ubiquitous crunch. It’s also different in that it’s not super creamy. Rather, they highlight the beef and makes it feel super light with an intense acidic/pickle taste.

Brimmer & HeelTap

Neighborhood: Ballard | Cost: $15

The steak tartare at Brimmer and Heeltap in Seattle. One of the best steak tartares in Seattle. Served with nori rice crackers, sesame, and daikon.

Brimmer & Heeltap also takes a lot of creative liberties with their steak tartare recipe, and trust me, it pays off. Their interpretation is more Asian, with daikon, sesame vinaigrette, and nori rice crackers. It’s a bit spicy, but it’s balanced out by the sweetness of pear and umami from the seaweed rice crackers.

Circadia

Neighborhood: Downtown | Cost: $17

Circadia is a fairly new restaurant downtown that surprised me with their excellent Wagyu beef tartare. It’s also not served with an egg, but has some great zing thanks to horseradish. It also has that classic crunch, but rather than from bread they achieve this texture with puffed quinoa reminiscent of Rice Krispies.

Bramling Cross

Neighborhood: Ballard | Cost: $16

Bramling Cross in Seattle makes one of the best steak tartares in Seattle. It's creamy and crunch like the traditional French steak tartare, but is also served with a smoke eggplant puree and harissa.

Ethan Stowell’s Bramling Cross serves an excellent steak tartare that balances the classic French with the new. It’s served with thinly sliced toast and is creamy like the French way. However, that’s where Bramling Cross stars diverging from the classic.

Their steak tartare is creamy, but it comes from a bright, acidic vinaigrette rather than an egg. It’s also different in that it’s served with a smoked harissa eggplant puree and arugula, which introduces some bitter notes. And the red pickled onion on top gives it an addictive acidic hit that keeps you going back for more.

BONUS: The Best Steak Tartares in Other Cities

My love affair with steak tartare doesn’t end in Seattle. I’ve also had some amazing ones in other U.S. cities. So if you find yourself heading out of town, make sure to stop at these restaurants to get your raw beef fix.

Rich Table in San Francisco

Rich Table takes a classic Caesar salad spin on their steak tartare.

Juniper & Ivy in San Diego

Richard Blaise’s Juniper & Ivy might make a better steak tartare than The Walrus & Carpenter. However, it’s hard for me to decide because it’s just so different. It slants Asian and is constantly changing, but be ready for a super well balanced flavor bomb.

Vernick Food & Drink in Philadelphia

Vernick Food & Drink puts their steak tartare on bread in their unique take on the popular toast trend.


Before You Go, Why Not Pin This?


A roundup of where to find the best steak tartare in Seattle. If you love beef tartare like me, you must try all of these places. They are the best of the best in the Emerald City!


Disclaimer: These restaurants didn’t ask to be included on this list. I just want everyone to know how awesome they are!

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8 Comments on Where to Find the Best Steak Tartare in Seattle

  1. Annmarie
    February 23, 2017 at 5:19 pm (7 months ago)

    Thanks for the list, I will definitely try some of those places. Have you tried steak tartare at any Korean BBQ places? That’s where I first tried it. I didn’t realize that I knew someone that also likes steak tartare; next time you need a tasting buddy, let me know!

  2. Adria Saracino
    February 25, 2017 at 8:53 pm (7 months ago)

    I haven’t had much steak tartare at Korean BBQ places, but I’ll have to try next time I do! I’m not the biggest Korean BBQ fan, so that’s likely why I don’t end up at those places. Though I did try some at Girin recently (but it wasn’t exactly tartare). Let me know if you like any of these other ones that you try!

  3. JP
    March 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm (7 months ago)

    Check out the Tartare at Chan – amazing!

  4. Adria Saracino
    March 6, 2017 at 6:26 am (7 months ago)

    Ooo good to know, will have to add that to my list! Thank you!

  5. Sophia Ressler
    March 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm (7 months ago)

    Totally agree that Renee’s tartare is the queen of them all. Stateside also has incredible steak tartare that’s so different from Walrus & Carpenters that you don’t even need to compare. I highly recommend it!

  6. Adria Saracino
    March 10, 2017 at 7:05 pm (7 months ago)

    Oooo I haven’t tried Stateside’s tartare, but I must! Thank you for the tip!

  7. TheManFromTaco
    March 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm (7 months ago)

    I love the yukhoe at Girin. Yukhoe is the traditional Korean equivalent to steak tartare.

    What do you think of the steak tartare at Rain Shadow Meats?

  8. Adria Saracino
    March 10, 2017 at 10:43 pm (7 months ago)

    I haven’t had the steak tartare at Rain Shadow Meats, but I need to change that. Thank you for the tip! And I had the yukhoe at Girin. It was totally different! I wasn’t accustomed to the more gummy texture, so I decided to leave it off the list. But next time I try it I’ll give it another go!