Open for lunch and dinner everyday of the year except Christmas, The Oyster Bar restaurant on Chuckanut Drive in Bellingham has been around in one form or another since the Great Depression. At that time it was just a stand on the side of the road where you could buy oysters to take home and prepare yourself.
Now it’s a gourmet restaurant serving Contemporary Regional Cuisine. Of course, oysters reign on the menu, but you can also have salmon, halibut, sturgeon, mussels, wild boar, venison and more. All are served with sauces, purees or chutneys designed to extract the flavor of the main course and delight your taste buds.
My personal favorite had to be the Dungeness Crab Cakes presented on a rhubarb and plum chutney and topped with a dab of curried aioli. My compliments to the chef, Justin Gordon, and also the restaurant owners, Guy and Linda Colbert. The Colberts have been in the restaurant business since six months after they first married, in southern California. We’re so glad they decided to move to Washington State and continue providing excellent food, high quality customer service and a fine dining experience you’ll remember for quite awhile.
With more than 600 selections, it won’t be hard to find the wine appropriate for the dishes you try. And the view – you’ve got to see that for yourself. Let’s just say it involves the San Juan Islands, Samish Island, Chuckanut Bay and it’s stunning.