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Originally published June 28, 2009 at 1:34 AM | Page modified June 28, 2009 at 1:37 AM

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Heaven on a half-shell: best oyster bars

When it comes to oysters, it's all about geography.

So here's a geography lesson for you: The Pacific Northwest is heaven on a half-shell.

Here are some of the top oyster bars in the area.

Ama Ama Oyster Bar & Grill

A subdued 1950s-era elegance combined with a bit of Rat Pack rakishness makes this an inviting venue for slurping oysters, steamed clams, sliders or the chowder du jour. Cocktails and wine. Dinner daily; happy hour and late-night menu.

4752 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116

Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House

Known since 1988 as a reliable venue for surf and turf - and especially oysters - this amber-lit homage to Old New York has kept its standards up and its menu current without banishing old favorites. Go for such entrees as the filet Roquefort, alder-planked salmon, Hawaiian opah, pork chop with juniper-blackberry jus and, for lunch, the Kobe beef burger. Open for lunch and dinner.

1212 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101-2926

Elliott's Oyster House

A great place to be a tourist, especially if you're not. Savor the Pacific oyster sampler, Copper River king salmon, mussels in buttery wine broth with salty fries, fine smoked salmon, swordfish, wines and desserts.

1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56
Seattle, WA 98101

1916 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101-1056

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

The Oceanaire Seafood Room in downtown Seattle is quickly becoming a premier seafood destination with its well-stocked oyster bar, stylish setting and menu that reflects airfreight's incoming tide.

1700 Seventh Ave., Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98101

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