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Chinook’s at Salmon Bay

September 1st, 2008 · 25 Comments

Chinook’s at Salmon Bay (Seafood)
1900 W Nickerson St (Map)
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 283-4665

Gladys and Abner:  Chinooks is a very consistent restaurant.  The food is always good, the service is very attentive.  Perfect for two or 12.  Large menu with choices for everyone. “…Chinook’s has reasonable prices and there’s something for everyone – even those who aren’t big fans of fish.” “We had a wonderful experience eating dinner here recently. The food was excellent, the waiter (Joe) was top notch and it is so kid friendly!! Highly recommend it.”


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  • 50intheclip

    great food but i wish they would switch up the menu

  • Val

    I eat there a lot with family, and love it! Great staff, but sometimes the cooks are more “on” than other times. Ordering the tuna steak has resulted in overcooked tuna twice for me in the past year or so :-(

  • John Gilbert

    Wow, what can I say. This is a place to take your family for seafood. Amazing wait staff, good food, and nice view of the marina and boats. A little busy there but well worth it on a Saturday early evening!

  • Magnolia Maven

    How they can serve so many meals and do such an outstanding job never ceases to amaze me. Sure the menu is the same offerings but it is so varied there is something for everyone there.

    You can can have a good seafood meal for a decent price if you don’t order drinks and dessert along with it!

  • D and C

    Noisy, but hard to beat for service and just consistently good seafood. A well operated restaurant, as you would expect from the Anthony’s company.

    Have stopped ordering Halibut in Little Chinooks – just too pricey.

  • Marlin

    Order the “Blue Plate Special”. It the best deal in the house, unless they still have the all the fish and chips you can eat, since my buddies and I last ate there.

    Forget about carrying on a conversation. It’s like being on the inside of a drum.

    If you want to have an intimate conversation after dinner, then drive to Palisade and get a table in the bar.

  • Marlin

    I went back to Chinook’s last night and ordered the “Blue Plate Special” for $18. The Halibut was as good as always, but the portion was so small! I could have eaten two orders. If I had not eaten two baskets of bread, I would left hungry.

    The clam chowder was good, but not as good as it has been in the past. Something was missing.

    I left my hearing aids at home. So, the noise was tolerable.

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  • christine

    I usually get the BBQ shrimp w/potatoes appetizer or entree with crab gumbo and it’s awesome. It’s not very pricey and hits the spot. The bread goes great with the gumbo too. My boyfriend loves their all you can eat fish and chips Monday nights. Of course he does!

  • WtwoM

    We ent recently for the all you can eat fish and chips… it was ok, the fish was kind of soggy though…

    but what is it with the breaded/extra seasoned fries? Fries should take like fries, they dont need that extra breadingl

  • Val

    According to, at last surprise health inspection this restaurant got 5 points, with 1 high risk violation.

    • Brandon

      Perfect example of my point Val. Chinook's has serious problems with food handling, which are readily apparent due to their open kitchen and prep areas. Yet they only got 5 points during an inspection that you have chosen to cite as representative of their food handling at all times.

      • Val

        Errr, I was just listing the most recent ones at the time (as stated), for all the restaurants, since that's most relevant to choosing to eat somewhere at that time. Feel free to look up the rest and post them 😛

  • chiizus

    Good food, does tend to be crowded and noisy sometimes, and often has a fairly long wait for a table, but it totally depends on when you go. I really enjoyed their brunch, which I had for the first time recently.

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  • christine

    The BBQ shrimp appetizer with Gumbo washed down with a beer. When I' m in the mood for something else I like the Crab Alfredo and my boyfriend likes the Monday night all you can eat fish and chips. Their Rasberry scones are yummy for breakfast

  • amusedpen

    Consistently terrific food. I've fallen in love with the seafood chili of late. The location, view, service, and food are as good as it gets for a chain operation. It's pretty much a weekly must for at least some take out.

  • Val

    Well, I love Chinook’s. But they totally screwed up last week. 4 of us went to dinner Saturday night, and we were told we had a 25-35 minute wait. After about 20 minutes, a group of 30 teenagers from a prom or something came in, and Chinooks started saving tables to seat their huge group. So they ended up getting seated 15 minutes before us, and our half hour wait turned into an hour, with no explanation or compensation offered for getting screwed. A lot of other people were in the same boat.

    1) If a huge group of morons want to eat during a busy time on a busy night at a restaurant that doesn’t take reservations, they can bloody well wait their turn.
    2) Chinook’s has a clear cut policy of first-come first-seated, and they should stick to it. NO ONE wants to wait for an hour while watching a much larger party get seated after a 20 minute wait.
    3) Teenagers don’t tip. You have 30 teenagers waiting, and 30 adults/families. If you’re going to risk anyone walking out the door, it should be the teens. I sort of hope the waiters got screwed, but it’s not their fault the hostess was a dumbass.
    4) It was horribly insulting. We eat there several times a month – those kids probably won’t be going back. And we got pushed to the back of the line for their sake.

  • Val

    Followup to the previous comment: the manager that made the decision to seat the large group ahead of everyone else called me (I filled out a feedback form on their website), admitted he made a bad judgment call, and apologized. A coupon for two free entrees showed up in the mail shortly after.

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