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Matt’s in the Market @ Seattle

Pike Place is overrun by loud tourists, I almost lost hope to get a good lunch. An unforgettable lunch is still in the cards – as long as you have it at Matt’s In The Market.


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This second-story seafood classic in the middle of Pike Place has been around since 1996, which is practically prehistoric times for a Seattle restaurant. We’ll be the first to tell you that Matt’s is a total tourist trap. It has “In The Market” in its name after all, and every hotel concierge in the city sends their guests here. But when you walk into this little room with checkerboard-tiled floors and giant half-moon windows that frame the Public Market Center sign outside, you’ll feel the magic of Seattle. And then the Frasier theme song will probably start playing in your head.

A Seattle landmark

Offering spectacular views of Elliott Bay, the Olympics, and the Market’s famous clock through its charming arched windows, Matt’s main fare is seafood. But nothing of the fancy stuff for lunch, just bistro style sandwiches and soups. At dinner time, the menu changes and the selection gets upgraded to offer the best seafood choices from the market made with a flair of sophistication.

oysters on the 1/2 shell, 1/2 dozen, chef’s accompaniments

oysters on the half shell

A half dozen of the freshest shucked oysters from the region. So nice you don’t need the accompaniments.

fishwich, iceburg lettuce, mama lil’s pepper aioli, bacon, shaved sweet onion, brioche


Served with cup of soup, simple green salad, or yukon gold potato salad. I opted for a cup of soup.

catch of the day – halibut

The fishwich used the catch of the day from the market. Today’s fish was halibut. I never had halibut in a sandwich like a Birdeye’s fish finger.

corn chowder

Accidentally they served the soup of the day – corn chowder.

spicy tomato

They changed it without even raising any objection or suggested I have it (yes, some Singaporean eateries will do that). I am glad that I changed it. Spicy and tangy, like drinking a warm Bloody Mary.

If you are in the vicinity and need a quiet place for lunch, this is highly recommended even though it’s a tourist trap. Reserve and ask for the window seat if you have a group.

Matt’s in the Market
First & Pike, 94 Pike Street,Suite 32, Seattle, WA 98101
Tel : 206-467-7909

Date Visited : Oct 2019

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