Seattle and most of Washington is known for having a top notch seafood scene. It is easy to find great fish at all prices. Some top tier spots obviously may charge a bit more, but usually the chefs make sure it is worth it. This is not the case with Chandlers Crabhouse.
A few days ago I remembered that I had a 50$ gift card to Chandlers Crabhouse. I was in the mood for seafood, but didn’t feel like dining out. I live close to the Lake Union location in Seattle so I decided to order some take out. It was a gorgeous evening out so my fiancé and I decided to take our dog for a walk. It takes about 20 minutes from our neighborhood to Chandlers doorstep.
We both looked over the menu and picked out a few things each. The total was 56$ and we expected to have a decent amount of food and were really excited to try it all.
Now comes the bad part. Every single item was a total failure. Too small, no taste, awful execution, way overpriced. Chandlers Crabhouse is easily the biggest disappointment I have felt in any Seattle restaurant. I have no idea how this place still exists. The food was awful and the portion sizes for the price was an embarrassment.
Lets start with the crab cakes appetizer which is now as the hostess said on the phone ” a representation of the best crab cake in the world”. It was 17$, one piece, a little bit bigger than a marshmallow, completely tasteless, a left over piece of shell inside, and did I say 17$?!??
Okay, Okay, maybe they just messed up on this one so let’s move on. Next up is the Crab Sushi Roll. Sushiland which is a revolving belt cheap sushi spot blows this away with anything you get. The roll was 12$ and tasteless. Once again I found crab shell pieces in 3 of the first 4 pieces I ate. This pissed me off and I threw the rest away. So here we are 0 for 2.
Next up the Tuna Tartare. What a joke this was. I found 3 or 4 tiny pieces of Tuna. If I didn’t tell you what the dish was you would have thought the Tuna pieces were an accident. Tasteless as well. The best part? I didn’t find any crab shell pieces! Woohoo way to go Chefs.
Next up was the Whiskey Crab Chowder. The crab was so thin I felt like I was eating floss. The flavors just didn’t work and I would have picked any canned cup of soup over this.
Overall this spot really ticked me off. I am not hard to please and almost impossible to really upset. Well Chandlers takes the cake for that. I would say stay away from this over priced under executed seafood spot. Dukes is right next door with awesome food and way better prices. A much better vibe as well. Did I mention 55$ got us close to nothing at Chandlers or that the Crab Cake was 17$ for garbage ?