I need a meal to impress the family (5 seafood loving adults) with Seattle's finest seafood. Price is not a huge object, but I please give me a little warning if it's going to be well over $50 a head. Ideally, we'd like to:
start with a well-made martini.
enjoy a wide variety of Pacific Northwest oysters on the half shell.
follow with a classic cold seafood platter with an assortment of clams, scallops, crab legs, smoked salmon, etc.
end with well-prepared cooked seafood. No muss, just grilled or pan fried with butter/garlic/lemon so that the quality of the seafood can shine. Maybe a seafood stew or chowder, but a high quality simple preparation would be much more impressive than any tiny portioned, overwrought French presentation.
Bonus: geoduck on the menu.
This does not need to be a white tablecloth establishment by any means. If the best seafood were to be found at a roadside stand, we'd gladly eat in the cold.
Geographic logistics: We're going to be picking someone up from the airport and going straight to dinner, so anywhere between the airport and Seattle or between the airport and Bellevue (home) is great for us. Thanks!