The 10 Best Restaurants in Shelton, WA 2024 – A Food Lover’s Guide

Harper Barton



A picture of food from a restaurant in Shelton, Washington

I recently explored Shelton, Washington, and discovered its great food scene along with its beautiful location by Oakland Bay.

Shelton offers a variety of dishes that are sure to make anyone want to return.

Let me share with you the places I found and the standout meals that caught my attention.

10. Squaxin Island Seafood Bar

Squaxin Island Seafood Bar in Shelton

I recently visited the Squaxin Island Seafood Bar, located just down the hall from the casino gaming floor at Little Creek. After winning a bit at the slots, I decided to treat my friends to lunch. They went for the Prime Rib Dip, while I opted for the Signature Shrimp Scampi Sauté.

We kicked things off with a dozen Pacific Oysters, fresh and ready to be enjoyed with Tabasco and lemon juice. The shrimp scampi portion was generous, allowing me to take some home for later. Both the service and the food were excellent, making for a memorable dining experience.

Dish Price
Spinach & Artichoke dip $6.25
Pan Fried Oysters $10.75
Bay Shrimp Wedge Salad $8.75
Chicken Mushroom Fettuccini $11.75
Squaxin Burger $8.25
Steak Salad $10.75
Seafood Platter $15.00
Lobster Dinner $49.00
  • The price per person ranges between 5 and 50$

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9. Suzan’s Grill

Suzan`s Grill in Shelton, Wa

I had an amazing egg Benedict at Suzan’s Grill. The eggs were just right, and the ham was far from the usual thin slice—it was a thick, generous cut on each English muffin.

Personally, I love a bit more lemon in my eggs Benedict, but that’s just my preference for extra lemony flavor, so I won’t hold that against them.

The restaurant was clean, decorated nicely, and the service was top-notch. Honestly, for a breakfast spot in Shelton, this is as good as it gets. I’m excited to return and bring my kids next time.

  • Price Range: $6 – $13
  • Cuisines
  • Special Diets – Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

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8. Ritz Drive-In

Ritz Drive In - Shelton, Wa

I found the best burger and fries in Shelton, along with great prices to match. The burgers and fries here taste like you’ve made them yourself, complete with all the perfect toppings. This place is incredibly popular—to the point where they sometimes run out of food, and it’s definitely not due to poor planning or ordering.

Be prepared for some parking challenges, and the drive-thru can take a bit of time. However, they’ve got great service, as someone usually comes out to take your order while you’re in line.

A pro tip: Call your order in ahead of time, and your meal will be ready to pick up when you arrive. Plus, the staff is always friendly and willing to go the extra mile, which just adds to the whole experience. I can’t recommend this place enough for anyone looking for a quality, home-style burger in Shelton.

Customer favorites orders are some among of these: the Double Cheeseburger, Fish and Chips, Deluxe Burger, Bacon Burger, French Fries, Onion Rings, Blackberry Fry Sauce, Hamburger, and Sandwich. These items suggest a classic American drive-in menu that’s likely to offer good value and satisfying meals. And prices range between 3-14$

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7. Taqueria Las Palmas

Taqueria Las Palmas - Shelton, Wa

This place serves authentic Mexican cuisine, not the Americanized versions you often find at resorts. Their menu includes traditional dishes like Pozole, Menudo, Tripas, Carnitas, Birria, Lengua, and all the usual favorites you’d expect. It’s a small, family-owned business, likely run by first-generation Americans.

They’re working hard to provide a great life for their kids and share the rich flavors of their homeland with us, all at a fantastic price. The quality of the food is top-notch, and they don’t skimp on the portions either.

Pro tip: Don’t miss out on their specialty dishes. If you’re new to Mexican cuisine, ask the staff for recommendations. They’re more than happy to guide you through the menu. Supporting this business not only gets you a great meal but also helps a family achieve the American dream. Give them a try; it’s a decision you won’t regret.
  • Price per person range 10–20 $
Dish Description Spiciness Level
Tacos al Pastor Marinated pork tacos with pineapple Mild
Chiles Rellenos Poblano peppers stuffed with cheese, battered and fried Medium
Enchiladas Tortillas filled with meat or cheese, covered in chili sauce Medium to Hot
Salsa Roja Red chili sauce made with tomatoes and peppers Hot
Tamales de Rajas Tamales filled with strips of chili pepper and cheese Hot
Habanero Salsa Salsa made with habanero peppers Very Hot

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6. Blondies Restaurant

Blondies Restaurant

After a trip to Bremerton, we found ourselves in Shelton with very hungry grandkids and a firm rule against fast food. Searching on TA led us to Blondie’s, and despite arriving at an off-peak time around 2:15 PM, it was still bustling—a promising sign.

The service took a little longer than expected, but the quality of the burgers, grilled chicken sandwich, and spaghetti made up for the wait. The kids were thrilled with their meals, but the highlight was definitely the homemade strawberry rhubarb pie, an absolute must-try.

Tip: Save some room for their desserts. The pie we had was incredible, and with options like blackberry, cherry, and lemon meringue on the menu, you’ll want to try more than one. If you’re as full as we were, consider taking a slice to go. It’s a perfect way to enjoy a bit more of Blondie’s delicious offerings at home. We’re already planning what to try on our next visit!
Item Price
Club Sandwich with Potato Salad $16.50
Hash Browns $3.50
Bacon Cheeseburger & Fries $16.00
Eggs Benedict $18.75
Carrot Cake $5.00
Chocolate Fudge Cake $5.00
Sausage Links $5.50
Breakfast Sandwich $11.00

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5. Mestizos

Mestizos Restaurant - Shelton, Wa

After trying several places that wouldn’t allow my 20-year-old daughter inside due to their alcohol policy, we stumbled upon Mestizos. Unlike the others, Mestizos welcomed us with open arms, thanks to their clever layout that includes a divider between the dining area and the bar.

Seating options varied from long, live-edge tables for groups to smaller tables for couples. As we were a party of four, we comfortably settled at one of the larger tables. The service was immediate, with our server being both friendly and efficient throughout our meal. As for the food, it was nothing short of excellent. T

he flavors were fresh, and everyone found something to enjoy. Two of us opted for the trio of tacos, another dived into Carne Asada Nachos, and my wife savored a steak salad. And yes, I drank  a couple of really good beers without any issues. Prices are good, they range between 10 and 30 greens.

Pro tip: If you’re in a similar situation, Mestizos is the place to go. Not only do they have a welcoming atmosphere for families with young adults, but their menu variety is sure to please everyone. Plus, the unique seating arrangements make it perfect for both intimate dinners and larger group gatherings. Don’t miss out on their tacos and be sure to ask about their beer selection!

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4. Wilde Irish Pub

Wilde Irish Pub in Shelton, Wa

I visited on a Monday night and we found our own seats. Right off the bat, we ordered drinks, and I noticed a new addition to the cocktail menu: a Bloody Mary, which wasn’t available during our last visit. I asked for one, and the waitress checked with the bartender loudly across the room if it was possible.

Luckily, they had just enough mix left for my drink. My son went for a beer. We initially wanted a fried onion appetizer but were informed they were out of onions, along with chicken and a few other items.

We settled for the wonton appetizer instead, which turned out to be delicious, especially with its accompanying sauce.

For the main course, we chose a mushroom burger and fish and chips, both served with fries. Upon delivery, the waitress offered dipping sauces, and we asked for ketchup, only to receive a tiny cup as it was their last. This struck me as odd for a place serving fries.

The burger was notably tasty and moist, with a soft pretzel bun, and my son enjoyed the fish. Despite the minor hiccups, the meal was satisfying overall.

However, when paying, the waitress announced the bill total loudly to a nearby table, which I wasn’t comfortable with. I requested a more discreet approach, and she obliged by showing me the total on the handheld payment device, though I’m not a fan of this payment method. The main issue was the shortage of several menu items.

Pro tip: If you’re visiting on an off-night like Monday, perhaps call ahead to check on menu availability. The wonton appetizer is a must-try, and if you prefer privacy when it comes to your bill, don’t hesitate to ask for discretion. Despite the shortages, the quality of the food merits a return visit. Price per person ranges between 10 and 20 bucks.

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3. Taylor Station Restaurant and Lounge

Taylor Station Restaurant and Lounge - Shelton, Wa

I won’t be returning after a disappointing experience where we waited over an hour for our food, which never arrived. Despite assurances that it was nearly ready, we eventually left hungry, with just two other tables in the restaurant. While one waitress was noticeably loud, ours was pleasant.

Tip: If you’re considering dining here, it might be wise to look for reviews or feedback from recent visitors to gauge the current service and kitchen atmosphere. It’s crucial to have a good dining experience, both in terms of food and the environment The average price range per person is somewhere around $14.
Dish Price
Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad $16.99
Bay Shrimp Caesar Salad $14.99
Teriyaki Chicken Burger $10.49
Chicken Strips & Fries $8.99
French Dip $9.99
Deep Fried Prawns $18.99
Choice 12 oz. Bone-in Rib Steak $21.99
Linguini with Chicken $14.99

2. Spencer Lake Bar & Grill

Spencer Lake Bar & Grill - Shelton, Wa

The restaurant’s ambiance might not stand out, but the food tells a different story. I’ve eaten there multiple times, opting for the chicken fried steak dinner and the club sandwich, both of which were exceptional. Their club sandwich, in particular, is a must-try; every bite is a delight.

Kudos to the chefs for their excellent work. Don’t judge this place by its looks. If you’re searching for delicious comfort food, especially a top-notch club sandwich, this is your spot. The quality of the meals here will surprise you, making it well worth a visit.

  • Price range per person $11 – $30

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1. El Sarape

El Sarape Restaurant in Shelton

I stumbled upon a real treasure of a restaurant recently! Right from the start, it’s clear that they’re serious about their craft, especially their food. The Enchiladas Banderas and Steak Fajitas were standout dishes, showcasing the high-quality ingredients they prioritize.

It’s so nice to see a place that genuinely focuses on the best produce and meats. The staff deserves a shout-out too—they’re amazing! With their friendly, attentive service and constant smiles, they make the whole experience feel like you’re dining with family. The cozy setting, complete with a fireplace, only enhances the whole vibe.

I’m already looking forward to my next visit for more incredible food and warm hospitality. Anyone in search of a top-notch dining experience in a friendly atmosphere needs to check this place out.

Tip: Don’t miss out on the Enchiladas Banderas and Steak Fajitas. And for an even more enjoyable visit, try to get a table near the fireplace for that extra cozy feel.

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Final Thoughts

Here I found a very good food scene filled with diverse culinary offerings.

From the authentic Mexican cuisine at Taqueria Las Palmas to the classic comfort food at Ritz Drive-In, there’s something for everyone.

Standout dishes like the Eggs Benedict at Suzan’s Grill and the Enchiladas Banderas at El Sarape left a lasting impression, making Shelton a must-visit destination for food lovers.