With tat-laden arms, a Brooklyn-worthy beard, and adorn in apparel promoting every decent raw bar in the country but his own, Austin Navarre doesn’t just have the look of a badass mothershuckin’ chef; he’s the real deal. I met Austin when he was in the midst of opening Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar in Olympia, Washington last fall. One bite of his crisp geoduck salad, chargrilled octopus, and elegantly garnished Chelsea Gem oyster and you’ll be nodding too.

Austin’s menu at Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar changes constantly. If I could go every week, I would. As an early¬†participant in the James Beard Foundation Smart Catch program, Chef Navarre is as conscientious about creating surprising flavor combinations as he is about taking care of the environment. BTW: I’m still reminiscing¬†about those steamed oysters and absinthe butter…


Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar
222 Capitol Way N
Olympia, WA 98501
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