Restaurants in Seattle
Seattle restaurants honor the Pacific Northwest with fresh-off-the-boat seafood and ingredients that are organic, seasonal, and locally grown. Expect everything from robust American fare and classic French dishes to pan-Asian plates and inventive Italian. Don't forget to sip a cup of locally roasted Joe from one of the many independent and trend-setting coffee shops.
The city's vibrant culinary scene is fueled by the popularity of Pike Place Market, which is filled with colorful food stalls and also houses some of the best restaurants in Seattle.
Seattle's fishing industry means fresh seafood is a standby here. In addition to more formal restaurants, there are lots of pop-up restaurants and food trucks in this vein.
ART Restaurant embodies the local food philosophy with a menu driven by local growers and seasonal produce.
Fonda La Catrina and La Medusa are two of the top restaurants in Seattle. Fonda La Catrina is a Mexican restaurant where you can watch tortillas being made right in front of you; pozole (or pork tamales) are one of their top delicacies.
This dockside restaurant in Magnolia boasts million-dollar views of Elliott Bay, the Seattle skyline, and Cascade Mountains beyond—it's especially appreciated by patrons at dusk and nightfall.
Pasta is the star at chef-restauranteur Ethan Stowell's Tavolàta. House-crafted rigatoni, casarecce, conchiglie, linguini, and more, are made on-site daily.
Sample octopus imported from Valencia and kalmotxo, a drink made from red wine and Coke at this Basque-themed tapas bar.
Located in the American Legion building across from Heritage Park in down, Water Street Café & Bar serves contemporary American food in a casual setting. The homey interior has a fireplace, wooden tables, and chandeliers, while the open air patio is suitable seating for warmer months.
"Cupcakeries" have been popping up in cities and towns across America, but Cupcake Royale is one of Seattle's most popular dessert shops.
The dining room at Lake Quinault Lodge has some of the area’s best cuisine—try the slow-roasted Pacific salmon or beer-battered Alaskan cod.
Wann's sleek, cream-and-chocolate-brown izakaya tavern attracts tourists, as well as an after-five crowd of downtown Seattle's creative-class salary-men and -women.
Kids can feast on burgers and fish-and-chips while parents enjoy more sophisticated fare like fresh Penn Cove mussels.
An eclectic crowd of creative-class types, artists, and aerospace-industry employees from a nearby firm, come to feed their caffeine fix at Seth Levy's corner coffee shop in Georgetown.
Everyone from tattooed bikers to blue-haired old ladies slurps down the steamed Penn Cove mussels at this funky no-frills restaurant, which overlooks the waters where the famed bivalves are harvested.