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.
Situated on the Lake Washington Ship Canal, this Queen Anne restaurant is known for its panoramic views of the Fremont and Aurora bridges.
BOKA is located near the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry terminal and half-way between Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market, an address that makes it a popular late night stop for the Uptown bar crowd—serving breakfast throughout the day helps, too.
Chef John Sundstrom (who made his name with sister institution - and next-door neighbor - Lark) serves smoked white-been tartine and tuna crudo with lemon.
Dinner at The Herbfarm is a four or five hour experience. Guests are greeted with a pre-dinner beverage and taken on an herb garden tour before sitting down for the 9-course tasting menu.
Boom Noodle serves authentic pan-Asian food in a Modernist Tokyo ambience.
Piedmontese cuisine is the backbone of this rustic, open-kitchen restaurant in Capitol Hill. Since opening in 2008, Spinesse has been using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, along with house-made pasta, salumi, and vinegars, to recreate the earthy cuisine of Northern Italy.
This Gig Harbor restaurant specializes in American fare with a focus on Pacific Northwestern ingredients. The dining room resembles a hunting lodge, with taxidermy heads mounted on the walls, a large stone fireplace, and wooden paneling.
Although the dress code at the Georgian is smart casual, jean-clad patrons are likely to feel underdressed at this palatial, light yellow salon in the downtown Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
What It’s Like: In Seattle’s hip Ballard neighborhood, this longtime leader in locavore cuisine dishes up only the freshest Northwest fare before unbeatable views of Shilshole Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
In a neighborhood chockablock with great Asian restaurants, this tiny Vietnamese eatery inspires particularly fierce loyalty among locals.