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 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.
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.
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.
In a neighborhood chockablock with great Asian restaurants, this tiny Vietnamese eatery inspires particularly fierce loyalty among locals.
Located along the South Lake Union Trolley line, this pizzeria uses century-old artisan traditions and imported ingredients to craft authentic Neapolitan pies.
This landmark restaurant has been drawing both natives and tourists to Pier 56 since 1975. The oyster menu is updated twice daily, and the 21-foot-long oyster bar typically showcases 30 varieties of the bivalve, including the silver-dollar-sized Olympia, found only in the Pacific Northwest.
Located on the Pike Street Hill behind Seattle's most venerable market, Zig Zag attracts a diverse crowd with its take on classic cocktails and bar food.
Have an elegant dinner of Asian-influenced seafood at a water-view table.
With its lofty dimensions, blond wood wall panels, and modern furniture, Poppy's dining room in Capitol Hill is casual place to enjoy the regional northwest cuisine of chef Jerry Traunfeld.