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.
Handmade doughnuts and fine coffee are an heirloom craft at Top Pot, which now boasts six cafés in the greater Puget Sound area.
ART Restaurant and Lounge, situated within the Four Seasons Hotel, provides diners with dramatic views of Elliott Bay through floor to ceiling windows.
The restaurant serves unusual pub grub (try the free-range emu burgers), and locally brewed organic ales.
At this Tacoma tavern, the experience is as much about the beefy bundles of joy as it is about the cold brews. It's like Cheers, only better—a watering hole with some of the most delicious and inventive red hots (another name for your regulation wiener).
Vietnam meets the Pacific northwest at Eric and Sophie Bahn's Capitol Hill restaurant.
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.
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.
Korean meets French meets American in Wallingford. Husband-and-wife team Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang, both classically trained chefs who've worked under Alain Ducasse, opened Joule in 2007.
Colorful Belltown bistro with a great garden
The attached restaurant of the Willows Lodge carries wines from nearly all the best local produces. Lunch includes light seafood dishes like hazelnut-encrusted scallops.
Behind a nondescript brick façade in Ballard, La Carta de Oaxaca is a small, lively restaurant adorned with light wood plank tables, sleek black banquettes, and framed black-and-white photographs of Mexico’s Oaxaca region.