Restaurants in Seattle

This downtown brewery has been crafting small batch beers for nearly 15 years, but it wasn't until 2006 that it opened its doors to thirsty visitors with the Taproom. The no-frills space is comfortable with darts and a pool table.

The mouthwatering signature sandwich combines Dungeness and Pacific meat on toasted sourdough. Bonus: an unironically retro interior with wraparound vistas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Formerly known as Waterfront Seafood Grill, this Pier 70 institution offers killer views of Lake Elliott, in a modern, light-filled dining room. Glass walls embrace the location, as does chef Peter Levine's maritime menu.

Since opening in 1999, this charcuterie/deli/eatery has become almost as much of a pilgrimage site as the Space Needle.

This provincial Vietnamese restaurant may be set in Seattle’s International District, but its sleek, orange, candle-lit interior seems more rooted in Manhattan cocktail culture.

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.

Provencal mainstay

A cupcake bakery, Vérité coffeehouse, and gathering place wrapped up in one, Cupcake Royale in the Madrona neighborhood opened in 2003 as Seattle's first cupcake shop.

Dick's Drive-In, founded in 1954, is Seattle’s oldest, continuously operating fast-food restaurant, and the burgers, fresh-cut fries, hand-whipped shakes, and hot fudge sundaes still follow the original recipes.

Fuel up on Northwest-style pub grub like wild-caught salmon burgers (plus lovely deck-side views over Eagle Harbor.

Since 2002, the Tap House Grill has kept local hop lovers happy with 160 beers on tap, including a vast Northwest selection. Located in the Bellevue Galleria, the casual restaurant offers an accessible menu with Pacific Northwest influences.

Located along the South Lake Union Trolley line, this pizzeria uses century-old artisan traditions and imported ingredients to craft authentic Neapolitan pies.