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.
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.
Chef Matt Dillon and restaurateur Wylie Bush decided to gut a building in an industrial neighborhood, remodel it, add a storybook garden entrance, and create their "dream restaurant," a rustic communal space where dinners emphasize local products, from the wine down to the mushrooms.
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.
Tucked in Capitol Hill’s bustling Melrose Market, Sitka & Spruce channels both the rustic and urban aesthetic, with its open-kitchen, communal tables, and small section of in-demand banquettes. Chef Matt Dillon is known for his global take on seasonal local ingredients.
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.