Restaurants in Washington

Though vegetarians are plentiful in Olympia, shellfish fans are, too; find them slurping Fanny Bays, from next-door Puget Sound, at the Oyster House.

The owners of the much-loved Le Pichet café in the Pike Place Market opened this ultracool Capitol Hill offshoot in 2007.

Try a buffalo burger on traditional Native American fry bread.

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.

Brian Scheehser, the executive chef at this informal restaurant in Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel, loves to personally present a dish with its exact provenance—as in, “Those beans were in the ground forty-six minutes ago.” Scheehser’s three-acre farm in neighboring Woodinville—where the harvest includ

SAM Taste is a full-service restaurant located within the Seattle Art Museum that's open for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. More than 50% of the restaurant's suppliers come from Washington and Oregon and provide seasonal, organic, and wild ingredients.

Part of the regional Chow Foods restaurant chain, the Hi-Life serves New American comfort foods in a former firehouse built in 1911.

Savor real-southern fried catfish, corn cakes, okra, and candied yams.

Provencal mainstay

With oversized, arched casement windows overlooking Pike Place Market and its famed clock, Matt's truly is in the heart of the market. The 53-seat restaurant has a cozy, intimate vibe, with vintage-meets-loft decorating touches like checkered floor tiles and a high, beamed ceiling.

A pioneer of small plate dining in Seattle, James Beard Award-winning chef John Sundstrom established this New American restaurant in 2003.

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.

This "modern American diner" has a split personality. Skillet Street Food, the Airstream trailer/food truck, has been roving Seattle since 2007, offering chef Josh Henderson's seasonal lunches, while the brick-and-mortar restaurant opened in 2011 in Capitol Hill.