Restaurants in Washington

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An eclectic crowd of creative-class types, artists, and aerospace-industry employees from a nearby firm, come to feed their caffeine fix at Seth Levy's... Read More

Straightforward but satisfying Italian-inflected Pacific Northwest dishes are paired with Washington wines at this riverside venue. Read More

Join the perpetual Oktoberfest with traditional schnitzel, bratwurst, and goulash. Read More

Formerly known as Waterfront Seafood Grill, this Pier 70 institution offers killer views of Lake Elliott, in a modern, light-filled dining room. Glass... Read More

In a cute white house, Arrowleaf Bistro serves up simple dishes using local game and produce (try the homemade apple-and-herb-stuffed quail). Read More

ART Restaurant and Lounge, situated within the Four Seasons Hotel, provides diners with dramatic views of Elliott Bay through floor to ceiling windows.... Read More

Locals and hotel guests (two and four-legged) alike frequent this casual hideaway at Salish Lodge and Spa for its warm ambiance and Pacific Northwest... Read More

The attached restaurant of the Willows Lodge carries wines from nearly all the best local produces. Lunch includes light seafood dishes like hazelnut... Read More

Catch the sunset at the waterfront restaurant, which serves simply prepared seafood and grass-fed beef. (If you don’t mind dining at 5:30, there... Read More

Raucous on the weekends (and most weeknights as well) this popular eatery overlooking the Columbia River serves upscale comfort food with a view. On... Read More

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... Read More

Boom Noodle serves authentic pan-Asian food in a Modernist Tokyo ambience. A popular Japanese term, “my boom” means, “the thing I am... Read More

Croissants are the signature item at James and Klaire Miller's tiny cafe, although they serve a variety of other baked goods, including Russian tea... Read More

One of the city’s top tables is across Lake Washington in the Eastside suburb of Kirkland. Here, chef Holly Smith’s northern Italian cuisine... Read More

The owners of the much-loved Le Pichet café in the Pike Place Market opened this ultracool Capitol Hill offshoot in 2007. The dining room, with... Read More

This Queen Anne restaurant and piano lounge is housed in its original, purpose-built, circa-1950's, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired building. Although it's... Read More

Chef Matt Dillon and restaurateur Wylie Bush decided to gut a building in an industrial neighborhood, remodel it, add a storybook garden entrance, and... Read More

Winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest 2010, chef Jason Wilson opened this celebrated New American restaurant in 2005. Located in... Read More

A cupcake bakery, Vérité coffeehouse, and gathering place wrapped up in one, Cupcake Royale in the Madrona neighborhood opened in 2003 as... Read More

"Cupcakeries" have been popping up in cities and towns across America, but Cupcake Royale is one of Seattle's most popular dessert shops. Decadent... Read More

The first of chef-impressario Tom Douglas's numerous Seattle establishments, Dahlia opened in 1989 and is credited with practically inventing... Read More

Seattle's original El Gaucho was a circa-1950's tavern/restaurant that lasted into the mid-80's. Current owner Paul Mackay revived the brand in 1996,... Read More

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... Read More

The creative pizzas (Polish sausage and sauerkraut is a favorite) make it a great pit stop. Read More

The restaurant serves unusual pub grub (try the free-range emu burgers), and locally brewed organic ales. Read More

Eat at this cozy joint for sandwiches and vegetarian dishes using fresh local produce. Read More

Kids can feast on burgers and fish-and-chips while parents enjoy more sophisticated fare like fresh Penn Cove mussels. Read More

In a neighborhood chockablock with great Asian restaurants, this tiny Vietnamese eatery inspires particularly fierce loyalty among locals. The pale... Read More

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

Try a buffalo burger on traditional Native American fry bread. Read More

This dark den sits at the top of Queen Anne Hill, its wood-slatted walls and cork tabletops evoking a vineyard barrel room vibe. The space is... Read More

Chef Matt Costello scours nearby farmers’ markets for his six-course prix fixe menus (Whidbey Island lamb loin; citrus-cured wild salmon), served... Read More

Korean meets French meets American in Wallingford. Husband-and-wife team Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang, both classically trained chefs who've worked... Read More

Behind a nondescript brick façade in Ballard, La Carta de Oaxaca is a small, lively restaurant adorned with light wood plank tables, sleek black... Read More

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

Tuck into fish-and-chips and hearty burgers. Read More

In a restored farmhouse with valley views, the restaurant serves steaks, burgers, and more inventive dishes like goat-cheese ravioli—all made from... Read More

Thick milkshakes and juicy burgers are the draws at this greasy spoon. Read More

This downtown steakhouse offers an elegant dining environment, with its dark wood-panelled walls, plush forest-green velvet banquettes, and white... Read More

Vietnam meets the Pacific northwest at Eric and Sophie Bahn's Capitol Hill restaurant. Since 1999, Monsoon has been creating dishes using organic,... Read More

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

At this Tacoma after-work institution, guests come for comfort food and solid cocktails. The space is stylish with a sleek curved bar, high top seating,... Read More

This dockside restaurant in Magnolia boasts million-dollar views of Elliott Bay, the Seattle skyline, and Cascade Mountains beyond—it's especially... Read More

The dining room has great meatloaf and buffalo stew, and decent views over the mountain. Read More

This tapas-inspired restaurant opened in 2009. Read More

Pike Street Fish Fry, a tiny restaurant in Seattle's artsy Capitol Hill neighborhood is a no-frills fresh fish shack with a foodie's touch. The mostly... Read More

Situated on the Lake Washington Ship Canal, this Queen Anne restaurant is known for its panoramic views of the Fremont and Aurora bridges. The... Read More

The mouthwatering signature sandwich combines Dungeness and Pacific meat on toasted sourdough. Bonus: an unironically retro interior with wraparound... Read More

This Capitol Hill gastropub attracts an afterwork-drinks crowd, as well as dinner-seeking locals. Inside, Quinn's floor-to-ceiling windows and... Read More

What It’s Like: In Seattle’s hip Ballard neighborhood, this longtime leader in locavore cuisine dishes up only the freshest Northwest fare... Read More

The dining room at Lake Quinault Lodge has some of the area’s best cuisine—try the slow-roasted Pacific salmon or beer-battered Alaskan cod. Read More

Since opening in 1999, this charcuterie/deli/eatery has become almost as much of a pilgrimage site as the Space Needle. Owners Gina Batali (Mario&rsquo... Read More

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... Read More

Around the corner from chef-impresario Tom Douglas's flagship restaurant, Dahlia Lounge, is his more casual Serious Pie, known for its thin-crust,... Read More

This "modern American diner" has a split personality. Skillet Street Food, the Airstream trailer/food truck, has been roving Seattle since 2007,... Read More

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

Which is more difficult: finding a chef to open his place on Mondays or finding a chef to serve fried chicken in Seattle? Chef Mark Fuller of Spring... Read More

Co-owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough's take on new American fare, which relies heavily on local, farm-to-table ingredients, has garnered its fair... Read More

Tuck into fish-and-chips and clam chowder at this waterfront restaurant. Read More

The perfect antidote to that Pacific Northwest drizzle: a just-pulled Borgia (a mocha laced with orange zest) with your morning eggs. Read More

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

This Gig Harbor restaurant specializes in American fare with a focus on Pacific Northwestern ingredients. The dining room resembles a hunting lodge,... Read More

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... Read More

Pasta is the star at chef-restauranteur Ethan Stowell's Tavolàta. House-crafted rigatoni, casarecce, conchiglie, linguini, and more, are made on... Read More

Ballard hosts the one-two punch of hot noodle house Thaiku, and its late-night, apothecary-style bar, Fu Kun Wu Lounge. Thaiku’s regional... Read More

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... Read More

Have an elegant dinner of Asian-influenced seafood at a water-view table. Read More

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

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... Read More

Housed in a celery-green remodeled craftsman home, this bistro in Phinney Freemont has earned locavore accolades since opening in 2006. Chef-owner Maria... Read More

Everyone from tattooed bikers to blue-haired old ladies slurps down the steamed Penn Cove mussels at this funky no-frills restaurant, which overlooks... Read More

Handmade doughnuts and fine coffee are an heirloom craft at Top Pot, which now boasts six cafés in the greater Puget Sound area. Originally... Read More

Brian Scheehser, the executive chef at this informal restaurant in Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel, loves to personally present a dish with its exact... Read More

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

Inspired by (and named after) the Tuscan hilltop town in which chef-owner Don Curtiss and his wife Michelle Quisenberry were married, Volterra is a... Read More

Wann's sleek, cream-and-chocolate-brown izakaya tavern attracts tourists, as well as an after-five crowd of downtown Seattle's creative-class... Read More

Located in the American Legion building across from Heritage Park in down, Water Street Café & Bar serves contemporary American food in a... Read More

Sophisticated cooking (house-made tagliatelle with mushrooms and Oregon black truffles) shines in a swanky open space with exposed brick and beams. Read More

Go for the B.L.A.T (brown-sugar-glazed bacon, organic greens, and avocado on a baguette). Read More

Xinh Dwelley was born in An Hoa, Vietnam; during the war she found work cooking for the U.S. Army, and eventually moved to Washington State. Since then... Read More

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