Washington

Restaurants in Washington

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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).