Seattle Restaurants

Eat with native Seattlites; our list of the best places to eat in Seattle. Our top picks: Coastal Kitchen, La Medusa and Showbox SoDo.
  • The best restaurant in Seattle: Coastal Kitchen

    Coastal Kitchen

    429 15th Ave E
    A casual restaurant that serves excellent food at a reasonable price. It has specials that change monthly, as they explore the cuisine of a new coastal region every three months. Very popular for brunch on weekends, with long waits at peak times, but excellent food.
    Capitol Hill
  • La Medusa

    La Medusa

    4857 Rainier Ave S
    Tues & Thur 5p-9p; Wed, Fri, Sat 5p-10p. Italian restaurant billed as "Sicilian soul food" from chef Julie Andres.
    Beacon Hill
  • Showbox SoDo

    Showbox SoDo

    1700 1st Ave S
    Sister venue to the original Showbox across from Pike Place Market, Showbox SoDo offers a variety of live music acts, check website for upcoming events. There is also food, of the burger and pizza variety, and drinks available from the lounge.
    Industrial District
  • Dahlia Lounge

    Dahlia Lounge

    2001 4th Ave
    M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, M-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Tom Douglas' premiere restaurant and, perhaps, one of Seattle's very finest. It is a very eclectic and creative restaurant. There is an emphasis on seafood that runs throughout the ever-changing menu with many Asian influences, too. The appetizers tend to outshine the entrees, so opt for making a meal by ordering one of each and leaving room for dessert (the freshly-fried doughnuts delivered in a paper sack are a bit incongruous, but deservedly popular).
    Belltown
  • Cafe Lago

    Cafe Lago

    2305 24th Ave E
    Established Italian restaurant popular for vegetarian lasagna, apple-wood fired pizza, and fresh hand-made pasta (they have an employee dedicated solely to making pasta).
    Capitol Hill
  • Canlis

    Canlis

    2576 Aurora Ave N
    Great, high-end restaurant , with a wonderful view overlooking Lake Union and Queen Ann Hill. Live piano music. Best to make a reservations well in advance (a week or two ahead) and dress well.
    Queen Anne
  • Palace Kitchen

    Palace Kitchen

    2030 5th Ave
    Tom Douglas' upscale saloon is a hit any time of day.
    Belltown
  • Metropolitan Grill

    Metropolitan Grill

    820 2nd Ave
    Caters to the expense-account set with its massive portions, classic steakhouse ambiance, and top-grade beef.
    Downtown
  • Blue Moon Tavern

    Blue Moon Tavern

    712 NE 45th St
    "Sorry we're open" says the sign at this Seattle institution founded in 1934. It's been a favorite of beatniks, radicals, and poets; erstwhile visitors have included Dylan Thomas and Allen Ginsburg.
    University District
  • Crush

    Crush

    2319 E Madison St
    Su-Th 5PM-10:30PM, Fr-Sa 5PM-midnight. $20-$30. Rated among the best 10 new restaurants in the U.S. after it opened. Under Chef Jason Wilson's stewardship it continues to be one of the more well respected haute cuisine houses in the country. Has received countless awards, the food is good, an adventurous twist on traditional American cuisine. Reservations are strongly recommended.
    Capitol Hill
  • Matt's In The Market

    Matt's In The Market

    94 Pike StSte 32
    Charming Market ambiance and tasty seafood selections make for a fine low-key dining experience at this lilliputian spot.
    Downtown
  • Saffron Grill

    Saffron Grill

    2132 N Northgate Way
    Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-10:30PM. Great Indian and Mediterranean food. Same owners and same basic menu Taste of India in the U-District. Happy hour food and drink deals from 2pm to 7pm.
    Haller Lake
  • Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Wine Bar: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-Close Saturday 3:00 p.m.-Close. The cuisine at RN74 aims to be a perfect complement to the wines — creative, modern, but simple interpretations of regional French cuisine punctuated with seasonal, fresh ingredients and bold flavors, all executed with a signature original twist.
    Downtown
  • The 5 Point Cafe

    The 5 Point Cafe

    415 Cedar St
    Seattle's oldest restaurant, serving huge portions of American comfort food since 1929. The full menu is served 24 hours every day. Full bar with stiff drinks. Over 25 local beers and liquors. Great jukebox and an eclectic mix of regulars and locals, tourists, politicians, young hipsters, freaks and grouchy old men. Free wifi. Outdoor seating. A true piece of Seattle history not to be missed.
    Belltown
  • Blue C Sushi

    Blue C Sushi

    3411 Fremont Ave N
    M-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-9PM. Good sushi on a conveyor belt. Hip place to have lunch.
    Fremont
  • Smith

    Smith

    332 15th Ave E
    Another bar owned by Linda Derschang of Linda's fame. Although Smith regularly becomes packed in the evening, large communal tables in the center of the establishment mean you can usually find a place to sit.
    Capitol Hill
  • Monsoon Restaurant

    Monsoon Restaurant

    615 19th Ave E
    Contemporary Vietnamese.
    Capitol Hill
  • Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

    Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

    601 Queen Anne Ave N
    A Queen Ann favorite featuring Seattle’s best happy hour, New Orleans cuisine, and a fabulous cocktail list. Toulouse Petit brings the Big Easy to Seattle.
    Lower Queen Anne
  • Theo Chocolate

    Theo Chocolate

    3400 Phinney Ave N
    Sa-Su 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, M-F 1PM, 3PM. $5 for 5 and older. Theo Chocolate is a local producer of organically-grown, fair-trade, and exquisitely delicious chocolate. During the two-hour factory tour you learn about making of chocolate and get to see their factory at work, all the while munching on free samples. Private factory tours are available, although at a $100 minimum charge.
    Fremont
  • Wild Ginger

    Wild Ginger

    1401 3rd Ave
    Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant, featuring freshly prepared, authentic cuisine that spans the Pacific Rim from China to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Locations and hours: http://wildginger.net/
    Downtown
  • Ray's Boathouse

    Ray's Boathouse

    6049 Seaview Ave NW
    Ray’s Boathouse, Café & Catering
    Sunset Hill
  • La Carta de Oaxaca

    La Carta de Oaxaca

    5431 Ballard Ave NW
    Cheap and good Oaxaca-style Mexican food.
    Ballard
  • Top Pot Doughnuts

    Top Pot Doughnuts

    609 Summit Ave E
    Nestled into the neighborhood and a favorite weekend hang out for locals. Incredible doughnuts (try the feather boa doughnut!) in a very Seattle-y atmosphere. Drip coffee isn't so hot, but the freshly-brewed options are all good.
    Capitol Hill
  • Mashiko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

    Mashiko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

    4725 California Ave SW
    M-Th 5:30PM-9:30PM, F 5:30PM-11PM, Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9:30PM. One of the best sushi restaurants in Seattle is this tiny, always-packed place on California Ave. Traditional sushi and some very creative stuff, too.
    West Seattle
  • Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub

    Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub

    4720 California Ave SW
    M-Sa 11AM-midnight, Su 11AM-11PM. A variety of locally brewed, certified organic beers are the main draw as well as a great selection of burgers and sandwiches.
    West Seattle
  • Carmelita

    Carmelita

    7314 Greenwood Ave N
    Where one might go to celebrate a special event or impress a date: exquisite vegetarian fare with excellent service in an elegant yet unpretentious atmosphere. The popular chef is back after a few years away, with a menu that changes more often than the seasonal menu they had been following. It's enough of a top-notch eating experience that you can even take meat eaters there to have a wonderful meal.
    Phinney Ridge
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