Seattle’s diverse cultural makeup and proximity to the Puget Sound’s fresh seafood makes for some of the best dining in the Northwest. Seattle is known for its fresh sushi and delicious Japanese cuisine. Other notable Seattle seafood restaurants include Chandler’s Crabhouse, Cutter’s Bayhouse, the Fish Club and Ponti Seafood Grill. Seattle has much more to offer than just seafood, though. Seattleites love to eat at fine steakhouses, Italian restaurants and pretty much anywhere that spends time crafting incredible food. Dahlia Lounge, in the heart of Seattle, features rotisserie meats along with fine wines and cocktails. Six Seven, on Elliot Bay’s Pier 67, uses fresh, organic produce and meats to create peerless dishes. Also, many of Seattle’s most popular restaurants feature amazing views making for unparalleled dining experiences.
94 Stewart St. Seattle, WA 98101
94 Stewart is a delicious Pacific Northwest style bistro in the heart of Downtown Seattle at the top of Pike Place Market. Fresh, wild, natural, free-range and organic are the foundation of 94 Stewart’s cuisine. Fresh cheeses and an extensive wine list compliment the menu and each entrée features a suggested bottle of wine. For junior diners several options are available, including pasta baked with cheese and herbed chicken strips. Though this Seattle restaurant is full of class, it is still fun: crayons and paper are found on every table. 94 Stewart takes its cuisine seriously and it shows—patrons don’t leave disappointed.
2010 4th Ave., Seattle WA 98121
Assaggio Ristorante, headed by Executive Chef and proprietor Mauro Golmarvi, has a passion for serving excellent Italian cuisine in the heart of Downtown Seattle. Mauro is often wandering through the restaurant making sure his patrons are happy and with such excellent cuisine they probably are. The wine list is seemingly endless and has something for everyone. Gourmet pizzas and pasta fill out much of the menu, complimented by appetizing antipasti. Assaggio Ristorante is a great choice for those in the mood for an incredible Italian meal.
2107 3rd Ave. Seattle, WA 98121
Brasa, located in the heart of Downtown Seattle, is frequently published as one of Seattle’s best restaurants. The quality of food is outstanding—the menu reflects the seasons and Executive Chefs Tamara Murphy and Juli Guillemette are committed to using organic meats and produce from local farmers. Attention to detail and impeccable service have kept locals coming back. Seattle’s Brasa is a perfect restaurant for a special night out.
1600 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101
A Parisian cafe tucked beneath Campagne Restaurant on Post Alley, Cafe Campagne serves traditional French fare in a cozy, unpretentious setting. Open seven days a week with brunch on Saturday and Sundays until 4:00pm. A wine bar as well, the Cafe pours forty wines by the glass. Named by Zagat Survey Seattle’s “Top French Bistro”. (Description provided by Opentable.com)
9702 NE 120th Place, Kirkland WA 98034
Cafe Juanita features Mediterranean dishes prepared with Northwest ingredients and an Italian flair complimented by an award-winning wine list. (Description provided by Opentable.com)
2328 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Located in Seattle’s hip Belltown neighborhood, Cascadia Restaurant offers upscale Pacific Northwest fare and contemporary cuisine. Executive Chef Kerry Sear uses fresh seafood and produce purchased from Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market, just blocks away. Cascadia’s caramelized spice rubbed wild king salmon is an excellent choice, but the restaurant also features organic beef tenderloin and roasted free range goat for land lovers. Enjoy one of Cascadia’s famous martinis at the large lounge or relax in the dining room with an expertly prepared meal—either way this Downtown Seattle restaurant is sure to please.
901 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
Not only does Chandler’s Crabhouse in Seattle’s Lake Union area serve more crab than any other restaurant in the Northwest, but they also do it better. The restaurant offers several selections of fresh crab daily, including Alaskan Dungeness, Washington Red King, Gulf Coast soft-shell and various other varieties from the east and west coasts. Executive Chef Kevin Rohr strives to keep his menu up to date with dishes reflecting the freshest crab and seafood available. Anyone craving crab should head to Chandler’s Crabhouse—Seattle’s premier restaurant for everything crab.
94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101
For an intimate French-inspired restaurant above Seattle’s Pike Place market, look no further than Chez Shea. Using classic Northwest ingredients, Executive Chef Jeremy Bund creates incredible contemporary French specialties such as seared Hudson Valley foie gras and wild Alaskan sablefish. Chez Shea features a casual bistro lounge adjacent to the main dining room. In the lounge, patrons may order ala carte, or choose the prix fixe menu–$25 for three delectable courses. With its excellent location and carefully prepared dishes, it should come as no surprise that Chez Shea is one of Seattle’s most popular restaurants.
Coldwater Bar and GrillDowntown
1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Coldwater Bar and Grill, located inside the Westin Hotel, offers contemporary seafood in the heart of Downtown Seattle. Featured entrees include applewood brick oven roasted trout, grilled pacific mahi mahi and prime New York strip loin steak. Beer connoisseurs won’t be let down by Coldwater’s ten beers on tap, including local Seattle favorites Mac & Jacks and Old Seattle Lager. Business and leisure travelers staying at the Westin Hotel will appreciate having such an excellent restaurant just an elevator ride away.
2001 Western Ave., Seattle WA 98121
Just because a restaurant serves excellent, fresh seafood doesn’t mean that patrons should have to sell their cars to enjoy it. Cutter’s Bayhouse truly believes this and delivers some of the best fish and Northwest cuisine in Downtown Seattle at wholly affordable prices. Its location just steps from Pike Place Market allows for the freshest seasonal produce and fish. The menu is large and varied, with choices that will excite anyone looking for a delicious meal. Crispy fish tacos, Japanese-style yaki soba and even gourmet sandwiches can be found on the menu.
2001 4th Ave., Seattle WA 98121
Located in the heart of Downtown Seattle, Dahlia Lounge has been a local favorite for years, serving tender meats from the grill and rotisserie along with the freshest fish. Executive Chef Tom Douglas is responsible for some of the best restaurants in Seattle, and Dahlia Lounge is no exception. The menu includes “Little Tastes from the Sea Bar,” featuring Alaskan halibut ceviche with red chilies and cucumber. Main courses include lemon-scallion Dungeness crab cakes and Anderson Valley wood roasted suckling lamb. The only regret patrons might leave with is not being able to try everything from this award-winning Seattle restaurant.
Dulces Latin Bistro
1430 34th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122
Dulces Latin Bistro is quickly becoming one of Seattle’s favorite restaurants. The fusion of French, Italian and Spanish cuisine creates a unique Latin blend. At Dulces, patrons can expect fresh seafood, USDA prime meats and fresh seasonal produce accompanied by exquisite sauces. Besides its excellent cuisine, the restaurant has an unrivaled wine list, boasting 1400 different labels and more than 40 ports by the glass.
2020 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98121
Renown Seattle chef Tom Douglas does it again, this time by creating Etta’s Seafood, a casual seafood restaurant located half a block from Pike Place Market. Tasting Tom’s Dungeness crab cakes is a must, especially with his unique green cocktail sauce. Featured entrees include Etta’s rub-with-love wild Alaskan king salmon served with cornbread pudding that’s become a local staple. Since Etta’s menu changes with the seasons and availability of ingredients, it is worth going back to taste all of Tom Douglas’ creations.
2100 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98121
Todd English, word-famous chef and restaurateur, is the owner of the Fish Club located right on the Seattle waterfront. Today Executive Chef Christopher Frothingham executes Todd’s vision of providing exciting and sophisticated coastal cuisine. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner are served at the Fish Club. For dinner, “Small Bites” include sippin’ mussels and tuna tartare. Seared scallop gnocchi, whole trout meuniere and a generous 16 oz. grilled bone-in ribeye are a few of the delicious entrees offered at this excellent Seattle waterfront restaurant.
1933 5th Ave. Seattle, WA 98101
What could be better than a restaurant with two happy hours each weekday? Well, nothing. Besides having 4-6pm and 10pm-close happy hours, this Downtown Seattle restaurant boasts some of the best contemporary American cuisine that the city has to offer. Executive Chef Nick Musser concentrates on simple flavors, allowing the fresh ingredients to shine. The perfectly grilled king salmon and classic filet mignon are excellent choices when dining at the Icon Grill, especially when paired with a wine from Icon’s extensive list.
92 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104
Madison Street’s Library Bistro offers a hip place to refuel while strolling through Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Hundreds of books are on display while patrons munch on traditional bistro cuisine or enjoy a drink from the bar. The Bookstore Bar features a vast array of microbrews, imports and wines from the Pacific Northwest and from around the world. Don’t worry caffeine addicts—this Seattle bistro stays true to its roots and serves up the perfect cup of coffee. All the books on display are also for sale so feel free to browse. Don’t miss out on Seattle’s Library Bistro, a unique experience in the heart of the city.
2000 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98121
Lola in Downtown Seattle offers a perfect combination of local Northwest ingredients with a Mediterranean flair. Lola serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and even has a late-night menu for those who just can’t get enough. The Greek-inspired menu features cumin-spiced leg of lamb, Washington beef hanger steak and Berkshire pork shoulder. The late-night menu has everything necessary to refuel before checking out Seattle’s nightlife: sizzling kebabs, Lola gyros and even a Greek-inspired lamb burger.
3207 East Main Avenue, Puyallup, WA 98372
Voted Best Italian by King 5 Evening Magazine. Winner of Restaurant Neighborhood Award. (Description provided by Opentable.com)
2601 West Marina Place, Seattle, WA 98199
Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood is home to Palisade, a gorgeous waterfront restaurant featuring an eclectic mix of Northwest, Hawaiian and worldly cuisine. The interior of the restaurant looks like a wooden ship with rustic timbered beams. The menu is surprisingly large and diverse: teriyaki tenderloins, Peking duck with steamed buns, filet mignon, wild Australian banana prawns and rotisserie roasted Nebraska prime rib are just a few of the delicious offerings. Almost every seat has a view of the Puget Sound, making this truly a Seattle staple.
1420 5th Ave., Seattle WA 98101
American. For over a decade, Palomino has stood out among Seattle restaurants. Its casual class mingles the minglers with the moguls, and the celebrity with chic. The delicious American bistro food, including locally caught seafood and wood-fired pizza make dining here more than a social occasion.
Ponti Seafood Grill
3014 3rd Ave. North, Seattle WA 98109
Ponti Seafood Grill has been a Seattle favorite since opening back in 1990. This waterfront restaurant combines the freshest Northwest ingredients with European elegance and Mediterranean flair. For something out of the ordinary, try the salt roasted sturgeon served with sweet potato gnocchi or the Theo chocolate salad. Ponti also features a large happy hour menu with a $5 menu and discounted drinks. And the happy hour menu isn’t full of second-rate cuisine. For $5 you can choose from several items including bronzed salmon and pepper jack cheese quesadillas and spiced pan-fried oysters. For any time of the year, Ponti Seafood Grill is an excellent choice for a drink and a delicious meal.
Ruth’s Chris – Seattle
727 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Downtown Seattle serves only the finest aged, corn-fed USDA prime beef. Be careful–all Ruth’s Chris steaks are broiled in the trademark 1,800-degree oven and served on a plate heated to 500 degrees so watch your fingers. The result is an incredible, tender steak presented sizzling hot at the table. A wide variety of crisp vegetables, fresh seafood and homemade desserts round out the menu at Ruth’s Chris. This Downtown Seattle steakhouse never fails to please.
1101 4th Ave., Seattle WA 98101
Seattle’s Sazerac restaurant features good old-fashioned fun in the heart of Downtown. Named after the infamously potent Southern cocktail, this restaurant is rapidly growing into one of the hippest places in the city. The dinner menu starts with “Tiny Little Bites” moves on to “Bigger Little Bites” and finishes with “Big Plates.” Though it sounds silly, Sazerac takes its food seriously without dampening the mood. Southern inspired cuisine with the freshest Northwest ingredients give new flavors to old favorites. Don’t forget to check out the bar—the expert cocktail artists can whip up perfect libations.
2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67, Seattle WA 98121
Pier 67 is home to The Edgewater Hotel and Seattle’s fine dining establishment, Six Seven. The hotel isn’t technically located on the edge of Elliot Bay: it’s directly on top of it. The on-site Six Seven restaurant features unmatched views of the water with floor to ceiling windows and unbeatable Pacific Northwest cuisine using fresh regional seafood, native herbs and local produce. This restaurant is perfect for special occasions and romantic outings whether inside the beautifully appointed dining room or outside on the deck.
Stanley & Seafort’s
115 East 34th, Tacoma, WA 98404
Stanley & Seafort’s, a Tacoma original, serves delicious steaks and fresh seafood with breathtaking views from nearly every table.
1100 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Tango serves Seattle’s finest tapas, focusing upon the sun-drenched dishes of Spain & Portugal with flavors of North Africa, accompanied by a well-rounded Spanish, Portuguese & Meso-American wine list, and Seattle’s premiere tequila and rum lounge. Located on the cusp of downtown & Capital Hill, we are near hotels, theaters, the convention center, and more. Join us for our 1/2 priced wine list on Monday nights, or for any celebration that calls for sharing good food & libations with friends. (Description provided by Opentable.com)
10 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109
World class cuisine meets neighborhood scene. Flavorful artfully presented foods, classic cocktails and an award winning wine list served by a professional staff in this Queen Anne neighborhood dinner house. Located near top regional theaters, McCaw Hall and the Key Arena. Ten Mercer is the perfect stop after or before an event. (Description provided by Opentable.com)
1100 5th Ave., Seattle WA 98101
Italian. It’d be a hard-pressed Seattlite to claim his heart didn’t rest at Tulio. The northern Italian cuisine and stellar service have made it one of the most reliable Seattle restaurants. Let acclaimed Chef Pisano introduce you to the delights of the Mediterranean rim.
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