The city of Seattle has fantastic restaurants that serve a tempting variety of local and international cuisine. Whether you prefer the traditional cuisine of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, classic American dishes or exotic dishes from around the world, the restaurants in Seattle are perfect for all tastes and budgets.

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1. Il Corvo • $$ • Pioneer Square

IL CORVO

All chaos and frenetic energy here at this three-pasta burrow within Pioneer Square. Jostle among the long line and fellow diners for their fresh, house-made pastas—pappaerdelle Bolognese one-of-a-kind and vegetarian options ready—and a smattering of antipasti. Modest menu aside, Chef Mike Easton earned a James Beard Award nomination in 2016 and a loyal following soon after.

The atmosphere is friendly, casual, and electric. Tables are high in demand and the line so long that there’s no way to linger without getting dark looks from waiting customers. Which is why you would do better to arrive early during lunch hours on weekdays. But if you’re unable, we promise the wait is worth it.

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Landline: (206) 538-099911 am to 3 pmMonday through Friday

217 James Street

2. The Pink Door • $$–$$$ • DowntowN

THE PINK DOOR

Entertainment is at the core of The Pink Door’s philosophy. Prepare to be delighted nightly by their magicians, tarot readers, and jazz musicians just as much by their simply delicious food. Their menu is filled with homestyle Italian staples. Meanwhile, their set is brimming with amusement and a late-night burlesque show every week (though charge is separate).

Who would have expected that trapeze artists performed every Monday and Sunday evenings inside this drab gray building? This romantic trattoria also presents a show in more than one way: it has patios that overlook the Elliot Bay. Fill up with exquisite Italian food and enjoy the show!

Reservation is highly recommended. You’ll have to call to book a dining room spot, but deck seating is available through online reservation.

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Landline: (206) 443-3241Monday through Thursday: 11:30 am to 11:30 pmFriday and Saturday: 11:30 am to 1:00 amSunday: 4 pm to 10 pm(Lounge is open every night until 1 am)

1919 Post Alley

3. Westward • $$–$$$ • Fremont/Wallingford

WESTWARD

Along the northern Lake Union shore is this restaurant specializing in seafood dishes that ties the Mediterranean with new American. The feel is cool and casual with interior maritime décor. But when the breeze is blowing and the sun shining, then outside is where you gotta be. They bring the oceanside to you with champagne sipping by a bonfire and Adirondack chairs. Boaters are also free to pull paddle boards and kayaks up on the beach or use their dock.

If you want a surprisingly delightful education about oysters you didn’t know you wanted with a light meal, then approach the oyster bar. It’s attached to the Little Gull Grocery and served by bartenders who will gladly provide info with their heaping collection of snacks. We recommend you reserve.

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Landline: (206) 552-8215Dinner Sunday through Saturday: 4 to 10 pmBrunch Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 3 pm2501 N Northlake Way

4. Steelhead Diner • $$–$$$ • Downtown

STEELHEAD DINER

Steelhead Diner serves modern comfort food fused with Pacific Northwest flair. It’s a popular spot nestled among other landmarks downtown: perched over Pike Place while it commands a Puget Sound and Market view.

They serve all kinds of food across the board. Sandwiches, salads, and signature soups? Check. Contemporary seafood standards, such as shrimp and crab tater tots, cioppino, and fish and chips battered in beer? Check. What about more sophisticated choices, such as New York Steak crusted with coffee and whole grilled trout? Also check.

The atmosphere is casual and friendly as they serve upscale riffs on classics we have come to adore. In addition, they have an admirable dedication to using sustainably-sourced local ingredients. Even their soda comes from the area. Reserve well in advance for large lunch parties and dinner.

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Landline: (206) 625-0129Sunday through Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm95 Pine Street

5. Canlis • $$$$ • Westlake

CANLIS

Refinement and class established since 1950 is still held tradition in Canlis. It is the single Seattle restaurant that requires its guests to wear a sport coat or suit for men. Yet no one can complain when it is the epitome of fine dining.

Bask in their polished and warm midcentury interior, which provides a panoramic view of Downtown Seattle, the Cascade Mountains, and Lake Union. Enjoy the flawless yet unpretentious service. Marvel at the much-celebrated and unique dishes that Jason Franey, a chef himself, called “comfort geek”—molecular and modest while still being approachable. All these combine to provide guests with not just a meal, but a memorable experience.

Wait in the comfort and decadence of a lounge filled with plush décor and the melodious sounds of piano music. Or you can pick an offering from a well-tailored snack and cocktail menu. Reserve many weeks in advance to get a seat within the dining area, though seats at the lounge are accessible to walk-ins. Valet parking only.

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Landline: (206) 283-3313

5:30 pm to 10 pm

Open Monday through Saturday

2576 Aurora Avenue N

6. Armandino’s Salumi • $$ • Pioneer Square

ARMANDINO’S SALUMI

This humble family-owned restaurant is easy to spot—just look for the long line trailing outside. Locals and regulars affectionately refer to this place as “Salumi” and eagerly await their orders, Porchetta and meatball being particular favorites. They serve different kinds of deli sandwiches with cold, cured meats as well as three to four hot sandwiches. This is definitely the one-stop shop for Italian sandwich goodness.

If this place’s name rings a bell, then maybe it’s because Armandino is actually Armandino Batali, father to Mario. Look for their restaurant in Pioneer Square and make sure to make it quick. Because this is a family operation, they’re open only on weekday lunches. Plus, Mondays are strictly for take-outs. Come prior to opening and avoid long queues, or put in a call before ten in the morning to skip queuing entirely.

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Landline: (206) 621-8772

11 am to 3 pm

Monday to Saturday

404 Occidental Ave South

7. Place Pigalle • $$$ • Downtown

PLACE PIGALLE

Begin your date with something akin to a treasure hunt by looking for this lovely restaurant in Pike Place Market. Search for a sign to the left of the fish throwers, exit at the back, and go down the stairs. What will greet you is a wholly charming French spot for fine dining, all cozy and intimate.

They serve elevated French cuisine with a twist from the Northwest—heavy on local ingredients and seafood. Important note: their mushroom dishes are to die for, and their pot-de-greme and onion soup are utterly divine. Moreover, white table cloths, candles, and dreamy waterfront views make the ambience all the more special. Call in advance and try to request a window table to maximize your experience.

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Landline: (206) 624-1756Lunch Monday through Sunday: 11:30 am to 3 pm

Dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:40 to 9:30 pm, Friday to Saturday 5:40 to 10 pm

81 Pike Street

8. Serious Pie • $$ • Belltown

SERIOUS PIE

Relaxed and comfortable is what Serious Pie is, no matter what their name suggests. The restaurant even invites you to make a large reservation at the “Kitchen Table”, where they mold and make their dough. Otherwise, prepare to make friends because nearly the rest of the seating is just as boisterous and communal.

Then there’s the pizza: pulled out of an oven fired by applewood to reveal a thin and crisp-crusted masterpiece. No wonder, since the pie was designed by none other than Chef Tom Douglas. The ingredients are local and fresh, the meats house cured, and the toppings innovative, too. Clams from Penn Cove and smoked duck are no surprising sights in here.

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Landline: (206) 838-7388

Sunday through Saturday: 11 am to 11 pm

316 Virginia Street

9. Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge • $$$ • Queen Anne

TOULOUSE PETIT KITCHEN & LOUNGE

This restaurant is many things, but petit is not one of them. Relish flavors from New Orleans right in Seattle with flavorful dishes from French Quarter and Cajun cuisine. Their grits and shrimp, gumbo with fried chicken, and beignets rival the richest that the Big Easy can offer. Their Sazerac is mean any time, any day.

As if those weren’t enough, their broad menu can take you on a whirlwind tour throughout steakhouse-style, Mediterranean, or rustic European offerings. It’s so hard to choose that it’s great for us all that they have two happy hours every day. During these times, they offer a multitude of their menu favorites for under ten dollars each.

Plus, their décor is lush and delightfully over-the-top: tables of inlaid-wood, tiled floors hand-cut, and booths clad in velvet. The vibrancy can be loud, more so after dark. We recommend that you book a spot for dinner to get ahead of the local, young crowd.

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Landline: (206) 432-9069Sunday through Saturday: 9 am to 2 am Daily Happy Hour at 4 to 6 pm and 10 pm to 2 am 601 Queen Anne Avenue N

10. Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant • $ • Belltown

GREEN LEAF VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

Make an effort to dig through the city sprawl to locate this local gem. It’s marked by a simple green sign. Its interior, on the other hand, is filled with wooden furniture and a Vietnamese aesthetic that lends intimacy to its spacious dining area.

Green Leaf is a local top spot for its exquisite and authentic Vietnamese cuisine. It offers heaping portions and exciting flavors all for low bargain prices. In addition, its menu is filled with rice dishes, noodles, salads, and vibrant and fresh soups with vegetarian options beyond counting.

Even better, it has a cozy lounge area that’s the best place for sipping at crafted cocktails from their long drink menu. And best, this jewel stays up every night until 2 am catering to your late-night cravings.

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Landline: (206) 448-3318

11 am to 2 amSunday through Saturday

2800 1st Avenue

11. Lecosho • $$–$$$ • Downtown

LECOSHO

Lecosho’s dark wood interior and intimate air, especially during rainy months, is reminiscent of a gentleman’s club in a time past. You can locate it in a hushed corner with a grand patio and big windows opening towards the Harbor Steps.

Here, they serve American cuisine tailored to fit the season. The menu is rather heavy with the meat (homemade sausage and pork chop being favorites), but then there are always vegetarian alternatives such as the artichoke and ricotta ravioli. They also offer sandwiches best suited for weekday lunch.

Savor the elegance and quiet atmosphere either inside the restaurant or at the patio, which offers al fresco dining without the clamor of the streets. They offer a short menu for late nights until 1 am.

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Landline: (206) 623-2101Saturday and Sunday: 3 pm to 1 amMonday through Friday: 11 am to 1 am89 University Street (The Harbor Steps)

12. Matt’s in the Market in Downton • $$$ • Downtown

MATT’S IN THE MARKET

Experience quintessential Seattle dining with a visit at Matt’s, which serves contemporary American dinner and lunch in Pike Place Market’s center. The selection is small but every bit outstanding. Two lunch specialties are the pulled pork and catfish sandwiches, while the dinner offerings change with pickings from market kiosks below.

Take note, though, to book a table well in advance because you won’t be able to dine here otherwise. Much less so if you want a view to go with your seat. After all, customers love to visit time and again for their venue as much as the food. The restaurant showcases checkerboard floors and high-ceilinged wooden beams, perfect for setting an airy and light feel in at daytime and romantic feel at nighttime. In addition, their half-moon windows frame picturesque views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and the instantly recognizable market sign.

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Landline: (206) 467-7909Lunch at 11:30 am to 2:30 pmDinner at 5:30pm to 10:00pm Happy Hour at 5pm to 7pm Open Monday through Saturday

94 Pike Street

13. The Walrus and the Carpenter • Ballard • $$$

THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER

Their small menu, small plates, and modest forty-seater-capacity interior have the Bon Appetit seal of approval. The Walrus and the Carpenter was named among the twenty most influential restaurants in the USA, and for good reason. This humble oyster bar in Ballard serves only freshly caught mussels, clams, and oysters. They also do specialty meats (such as a legendary steak tartare), fish smoked in-house, and freshly prepared vegetable sides.

But amid all the praise, this restaurant remains casual and friendly. Don’t be surprised to meet your neighbors inside this light-filled and bustling space. Be warned: this spot accepts only walk-ins, so better line up wall before it opens or prepare to wait.

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Landline: (206) 395-9227Sunday through Saturday: 4 to 10 pm4743 Ballard Avenue NW

14. Cascina Spinasse • $$$ • Capitol Hill

CASCINA SPINASSE

Relish Northern Italian flavors served in authentic Piedmontese style in Cascina Spinasse. It is a trattoria with a small, carefully crafted menu that ensures that every selection is casual–rustic yet divine.

Their few each of secondi plates, primi, and antipasti are made with seasonal and local ingredients. The bruschetta with salt cod and braised rabbit are spectacular, while the pasta is transformative. Particularly in favor is the silky fine tajarin, whether coated with sage and butter or dressed in rich ragu.

Arrive with your wallet full and your stomach empty to fully enjoy this real treat: Menu Degustazione, a choice that takes it all. It lets you to taste every single primi, secondi, and antipasti for a hundred dollars a head. Reserve a table in advance, but they save bar seating for guests without reservations.

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Landline: (206) 251-7673Sunday through Thursday: 5 to 10 pmFriday and Saturday: 5 to 11 pm1531 14th Avenue

15. Café Campagne • $$–$$$ • Downtown

Café Campagne is a Parisian brasserie seemingly pulled right out of a postcard. Comfortable tucked inside Post Alley, Pike Place Market, it never fails to deliver French classics suitable for any meal of the day. Those peckish for weekend brunch can have otherworldly egg dishes such as French toast brioche, velvety quiche, and flawless croque madame. Meanwhile, those looking for heavier dinner and lunch meals can opt for roat trout, stake frites, handcrafted charcuterie, and epic legendary lamb burger.

What’s more, this café allows you to take in the electric market energy by providing sidewalk terrace seating. Alternatively, the classy and elegant décor of their indoor dining space is a cozy cocooned capsule within the hectic city. We highly recommend booking reservations, especially for Saturday or Sunday brunch.

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Landline: (206) 728-2233

11 am to 10 pm Monday through Thursday

11 am to 11 pm on Friday

8 am to 11 pm on Saturday

8 am to 10 pm on Sunday

Breakfast is available from 8 am onwards on weekdays between Labor Day and Memorial Day

1600 Post Alley

16. Aerlume • $$/$$$ • Downtown

Aerlume has a breathtaking waterfront view that makes it a wonderful go-to for special occasions. It claims a valuable spot in Pike Place Market because its west-side floor-to-ceiling windows boast a broad view of Elliott Bay. Meanwhile, guests facing the easy are granted a view of a tasteful indoor fireplace and their open kitchen.

As for the menu, it features Northwest-inspired and -sourced contemporary American cuisine: Oregon-style lamb chops paired with grilled artichoke and ramp gnocchi, fried chicken steeped in buttermilk with a sumptuous old grain risotto, and pan-seared salmon paired with corn pudding. As you would expect, their prices match the decadence of their meals. If you’re looking for an option lighter for the stomach and the wallet, look over their happy hour and lunch menus. That their cocktail list is creative and available during their daily 3 to 6 pm happy hour sweetens the deal.

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Landline: (206) 539-2200

Lunch at 11:30 am-3 pm Dinner at 4-10 pm Happy Hour on Sunday through Thursday, 4 to 6 pm

Open Sunday through Saturday

2003 Western Avenue

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Seattle’s best fancy restaurant: Canlis

Seattle’s top Chinese restaurant: Din Tai Fung

The best brunch in Seattle: Portage Bay Café and Toulouse Petit

Seattle’s top bar food: Russell’s in Fremont, Union Saloon in Wallingford, Alibi Room in Pike Place Market, and Radiator Whiskey in Pike Place Market

Seattle’s top vegetarian restaurant: Café Flora

Seattle’s top dinner and show spots: Teatro Zinzani and The Pink Door

Seattle’s top seafood places: Rock Creek and Etta’s

Seattle’s top locally-grown or organic restaurant: Tilth (Wallingford)

Seattle’s top Pike Place Market restaurants: Matt’s and Steelhead Diner

The top burger in Seattle: Red mill, but downtown it’s Lil Woody’s

Seattle’s top bakery: Macrina. In fact, their Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter beats all other cookies in the world.

Seattle’s top pasta: Spinasse and Il Corvo (lunches on weekdays only)

The top restaurant patio in Seattle: Westward

The best sushi in Seattle: Wataru and Sushi Kashiba

The top Mexican restaurant in Seattle: La Carta de Oaxaca

The top Japanese Seattle Restaurants: Paseo and Salumi

The top new restaurants in Seattle: Sawyer (Ballard), Aerlume (Pike Place Market), and June Baby (Ravenna, winner of the 2018 James Beard award for Best New Restaurant)

The top restaurants on water in Seattle: Ray’s Boathouse and Elliot’s Oyster house

The top steakhouse in Seattle: El Gaucho

The top eateries in Seattle that stay open until late: Ba Bar and Green Leaf

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