Best restaurants in Seattle
Feeling fancy? Canlis is your first stop. The Beard Award winning restaurant is one of the most exquisite places to dine in Seattle. Housed in a revamped mid-century home overlooking the city, this is the eatery you visit when you really want to treat yourself. Though there is no dress code, the staff does ask male customers to wear jackets or sports coats—and you’ll be glad you did upon entry.
Seattleites are likely aware of the Paseo/Un Bien family drama that has taken over the city’s sandwich scene but, while staying far away from the chaos, we’ll be chewing on what many consider to be Seattle’s most delicious sandwich offerings at Un Bien. Hours-long cooked meats drenched in the best Caribbean juices make waiting on the side of the street for your order worth it. Trust us on this one.
Sure, all the restaurants lining the International District offer delicious BBQ pork but, to enjoy the very best, you’ll want to dine at Kau Kau. The festive and casual Chinese restaurant sells so much BBQ pork that the staff has even set up a window service for takeout—the ideal excuse for a late night hotel snack, if you ask us.
Taking a ferry to visit a restaurant may sound a bit excessive but, in this case, it’s exactly what you should be doing. With a wood-burning stove on site, Brucacio serves one of the best slices you’ll ever nosh on. Offering pies bursting with the likes of chorizo, honey and morel mushrooms (only when they are in season, of course), the eatery promises to deliver one of the most transcendent pizza-eating experiences of your life.
It’s not technically a restaurant, but Hot Cakes is where you need to go after any meal. No excuses. Don’t let the size of the cakes fool you, these small treats pack a serious punch. (Even a single serving of the thick, warm chocolate is worth sharing!) If chocolate isn’t your thing (what?!), opt for the amazing baked goods instead. If you’re not into those either (who are you?!), indulge in the delicious warm libations on offer.
This small plate oasis in Queen Anne is exactly where you should go if you’re looking for a relaxed and intimate eating experience. Helmed by chef Ethan Stowell, the restaurant serves delicious cuisine that can be shared or devoured on your own in the comfortable yet cavernous space.
Celebrated for serving some of the best Nashville fried chicken outside of the south, Sisters and Brothers is always a go-to for lunch and/or dinner. Heat levels range from “naked” to “insane”—try the latter at your own risk. On weekends, order the famous hot chicken and waffles, which you can eat at one of the four vintage video game tables.
Heavily inspired by all Pacific Northwest delicacies, Sitka and Spruce is a favorite among locals. Heavy on the veggies and fish, the menu changes frequently to mimic all ingredients’ market availability. Though pretty pricey (we’re talking about market finds, after all!), you don’t necessarily have to dress up when dining here—although we do suggest you don your nicest flannel.
If you’re in Pike Place market and you need to get away from the crowds, you’ll want to head to Matt’s in the Market. A little hard to find—it’s up some pretty nondescript back stairs off of First Avenue—Matt’s in the Market serves fish and veggies found in the market below it. With a view of the Olympic Mountains, Pike Place Market Sign and the bustling street below, you are going to be Instagramming your meal and your surroundings.
In the mood for noodles? Thai Tom in the University District is your best bet. This thai noodle shop offers a limited menu and even fewer seats (less than 20)—but don’t let that deter you! The wait is completely worth it.
Francophiles are going to feel right at home at Le Pichet. Another Seattle institution, the eatery’s menu is almost entirely in French. Don’t fret, though: No matter what you order, you’re sure to end up with something fantastically delicious. Pro tip: You might want to consult Google to make sure you’re actually ordering the always great charcuterie plate.
Part deli, part fine dining, Hitchcock serves meats to remember. With two locations in the area, one in Georgetown and the other on Bainbridge Island, Hitchcock is a go-to for those looking for really meaty sandwiches. The restaurant has recently bulked up their healthy, farm-fresh offerings and has even added the Seattle Fog to the menu. What’s a Seattle Fog, you ask? A latte with CBD oil in it. Hey, it’s legal here!
Overlooking Seattle’s Lake Union, Westward shows off all the goodies that the Pacific Northwest has to offer in every single dish. The venue also happens to be a fantastic destination for a romantic evening, during which lovers can gaze at the sunset from one of the adirondack chairs overlooking the lake.
At one point, every newspaper reporter from the Seattle Times would head to 13 Coins to grab a steak and a beer after a long day at the newsroom. Why? It’s open 24 hours a day. Now that both the Seattle Times and 13 Coins have moved from their original locations, the steak/news legacy is only part of Seattle lore. One thing has remained the same: The steak is still oh-so-delicious.
If you’re looking for a strong cup of coffee and a warm meal while strolling through Capitol Hill, Oddfellows is going to be the best place to rest your weary self. Serving traditional cafe eats, this is the ultimate cool place to hang out in during a rainy afternoon in Seattle. Fun fact: 90% of Oddfellows decor is salvaged and repurposed to save on waste and give the space that vintage feel that everyone seems to appreciate.
It’s not a trip to (or a regular week in) Seattle without a meal at Dick’s Burger. The low-key burger joints are scattered throughout the city and have been a favorite of all Pacific Northwesterners for years. The chain recently started accepting credit cards, so you don’t have to think twice about the ten-cent charge for ketchup.
If you’re looking for some entertainment with your meal, head over to The Pink Door. Alongside delectable dishes and crafty cocktails, the space offers nightly entertainment. Check out the calendar before booking your table to make sure you catch one of the burlesque, music or trapeze acts.
Out late on the weekend? Head over to Glo’s. This revered greasy spoon in Capitol Hill is the best (and perhaps only) place to get an omelette at 3am on a Friday night. Come for the chow and stay for the characters: on the weekends, the space is packed with interesting people—think hungover musicians and high-strung techies.
If you see a giant clam shell walking on two legs, follow it. Follow it all the way to Ivar’s. Anybody who grew up in Seattle knows about the outrageous television commercials from the ‘80s and ‘90s touting the restaurant’s “acres of clams.” This downtown waterfront staple serves some of the best fish in the city, with views to match. Grab a seat by the fireplace and enjoy some smoked salmon from the foodie gods.