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The 20 best Seattle restaurants for all types of food lovers

Foodie lovers, unite! The best restaurants in Seattle deliver meals that will satisfy any sort of craving. Bon appetit!
By Olivia Hall |
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A gem of the Pacific North West, Seattle has a huge wad of brilliant things to do. Whether you're looking for a great day out at one of the city's best attractions and museums or need to relax at a spa in one of the best hotels in town, the Emerald City had endless fun in store for tourists and locals alike. Plus, it's undeniably scenic, with dark green forests and verdant landscapes. (It's called the emerald city for a reason). 

When all your sightseeing is done and your feet are sufficiently aching, it's time to head for food – and you won't be disappointed. Whether you're after fine dining or roadside favourites, the cuisine here packs a delicious punch. So if you're ready to dive into some gastronomic delights then here's our pick of the best restaurants in Seattle. We can almost taste them from here.

Best restaurants in Seattle

1
Canlis
Restaurants

Canlis

icon-location-pin East Queen Anne

There's nothing quite like fine-dining and Calis know it. Great for an important date or a super fancy celebration, there's a lot more to this spot than first meets the eye. Plus, if you're in need of a good tipple to make your food go down easy, then take a peek at Canlis wine list. There's even expert sommeliers on hand to help you pick out a perfect pairing. And the vistas pretty good too – yep, you'll get amazing panoramic views of the city here, including the Cascade Mountain range and Lake Union. Okay, okay, it's not quite as high as the Space Needle, but let's be honest, who wants their dinner with a side of vertigo, anyway?

2
Un Bien
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Truc T.
Restaurants, Caribbean

Un Bien

icon-location-pin Whittier Heights

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.

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3
Kau Kau
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Masa K.
Restaurants

Kau Kau

icon-location-pin International District

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.

4
Bruciato
Photograph: Suzi Pratt
Restaurants

Bruciato

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.

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5
Hot Cakes
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Mohamed A.
Restaurants

Hot Cakes

icon-location-pin Adams

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.

6
How to Cook a Wolf
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Kit H.
Restaurants

How to Cook a Wolf

icon-location-pin Queen Anne

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.

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7
Sisters and Brothers
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Nelson L.
Restaurants

Sisters and Brothers

icon-location-pin Van Asselt

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.

8
Sitka and Spruce
Photograph: Jacob Smithers
Restaurants

Sitka and Spruce

icon-location-pin First Hill

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.

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9
Matt’s in the Market
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Matt’s in the Market

icon-location-pin Pine Market

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.

10
Joule
Photograph: Charity Burggraaf
Restaurants

Joule Restaurant

icon-location-pin East Queen Anne

Master chef Rachel Yang helms a few spots in Seattle (Trove, Revel, Revelry) but Joule is her crowning achievement. The upscale yet casual Korean eatery focuses on different cuts and preparations of beef—one more delicious than the next.

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11
Thai Tom
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Haruka N.
Restaurants

Thai Tom

icon-location-pin University District

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.

12
Le Pichet
Restaurants

Le Pichet

icon-location-pin Pine Market

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.

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13
Hitchcock
Photograph: Suzi Pratt
Restaurants, Sandwich shops

Hitchcock

icon-location-pin Van Asselt

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!

14
Westward
Photograph: Westward
Restaurants

Westward

icon-location-pin North Broadway

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.

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15
13 Coins
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Danielle S.
Restaurants

13 Coins

icon-location-pin Belltown

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.

16
Oddfellows
Photograph: Dorothee Brand
Restaurants

Oddfellows West Hall

icon-location-pin First Hill

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.

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17
Dick's
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/David N.
Restaurants

Dick’s Drive-In

icon-location-pin Wallingford

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.

18
The Pink Door
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Ben H.
Restaurants

The Pink Door

icon-location-pin Pine Market

Not only is The Pink Door somewhere to enjoy a deliciously delectable meal, but it boasts some fantastically eclectic entertainment to keep you and your dinner date amused. Food-wise, the dishes are Italian American, locally sourced and seasonal. Just be sure to take a peek at the calender before your visit to make double sure you'll catch one of the burlesque, music or trapeze acts.

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19
Glo's
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Candace A.
Restaurants

Glo’s

icon-location-pin Broadway

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.

20
Ivar's
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Ashley E.
Restaurants

Ivar’s

icon-location-pin Downtown

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.

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