The Best Restaurants in Seattle
Collected by Amanda Castleman , AFAR Local Expert
Seattle overflows with brilliant chefs and inspired fare from around the world, from umami-bomb Red Sea noodle soup to rhubarb-pistachio cheesecake. With influences from Europe, Hawaii, and further east, Seattle's kitchens focus on the just-caught bounty of the Pacific, produce from nearby farms, and cuisines brought from far and wide by its diverse population.
500 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
This Capitol Hill favorite recently expanded into South Lake Union and the University Village. At each outpost, Chef Eric Banh brings the street food of his childhood in Saigon to Amazon's sprawling tech campus. So expect vermicelli bowls and...
2121 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Tucked into the Denny Regrade, this sleek new spot contains multitudes: a deli, butcher shop, crudo bar, and steakhouse devoted to Wagyu beef. Lock down your table early to descend the leather staircase—coiling around a 4,000-pound...
818 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Bainbridge Island's culinary mastermind just brought his magic to the mainland. Brendan McGill, a James Beard Best Chef Northwest semifinalist, debuted a café in the glorious art deco Exchange Building downtown in spring 2017. For...
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Seattle's most iconic restaurant has earned its laurels, reinterpreting Pacific Northwest classics like bonito with chrysanthemum and sea bean caper, and ricotta dumplings with mustard, rapini, and stinging nettles. in 2015, a young hotshot took...
6118 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108, USA
This Georgetown hot spot offers diners an unexpected array of international dishes and a surprise art gallery between its cocktail bar and grill. A vast funky mural spices up an exposed cinder-block wall, and a skylight floods the furnishings'...
6460 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117, USA
This lovely contemporary-American eatery anchors the Ballard Public lofts. Chef Shaun McCrain shows off his time spent in the kitchen at New York City's Per Se with reimagined classics like foie gras layered into a terrine with apple, black...
115 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
In 1954, three friends set out to simply "serve fresh, high quality food at low prices with instant service." Bank executives warned they'd never turn a profit selling 100 percent beef burgers for 19 cents, but the drive-through was a runaway...
2621 NE 46th St, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
The first Taiwanese restaurant to earn a fancy-pants Michelin star, this steamed dumpling and noodle chain gets rave reviews from Seattleites and reviewers alike. Long a staple of nearby Bellevue, Din Tai Fung has finally crossed Lake...
4358 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
This humble diner has a rabid following, which often earns it Best Breakfast in Seattle status (it has even made a Zagat's list of the top breakfast spots in the country). The family-owned restaurant has two North Seattle locations, but try...
700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
This terrific nonprofit trains and employs people who have struggled with poverty, addiction, and incarceration. Topping out with four stars on Charity Navigator, FareStart opens its flagship restaurant downtown for weekday lunches and Guest Chef...
1412 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Started in 2009 as a humble food truck, this Hawaiian-Korean eatery has expanded to four brick-and-mortar locations (including Super Six, an offshoot in funky Columbia City). Get messy—and delighted—tucking into Spam sliders, kalbi...
13242 Aurora Ave N #104, Seattle, WA 98133, USA
Extraordinary things are happening at this unassuming hot spot squeezed between a T-Mobile store and a Jimmy John's in a North Seattle strip mall. Pop Pop serves delicious comfort food—including a few rare specialties—all delivered in...
9710 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
This local pick serves some of Seattle's best Latin food in the hip Ballard neighborhood. Expect Salvadoran and Central American favorites like empanadas, carne asada, and fried sweet plantains. But to be honest, the pupusas hog all the glory:...
4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
A mainstay on lists of the top seafood restaurants and oyster bars in the United States, this Ballard hipster hangout is captained by Renee Erickson, whom the James Beard Foundation named 2016's Best Chef Northwest. Sit at the marble-topped bar...
2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Set on the northern shore of Lake Union—a body of water the size of Monaco—this rustic-chic, nautical-themed restaurant offers dazzling views of the Space Needle and downtown skyline. Its menu blends Mediterranean flavors with local...
1417 Elliott Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA
Hailed as Seattle's best new Italian spot by many critics, this Chicago-style pizzeria takes orders online (advisable). Dig into a deep-dish delight, graced by bright, tangy tomato sauce and a lighter, brioche-style crust fringed with caramelized...
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