Best Restaurants in Seattle
Dining in Seattle is much like the city itself, a cosmopolitan
affair born from the fruits of the wilderness. The surrounding
Puget Sound, with reserves from Alaska, is one large barrel of
seafood and when coupled with produce grown from many small local
farms, lets restaurants use the ingredients, rather than fanciful
preparation, to make masterful dishes. Added to traditional
Northwestern cuisine like wild salmon or dungeness crab is a strong
Asian influence, both from the large Asian-American communities and
Seattle''s importance as a trade port on the Pacific Rim.
Restaurants are helped by great views of the sea and many funky
neighbourhoods giving either a quiet romantic or fun and festive
ambiance to a meal. Some of the best areas for eating out in
Seattle are the waterfront district near Pike''s Place Market, a
long line of fine dining along 1st and 2nd Ave, and Capitol Hill.
In general the Northwest''s formality is a little toned down and
most top restaurants don''t require a jacket. Tipping is between 15
to 20 percent and most places require a reservation.
Pike Place Chowder
A small restaurant across the road from the bustling Pike Place
Market, Pike Place Chowder is famous for one thing: its delicious
chowder. There's more than just your standard clam chowder fare
though, as the restaurant serves five different varieties each day,
ranging from New England Clam Chowder to Seafood Bisque to
Southwestern Chicken and Corn Chowder, and even a vegan option!
There are sandwiches, salads, and even fish tacos on the menu as
well. A must for seafood lovers!
Address: 1530 Post Alley
Overlooking Pike Place Market, Etta's is always packed with both
locals and tourists, who come to savour the delicious crab cakes,
oysters on the half shell or Alaskan halibut. Besides a variety of
fresh seafood dishes there are also other options such as beef
burgers, thai chicken salad or lime leaf coconut curry. The
breakfast menu offers a range of egg dishes, along with French
toast, oats and granola with yogurt, while the brunch menu comes
straight from the sea.
Address: 2020 Western Avenue
Local ingredients are thrown together to create a sumptuous
Mediterranean-style menu at Andaluca. Dishes to try on the dinner
menu include the crab tower, stuffed dates, shellfish stew or lamb
dolmas, and end off with one of the tempting desserts accompanied
by a dessert wine or port. Open for breakfast and dinner daily, and
lunch Monday to Friday.
Address: 407 Olive Way, Mayflower Park Hotel
Southeast Asian inspired food that now sets the benchmark for
all Asian food in the Northwest, the restaurant is consistently
chosen as a favourite among northwest dining awards and diners
alike. The Chefs varied backgrounds reflect the eclectic Asian
foods, and ingredients from Chinese to Indonesian and also a rare
chance to mix great wines with Asian cuisine. Reservations are
Address: 1401 Third Avenue
Owned by award-winning chef Thierry Rautureau, Rover's is an
intimate restaurant that is dedicated to good service and superb
food and wine, and is recognised as one of the finest restaurants
in the region. Although the food has a French emphasis, the cuisine
is described as Pacific Northwest with traditional French accents.
There are three different set menus available: an eight-course,
five-course and a five-course vegetarian menu. The seasonal menu
might include dishes like venison medallions, smoked duck, foie
gras, or Dungeness crab cakes, with a cheese platter to finish the
meal off. There are also some superb vegetarian dishes on offer.
Open for lunch on Fridays and dinner Tuesday to Saturday.
Reservations recommended, and dress is business casual.
Address: 2808 E. Madison Street, First Hill
One of Seattle's best Italian restaurants, Serafina is charming
and romantic with a rustic ambience. The freshest ingredients are
presented in a homey way that transports diners to the Italian
countryside. Enjoy the bruschettas, pasta dishes, or Serafina's
signature dish, the eggplant rolled with ricotta cheese, basil, and
Parmesan and baked in tomato sauce. There is live music on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday evenings, while live jazz on Sunday mornings
makes this one of the most popular brunch spots in the city. Dinner
daily, lunch Monday to Friday, brunch on Sundays from 10am.
Address: 2043 Eastlake Ave. E, Lake Union
The spectacular bayside view over Puget Sound is a perfect
complement to the impeccably fresh Northwest seafood on a menu that
changes regularly to reflect what is locally and seasonally
available. Favourites include the crab cakes, oysters, wild salmon,
or any fish prepared in sake kasu. Upstairs there is a more casual
and less expensive caf?© with an outdoor deck that serves lunch,
while the downstairs restaurant serves dinner only. Reservations
Address: 6049 Seaview Avenue, NW
'The Met' is primarily a business venue, situated within the
heart of the financial district in a historical building built in
1903. This traditional steakhouse has been a Seattle favourite for
years, specialising in prime beef and serving up classics cooked to
perfection, such as filet mignon, New York peppercorn steak or the
porterhouse steak, but there is also a good selection of pastas and
salads. Meals are complemented by an excellent wine list. Open for
lunch and dinner on weekdays, and dinner only on weekends.
Reservations are recommended.
Address: 820 2nd Avenue, Downtown
The most unique restaurant in the Northwest, the farmhouse
styled exterior is decorated within by a rich and ornate d?©cor.
Herbfarm itself and its neighbouring farms grow much of their
ingredients to create weekly changing nine-course meals complete
with five matching wines. Lummi Island reef-netted sockeye in a
squash with lemon thyme is a glimpse into the night's menu.
Reservations are essential.
Address: 14590 NE 145th Street, Woodinville
A Parisian caf?© that has won many awards, Caf?© Campagne is
popular for its weekend brunches, but also serves a delicious lunch
and dinner, and has a wine bar with 40 wines available by the
glass. The menu changes seasonally, but fare includes dishes like
the French-style rolled omelette, lamb burgers, quiche, and a
variety of salads and sandwiches. For dinner it is possible to have
the fixed price three-course menu or a choice of meat and fish
dishes from the regular dinner menu. The cosy atmosphere is very
French. Open for lunch Monday to Friday, dinner nightly, and for
brunch on weekends until 4pm.
Address: 86 Pine Street, Pike Place Market
One of the best restaurants in Seattle, Canlis has been wowing
diners since 1950 with its contemporary Northwest cuisine, and is a
long-standing favourite for those celebrating a special occasion.
The stylish interior complements its fine cuisine, and its wine
list is one of the city's best. Canlis is famous for its steaks,
but there are also favourites such as the prawns, oysters and fresh
fish, and the desserts are sublime. A tasting menu is available.
Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Bookings essential for Fridays
and Saturdays. Dinner jacket required for men.
Address: 2576 Aurora Ave N
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