Are you hungry and wondering where to eat in Seattle? Keep on reading for the best places to eat and drink in Seattle!
By now, you probably know that Seattle is one of my all-time favorite cities. Why? Because Seattle has some delicious food and makes for the perfect eating vacation, which is my favorite kind of vacation! Having been to Seattle 7 times in the last 6 years, I’ve eaten a LOT of food in the city and I figured it’s time to tell y’all my list of where to eat in Seattle.
I have a growing list of must-eats whenever I visit, and I always try to get in some new-to-me spots, but it’s so hard sometimes – so many things to eat, so little time (and stomach space). Seattle has a bustling culinary scene, and there’s something for everyone here.
Some of the best pasta that I’ve had outside Italy. Ethan Stowell is alocal restauranteur who has several restaurants, each specializing in a different aspect of Italian food – Tavolata is his pasta joint. The pasta is always cooked to al dente perfection, and you can’t go wrong with the Papperdelle or Rigatoni here. They also have a happy hour from 5-7 every day that includes most of the pastas on the regular menu for half off, which is a STEAL. One of the best places to eat in Seattle for sure!
Walrus and the Carpenter
The Walrus and Carpenter was named by Bon Apetit magazine as one of the best new restaurants in America for 2011. They were not wrong – it is definitely one of the best places to eat in Seattle. If you are an oyster fan, this place is a must, because this is THE spot for oysters! Pro tip: They have an oyster happy hour from 4-6pm Monday-Thursday, which means 50% off the amazing oysters. Get there early (people were lining up at 3:45pm) and happy slurping!
Salumi, which is owned by the parents of celebrity chef Mario Batali, has been a Seattle institution for decades and always has a line out the door. Keep in mind that they have some odd hours (that always seem to work against me), but you have to go if you can get there! There are known for their Italian meats and specialties (like gnocchi). Salumi is always on all the “where to eat in Seattle” lists, and for good reason! Grab a sandwich to go (it is a cramped space), and perhaps take it to the nearby waterfall garden (see this post for more on that).
Umi Sake House
I basically love this place because their happy hour is AMAZING – the menu is extensive, their prices a great deal, and the food good. They have both an early (4-6pm) and late (10:30pm-close) happy hour every day, so this tends to be my go-to spot when I’m wanting a pre-dinner snack or a late-night second dinner (which I tend to do in Seattle, because helloooooo, I go there for an eating vacation). Their sushi is fresh, and their hot items are delicious. Can’t go wrong.
The last time I was in Seattle, I was craving ramen – hard! I did a quick Yelp search, and it seemed that Kizuki was the overwhelming favorite so I hauled my butt over there. You WILL be getting the garlic shoyu tonkotsu ramen here – it is rich, garlicky, and delicious. They also have a selection of izakaya-style appetizers and small places. I loved it so much that I went back a second time the very next day.
Because it’s a bar…that serves fresh-baked pies, and how can you go wrong with that?! When you walk in, you will be overwhelmed by that sweet, buttery smell of pies that are being baked fresh in the oven (isn’t that one of the best smells in life?!). They make both savory and sweet pies here – their chicken pot pie and apple pie are AMAZING. They also have a selection of dessert themed cocktails.
I had been hearing about Hot Cakes foreverrrr but I never seemed to have the time or the stomach space to fit it in. Well, I finally fit it in on my last trip to Seattle – even though I barely had enough stomach space, I *had* to go. It was worth it. That gooey, rich, chocolate-y deliciousness was incredible.
Crumble and Flake
My ex-boyfriend used to say that this places had his favorite croissants outside Paris. As for me, I come here for the pistachio croissants, a perfectly buttery, nutty amazingness of a pastry. Heads up: they only make them on the weekends. They also have a paprika cheddar croissant that some of my friends are obsessed with, and their macarons are pretty tasty as well.
Macrina has a large selection of fresh-baked pastries and breads that never disappoint. This is a great spot to stop in for lunch – their foccacia sandwiches are the BEST.
This is usually my first stop whenever I go to Pike Place. They have a ton of artisanal cheeses that you can sample and purchase, which I should really do sometime. But what I come here for is the mac n cheese. You can’t go wrong with the rich, creamy, cheesiness of that mac n cheese.
What is a piroshky? It is a Russian pastry stuffed with a variety of fillings, both sweet and savory. Once upon a time, my friends went to Seattle without me (*sniff*) and while they were gone, I had a dream that I went with them and I had a piroshky from this place. When I woke up, I was so sad and had serious FOMO. The original flagship location inside Pike Place always has an insane line that rivals the line of the original Starbucks next door, but you’ll be shocked at how quickly it moves. There are also a bunch of locations all around the area nowadays as well. The smoked salmon one is my favorite if you’re in a savory mood, and the cinnamon is great if you’re in a sweet mood.
If you thought gingerbeer was JUST gingerbeer…well, you are wrong. Rachel’s sells gingerbeer in such fun flavors such as passion fruit, peach, cucumber tarragon, and much more! They also sell gingerbeer cocktails, and gingerbeer floats – which you can also get as a boozy float (and I totally did. And they aren’t messing around with the boozy part).
This is hands-down my favorite latte in Seattle, and probably my all-time favorite latte anywhere. Always consistently well-made, perfectly creamy, and perfectly roasted. So, soooo good.
Canon has consistently ranked in numerous best bars lists both nationally and internationally and for good reason – they have creative, unique, and well-made cocktails here. You WILL wait in line here – but they do a good job of controlling crowd flow inside, so you aren’t cramped and constantly elbowing someone – you have ample room to sit or move around. We got in a conversation with the bouncer at the door once and he said his favorite cocktail here was a bacon and fig one, which I ended up not trying, but that gives you an idea of the creative concoctions they serve up here. Canon specializes in whiskey and bitters, but they have a huge selection here – in fact, they recently won a prestigious “World’s Best Spirits Selection” award.
Bathtub Gin is a speakeasy type place that is hidden away in an alley in Belltown. If you navigate to the address, you won’t find it – the entrance is actually located in an alley between 1st and 2nd Avenue. I love the bartenders here and have always enjoyed chatting it up with them, and they know what they’re doing. I always get the dealer’s choice here – you specify a spirit and what kind of drink you’re in the mood for (sweet, sassy, etc) and have always enjoyed the resulting creation. (P.S. The drinks here are STIFF.)
Anything Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas‘s popular restaurants have been a Seattle institution for years – and for good reason! I always say that I have to make a stop at a Tom Douglas establishment every time in Seattle. He has been recognized with the prestigious James Beard award for both best Northwest chef and Best Restauranteur for his excellence in Pacific Northwest cuisine. I always tell people to check out a Tom Douglas establishment when they ask where to eat in Seattle. He has 13 restaurants in the Seattle area, but here are some of my faves:
Dahlia Lounge is Tom Douglas’s flagship restaurant and specializes in Pacific Northwest cuisine with an Asian flair. My favorite here has always been the crab cakes – can’t go wrong!
Right next door to Dahlia Lounge. You can get some of Douglas’s signature coconut cream pie here…which is a must-have. I get a slice of this whenever I am in town (usually at Palace Kitche, see below). The cookies here are also divine.
Lola is Douglas’s Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, and is known for their delicious brunch. I loved the omelette here…but what you MUST order are the donuts. Just divine. Trust me on this one.
Douglas’s pizza joint is, well…some serious pie. You can’t go wrong with these wood-fired, thin-crust pies here. They have a lot of creative options, but my favorite over the years has always been the sausage. Never disappoints – definitely one of the best places to eat in Seattle.
Palace Kitchen is probably one of the less popular Douglas establishments, and I’ve never actually eaten a meal here. But they are open until 1 a.m., so it is the perfect place to stop in for a nightcap and a slice of that dreamy coconut cream pie.
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Have you been to Seattle? Where are your favorite spots to eat and drink?