Restaurants

Italian in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Vendemmia

Sometimes it feels as if Seattle has got as many upscale Italian restaurants as Turin, all of them peddling the same modern Italian American staples: handmade pasta, one-page menus and heavily plugged local greens t…
French in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Red Cow

Welcome to a new endeavor from lauded Seattle chef Ethan Stowell who normally specializes in Italian fare, but for this venture has crossed the Alps into France. The decor is typical Stowell – open kitchen, intimate…
Southern US in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Simply Soulful

This new-ish, African American–owned, soul-food restaurant in Madison Valley is close enough to the CD to counter some of the gentrification fears. Welcome back to good old-fashioned throw-your-diet-out-the-window g…
Southern US in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Fat's Chicken & Waffles

Occupying the intersection once inhabited by old-school CD institution Catfish Corner, Fat’s is considered by most to be a credible replacement. Wisely, it’s chosen to continue the long-standing CD tradition for Sou…
American in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Cafe Soleil

Surprise! It looks like an American diner and serves a hearty American brunch (and is less crowded than Hi Spot Café around the corner), but Cafe Soleil's real specialty is Ethiopian food – it's like a becalmed offs…
French in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Voila!

A cozy Gallic bistro with an old French flag in the window that looks like it got left behind by some romantic revolutionaries. Half the deal here is in creating an exotic Euro-flavored atmosphere that is as fine ho…
Southern US in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Ezell’s Famous Chicken

There’s fast food and then there’s fast food. This is the good kind. Ezell’s was started by a transplanted Texan in 1984 right here in the CD. Its crispy, spicy, Southern-style chicken and equally scrumptious side d…
Tapas in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Cactus

Instantly cheery, this Mexican-Southwest restaurant – with other branches in Kirkland and Alki Beach – is a fun place to go and pretend you’re on a sunny vacation even if it’s pouring with rain. A margarita and a ki…
Vegetarian in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Café Flora

A longtime favorite for vegan and vegetarian food, Flora has a garden-like feel and a creative menu, with dinner treats like artichoke croquettes, breaded coconut tofu dipped in chili sauce, a grilled asparagus pizz…
Breakfast in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Hi Spot Café

The cinnamon rolls here are bigger than your head, and that’s no exaggeration. It’s a comfy little space in an old craftsman-style house where you can either get a sit-down meal (brunch is best) or a quick espresso …