Restaurants

Top Choice French in Ballard & Discovery Park

Bastille Cafe & Bar

French but not at all faux, Bastille could easily pass for a genuine Parisian bistro if it weren't for the surfeit of American accents. First there's the decor: beautiful white tiles juxtaposed with black wood, mirr…
Mediterranean in Ballard & Discovery Park

Stoneburner

Come and see homemade pasta prepared before your eyes in this new-ish restaurant affiliated with the swanky Hotel Ballard. Pasta-rollers massage dough at workstations in full view of the diners waiting to enjoy the …
Seafood in Ballard & Discovery Park

Walrus & the Carpenter

Puget Sound waters practically bleed oysters and – arguably – there isn't a better place to knock 'em back raw with a glass of wine or two than the Walrus, a highly congenial oyster bar named not after a Beatles son…
Puerto Rican in Ballard & Discovery Park

La Isla

What started as a food stand at Fremont Sunday Market has become this always-packed little restaurant that offers (it claims) the only Puerto Rican cuisine in Washington. As a starter, try the empanadillas (little f…
Mexican in Ballard & Discovery Park

La Carta de Oaxaca

One of Seattle’s better Mexican places, the Oaxaca mixes old hometown favorites with dishes that don’t often make it north of the Rio Grande. Anyone who has been to Guadalajara will know that the birria has nothing …
Cuban in Ballard & Discovery Park

Geo

Tucked in between a couple of upmarket fish restaurants just off the Burke-Gilman Trail, this diminutive Cuban-meets-Creole hole-in-the-wall is an ideal stop for knackered cyclists craving a doorstep-sized sandwich …
Mexican in Ballard & Discovery Park

Gracia

There’s been a spike in Mexican eateries in Seattle of late and Gracia is typical of the trend with a lean, interesting menu advertising reimagined traditional dishes using Spanish subheads, eg antojitos (little whi…
Seafood in Ballard & Discovery Park

Ray’s Boathouse

Out in western Ballard near the Shilshole Bay Marina, Ray’s is all about placid Olympic Peninsula views, nautical decor and an exhaustive fresh-fish menu. It offers tourists everything they imagine when they think a…
Seafood in Ballard & Discovery Park

Lockspot Cafe

The Lockspot is a throwback to old Ballard, before the attempted gentrification. Sit down with the potty-mouthed fishermen and antediluvian grandpas for classic greasy-spoon fare. Even better, order fish-and-chips f…
Seafood in Ballard & Discovery Park

Chinook’s at Salmon Bay

Across the Ballard Bridge in the Fisherman’s Terminal, Chinook’s is where fish practically leap out of the water and into the kitchen. You can’t get it much fresher than this, and the selection of fish and range of …