Top Choice Modern American in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Sitka & Spruce

The king of all locavore restaurants, Sitka & Spruce was the pilot project of celebrated Seattle chef Matt Dillon. It's since become something of an institution and a trendsetter, with its small country-kitchen …
Top Choice Bakery in Georgetown & West Seattle

Bakery Nouveau

No discussion of Seattle’s best bakery omits Bakery Nouveau. The crumbly, craggy almond and chocolate croissants are as addictive as other substances far worse for your health.
Top Choice American in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

Ever feel like you’ve strolled inadvertently into a 1990s David Lynch TV series full of eerie atmospherics and zany characters? If the answer is a resounding 'no,' grab a bar-side pew at Lost Lake Cafe, order a piec…
Top Choice Cafe in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

London Plane

Matt Dillon (the Seattle chef, not the Hollywood actor) moved less than a block from his established restaurant, Bar Sajor, to open London Plane, a hybrid cafe, flower shop, deli and breakfast spot that maintains th…
Top Choice Italian in Belltown & Seattle Center


Owned by top Seattle chef Ethan Stowell, Tavolàta is a dinner-only, Italian-inspired eatery emphasizing homemade pasta dishes. Keeping things simple with venison-stuffed ravioli and linguine nero (clams with black p…
Top Choice Mexican in Georgetown & West Seattle

Fonda la Catrina

The search to find a decent Mexican restaurant in Seattle comes to an end in Georgetown in the busy confines of Fonda la Catrina, where Day of the Dead iconography shares digs with Diego Rivera–like murals and – mor…
Top Choice Caribbean in Green Lake & Fremont


A glorified food shack whose overflowing Cuban sandwiches (which are a lot more generously stuffed than they are in Cuba) have long prompted plenty of Seattleites to re-route their daily commute in order to savor th…
Top Choice French in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Café Campagne

Short of teleporting over to Paris, this is about as Gallic as a Seattleite can get. Inside Café Campagne's effortlessly elegant interior you can live vicariously as a French poseur over steamed mussels, hanger stea…
Top Choice European in Green Lake & Fremont

The Whale Wins

Forget the whale, it’s the sardines that are the main winners at this eccentrically named fish-biased restaurant that shares trendy Euro-style digs with the equally hip Joule restaurant next door. The said sardines …
Top Choice Deli in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Beecher's Handmade Cheese

Artisan beer, artisan coffee…next up, Seattle brings you artisan cheese and it's made as you watch in this always-crowded Pike Place nook, where you can buy all kinds of cheese-related paraphernalia. As for that lon…