Seattle restaurants

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 has since become something of an institution and a trendsetter, with its small country-kitche…
Top Choice Japanese in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Maneki

For a totally unique dining experience make a reservation for one of Maneki's tatami mat dining rooms (paper and wood lattice private chambers with seating on the floor) and feast on a meal of traditional Japanese c…
Top Choice Tacos in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Taco Chukis

At the moment in Seattle there are few bites of food better than the signature taco at Taco Chukis. It's a simple design (juicy pork, guacamole, melted cheese and brilliantly tangy grilled pineapple) executed so bri…
Top Choice Fusion in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Heartwood Provisions

Cocktails are having a moment as the alcoholic libation du jour in Seattle and nowhere is that more clear than at Heartwood, a handsome restaurant and bar with a menu of mixed drinks that is unmatched. Come for dinn…
Top Choice American in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

It would be one thing if Lost Lake was merely a loving homage to David Lynch's hit TV mystery hour Twin Peaks, but the food is also fantastic – much better than other gimmick restaurants of its ilk. It specializes i…
Top Choice Mexican in Ballard & Discovery Park

La Carta de Oaxaca

La Carta de Oaxaca is easily one of Seattle's best lunch and brunch spots. Those who crave authentic Oaxacan-style cooking will swoon at the birria (braised leg of lamb) or the house special mole negro Oaxaqueño (ch…
Top Choice Gastropub in Georgetown & West Seattle

Endolyne Joe's

It's hard to say exactly what type of dining experience you'll have at Endolyne Joe's. Every few months the menu changes to highlight a specific regional cuisine (at the time of writing it was New Orleans, complete …
Top Choice Italian in Ballard & Discovery Park

Staple & Fancy

There's much to be said about Staple & Fancy's pedigree as another of Ethan Stowell's many hip Seattle eateries, but the bottom line is the food at this moody Italian restaurant is simply exquisite. Everything, …
Top Choice Barbecue in Ballard & Discovery Park

Bitterroot

People come to Bitterroot for two things: smoked meat and whiskey. Thankfully this restaurant with a pleasing modern roadhouse vibe does both exceptionally well. You can get your meat in sandwich form, or by itself …
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 now-closed Bar Sajor to open London Plane, a hybrid cafe, flower shop, deli and breakfast spot that maintains the French count…