Top ChoiceModern 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 country-kitchen...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Maneki

For an unforgettable 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...

Top ChoiceTacos 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) that's...

Top ChoiceFusion 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...

Top ChoiceAmerican 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...

Top ChoiceMexican 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...

Top ChoiceGastropub 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,...

Top ChoiceItalian 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....

Top ChoiceCafe 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...

Top ChoiceBarbecue 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...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in Georgetown & West Seattle

Ma'Ono

The fried chicken sandwich – served on a King's Hawaiian roll with cabbage and a perfectly spicy sauce – at this West Seattle spot is one of the best things between two slices of bread currently available in...

Top ChoiceCaribbean in Green Lake & Fremont

Paseo

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...

Top ChoiceItalian in Belltown & Seattle Center

Tavolàta

Owned by top Seattle chef Ethan Stowell, Tavolàta is a dinner-only, Italian-inspired eatery emphasizing homemade pasta dishes and hearty mains such as a rack of wild boar with fig mostarda (a sweet and spicy...

Top ChoiceFrench 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...

Top ChoiceDeli in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Beecher's Handmade Cheese

Artisanal beer, artisanal coffee…next up, Seattle brings you artisanal 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...

Top ChoiceEuropean 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 sardines...

Top ChoiceFrench 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,...

Top ChoiceAsian in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Wild Ginger

A tour of the Pacific Rim – via China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Seattle, of course – is the wide-ranging theme at this highly popular downtown fusion restaurant. The signature fragrant duck goes down...

Top ChoiceCafe in Belltown & Seattle Center

Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts

Sitting pretty in a glass-fronted former car showroom with art-deco signage and immense bookshelves, Top Pot's flagship cafe produces the Ferraris of the doughnut world. It might have morphed into a 20-outlet...

Top ChoiceIndian in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Nirmal's

In a short period of time Nirmal's has established itself as Seattle's premier Indian fine-dining experience. The menu is a good balance of recognizable curry and tandoori dishes, as well as treats only familiar...