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Spinasse

Italian 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This little hole in the wall on Capitol Hill is the most authentic-feeling Italian restaurant in Seattle. — Frommer's

Spinasse has become known around Seattle for luscious, toothsome handmade pastas. Also expect great antipasti and meats, served family style in a warm, comforting space. — Where

Piedmontese cuisine is the backbone of this rustic, open-kitchen restaurant in Capitol Hill. — Travel + Leisure

Definitely occasion dining, but a meal you won't soon forget. — Not For Tourists

With the friendly service and dynamite grappa, amaro, and an Italian-focused wine selection, you likely won't mind paying the price, even if the restaurant is loud and small. — Fodor's

Ray's

Seafood 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dinner only. Just past the Locks, Ray's is famed for its sunset views stretching across Puget Sound to the Olympics. — Michelin Guide

OK, so it’s a cliché, but Ray’s offers views over the Olympics, nautical decor and an exhaustive fresh-fish menu. — Lonely Planet

In Seattle’s hip Ballard neighborhood, this longtime leader in locavore cuisine dishes up only the freshest Northwest fare. — Travel + Leisure

Sit outside with all of the other happy people, split a bottle of wine, eat some decent crab cakes, and take in the view of Puget Sound right beyond the balcony. — The Infatuation

"Beautiful views of the Olympics" and Sound at this Shilsole Pacific NWer... make for a "stellar" backdrop to "epic" sablefish and "salmon so fresh you'd think it was caught just for you". — Zagat

Anchovies and Olives

Italian 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

New Italian charmer from Tavolata rockstar Ethan Stowell. Lures customers with in-house pasta and fresh Northwest seafood. — BlackBook

Ethan Stowell's fishy enterprise. So fresh and so clean clean. — Not For Tourists

Ethan Stowell is one of Seattle's top chefs, and here on Capitol Hill, in a bright, minimally decorated urban-hip dining room. — Frommer's

As much as I enjoyed the stuffed mullet and the miner's lettuce and beets with anchovy dressing, the real draw here is the Esca-esque raw plates. — Concierge

The team behind Union, Tavolata and How to Cook a Wolf continue their winning streak. — Seattle Times

The Walrus and the Carpenter

91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This oyster bar blends the elegance of France with the casual comfort of a local fishing pub — Where

"Pay someone to stand in line for you" at this "tiny", "packed-to-the-gills" midpriced Ballard seafooder, where bivalve fans slurp "expertly shucked oysters" at the zinc bar. — Zagat

This tiny restaurant, with an unlikely name-from a Lewis Carroll poem-has been designated one of the top restaurants in the nation by multiple national news media. — Michelin Guide

Walrus is walk-in only, a spare and simple spot in a former marine hardware shop, where you come for piles of oysters—each named for the regional bay where they were harvested. — Condé Nast Traveler

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. — Lonely Planet

Lola

International 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There's braised octopus for breakfast, lamb tongue for lunch and whole fish for dinner. — Seattle Times

Tom Douglas dishes out his signature Northwest style, spiked with Greek and Mediterranean touches here—another huge success for the local celebrity chef. — Fodor's

Local chef Tom Douglas celebrates his wife's Greek heritage with this restaurant in the hip Hotel Ändra. — Frommer's

Seattle's ubiquitous cooking maestro Tom Douglas goes Greek in this ambitious Belltown adventure and delivers once again with gusto. — Lonely Planet

Always hoppin', so service can be spotty. Food's a little Greek and a lot delicious. — Not For Tourists

Bastille Cafe & Bar

French 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rustic French with splash of ostenation makes for the buzziest opening in Seattle: big, beautiful resto serving classic French fare with all the fixings. — BlackBook

In the heart of old Ballard, Bastille Cafe & Bar serves well-prepared cuisine in an enchanting atmosphere. — Gayot

A neighborhood cafe that transports you to the City of Light, this casual French eatery has locals swooning. D only weekdays. Weekend brunch. — Where

The French invade Little Norway with haute cuisine. Hipsters rejoice. — Not For Tourists

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. — Lonely Planet

Lark Restaurant

American 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Lark's M.O. has them serving their small plates with ingredients coming exclusively from farms within a five mile radius that don't abuse their animals or douse their plants with poison. — BlackBook

Seafood crudo, charcuterie and cocktails with bitters give this afternoon/evening John Sundstrom boîte (just up the stairs from his popular restaurant Lark) its intriguing name. — Zagat

It's small. It can get noisy. The wine list needs an interpreter, parking is tough and they don't take reservations for parties of fewer than six. Other than that, Lark is perfect. — Seattle Times

Impeccable flavors and luxury without a show. — Bon Appétit

Chef-owner Johnathan Sundstrom has been preparing seasonally-driven farm-to-table fare since way before that term became trendy. — Gayot

The Pink Door

Italian 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The perennial-favorite "to-die-for" lasagna "runs out quickly" at this "bohemian" Pike Place Market Italian. — Zagat

With its Post Alley entrance and meager signage, the Pink Door's speakeasy vibe draws Pike Place Market regulars almost as much as its savory, seasonal Italian food does. — Fodor's

A classic Seattle hideaway and hangout. The rooftop terrace is the spot in summertime. The place is kitschy but never obnoxiously so. — Seattle Times

Wine, Italian food, and Cabaret! — Not For Tourists

This eatery offers entertainment (trapeze artists, burlesque dancers) and fare like cioppino and lasagna. L and D daily. — Where

Sitka & Spruce

American 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Melrose Market, just across I-5 from downtown Seattle's convention center, is a locals' alternative to Pike Place Market. — Frommer's

Romantic, chic, friendly, and cutting edge all at once, S&S is a heaven for foodies. — Fodor's

Food is hyper-local: chicken from Vashon Island, carrots grown in the garden outside, freshly caught Pacific halibut. — BlackBook

Austin is proud of their tacos — The Infatuation

Tucked in Capitol Hill’s bustling Melrose Market, Sitka & Spruce channels both the rustic and urban aesthetic, with its open-kitchen, communal tables. — Travel + Leisure

Poppy

American 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Jerry Traunfeld (formerly of Herbfarm) presents a small-dish menu that bursts with globally-inspired flavors and Pacific Northwest ingredients. — Gayot

Many of Poppy's ingredients are grown behind the restaurant in an herbfarm, and the food makes up for the overly-vigilant service. — BlackBook

Chef Jerry Traunfeld (formerly of award-winning, world renowned restaurant The Herbfarm) is serving up a new version of the tasting menu: the best, seasonal Northwest ingredients... — Where

Jerry Traunfeld's fresh concept is based on the Indian-style thali: many individual dishes served together on one tray. — Seattle Times

Jerry Traunfeld's bright, airy restaurant on the northern end of Broadway is a feast for the senses, with funky design details, friendly staff, and a happening bar area. — Fodor's

The Georgian

Barbecue 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle houses The Georgian, the most acclaimed restaurant in the Pacific Northwest. — Forbes Travel Guide

The elegant atmosphere and French-inspired Pacific Northwest cuisine at The Georgian... make it appropriate for celebrations and special occasions. — Gayot

Expect luxury on a Downton Abbey scale, with attentive, accommodating uniformed staff. — Seattle Times

Celebrating its 25th year as a AAA four-diamond restaurant, The Georgian serves French-inspired Northwest cuisine with seasonal ingredients.  — Where

Although the dress code at the Georgian is smart casual, jean-clad patrons are likely to feel underdressed at this palatial, light yellow salon in the downtown Fairmont Olympic Hotel. — Travel + Leisure

Armandino's Salumi

Delis 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On the East Coast, Mario Batali (owner of the Eataly empire) is pretty famous for being a high priest of Italian cooking — The Infatuation

Old-fashioned sausages served on delicious home-made bread, featuring oxtail, prosciutto, lamb and assorted hog parts. — Rough Guide

Raise the bar on salami, and you have the artisan-cured meats of this closet-size eatery. — Frommer's

Be prepared to stand in line at this lunch-only spot (it's worth it!). They serve sandwiches, pastas and soups in addition to the famous cured meats. — Where

Since opening in 1999, this charcuterie/deli/eatery has become almost as much of a pilgrimage site as the Space Needle. — Travel + Leisure

Canlis Restaurant

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This place is old school enough for either prom night or your grandma’s birthday dinner. — Lonely Planet

Delicious, memorable spot for nouveau Northwest cuisine, highlighted by wild- nettle pasta, Kobe tenderloin and Maine lobster – for some of the highest prices in town. — Rough Guide

Timeless elegance and accomplished cooking have made this spot Seattle's special occasion restaurant for more than 60 years. — Gayot

The "next generation of Canlis sons" makes sure that "everything's perfect" at this circa-1950 "Seattle institution". — Zagat

Quintessential fine dining for that (very) big night out in Seattle. — Bon Appétit

Dahlia Lounge

American 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"After all these years", Tom Douglas' first venture is still an "absolute favorite" among fans of this Belltowner's "outstanding", "Asian-infused" Pacific NW cuisine. — Zagat

Upmarket restaurant best known for its seafood, featuring delicious main courses like five-spice duck and roasted saddle of lamb. — Rough Guide

Chef-restaurateur Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Lounge offers innovative Pacific Northwest cuisine that incorporates global flavors and utilizes local ingredients. — Gayot

Here, international influences, dramatic presentations, superb seasonal ingredients and creative accompaniments define Northwest cuisine. — Seattle Times

There’s a bakery next door where you can pick up one of the Dahlia’s fabulous desserts to go. — Lonely Planet

Quinn's Pub

Breweries 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For the snack-minded, small bites such as spiced bacon caramel corn or salt cod fritters pair well with drinks and conversation. — Gayot

Greasy, meaty pub food served in a spruced-up warehouse with checkered yellowed windows and showers of lightbulbs. — BlackBook

Capitol Hill's coolest gastropub has friendly bartenders, an amazing selection of beers on tap, an extensive list of whiskey, and an edgy menu of good food. — Fodor's

A popular “gastropub” featuring a high-end bar menu with items like wild boar sloppy joes and a pork belly BLT, along with an extensive selection of beers. — Where

This Capitol Hill American gastropub "sets the bar high", with midpriced "gourmet food" and a "broad array of brews" to match. — Zagat

Lecosho

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you like eating pig, they provide numerous ways to do it. — Not For Tourists

Matt Janke, who for many years ran Matt's in the Market, has long been one of my favorite Seattle chefs, and here at his latest restaurant... he continues to impress me. — Frommer's

Tucked away on Harbor Steps, this popular spot offers innovative small plates, entrees and a not-to-be-missed happy hour. L and D. — Where

At this American "favorite" on Downtown's Harbor Steps hill climb, Matt Janke...) and Jill Buchanan present an "adventurous", "unfussy" menu that changes "nearly daily". — Zagat

Dark wood, warm lighting and friendly service contribute to Lecosho's welcoming ambience. — Gayot

Agua Verde

Mexican 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Hidden" above a kayak rental store in the University District, this Mexican "gem" serves up "superb" fish tacos and "refreshing margaritas". — Zagat

Set on the shore of Portage Bay, which lies between Lake Union and Lake Washington, this casual Mexican restaurant is a hit with college students from the University of Washington. — Frommer's

On the shores of Portage Bay at the southern base of University Ave, Agua Verde Café is a little gem that overlooks the bay and serves fat tacos full of lemony cod. — Lonely Planet

This sunny, bright, taco temple serves up faithful Mexican on the water. Vibrant collection of some pretty decent Mexican eats. — BlackBook

Agua Verde Cafe is where you go to show your out-of-town friends that Seattle isn’t just about king salmon and passive aggressive people — The Infatuation

Tilth

French 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This neighborhood bistro could very well be "the house next door," located as it is in a charming Craftsman-style building that was formerly a single-family home. — Gayot

At Tilth, you'll feel right at home--someone else's home, that is. The rustic bungalow doesn't resemble your typical restaurant. — BlackBook

The only ingredients on chef Maria Hines's menu that aren't organic are those found in the wild, like mushrooms and seafood. — Lonely Planet

The definition of seasonal, organic, local cooking. And it's delicious to boot. — Not For Tourists

The menu emphasizes fresh, seasonal ingredients in dishes that seem simple yet are packed with flavor. — Frommer's

The Herbfarm Restaurant

85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The upper echelon of Northwest cuisine, world-renowned. A culinary must. — Not For Tourists

Dinner here is a four-hour, nine-course affair, which includes a garden stroll and lessons from the proprietors on the origins of the food you're enjoying. — Concierge

The "world-class" tasting menu at this Woodinville "culinary retreat" highlights "subtle herbs" and other esoteric Pacific NW ingredients, along with "free-flowing" wine pairings. — Zagat

A four-hour meal of nine courses and five perfectly paired wines. — Forbes Travel Guide

The dining room itself is reminiscent of a country estate, but before you tuck in, you'll be treated to a delightful tour of the herb garden. — Fodor's

Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The star of the show is now pricey but first-rate fried chicken, a concept that evolved from Spring Hill's popular Monday night fried chicken dinners. — Gayot

The "awesome" namesake fried chicken in "huge" portions is "not to be missed", but "brunch is also wonderful" at chef-owner Mark Fuller's Hawaiian-influenced reinvention. — Zagat

Along with their famous fried chicken, you can choose from an impressive whiskey bar and Hawaiian specialties. — Afar Magazine

A quietly hip vibe pervades this culinary beacon in West Seattle, where the vast bar surrounds an open kitchen. — Fodor's

The restaurant formerly known as Spring Hill recalculated its direction to give the public what they've been clamoring for: fabulous fried chicken every night. — Seattle Times

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