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13 expert recommendations
Expect the downstairs to be an older, well-heeled crowd, and the upstairs a bit more relaxed. Gorgeous views of Shilshole Bay from almost any table.
This Ballard waterfront restaurant has two dining rooms. The café caters to happy-hour revelers, families, and informal diners, while the boathouse is reservation-only seating.
The view of Shilshole Bay might be the main draw here, but the seafood is also fresh and well prepared. Full review →
When Seattleites want to impress visiting friends and relatives, this restaurant often ranks right up there with the Space Needle, the ferries, and Pike Place Market. Full review →
This Seattle mainstay received a dramatic makeover highlighting its views westward to the Olympic Mountains and southward across Elliott Bay. Full review →
OK, so it’s a cliché, but Ray’s offers views over the Olympics, nautical decor and an exhaustive fresh-fish menu. Full review →
Dinner only. Just past the Locks, Ray's is famed for its sunset views stretching across Puget Sound to the Olympics.
Venerable institution that's been doing seafood right for decades. Watch out for tourists. Full review →
Outfitted in a crisp navy, red and white, the spruced-up downstairs dining room of this Shilshole Bay mainstay feels like a luxury yacht. Full review →
Ray’s does not have the best seafood in the city. The ambience inside isn’t too impressive either. And it’s certainly not cheap. So why do we love Ray’s? Because when the sun finally... Full review →
In Seattle’s hip Ballard neighborhood, this longtime leader in locavore cuisine dishes up only the freshest Northwest fare. Full review →
This waterside restaurant has been a Seattle institution since the 1930s. From Penn Cove Mussels to pan-roasted Chatham Strait sablefish, you can be assured that the ingredients are fresh... Full review →
"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". Full review →