What to Eat & Drink in Seattle

I just posted a list of things to do in Seattle. Because there is so much to do in Seattle that was enough for one post. Similarly, there are so many wonderful restaurants to try in this foodie city. I’ve started a list, which I plan on updating periodically, of some favorite restaurants and bars in Seattle.

Breakfast / Brunch

  • Salty’s on Alki {take the water taxi from downtown across Elliott Bay to West Seattle to Salty’s for an absolutely incredible brunch – can do dinner here too – incredible seafood, pricey}
  • Hi Spot Cafe {either drive to Madrona neighborhood or take #2 bus from downtown, very budget friendly, amazing coffee}
  • Portage Bay Cafe {there are a few around town}



{not in downtown}

  • Paseo {Ballard and Fremont neighborhood – this is a little hole in the wall that is was commonly featured in “top 10 best food in the country” shows on Food Network – it’s a Cuban sandwich shop that has recently changed hands but they make a damn good meal}
  • Homegrown {Capitol Hill – Melrose Market or South Lake Union} – awesome sandwiches



{not in downtown}

  • Quinn’s {Capitol Hill – “traditional” Seattle gastropub with really funky combinations – great bar, too}
  • Poquitos {Capitol Hill – Mexican – great bar, too}
  • Bar Cotto {Capitol Hill – divine pizza}
  • The Whale Wins or The Walrus and the Carpenter {both in Fremont neighborhood – oysters/seafood}
  • Restaurant Zoe {Capitol Hill – one of my favorites – great “Seattle” food that is constantly changing}
  • The Harvest Vine {Spanish restaurant with unbelievable wine and out-of-this-world Iberico Pork}
  • Ray’s Boathouse {Ballard neighborhood – great bar and seafood – incredible view}
  • Daniel’s Broiler {Leschi neighborhood – incredible view and steak – pricey!}
  • Tilth {Organic, seasonal “Seattle” food – pricey}



  • Purple {downtown – wine bar w/ good food too}
  • Bottlehouse {Madrona neighborhood – drive or take #2 bus, or Uber/cab – awesome wine, wonderful food, exceptional service}


  • Zig Zag {downtown on the Pike Place Hillclimb – a bit of a hole in the wall}
  • RN74 {downtown – excellent wine too}
  • Bathtub Gin {a few blocks from downtown – speakeasy style}
  • Knee High Stocking Company {Capitol Hill neighborhood – speakeasy style}
  • Canon {Capitol Hill neighborhood}
  • Fremont Mischief {a whiskey bar that offers tours in the Fremont neighborhood}


  • Pike Place Brewery {in Pike Place Market – good for lunch on a rainy day, too}
  • ReinHaus {Capitol Hill neighborhood – German beer hall w/ bocce ball}
  • Chuck’s Hop Shop {Greenwood, Central District neighborhoods – neat beer shop w/ over 100 beers}

Happy eating!

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