Even though Seattle is known for the Space Needle that is certainly not the only thing there is to do in Seattle. It is the home of many fun and interesting things to do and see. If you love history you can consider going to the Museum of Flight that has over 150 exhibits and artifacts that the whole family will enjoy looking at and learning about.
Seattle has a great reputation for being an avid art lover’s city with opportunities to see the Ballet, Symphony, and Opera available as well as public art collections to look at that have over 400 works that are spread out over the city in parks, on streets and on bridges as well. There are also museums, galleries and other interesting sights to see.
Seattle is home to hundreds of restaurants and food inspired activities that will please any foodie. From international specialties to fresh seafood to pizza, classic diner food and delicious breakfasts you can be sure Seattle has a place that will fit exactly what you are looking for. If you want to have an insider’s view of the Seattle food scene, take part in one of the many food tours that this exciting city offers. You can participate in anything from a biking tour of boardwalk delicacies to a walking tour that is focused on chocolate.
We have provided you with a list of the best places to eat in Seattle to get you started on your culinary adventure throughout Seattle. These are the best of the best that provide their guests with a dining experience that won’t ever be forgotten.
Pike Place Chowder
Visit: Pike Place Chowder
Chowders are popular in many places around the United States but until you have tried chowder from Pike Place Chowder, you may not have REALLY experienced chowder at all. Whether you want to eat -in at the restaurant or enjoy the convenience of take out, you will love the different chowders available that have been simmered with tons of seafood and market-fresh vegetables along with butter and pure cream. The Owner and Founder of Pike Place Chowder, Larry Mellum, only accepts the best when it comes to the food his restaurants serve. This high standard has won dozens of competitions in regional as well as national competitions. They were even inducted into the Great Chowder Cook-Off Hall of Fame with their delicious New England clam chowder. There are two restaurants that you can enjoy delicious chowders and much more. The menu includes a variety of chowders including their award winning New England clam chowder that is full of meaty clams that have been flavored with cream, secret spices, bacon and more. Another terrific chowder you may want to try is the Seared Scallop Chowder that is made with plenty of tender, sweet scallops that have been seared in the kettle and served in a creamy broth and flavored with dill and lime. They also offer plenty of sandwiches and some delicious salads too.
Visit: Metropolitan Grill
Metropolitan Grill is the definition of a classic steakhouse. Each cut of meat has been hand-selected and prepared with Metropolitan’s proprietary dry-age seasonings to ensure the most flavorful and tender steaks you have ever tried. In the front entry of the restaurant there is a glass case that displays the different cuts of beef the Met offers. Impressive, 20 foot columns reach all the way to the ceiling and are trimmed with original crown molding. The tables and railings are decorated with brass and mahogany with oversized, plush booths that provide guests plenty of comfort. The focus of the Metropolitan Grill is prime beef. Classics like New York Peppercorn steak, Porterhouse, Filet Mignon, and Delmonico are carved right at your table. The Corporate Chef, Eric Hellner, selects each cut by hand. Once the steaks have been dry-rubbed with the proprietary seasonings, they are seared over imported mesquite charcoal at high heat to seal in the flavor. The 60 foot marble bar is a great place to gather with your friends while enjoying one of the Met’s special martinis or a glass of wine from their award-winning wine list. The dedication of the professional staff is one of the reasons the Metropolitan Grill is still one of Seattle’s favorite places to dine. They will make sure your dining experience is one that you won’t forget.
Elliot’s Oyster House
Visit: Elliot’s Oyster House
Fresh, local seafood at peak season is one of the focuses of Elliot’s for over three decades. They believe in sustainability by partnering with the local fisheries and shellfish farmers that meet the environmental, strict standards. There are plenty of delicious options to choose from that include Dungeness crab, Alaskan halibut, wild salmon, Pacific Northwest shellfish and more. They believe in simple preparation to allow the natural, ocean flavors to come out. The staff at Elliot’s Oyster House is part of what makes coming here so special. They are knowledgeable in the different types of beverages that will enhance your meal. There are many different, tasty cocktails and micro-brewed beers. They also have an outstanding wine list to choose from as well. Elliot’s Oyster House is dedicated to serving their guests the freshest oysters available that includes over 30 varieties of oysters. The oyster menu is updated twice every day. Choose from the bold European Flat Oyster to the buttery Olympia. They come from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest and are expertly shucked so you can order them. Whatever you choose at Elliot’s will provide you with a delicious dining experience that you will talk about for a long time.
The Pink Door
Visit: The Pink Door
The Philosophy behind the Pink Door is pairing excellent, classic Italian food with community, generosity of spirit and culture. The restaurant is housed in a historic building that used to be a violin shop. It is filled with plenty of artistic touches from the Owner/Founder that are sure to please the guests. The menu is free of pretense and designed in tribute to Jackie’s roots which go back decades from the time her ancestors were fixing these delicious dishes to serve to family and friends. The ingredients are sourced from small to medium local farms and produce that is in season. The owner, Jackie, has an urban farm in North Seattle that she keeps with her partner. This unique Italian restaurant has many tasty dishes to choose from including Rigatoni & Mama’s Meatballs or the Linguine Alle Vongole that features tender baby clams in the shell, garlic, pancetta, chilies and white wine. If you are looking for an Italian place that is dedicated to the simple, delicious Italian classics, you have found it at The Pink Door.
Din Tai Fung
Visit: Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung started back in 1958 as a cooking oil shop in Taipei, Taiwan. It wasn’t until 1972 that it grew into a full-service restaurant that specializes in noodles and soup dumplings. There are branches of Din Tai Fung all over the world, giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to experience Taiwan flavor and cuisine. The impeccable service at Din Tai Fung comes from people dedicated to providing guests with a dining experience like no other. Even the tiniest details of what the guest wants and needs are put before anything else. It is this philosophy that keeps this Seattle restaurant at the top of the list as well as all the other branches. Choose from a varied menu of delicacies that includes sweet and sour spare rib appetizers, shrimp and pork pot stickers, tantalizing pork chop fried rice and delicious, unique desserts as well. There is a lot to try at Din Tai Fung that will please your palate and bring you back for more time and again.
Visit: Serious Pie
No culinary adventure is complete without trying the area pizzerias. Serious Pie is a pizzeria with the soul of a bread baker. They serve delicious pizzas with bubbled crusts that have just enough light texture to provide the kind of bite you’re looking for. Each pizza is cooked in a stone-encased, 600 degree oven that uses apple wood, preserving the character of the local produce, charcuterie, made in-house, and artisan cheeses that come from all over the world. Serious Pie hand-crafts their dough through a process that spans a couple of days. This process gives the dough the depth that people love in Serious Pie’s crusts. There are plenty of delicious pies to choose from at Serious Pie including one of their most popular, the roasted seasonal mushroom pizza. Every pie is finished with a drizzle of California olive oil, fresh cut herbs and Murray River Pink flake salt. The communal seating in the dining room makes dining enjoyable and fun as well. You can also rent The Kitchen Table if you prefer. The Kitchen Table is where pizza classes are hosted and can be used as a private dining experience. Up to 22 people can fit at this table where you can watch the hustle and bustle of the restaurant while you dine. Serious Pie may not be your traditional pizzeria but it is one that you will want to add to your itinerary so you can experience unique pizzas, delicious crusts and fresh, delicious cheeses that will make an impression that will last.
Visit: Japonessa Sushi
At Japonessa Sushi you will experience a Japanese core concept that adds a hint of Latin flair. Choose from delicious sushi such as rolls that have been decorated with mango, cilantro, and jalapeno to the traditional nigiri and sashimi. This unique restaurant takes these traditional Japanese sushi dishes and infuses them with Latin American flavor that gives them a whole new taste. Chef/Owner Billy Beach wanted to break out of the traditional Japanese restaurant model and create a totally new concept that would thrill sushi lovers with exciting flavors and new tastes. The sushi chefs that Chef Billy worked with taught him all about Latin ingredients and flavors while he taught them about traditional Japanese techniques and fundamentals. The perfect concept was born which is now Japonessa. There is literally TONS of different sushi to choose from on the Japonessa menu. It will take many visits to try it all but one thing is certain. You will love the unique and exciting way that Japonessa makes sushi.
Six Seven Restaurant and Lounge
Six Seven Restaurant and Lounge offers guests incredible views and delicious Pacific Northwest cuisine that will provide you with a dining experience that is perfect for anniversary dinners, proposals, birthday dinners or just a romantic dinner for two. The seasonally inspired cuisine is prepared using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients that come together in dishes that will blow you away. The menu changes often depending on what fresh ingredients the Chef chooses. Don’t forget to choose a delicious wine to go with your meal. If you are not sure what to pair with your entrees, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Six Seven will be more than happy to assist you. On Saturdays and Sundays guests can enjoy a delicious Brunch. Lunch choices include an array of selections including the Tuna Melt sandwich, “Mom’s” Chicken Salad and a wonderful twist on the traditional BLT, the Brie LT that features crispy bacon, tomatoes, crunchy Bibb lettuce and thick slices of Brie. Guests are also welcome to create their own soup, sandwich, and salad combos. Whether you are dining at Six Seven for business or pleasure, you will enjoy the food, the impeccable service and the incredible views too.
Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge
If you have a love for New Orleans, you will really enjoy dining at Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge. The unique cuisine and intricate décor is reminiscent of The Big Easy, bringing delicious creole and Cajun dishes to Seattle visitors and locals alike. The chefs creating these dishes are dedicated to quality, skillfully prepared food that will bring guests back again and again. The menu is extensive, with tons of selections that will please everyone in your dinner party. Choices such as the Toulouse Lamb Burger, Creole Jumbo Wild Prawns and Tasso Linguine, Toulouse Seafood Gumbo, and Blackened Ribeye are just a small sampling of the kinds of incredible dishes you can choose. Toulouse offers a weekend Brunch and both early and late night Happy Hours with specials. There is even a breakfast Happy Hour that is offered during the work week for two hours each morning. You don’t have to travel all the way to New Orleans to try incredible creole and Cajun food, you can go to Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge and experience the tastes and feel right here in Seattle.
Every food adventure should include a true diner experience and that is exactly what you will get at Skillet. This award-winning diner opened in 2011, providing guests with a neighborhood joint that does their best to make every guest feel relaxed, welcome and happy with their meal. The service is friendly and attentive and the food is delicious. Every dish is made from locally-sourced, fresh ingredients to make popular dishes such as the tasty maple braised pork belly and waffle that has a fried egg on top or the burger that has arugula, bacon jam, blue cheese and brie on a brioche bun with hand cut fries. The full service bar has happy hour every day and serves delicious cocktails as well as wine and beer on tap. What started as original street food has become a brand that can’t be denied. People love Skillet for everything it stands for. They are dedicated to providing you with a dining experience that is innovative and full of culinary surprises that will bring you back to try other dishes again and again. That is the mission they live by and why they are one of Seattle’s favorite places to dine.