Salty, fresh-shucked oysters, melt in your mouth croissants, authentic Thai food cooked right in front of your eyes. That, plus more, is what the Seattle food scene has to offer. Situated on the PNW coast, the food scene is so much more than fresh seafood (although that too, is nothing short of spectacular).
Spending four months in Seattle, I got to experience the best – and not so best – food the city has to offer. I have been lucky enough to visit countless countries, live in seven different cities across the USA, and have had the best food experiences through it all. Trust me when I say that Seattle rivals the best food in the world and here is a short list of places to go in order to experience it all.
ON THE GO
Bakery Nouveau– Capitol Hill
Those melt in your mouth croissants I was talking about earlier? Fancy more of a twice-baked chocolate almond croissant? Bakery Nouveau is the place to go. Although a wait is usually involved, it is worth your time for both the sweet and savory treats that are offered.
Bakery Nouveau also makes my list of best Seattle sweets
Marination Mai Kai– West Seattle
An order at the counter, get a page when your food is ready type of restaurant; Marination serves up Hawaiian-Korean fusion fare. Kimchi fried rice, fish tacos, and French fries drowned in pork belly and aioli, get it to go or belly up to the bar for a lychee margarita. Either way, take yourself outside to experience the view of the Seattle skyline.
Anything in Pike Place Market– Downtown
There are loads of options in Pike Place. Fresh fish, veggies, and fruits all being sold at stands. Or visit the multitude of restaurants in and around Pike Place Market.
Taco Chukis– Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union
Quick, cheap, no fuss Mexican street food; without sacrificing taste.
Nue– Capitol Hill
Serving the best street eats from around the world; Nue is set in an eclectic, intimate atmosphere. This restaurant is unique in that the owners were once world travelers. When they settled down and moved home to Seattle, they couldn’t find anything like the street food they ate in the countries they had visited. That is when Nue was born! The souvenirs they collected from their travels decorate the walls of the restaurant.
Taylor Shellfish– Pioneer Square
There are four Taylor Shellfish locations in Seattle. The only place that has a kitchen and serves more than raw food is the Pioneer Square location. To get the full experience of what Taylor Shellfish has to offer head to this location for fried oysters tossed in buffalo sauce, delicately placed on a deviled egg. Known as Buffalo Soldiers, it is the food you never knew you needed and now can’t live without.
Momiji– Capitol Hill
Sushi and upscale cocktails in an intimate Japanese style restaurant complete with a Kyoto courtyard. While the menu is expansive and offers more than just sushi, I like Momiji best for their list of specialty rolls. Fried, stuffed with cream cheese, and topped with aioli? That is my kind of sushi.
SUIKA– Capitol Hill
Hip, funky, Japanese restaurant set in a dark, intimate atmosphere.
Thai Tom– University District
Upon walking into Thai Tom I knew I was experiencing a real hidden gem in the bustling city of Seattle. A place that undoubtedly would catch Anthony Bourdain’s attention, Thai Tom is a real treat. Food is quick, cheap, and full of flavor.
A twist on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, Homer is one for the books. A comfortable, casual, but intimate setting, Homer is sure to make you feel right at home. Not only do they have delicious meat plates, but they also serve an array of vegetarian dishes. The icing on the cake is that this cozy neighborhood restaurant serves soft serve ice cream out the side window!
The Pink Door– Downtown
If you’re planning a visit to Seattle and fresh Italian food with a side of cabaret is your thing, look no further. However I highly encourage you to book a table in advance – spots fill up months in advance.
Walrus and the Carpenter– Ballard
My top favorite restaurant in all of Seattle, Walrus and the Carpenter is known for serving oysters and other raw seafood in a small, intimate space. They do not take reservations, but the wait is more than worth it (trust me, I waited for 2.5 hours and I would do it again). Once you put your name in head next door to Barnacle. Order the raw octopus and a cocktail and your time will pass before you know it!
Best known for their atmosphere, Westward is the place to sit back, relax, and “ahhh” over the views that downtown Seattle has to offer. Sitting on Lake Union, Westward has some of the best views of the Seattle skyline.
Rock Creek– Fremont
While I have nothing bad to say about this seafood restaurant, I have experienced much better in Seattle. I would not go back.
Stateside– Capitol Hill
An Asian fusion restaurant, I was sorely disappointed in this highly raved about restaurant. The money was not worth it.
What are your favorite restaurants in Seattle?