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Seattle is a huge foodie spot for the traveler who loves to try new things. There are so many incredible options, it’s even hard for a native like me to choose where I want to eat sometimes. But isn’t that such a great problem to have? When you find your favorite restaurants in Seattle, you can’t go wrong.
So I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 restaurants that you absolutely must try. All of my recommendations have great food and, almost just as importantly, a great atmosphere (because you gotta have the whole package). They are in no particular order of best to next best, but they should all be on your list of restaurants to try when you stop by the Emerald City!
GREAT PLACES TO EAT IN SEATTLE
The Pink Door
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
Named after its iconic entrance, The Pink Door serves Italian-American fare and offers an environment that is as classy as it gets. If you come during the warmer months, the view from the outdoor seating is almost better than the atmosphere on the inside. It’s tucked away in Post Alley in Pike Place Market. But fair warning, it’s only recognized by its symbol: the pink door, as there’s no sign outside.
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What they’re most known for are their amazing live performances during dinner. They often do Cabaret and Burlesque shows and on some nights they even do aerial performances. Check out their website for more music and performances offered and make sure you buy your tickets beforehand for the shows.
The Crab Pot
1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
The Crab Pot is a fun and popular tourist spot in Seattle. It’s down by the pier next to all the fun gift shops and the Great Wheel. If you’re going to go here you have to get their famous “Alaskan SeaFeast.” They literally dump a ton of seafood, potatoes, sausage, and corn on butcher paper in front of you, hand you a mallet and butter, and tell you to have at it. It’s messy, it’s definitely not fancy, but the seafood is fresh, delicious, and seasoned perfectly. What more would you expect from the Pacific Northwest?
Plus it’s located on the pier, so you can check out the Great Wheel and all the touristy shops before you overindulge in some Seattle seafood.
605 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Pesos’ is a great spot for any time of the day in Seattle. Located in Lower Queen Anne, this restaurant offers Mexican, Latin, and Spanish cuisine. It’s a great spot to come watch a sports game or join the lively scene on the weekends. I love their huge ceilings, giant booths and most of all, their weekend brunch.
Their sister restaurant, La Toulouse, is next door and there’s much argument on who has the better breakfast. But I’ll always vote for Peso’s time and time again. My absolute favorite dish, and probably my favorite breakfast in all of Seattle, is the Crab Eggs Benedict. You will not regret getting this, I promise.
If you’re looking for more recommendations on breakfast, I have a great post on top places to get brunch in Seattle.
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The Honey Hole
703 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
The Honey Hole is one of the best sandwich restaurants in Seattle. It’s this small “hole-in-the-wall” located in Capitol Hill. They serve both hot and cold sandwiches and I absolutely always overeat here. The décor is very eclectic and sometimes it’s hard to get a seat, because it’s such a small size and it’s always so busy. But it’s worth sacrificing a little space for an amazing sandwich.
It’s hard to pick a favorite because I’ve had multiple sandwiches here and have not been disappointed with any of them. But if I had to choose a recommendation, you can’t go wrong with the Fast Eddie or the Buford T. Justice.
Check out their full menu here.
Mr. West Cafe Bar
720 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101
Mr. West is probably one of the cutest spots in Seattle. You first walk into a beautiful display of succulents, air plants, and other gifting items. If you’re able to stay focused enough to get past all the adorable distractions, you’ll see the kitchen/bar located in the center of the restaurant.
Besides it being one of the most aesthetically pleasing spots to grab coffee and a bite to eat, they have a pretty unique menu as well. I recommend getting the BLT toast (add avocado of course) and if you’re into Matcha, try the Matcha Soda. It sounds weird, but it’s really good.
Their only current location is on 7th and Olive, but they are building a second location in University Village.
2311 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 9812
Wasabi is a really fun spot to get sushi in Seattle. It’s located in Belltown on a strip of a bunch of other bars and restaurants. So it’s also a great location to start your evening and continue exploring afterward. I would describe the atmosphere as very hip and modern. It’s probably one of the more popular spots in Seattle to grab some rolls.
They’re open really late too, so if you’re wanting sushi at midnight on a Saturday, this is the place to go.
5341 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
San Fermo is one of my favorite finds in Ballard. They turned a house into a restaurant and did such a good job exemplifying a small piece of Italy. This is the best Italian restaurant in Seattle, hands down. The pasta is fresh and cooked perfectly, the wine is amazing, and the atmosphere is so charming.
They have seating in their outdoor patio section, which is made perfect in any temperature by their heaters and blankets ready to go for you. They also have seating in the upstairs attic. Their fresh and seasonal items change daily on the menu, but I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the options.
Ballard Annex Oyster House
Picture: Courtesy of Ballard Annex Oyster House.
5410 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Ballard Annex Oyster House serves some really fresh seafood and, you guessed it, incredible oysters. Their nautical theme is a bit cliché but it’ done tastefully. It’s a fun spot to go to any day of the week. They have a massive bar and are usually playing sports game on the TVs. There’s also a back area called Grog, which used to be an old Ballard news printing press building. They use it for private events that sit up to 45 people, but they take other parties if the room isn’t reserved.
I’m not huge on oysters, but the Oysters Rockefeller is a must!
The London Plane
Almost last, but certainly not least, The London Plane is an amazing Mediterranean inspired restaurant/floral shop/cafe/you-name-it. It’s located in Pioneer Square and it’s one of the more beautiful spaces to walk into. You’ll be greeted by the floral shop to the left and a massive cafe to your right. Turn the corner and you’ll find the bar and dining area. But there’s so much more. They also have a gift shop featuring local crafts. There’s a lot to look at in this place, you could spend quite some time here.
The food is all plant-inspired and the bread is literally made in the restaurant every day. This is some of the freshest, most amazing bread I’ve ever had. Not exaggerating in the slightest. Come for any meal, any time of the day, and they will not disappoint.
Okay, I know I said San Fermo has the best Italian food in Seattle, but I wasn’t talking about pizza. Via Tribunali serves incredible authentic Italian pizza at three locations in Seattle. And when I say authentic, I mean Italy literally shipped over a pizza and it got here in 20 minutes. Their ingredients are so fresh and the pizza dough is soft and crispy in all the right places. They even brought the original oven over from Naples to make sure the pizza was as genuine as possible.
If you haven’t had Italian style pizza, don’t be surprised when your pie is delivered unsliced. They give you shears you can use to cut the pizza yourself, or you can just have at it as you please. Any location will be amazing, but the first location is in Capitol Hill and my favorite to go to.
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There are so many incredible restaurants in Seattle, it’s almost too hard to choose a top 10. But these restaurants serve amazing food and a great atmosphere. Happy eating!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m Alex, I was born and raised in Seattle and I’m crazy passionate about exploring this city and inspiring people to love themselves. Growing up, I’ve dealt with a lot of insecurity and body image issues. And in the past few years I’ve been working to grow out of them and into myself. I use my blog as a creative outlet to express who I am and share my fun adventures in Seattle and around the world. Absolutely Alex holds all my best kept Seattle secrets and all the things you can’t miss, as well as my other travel experiences and my journey into self love. My main mission is to help women explore the world in the best possible way all while being absolutely themselves.