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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in South of Seattle

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in South of Seattle? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Smoke & Cedar Steakhouse restaurant
4.5
4.5 (205)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Auburn
About the restaurant
Located on top of the all-new Muckleshoot Casino Resort tower in the heart of the bountiful Pacific Northwest. Smoke & Cedar will be among one of the country's leading steakhouses, dedicated to providing excellent guest service, fine libations, prime steaks and the best seafood the PNW has to offer. This one-of-a-kind restaurant in Washington commands 270-degree views of Mt. Rainier, the Puget Sound and both the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges.

Smoke & Cedars menu is updated seasonally to best showcase ingredients collected by foragers from the farmers markets, regional farms, and other artisan purveyors. The soul of the restaurant quite literally extends through its decor to spectacular views, complimenting a menu that conveys the sentiment that quality procured ingredients-are better appreciated on a beautiful plate in an approachable but elegant setting.

Bon appétit!

Top review
Annied
Dined 2 days ago
Smoke and Cedar Steakhouse was the best thing about Muckleshoot Resort. I highly recommend this restaurant.
A photo of Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2137)
$31 to $50
Northwest
Seatac
About the restaurant
Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar is a Northwest gathering spot serving seasonally-inspired farm-to-table cuisine. Our team is committed to sustainable practices that bring the season's bounty to your table. We hand select products from small local farms, fishermen, ranchers and artisans to curate all our menus. Arrive early and experience a seasonal cocktail or glass of Washington State wine in Copperleaf Bar! Come see why Copperleaf Restaurant is a quintessentially Northwest experience.

Table reservations for the patio are honored based on request and availability at the time of arrival; due to the frequently changing weather circumstances of the Seattle area and the popularity of our outdoor dining spaces, we are unable to guarantee reservations for the patio.


Top review
Grasshopper
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
The ambiance at the restaurant is so relaxing. After a hectic day of travel to arrive in Seattle, we were thrilled to sit back and enjoy the great food and service in a lovely setting. I highly recommend this place!
A photo of The Restaurant at Alderbrook restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1406)
$31 to $50
Northwest
Union
About the restaurant
Our location brings out the best in fresh local seafood, dry aged beef, world-class wines and waterfront views - making The Restaurant at Alderbrook a destination in itself.

The interior setting of The Restaurant at Alderbrook takes its inspiration from the outdoors with warm colors of chocolate brown and sage green representing the gardens and lawn of the resort. Floor-to-ceiling windows and multi-levels amplify views of the brilliant shore and snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains.

The cuisine showcases local seafood harvested from Puget Sound and Hood Canal. After all, our shores are encrusted with oysters, our docks lined with mussels, and our sea teems with salmon.



Top review
OftenDinesOutvip
Dined 5 days ago
We had such a great time. The reason was the two bartenders who took care of us that evening were fantastic. Drinks were flowing and we didn't want for anything. The food was amazing and we indulged in everything. We will definitely be returning.
A photo of Anthony's HomePort - Des Moines restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3754)
$30 and under
Seafood
Des Moines
About the restaurant
We are a locally-owned, waterfront restaurant dedicated to giving our guests a truly Northwest dining experience. Anthony’s has earned the reputation for the finest fresh seafood, perfectly prepared and expertly served with an uncompromising commitment to quality and value. We feature fresh seasonal and sustainable fish and shellfish from our own seafood company accompanied by Northwest wines and micro brews as well our "Best of the Season" produce featured in our house-made desserts, salads, entrees, and beverages. Anthony’s in Des Moines features a lovely panoramic view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Open daily for lunch with a casual style no reservation necessary restaurant on the first floor featuring seafood, pastas, salads, burgers and fish tacos.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The 3 of us are still raving about our dinners. Steaks were sooo good and I know the seafood is their specialty but the tenderloin was terrific, Wife had king salmon and it was prepped to perfection. Deserts also excellent!! Can’t wait to return.
A photo of Grazie Ristorante - Southcenter/Tukwila restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1874)
$31 to $50
Italian
Tukwila
About the restaurant
We are an authentic Italian restaurant featuring wines and foods from the different regions of Italy. A remarkable aspect that sets our restaurants apart is our employees are taken to Italy for education in Italian food and wine knowledge. Our servers are personable and also educated to help you with your dining selections. We take no shortcuts with our food and make everything on our menu from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients and imported products. When you step inside the door of our restaurant our goal is to take your senses on a culinary journey to Italia.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We enjoyed Grazie very much. The food was delicious and the service was very good. We will be back.
A photo of Duke's Seafood - Kent Station restaurant
4.7
4.7 (759)
$30 and under
Seafood
Kent
About the restaurant
Duke's Kent Seafood Restaurant is an upscale casual Pacific Northwest restaurant & bar offering signature, flavorful, 100% sustainable wild seafood, Award Winning Chowder and grass fed burgers in a gathering place that is friendly, comfortable, unpretentious and filled with personality. We only source all natural, healthful ingredients. Duke's food is free of hormones, antibiotics and free of harmful chemicals. Guests sum up their favorable assessment of what Duke's has to offer with three words: It’s so good! Duke's in Kent is a locals favorite, perfect for grabbing a drink at the bar, lunch, dinner, outdoor dining or dinner with the family or group of friends.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I had a baked salmon dish with mustard sauce, I believe it's colonel mustards salmon or something to that effect. It was VERY tasty. Fish was cooked perfectly and a good portion size. Our server was super helpful and patient even though our party was a little scatterbrained. We had a nice time. It was my first time here, I only picked the spot because I needed to meet friends and we had dogs, I called and they said we could have our dogs there in the outdoor area, so it worked out. I was pretty happy with the choice and I will probably come back if I'm in the area.
A photo of Duke's Seafood - Southcenter restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1052)
$30 and under
Seafood
Tukwila
About the restaurant
Duke's Restaurant Southcenter, located in Tukwila at the south end of The Westfield Mall, is an upscale casual Pacific Northweset seafood restaurant offering signature, flavorful, 100% sustainable wild seafood, Award Winning Chowder, and grass-fed burgers in a gathering place that is friendly, comfortable, unpretentious, and filled with personality. We only source all-natural, healthful ingredients. Duke's food is free of hormones, antibiotics, and free of harmful chemicals. Guests sum up their favorable assessment of what Duke's has to offer with three words: It’s so good! Great Fish Tacos, Wild Halibut & Salmon, Salads and amazing sandwiches.

Please note: We do not accept reservations for the outdoor deck seating. First come, first serve. Please feel free to designate outdoor seating as your preference when making a reservation or checking in and we'll do our best to see you on our patio.

Top review
olt1234
Dined 1 day ago
Parker was our server. Service was quick, refilled our drinks multiple times. She knew the menu well and was able to make suggestions as to whether certain dishes were suitable due to allergy. Food was delicious and portion was big.
A photo of 8 Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (48)
$31 to $50
Asian
Auburn
About the restaurant
A beloved regional destination for Asian cuisine, 8 welcomes guests for lunch and dinner service once again!

Featuring a newly refined dining atmosphere, 8 offers all the menu favorites patrons know and love as well as a few new surprises.

Sourced from New England and delivered fresh throughout the week, live Maine lobster is available for hand selection from saltwater aquariums. Guests can choose one of three preparations – Salt & Pepper, Black Bean or Ginger Scallion.

The delicacy of Peking Duck is also a new addition to 8. Marinated over five days and roasted to perfection, the flavorful, crispy-skinned entrée—served with scallions, cucumber, and steamed buns as well as hoisin sauce—sates parties of two to three.

The number 8 is a symbol of luck and wealth in many Asian cultures.

Top review
RonH
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Great food but the restaurant needs a upgrading. It looked more like a cafeteria than a restaurant.
A photo of Sharps RoastHouse restaurant
4.4
4.4 (146)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Seatac
About the restaurant
Sharps RoastHouse has been voted one of the best Seatac restaurants. We are a local restaurant and bar next door to Seatac Airport (Seattle International Airport), just outside of Seattle. We offer scratch American Cuisine, fine crafted cocktails and Northwest wine and beer. Our custom roasting works showcases our 12-hour Hereford Prime Rib, Applewood Smoked St Louis Ribs and spit fired organic rotisserie chicken. Perfect for a quick bite before a flight or layover or after picking up a hungry friend from a long day of traveling.
Top review
TeraS
Dined 1 day ago
This place was so good, we came back the next night too! Everything was delicious. The prime rib is the best we have ever had!
A photo of Paolo's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1257)
$30 and under
Italian
Kent
About the restaurant
For more than 20 years, Paolo’s has been bringing the taste of Italy to Kent. Paul Raftis founded the restaurant after growing up learning to cook along side his mother, Darlene Raftis. He enjoys the open kitchen he can chat with guests as he works. He never tires of hearing "It smells so good in here!" As a marathoner, he is living proof that that you can eat Italian and be healthy. In fact, one of his signature dishes, "Fettucine Paolo" was featured in Runner's World magazine. "It's one of the dishes I developed, it has no cream in it, no butter." It's a delicious pasta dish that utilizes olive oil, garlic, chicken stock, garlic, balsamic vinegar, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and chicken. So whether it's bruschetta, cioppino, pizza, or spaghetti and meatballs, Paul thanks each of you for choosing to dine here.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Favorite local Italian restaurant for any occasion!
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