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The Best Bars for Foodies in Seattle

From the gold rush to the technology boom and the birth of grunge music, Seattle has always been at the forefront of cool. And the restaurants and bars in Seattle are no different. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Check out our list that boasts Seattle’s finest and coolest dining and drinking locations.

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The OpenTable Team
12 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:The Capital Grille - Seattle, Spinasse, Il Terrazzo Carmine
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Capitol Hill / First Hill
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The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.8
3427 reviews
The Emerald City location of the fabled Capital Grille chain offers up the institution's trademark upscale steakhouse feel and cuisine in a modern, beautiful location. Located right by the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, the Capital Grille is usually packed with a lively crowd of locals and tourists dining on all the steakhouse classics. Order a cocktail or one of the Capital Grille's excellent reds, whites, or roses. It’s always a reliable choice for visitors.

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Spinasse

$$$$
Italian
Capitol Hill / First Hill
4.8
3230 reviews
It's all about the pasta at Spinasse. This Seattle favorite on 14th Street has famous pasta dishes, the Tajarin al Ragu was hailed as one of the best Italian dishes in the nation by the Food Network. Stop in for one of these pasta creations and pair it with a wine, sweet cocktail, or aperitif.

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Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.8
3246 reviews
Bright, beautiful, and full of old-world charm, Il Terrazzo Carmine is a welcoming Italian institution that has delighted locals and visitors for decades. It's an excellent spot for a birthday party or get-together with friends. The menu is full of filling, traditional Italian dishes, and a massive wine list.

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The Metropolitan Grill

$$$$
Steak
Downtown
4.9
6365 reviews
The most famed place for a steak dinner in all Seattle. On Second and Marion in the heart of Seattle, the Metropolitan Grill has all the trademark design and beauty of an iconic steakhouse—dark wood hues, brass and velvet fixtures, and a huge marble bar. Head in and grab a cocktail or a glass of wine; there's even a "Cellar Club" for those who want to take advantage of the Grill's legendary wine selection at home.

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Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$
Asian
Downtown
4.5
5459 reviews
One of the most enduring Seattle bars, Wild Ginger has been a favorite of locals and tourists for over a quarter century. The cuisine crosses all Asian borders, mixing elements of many distinct regions to create something all their own. Try accompanying one of their dishes with something from the sake menu, either warm or chilled.

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Westward

$$$$
Northwest
Wallingford
4.6
1491 reviews
Westward offers up some of the most beautiful dining views in Seattle—and that's saying a lot. This venerated seafood restaurant and wine bar is right on the water, giving diners a breathtaking view of the city. Nautical themes abound Westward; stop in for a cocktail at the bar and you'll see the unique, wall-mounted Westward "ship" full of bottles and decorations.

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Joule

$$$$
Steakhouse
Wallingford
4.7
1066 reviews
Joule, from the powerhouse husband-and-wife Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, is a bustling creative take on classic steakhouse mixed with savory Korean flavors. There's short rib steak with grilled kimchi and grass-fed rib eye with spicy peanut oil, among many other mouth-watering creations. Try one of their cocktails or a selection from the beer list with dinner.

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Quinn's Pub

$$$$
Gastro Pub
Capitol Hill / First Hill
4.5
171 reviews
Quinn's Pub takes the traditional pub vibe up a few levels by being sleek and modern in a lively space. The food on the menu appears common, but the twists on it give this spot a real edge. It also has one of the best beer lists in Seattle, they have their own ale from nearby Odin Brewing Company, which makes this a must for any beer lover.

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Herb & Bitter Public House

$$$$
Gastro Pub
Capitol Hill / First Hill
4.2
292 reviews
Another beautiful bar is the one at Herb & Bitter Public House, which stares out over rows and rows of gleaming bottles and rich wood casks. It's a perfect spot to hang out, down a cocktail or local craft beer, and have a chat with a friendly bartender or a neighbor. Stop by at Happy Hour to grab a few appetizers and a drink.

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The Carlile Room

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown
4.6
1150 reviews
A perfect place for a late-night drink or dinner if you've gone to see a show at the Paramount Room in downtown Seattle. The Carlile is part of the massive, James Beard Award-winning Tom Douglas restaurant empire in the city, and offers up all the same creativity and flair of his other spots. It's hip and comfy inside, with excellent food, live music, and a big "Book of Booze" packed with cocktails, wine, and craft beer selections.

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The Grill From Ipanema

$$$$
Steakhouse
Belltown / Pike Place Market
4.3
2362 reviews
The Grill from Ipanema is pure fun that usually leaves patrons stuffed from deliciousness. It's a great place to bring a group of friends. There is dish after dish of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish, and vegetables, and you can add to your plates with all-you-can-eat visits to the cold table that's piled high with cheeses, cold cuts, and salads. There's live music at the Grill, and be sure to try one of the traditional Brazilian Caipirinha cocktails.

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El Camino

$$$$
Mexican
Fremont
4.5
488 reviews
This Fremont hot spot is at the top of the rankings for Mexican in the list of Seattle bars. There's all the favorites, soups, guacamole, tortas, house-made mole, taco plates, and fabled margaritas. It’s perfect food and drink to enjoy out on El Camino's lively outdoor deck.

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