The Best Bars for Foodies in Seattle

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:The Capital Grille - Seattle, Spinasse, Il Terrazzo Carmine
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Capitol Hill / First Hill

The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,817 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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 righRead more
96% recommended
Good for Groups in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,735 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 bRead more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle
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Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,281 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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 foRead more
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in Seattle

The Metropolitan Grill

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
7,129 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 stRead more
81% recommended
Best Food in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
5,066 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
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 Read more
86% recommended
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Westward

$$$$·Northwest·
Wallingford
937 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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 aRead more
94% recommended
Scenic View in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Joule

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
741 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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 steaRead more
97% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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The London Plane

$$$$·American·
Pioneer Square
320 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
One of the more unique places among Seattle bars, The London Plane offers up a captivating mixture of selections. The welcoming location houses a London Plane cafe, specialty groceRead more
89% recommended
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Pintxo

$$$$·Spanish·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
635 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Right in the middle of the Pike Place Market neighborhood is this standout tapas institution, renowned for its extraordinary wall art decor and a colorful, engaging bar art fixtureRead more
97% recommended
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Dead Line

$$$$·South American·
Pioneer Square
52 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
A cool spot in Pioneer Square, Dead Line (named for the historical border between North and South Seattle) is on the shortlist for the best bar in Seattle. It features a stunning bRead more
96% recommended
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Knee High Stocking Co.

$$$$·Cocktail Bar·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
191 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Romantic
Knee High Stocking Co. is a cutting-edge, ultra-cool, speakeasy-style craft cocktail bar with some suave vibes. It's a happening, bustling spot delivering some amazing craft drinksRead more
86% recommended
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Quinn's Pub

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
113 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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 rRead more
92% recommended
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Trace

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
404 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This lush spot offers hearty game, seafood, and other dishes inspired by the area around Seattle and ends it all off with a sweetly decadent selection of desserts. Trace also featuRead more
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Herb & Bitter Public House

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
155 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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 aRead more
86% recommended
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Atlas Kitchen & Lounge

$$$$·American·
Seattle Center / Lower Queen Anne
22 reviews
  • Live Sports
  • Bar Seating
  • Happy Hour
Here's a spot to unwind and catch a game. Atlas Kitchen and Lounge offers a relaxed, fun spot for a beer, classic bar food, and some televised excitement. Look out for some of theiRead more
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The Carlile Room

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
884 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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-winniRead more
94% recommended
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The Grill From Ipanema

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
2,205 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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, pRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Oddfellows Cafe + Bar

$$$$·American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
21 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
There may be an “odd” in the title, but there's nothing strange about this neighborhood jewel in the Pike/Pine district. It's a perfect place for a late dinner and features a menu Read more
94% recommended
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El Camino

$$$$·Mexican·
Fremont
188 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
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 Read more
90% recommended
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