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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 the Tastemaker 20. 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
For 2 people on Tue, 9/17
Party Size
For 2
Date
Tue, 9/17
Time
7:00 PM

The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,591 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
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
90% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
42 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,492 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
147 people mentioned the Tajarin
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Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,978 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
94% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
17 people mentioned the Calamari

The Metropolitan Grill

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
6,900 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
90% recommended
Steak in Seattle / Eastern Washington
182 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
4,643 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
90% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington
140 people mentioned the Satay

Westward

$$$$·Northwest·
Wallingford
875 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • 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
92% recommended
Best Ambiance in Seattle
10 people mentioned the Black Cod
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Joule

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
665 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
84% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
59 people mentioned the Rice Cake
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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
8 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
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Pintxo

$$$$·Spanish·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
588 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
87% recommended
38 people mentioned the Paella

Dead Line

$$$$·South American·
Pioneer Square
50 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
100% recommended
1 people mentioned the Arepas

Knee High Stocking Co.

$$$$·Cocktail Bar·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
153 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
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
95% recommended
Late Night Find in Seattle / Eastern Washington
7 people mentioned the Lumpia

Quinn's Pub

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
85 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating
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
100% recommended
3 people mentioned the Coq Au Vin

Trace

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
387 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays
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
7 people mentioned the Poached Egg

Herb & Bitter Public House

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
128 reviews
  • Fun
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Authentic
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
90% recommended
2 people mentioned the Croquettes

Atlas Kitchen & Lounge

$$$$·American·
Seattle Center / Lower Queen Anne
21 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
1 people mentioned the Club Sandwich

The Carlile Room

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
782 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
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
98% recommended
Contemporary American in Seattle / Eastern Washington
15 people mentioned the Hush Puppies
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The Grill From Ipanema

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
2,071 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
90% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Seattle / Eastern Washington
61 people mentioned the Grilled Pineapple

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
1 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
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El Camino

$$$$·Mexican·
Fremont
170 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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
100% recommended
Good for Groups in Seattle
5 people mentioned the Guacamole

Girin - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary Korean·
Pioneer Square
357 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
For those looking to get out to a Seahawks or Sounders game, Girin is a superb option for some post or pre-event libations and food. But even if you're not going to Century Link, GRead more
85% recommended
11 people mentioned the Kim Chi
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