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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:The Capital Grille - Seattle, Spinasse, Il Terrazzo Carmine
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Capitol Hill / First Hill
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,101 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

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 ...

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Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,930 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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. ...

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Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,706 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 o...

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Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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The Metropolitan Grill

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
6,793 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals

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 h...

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Great for Lunch in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
5,085 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine

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 region...

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Special Occasion in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Westward

$$$$·Northwest·
Wallingford
1,220 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront

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 o...

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Best Ambiance in Seattle
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Joule

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
867 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 kimch...

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Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Quinn's Pub

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
145 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great Beer

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 ha...

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Trace

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
394 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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 features an expansive win...

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Herb & Bitter Public House

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
221 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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 c...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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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 their game day specials ...

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The Carlile Room

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
935 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date

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 resta...

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Late Night Find in Seattle

The Grill From Ipanema

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
2,297 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date

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, ...

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Steakhouse in Seattle

El Camino

$$$$·Mexican·
Fremont
350 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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. I...

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Good for Groups in Seattle
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