The Best Burgers in Seattle

The OpenTable Team

Seattle is known for its fresh caught seafood and serving cuisine with a Pacific Northwest twist. Restaurants source from regional farms and place great emphasis on serving sustainably raised meat and poultry. And when you order a burger in Seattle, you know it’s going to be good. But everyone’s a critic when it comes to restaurants. So we dug into our data to unearth the real tastemakers—the diners we know are going to the best burger restaurants in Seattle. Here’s where they’re dining now in the Emerald City.

Restaurants:RN74 - Seattle, Yard House - Seattle, Stanford's - Northgate
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary French / American, American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Northgate

RN74 - Seattle

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown
2,424 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
RN74 is located in the Joshua Green Building and serves an American take on regional French cuisine. The restaurant’s interior is sleek and modern with a well stocked bar in the coRead more
87% recommended
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Yard House - Seattle

$$$$·American·
Downtown
192 reviews
  • Live Sports
  • Bar Seating
  • Business Meals
Yard House is located just outside of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. The sports bar provides a more high end dining experience while still being fun and accessible. Yard HouseRead more
88% recommended

Stanford's - Northgate

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Northgate
540 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
Stanford’s Restaurant & Bar is located in Northgate and is a worthy addition to this list. The interior feels more akin to a traditional steakhouse but the burgers at Stanford’s deRead more
96% recommended

Beach Cafe

$$$$·American·
Kirkland
1,787 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Casual
Beach Café is located on the water in Kirkland’s Woodmark Hotel and offers expansive views of Lake Washington. The interior combines wood paneling and stone accents to create a cozRead more
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Matts’ Rotisserie & Oyster Lounge

$$$$·American·
Redmond
723 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
Matt’s Rotisserie & Oyster Lounge is located next to Marymoor Park and serves a variety of steak and seafood specialties. The large, warmly decorated dining room also features an oRead more
89% recommended
Best Value in Eastside

Outlier

$$$$·American·
Downtown
363 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Outlier is located in downtown Seattle just steps from the public library. The restaurant offers a modern, edgy ambiance designed to reflect Seattle’s evolution over the years. TheRead more
81% recommended
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Lecosho

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
1,091 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Lecosho, located just outside of Waterfront Park, serves European influenced dishes using the freshest Pacific Northwestern ingredients. This includes house made sausage and pasta Read more
95% recommended
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Palace Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
294 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
The Palace Kitchen, located several blocks north of Pike Place Market, serves sophisticated New American plates in an elegant bohemian setting. The restaurant was opened by chef ToRead more
95% recommended
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Lark

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,019 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Lark is located in the Pike/Pine corridor and serves wholesome farm to table cuisine in an airy, wood lined contemporary interior. The seasonally adjusted menu offers a range of loRead more
93% recommended
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2120

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
507 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
2120 is located in the downtown South Lake Union area next to the Amazon Spheres. The restaurant serves contemporary American food in a stylish interior accented with wood, marble,Read more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Capitol Cider

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
576 reviews
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
A number of impressive restaurants have opened in the downtown area but the Capitol Cider has forged a distinct identity and loyal clientele. The interior feels at once both a taveRead more
94% recommended
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The Fig & The Judge

$$$$·American·
Downtown
59 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Groups
  • Pre/post Theatre
The Fig & The Judge, located on the second floor of the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, serves “globally inspired dishes along with Pacific Northwest favorites.” The chic interior is deRead more
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Quality Athletics

$$$$·American·
Pioneer Square
104 reviews
  • Fun
  • Great Beer
  • Good for Groups
Quality Athletics in downtown Seattle is an upscale version of the neighborhood sports bar with a rooftop garden and an outdoor fire pit. Quality Athletics’ burgers also are a stepRead more
100% recommended
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STOUT Pub

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
33 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
Stout, located next to Cal Anderson Park, is a busy brewpub with an impressive beer selection and even better burgers. The interior is both modern and rustic with exposed metalworkRead more
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Smith

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
244 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Smith in Miller Park serves up delicious New American food in a rustic, cozy setting. The Smith Burger with bacon is a great burger for a Sunday ball game but those looking for somRead more
91% recommended
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