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The Best Cheap Eats in Seattle

The OpenTable Team

The Seattle food scene bursts with flavors, some unique to the region and some far beyond. From the farm-fresh movement to Hawaiian poke, this city's restaurants are always evolving. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. From fresh-from-the-sea fusion to fall-off-the-bone ribs, there's a plate to please at a variety of cheap Seattle restaurants. Check out local hotspots and hidden gems recommended by some of the most discerning diners in the city. Dig into this guide and find cheap eats that range from gourmet to greasy spoon.

Restaurants:Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle, Spinasse, The Metropolitan Grill
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Asian, Italian, Steak
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Capitol Hill / First Hill
For 2 people on Sat, 10/19
Party Size
For 2
Date
Sat, 10/19
Time
7:00 PM

Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
4,722 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
Contemporary decor with a sprinkle of Asian flavor marks the ambiance at Wild Ginger. This downtown restaurant serves up classic Asian flavors updated for the modern palate. Fresh,Read more
89% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,523 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Northwest Italian cuisine served in a trendy, chic restaurant describes Spinasse. With dishes that come straight from Piedmont, Italy, and a wine list from the same area, the food Read more
95% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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The Metropolitan Grill

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
6,936 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Enjoy fine dining at its best with a reservation at The Metropolitan Grill. This steakhouse serves up prime cuts in a lushly elegant atmosphere. The soft lighting is set off by theRead more
88% recommended
Steak in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,621 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries
On-site butchers cut up dry aged steaks at The Capital Grille. The award-winning wine list has more than 350 labels. Exceptional service is the norm, and this restaurant offers a gRead more
86% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,013 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
A staple in the Seattle fine dining scene, Il Terrazzo Carmine also makes it onto the cheap places to eat list. Multiple sizing options makes this a solid addition, with both largeRead more
91% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Etta's Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
3,363 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Celebrity chef and owner Tom Douglas brings his love of quality ingredients and sustainable practices to Etta's Seafood. The fish is always fresh, and the menu includes classic disRead more

Pintxo

$$$$·Spanish·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
596 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Serving classic Spanish tapas, Pintxo gives each small plate a modern twist on regional cuisine. The intimate dining room features small tables designed to make sharing small plateRead more
88% recommended
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Tilikum Place Cafe

$$$$·Northwest·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
1,688 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Cozy
The rustic wood and brick decor of Tilikum Place Cafe contrasts nicely with the upscale and contemporary menu. Enjoy fine dining cuisine in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. Read more
97% recommended
Best Value in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Shaker + Spear

$$$$·Seafood·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
991 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Fresh, locally sourced ingredients meet an eclectic but welcoming decor at Shaker + Spear. This seafood restaurant serves a fun and interesting menu at every time of day, so dinersRead more
90% recommended
Seafood in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Umi Sake House

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown
1,175 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Authentic
Perfect for small groups that want an authentic tatami experience, Umi Sake House has it all. The traditional dining room for last-minute evenings or small groups is just as nicelyRead more
87% recommended
Japanese in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Re:public

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Lake Union / Eastlake
436 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
Exposed brick and dark wood are part of the rustic decor at Re:public, a 21 and older establishment serving up an eclectic fusion menu. Come in during happy hour to enjoy a plate oRead more
88% recommended
Late Night Find in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Assaggio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,743 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
Light and airy, with interesting design choices like the ceiling art, Assaggio is a fun and delicious place to eat. The Tuscan-inspired menu serves a vast number of inexpensive, yeRead more
89% recommended
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Cafe Campagne

$$$$·French·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
1,971 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Authentic
A not so well kept Pike Place Market secret, Cafe Campagne brings classic Parisian flavors to the Seattle food scene. On the weekdays, happy hour is a great time to enjoy small plaRead more
100% recommended
Great for Brunch in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Queen Anne
2,297 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Enjoy an authentic New Orleans culinary experience at Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge. The big, bold Creole and Cajun flavors coming out of the kitchen keep diners happy and smilinRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle
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Japonessa Sushi Cocina

$$$$·Japanese·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
1,981 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Great for Lunch
Hints of Latin flair show in the decor and on the menu at Japonessa Sushi Cocina. While Chef Billy Beach's menu is full of traditional Japanese dishes, they come out with distinctlRead more
93% recommended
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No Anchor (21 +)

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
162 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
For the beer lovers out there, a visit to No Anchor is a must. This 21 and over establishment features a long row of handmade tap handles for the constantly revolving selection of Read more
88% recommended
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Maslow’s by Farestart

$$$$·American·
Lake Union / Eastlake
152 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
At Maslow's, enjoy a good meal and support education and the fight against poverty. This restaurant designed by Farestart helps train workers for skilled jobs in a restaurant settiRead more
94% recommended
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Palomino - Seattle - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Downtown
3,637 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
Just a few blocks from the Convention Center, Palomino Restaurant is an upscale eatery that blends flavors from America, the Mediterranean, and Europe. Artisan pizzas, soups and saRead more
94% recommended
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Trove - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary Korean·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
170 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
For an interactive meal where diners take a hand in the cooking, book a table at Trove. This Korean BBQ restaurant also has a Wok Room where chefs cook hand-formed noodles fresh foRead more
93% recommended
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