Favorite Local Restaurants in Seattle

The OpenTable team

Hold up a mirror to the Puget Sound, or the surrounding mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and in it you’ll see what makes the Seattle food scene so special: from great ingredients comes great restaurants. 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. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to waterfront views, from perfect omakase counters to restaurants that double as circus acts—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Loulay, Mamnoon, Westward
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary French / American, Middle Eastern, Northwest
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Capitol Hill / First Hill, Wallingford

Loulay

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown
2,690 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
Loulay is named for chef Thierry Rautureau’s tiny hometown of of Saint-Hilaire-de-Loulay, and he certainly does his it proud. This is French brasserie cooking at its finest—think pRead more
90% recommended
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Mamnoon

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
950 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
It’s hard to make a restaurant that feels both comfortable and upscale, and Mamnoon manages to be both at once. This is modern Mediterranean food that’s as elegant as it is cravablRead more
93% recommended
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Westward

$$$$·Northwest·
Wallingford
919 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
There are few spots in Seattle where you can get both a great meal and a great view, and Westward is one of them. Here, you can dine on chef Zoi Antonitsas’s excellent food—we’d deRead more
89% recommended
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Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,706 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
There’s no shortage of great Italian restaurants in Seattle, but Spinasse consistently shines as one of the brightest. Come here for superlative dishes like hand-cut tajarin with bRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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San Fermo

$$$$·Italian·
Ballard / Fremont
670 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Housed in a historic home in Ballard that’s been preserved since the 1800s, San Fermo is undoubtedly a special restaurant. Grab a spot on the ivy-covered wraparound porch and dine Read more
93% recommended
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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

$$$$·American·
Downtown
4,660 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
You know the scene in Beauty and the Beast when Belle enters the beast’s soaring, book-lined library? If you’re a wine lover, you’ll feel the same way walking into Purple Cafe and Read more
86% recommended

Stoneburner

$$$$·Italian·
Ballard / Fremont
1,080 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Dining at Stoneburner, the restaurant on the ground floor of the Hotel Ballard, is a regal experience: the wood-paneled room and leather chairs evoke a feeling of importance, of grRead more
89% recommended
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Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
5,066 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
When Wild Ginger opened almost 30 years ago, the food scene in America was markedly different: there were few sushi bars, few ramen joints, few places to eat Korean barbecue. Wild Read more
85% recommended
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Sushi Kappo Tamura

$$$$·Japanese·
Lake Union / Eastlake
1,282 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
It’s easy for sushi restaurants to feel serious, quiet, austere. Not Sushi Kappo Tamura. Here, it’s clear that chef Taichi Kitamura and the rest of the staff are having a great timRead more
95% recommended
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The Pink Door

$$$$·Italian·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
5,118 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
There’s no place quite like The Pink Door. This is part circus, part cabaret, part live-music venue, and part Italian restaurant, all found within Seattle’s historic Pike Place MarRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Lark

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,019 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Lark was one of the pioneer restaurants of the Seattle farm-to-table movement, and it’s just as good as ever. This is cooking that truly celebrates where its food comes from, and aRead more
92% recommended
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Cafe Campagne

$$$$·French·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
2,075 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Smack in the middle of Pike Place Market you’ll find Cafe Campagne, a classic French brasserie that’s been churning out duck confit, beef tartare, and steak frites since 1994. The Read more
98% recommended
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Terra Plata

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,133 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Terra Plata bills itself as an “earth-to-plate restaurant”—hence the name—and their menu reflects their ethos: dishes like risotto with wild mushrooms, leek-and-manchego gratin, anRead more
93% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Seattle / Eastern Washington

The Whale Wins

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
488 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
There’s a reason The Whale Wins is one of Seattle’s most acclaimed and talked-about-restaurants: James Beard Award–winning chef Renee Erickson’s food is some of the best in town. TRead more
89% recommended

Joule

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
730 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Yes, Joule has a section of the menu dedicated to steak, but that doesn’t make it your average steakhouse. This is chefs Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s take on a Korean steakhouse,Read more
94% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Vendemmia

$$$$·Italian·
Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
641 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
When Vendemmia opened in 2015, it was quick to top the lists of some of Seattle’s best Italian spots. And though it has that neighborhood-gem feel, it still retains its best-in-claRead more
99% recommended
Hot Spot in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Haymaker Eastlake

$$$$·American·
Lake Union / Eastlake
273 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
When it comes to Italian food, chef Brian Clevenger, the man behind Vendemmia and Raccolto, certainly knows what he’s doing. Enter Le Messe, his newest project in Eastlake, anotherRead more
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in Seattle

Blueacre Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,758 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Local Ingredients
Seattle is one of the best places in the country to find fresh, high-quality seafood, and Blueacre Seafood does its bounty justice. This is a swanky spot, done up in whites and bluRead more
86% recommended
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