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Favorite Local Restaurants in Seattle

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.

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The OpenTable team
14 Restaurants
Updated February 25, 2020
Restaurants:Westward, Spinasse, San Fermo
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Northwest, Italian
Neighborhoods:Wallingford, Capitol Hill / First Hill, Ballard
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Westward

$$$$
Northwest
Wallingford
4.6
1467 reviews
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 describe it as Greek with a Northwest sensibility—while gazing at out at Lake Union and the Seattle city skyline. Not too shabby.

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Spinasse

$$$$
Italian
Capitol Hill / First Hill
4.9
3181 reviews
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 butter and sage; lamb agnolotti en brodo; and cavatelli with morel ragu.

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San Fermo

$$$$
Italian
Ballard
4.7
1146 reviews
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 on some of the best risotto milanese, spaghetti bolognese, and pork chops that Seattle has to offer.

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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.5
4813 reviews
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 Wine Bar. The walls are filled with bottles of all types and denominations, and the staff is eager to help you navigate the extensive menu. Plus, there are plenty of excellent pizzas and pastas to nourish you on your journey.

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Stoneburner

$$$$
Italian
Ballard
4.8
1360 reviews
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 grandeur. The food, which is Mediterranean-ish with a local, modern twist, only adds to the experience; dig into a bavette steak or a bowl of pasta with sausage ragu, and you’ll feel like you’re living large.

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Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$
Asian
Downtown
4.5
5396 reviews
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 Ginger, which features dishes from all over Asia, was a trailblazer then, and it’s still relevant—and delicious—today. Make sure to get a few of the offerings from the satay bar, and don’t miss their famous “fragrant duck.”

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Sushi Kappo Tamura

$$$$
Japanese
Lake Union / Eastlake
4.8
1407 reviews
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 time, and you certainly will, too; this is some of the best sushi in Seattle, with ingredients that are prepared thoughtfully and elegantly, blending Seattle’s incredible bounty with Japanese tradition.

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The Pink Door

$$$$
Italian
Belltown / Pike Place Market
4.8
6776 reviews
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 Market. With a concept this cool and a space this special, the food could easily play second fiddle—but it shines, every time. We especially love the Caesar salad, pappardelle bolognese, and the lasagna Pink Door.

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Cafe Campagne

$$$$
French
Belltown / Pike Place Market
4.6
2438 reviews
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 space is warm and inviting, the banquettes are comfortable, and the waitstaff is always friendly and attentive.

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Terra Plata

$$$$
Farm-to-table
Capitol Hill / First Hill
4.5
3303 reviews
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, and beet salad with tahini vinaigrette mark this sense of place. Don’t miss their Monday-night paella nights, where you’ll find top-notch paella, tapas, pinxtos, and seasonal sangria.

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The Whale Wins

$$$$
American
Wallingford
4.6
692 reviews
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. This is seasonal, hearth-driving cooking at its finest, with an ever-changing menu that never ceases to delight.

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Takeout available
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Joule

$$$$
Steakhouse
Wallingford
4.7
1039 reviews
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, with dishes like kalbi with grilled kimchi, chuck flap steak with harissa, and rib eye with spicy peanut oil. The rest of the menu is just as exciting as the beef, especially the crispy eggplant, spicy rice cakes, and black-sesame noodles.

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Vendemmia

$$$$
Italian
Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
4.8
904 reviews
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-class status, from the extensive list of vegetable dishes to the tagliatelle with white bolognese. If you still have room, we recommend the pork chop or the brown-buttered ribeye steak.

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Haymaker Eastlake

$$$$
American
Lake Union / Eastlake
4.2
495 reviews
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, another superlative neighborhood Italian restaurant. Don’t miss his house-made pastas like gemelli with braised pork, rigatoni with fennel sausage, and tagliatelle laced with dungeness crab.

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