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.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:Loulay, Mamnoon, Westward
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary French / American, Middle Eastern, Northwest
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Capitol Hill / First Hill, Wallingford
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Loulay

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown
2,688 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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 pitch-perfect bouilla...

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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 cravable, with dishes like ...

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Westward

$$$$·Northwest·
Wallingford
1,179 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

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 w...

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Scenic View in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,885 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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...

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Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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San Fermo

$$$$·Italian·
Ballard
878 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 ...

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Romantic in Seattle
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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

$$$$·American·
Downtown
4,734 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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 ...

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Notable Wine List in Seattle
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Stoneburner

$$$$·Italian·
Ballard
1,213 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 grandeur. The food, wh...

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Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
5,042 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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 featur...

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Sushi Kappo Tamura

$$$$·Japanese·
Lake Union / Eastlake
1,315 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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...

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Best Food in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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The Pink Door

$$$$·Italian·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
5,844 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View

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 ...

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Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Lark

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,019 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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 after eating your way...

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Cafe Campagne

$$$$·French·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
2,187 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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 in...

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Great for Brunch in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Terra Plata

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,640 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 ta...

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Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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The Whale Wins

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
557 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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, hea...

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American in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Joule

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
840 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

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 ka...

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Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Vendemmia

$$$$·Italian·
Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
751 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine

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 ...

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Fit for Foodies in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Haymaker Eastlake

$$$$·American·
Lake Union / Eastlake
400 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu

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 neighbo...

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Fit for Foodies in Seattle

Blueacre Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,725 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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 blues, and a lovely pla...

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