The Best Restaurants in Seattle, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

There is no shortage of things to do in Seattle, from visiting the city's best attractions like Pike Place Market to enjoying the scenic views and outdoor parks, like Parsons Gardens. And it's no secret that the city has long been a hot spot for food lovers. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners.

With its proximity to the sea and its cool climate, Seattle produces lots of fantastic and fresh local seafood, produce, and other delicious ingredients. Whether one is looking for fine dining or a quick, casual bite, the restaurants in Seattle will not disappoint. This sparkling city also loves to put its own signature flair on the potpourri of flavors, so expect to have a completely unique dining experience when the right spot is found. From Downtown to Bellevue and everything in between, here are some of the best restaurants in Seattle.

Restaurants:Spinasse, Zane + Wylie's Seattle Steakhouse, Il Terrazzo Carmine
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Capitol Hill / First Hill, Downtown

Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,735 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
It’s hard to find a list of the best places to eat in Seattle that doesn’t include Spinasse. Known for its incredible, heaping bowl of tajarin al ragu, made with fresh, hand-cut paRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Zane + Wylie's Seattle Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
214 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Seattle downtown, Zane and Wylie’s is worth checking out. Seasoned restaurateurs Kevin and Terresa Davis named the place after their tRead more
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Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,316 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
Founded by Carmine Smeraldo, a native of Naples, this classy dining spot features an elegant dining room and wonderfully plated Italian delights. It has an amazing selection of appRead more
99% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington

RN74 - Seattle

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown
2,425 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
Often thought of as a French restaurant, RN74 is actually an exotic mix of American and French cuisine with an extensive wine list that includes many boutique producers from WashinRead more
85% recommended
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Shaker + Spear

$$$$·Seafood·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
1,156 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
If seafood's your thing, you won't find any better place to have a meal in Seattle than Shaker + Spear. This seafood restaurant boasts local, fresh ingredients that highlight the cRead more
97% recommended
Great for Brunch in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,844 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
The Capital Grille is a chain, but it's still one of the best places to eat in Seattle. This upscale steakhouse features outstanding steak and seafood options, and an unforgettableRead more
100% recommended
Special Occasion in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Andaluca

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown
1,655 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Conjuring up the romance of the Mediterranean, Andaluca’s food and design have been a winning combo since the mid-'90s. The menu highlights Northwest food inspired by other countriRead more
92% recommended
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Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
5,066 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Wild Ginger has two locations in Seattle that have been serving up delightful pan-Asian favorites for years. The newest edition — Wild Ginger McKenzie — offers all the old favoriteRead more
86% recommended
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Prelude at McCaw Hall

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Seattle Center / Lower Queen Anne
2,706 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
Located at performance venue McCaw Hall, Prelude offers show attendees the ability to eat an elegant, gourmet meal onsite. Enjoy artfully presented dishes with fresh ingredients, cRead more
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Barking Frog

$$$$·Northwest·
Woodinville
3,899 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Barking Frog is an upscale bistro with a rustic vibe, so eat here to experience outstanding food while feeling like you can escape into the wilderness. Located in wine country, BarRead more
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Pasta Freska

$$$$·Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
575 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Founded in 1997 and located right on Lake Union, Pasta Freska offers a charming and comfortable atmosphere that is great for enjoying private dinners or group events. What makes itRead more
92% recommended
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The Metropolitan Grill

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
7,130 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
Often thought of as the best steakhouse in town, The Metropolitan Grill promises not to disappoint any lovers of the classic steak dining experience. Every cut of meat is hand-seleRead more
100% recommended
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,459 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays
No matter what city you visit Ruth's Christ Steak House in, it's good. And, the same holds true for the location in Seattle, where it's one of the best steak restaurants. Head to RRead more
86% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington

McMenamins Tavern on the Square

$$$$·Northwest·
Bothell
922 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Tavern on the Square sits in what was once a school cafeteria and provides a comfortable but sophisticated atmosphere. The Northwest-style cafe features market-fresh seafood, localRead more
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Cutters Crabhouse

$$$$·Seafood·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
2,349 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Cutters Crabhouse seafood restaurant, in downtown Seattle, is close to the historic Pike Place Market. It features a longstanding tradition of serving up the freshest Northwest seaRead more
82% recommended

Maggiano's - Bellevue

$$$$·Italian·
Bellevue
4,639 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Kid-friendly
Offering a truly authentic Italian experience, Maggiano’s in Little Italy is the place to go for lunch, dinner, cocktails, or appetizers. Its menu features magnificent soups and saRead more
91% recommended
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Yard House - Seattle

$$$$·American·
Downtown
196 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
People in the Pacific Northwest are serious about their beer. If you're one of them, one of the best places to eat in Seattle is the Yard House. This sports bar and restaurant is aRead more
100% recommended