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There is no shortage of things to do in Seattle, from visiting Pike Place Market to enjoying the scenic views and outdoor parks, like Parsons Gardens. And with its proximity to the sea and a cool climate, Seattle is known for its local seafood, produce, and other delicious ingredients—all of which can be found in the city's best restaurants. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. 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 rustic Italian trattorias to classic steakhouses, fresh seafood spots to upscale bistros—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Spinasse, Zane + Wylie's Seattle Steakhouse, Il Terrazzo Carmine
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, Steakhouse
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$$$$·Italian·
Seattle
2,364 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
It’s hard to find a list of the best places to eat in Seattle that doesn’t include Spinasse. Known for its incredible, heaping bowl of tajarin al ragu, made with fresh, hand-cut paRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
147 people mentioned the Tajarin
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$$$$·Steakhouse·
Seattle
158 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Seattle downtown, Zane and Wylie’s is worth checking out. Seasoned restaurateurs Kevin and Terresa Davis named the place after their tRead more
Steakhouse in Seattle
5 people mentioned the Baked Potato
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$$$$·Italian·
Seattle
1,799 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Founded by Carmine Smeraldo, a native of Naples, this classy dining spot features an elegant dining room and wonderfully plated Italian delights. It has an amazing selection of appRead more
98% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
17 people mentioned the Calamari
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$$$$·American·
Seattle
2,309 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Often thought of as a French restaurant, RN74 is actually an exotic mix of American and French cuisine with an extensive wine list that includes many boutique producers from WashinRead more
89% recommended
American in Seattle
57 people mentioned the Beignets
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$$$$·Seafood·
Seattle
833 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
If seafood's your thing, you won't find any better place to have a meal in Seattle than Shaker + Spear. This seafood restaurant boasts local, fresh ingredients that highlight the cRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Seattle / Eastern Washington
19 people mentioned the Arctic Char
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$$$$·Steakhouse·
Seattle
2,466 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Capital Grille is a chain, but it's still one of the best places to eat in Seattle. This upscale steakhouse features outstanding steak and seafood options, and an unforgettableRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
42 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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$$$$·Mediterranean·
Seattle
1,520 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Conjuring up the romance of the Mediterranean, Andaluca’s food and design have been a winning combo since the mid-'90s. The menu highlights Northwest food inspired by other countriRead more
93% recommended
Romantic in Seattle
210 people mentioned the Paella
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$$$$·Asian·
Seattle
4,311 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Wild Ginger has two locations in Seattle that have been serving up delightful pan-Asian favorites for years. The newest edition — Wild Ginger McKenzie — offers all the old favoriteRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington
140 people mentioned the Satay
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Seattle
2,525 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Located at performance venue McCaw Hall, Prelude offers show attendees the ability to eat an elegant, gourmet meal onsite. Enjoy artfully presented dishes with fresh ingredients, cRead more
18 people mentioned the Short Rib
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$$$$·Northwest·
Woodinville
3,554 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Barking Frog is an upscale bistro with a rustic vibe, so eat here to experience outstanding food while feeling like you can escape into the wilderness. Located in wine country, BarRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Eastside
114 people mentioned the Grand Marnier
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$$$$·Comfort Food·
Seattle
39 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
For one of the best places to eat in Seattle that's also in the heart of downtown, check out Henry's Tavern. Henry's Tavern feels a lot like your neighborhood friendly tavern, but Read more
100% recommended
Good for Groups in Seattle / Eastern Washington
2 people mentioned the Chicken Tenders
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$$$$·Italian·
Seattle
515 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Founded in 1997 and located right on Lake Union, Pasta Freska offers a charming and comfortable atmosphere that is great for enjoying private dinners or group events. What makes itRead more
96% recommended
Best Value in Seattle
8 people mentioned the Chicken Marsala
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$$$$·Steak·
Seattle
6,698 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Often thought of as the best steakhouse in town, The Metropolitan Grill promises not to disappoint any lovers of the classic steak dining experience. Every cut of meat is hand-seleRead more
92% recommended
Steak in Seattle / Eastern Washington
182 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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$$$$·Steakhouse·
Seattle
1,205 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
No matter what city you visit Ruth's Christ Steak House in, it's good. And, the same holds true for the location in Seattle, where it's one of the best steak restaurants. Head to RRead more
87% recommended
Special Occasion in Seattle / Eastern Washington
17 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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$$$$·Northwest·
Kirkland
1,205 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
This relaxing and stylish wine bar adeptly pairs food and spirits in order to give diners a rounded experience. Bin's menu features locally sourced ingredients that showcase the brRead more
86% recommended
7 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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$$$$·Northwest·
Bothell
712 reviews
  • Casual
  • Cozy
  • Great Beer
Tavern on the Square sits in what was once a school cafeteria and provides a comfortable but sophisticated atmosphere. The Northwest-style cafe features market-fresh seafood, localRead more
88% recommended
Great for Brunch in Eastside
11 people mentioned the Beignets
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$$$$·Seafood·
Seattle
2,066 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
Cutters Crabhouse seafood restaurant, in downtown Seattle, is close to the historic Pike Place Market. It features a longstanding tradition of serving up the freshest Northwest seaRead more
92% recommended
Scenic View in Seattle
32 people mentioned the Dungeness Crab
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$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Bellevue
1,666 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Anniversaries
With a prime location in downtown Seattle, Palomino is a great choice for local European-inspired cuisine. It includes Italian, Spanish, and Mediterranean influences and also featuRead more
83% recommended
18 people mentioned the Paella
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$$$$·Italian·
Bellevue
4,382 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
Offering a truly authentic Italian experience, Maggiano’s in Little Italy is the place to go for lunch, dinner, cocktails, or appetizers. Its menu features magnificent soups and saRead more
92% recommended
Kid Friendly in Eastside
36 people mentioned the Rigatoni
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$$$$·American·
Seattle
151 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Happy Hour
  • 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
95% recommended
Good for Groups in Seattle
3 people mentioned the Truffle Fries
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