Seattle's Most Iconic Restaurants

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Seattle dining scene. Here are Seattle’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

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Restaurants:Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle, Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle, Lola Seattle
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Asian, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Downtown
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Time
7:00 PM

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

$$$$·American·
Downtown
4,716 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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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Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
5,036 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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Lola Seattle

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown
3,611 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

On its surface, Lola is an excellent Greek spot—dig deeper, though, and you’ll see a Seattle institution, a restaurant with a true sense of place. Chef Tom Douglas uses the best of what’s around him—t...

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Shuckers

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,022 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Shuckers is a Seattle classic in every sense of the word, from the oak paneling to the gleaming fixtures to the perfect platters of oysters. Come for a martini and a dozen at happy hour, or stay for d...

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The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,048 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

For a true steakhouse experience—the charred, meaty steaks, the perfectly crisp wedge salads, the rainbow of sides—it’s hard to beat The Capital Grille. The staff knows what they’re doing, and the con...

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Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Tulio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,667 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

Tulio is a stately, handsome Italian restaurant in the downtown Hotel Vintage Park, where chef Walter Pisano infuses Northern Italian cuisine with the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. We’re particular...

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Cafe Juanita

$$$$·Italian·
Kirkland
3,053 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

There are few places better than Cafe Juanita for pitch-perfect Italian food—and this Seattle institution has been going strong since 1980. And after a recent renovation, the space is as befitting a s...

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Best Food in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Umi Sake House

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown
1,629 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

Umi Sake House is one of the more fun spots to dine in Seattle, with a voluminous menu devoted to sushi and Japanese-American classics and, unsurprisingly, an extensive sake list. They do a particular...

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Japanese in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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