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Discover Trending Restaurants in Seattle

Seattle, Washington is a city well-known for being naturally beautiful, culturally progressive, and wildly creative—but that’s not all. Another arena in which Seattle shines is its dining scene. The city is a hotbed of excellent and trendy restaurants, which offer a wide range of cuisines and dining experiences at different price points. There are countless new and exciting places to eat in Seattle. So, when you’re in the Emerald City for 48 hours and you’re hungry—what’s the plan? Using our data and recommendations from local tastemakers, we’ve rounded up the top spots to hit for the trendiest restaurants in Seattle. Let’s get to it.

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The OpenTable Team
11 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:The Metropolitan Grill, Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle, Il Terrazzo Carmine
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Steak, Asian, Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown
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The Metropolitan Grill

$$$$
Steak
Downtown
4.9
6365 reviews
The Metropolitan Grill looks and feels like a traditional steakhouse, and diners agree that it has the best steak in town. Not only is the steakhouse fare outstanding, but the art deco decor — sleek green velvet booths and a black marble bar — will have diners gawking at their surroundings while they eat. The Metropolitan Grill has won countless awards and accolades for being one of the best upscale dining establishments in the area, so dine here to cross an important Seattle dining institution off the bucket list.

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Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$
Asian
Downtown
4.5
5459 reviews
This location of Wild Ginger in Downtown Seattle is the flagship restaurant in the three-restaurant chain, and it is one of the trending restaurants in Seattle. It offers a contemporary take on many classic Asian dishes. The nam's lamb chops are marinated in cognac and Sichuan peppercorn then grilled and finished with hoisin, fresh toasted coconut, and crushed peanuts; the Thai passion tofu consists of fried tofu, eggplant, soy sauce, kafir lime leaf, and basil. Wild Ginger is handsome with a neutral color palette: think brown leather chairs, dark wood tables, a dark bar with leather stools, and wood adorned ceilings for a sophisticated vibe.

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Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.8
3243 reviews
While this restaurant is one of the best trending restaurants in Seattle, there's nothing new or trendy about the food. Instead, it is completely focused on old-school Italian cuisine, and it is so consistently good, it attracts crowds every single night. Inside, white tablecloths and wooden chairs help create a dining space that feels more like a family home than an impressive eatery. The owners of the restaurant intended it to be a place that large family groups gathered to celebrate special occasions, so there are lots of large tables where many family members can gather and eat at once. Diners shouldn't miss one of the specialties of the house, the spaghettini Ortolano, with arugula, goat cheese, tomatoes, and pine nuts.

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The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.8
3426 reviews
The Capital Grille is one of the nicest steakhouses in Seattle. The service at the restaurant is unparalleled, from the moment customers leave their car with the valet until the check arrives at the end of the meal. The Capital Grille is known for having a delicious menu of standard steakhouse fare, including meat and seafood, side dishes, and salads. The wine list at the Capital Grille is also extensive, with more than 350 wines comprised of bottles from nearly every wine-growing region on the planet. The red carpet, white tablecloths, and dark wood furniture in the interior of the Capital Grille make the space elegant and the vibe ultra-luxe.

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The Pink Door

$$$$
Italian
Belltown / Pike Place Market
4.8
6915 reviews
The Pink Door opened in 1981, and even though it's been in operation close to 40 years now, it still remains one of the trending restaurants in Seattle. The restaurant is in Post Alley at legendary Pike Place Market. The menu is Italian-American fusion, and the warm, friendly service matches the high quality of the food. The Pink Door is whimsical inside, and dining here is an experience. Visitors can revel in all the art and ephemera owner Jackie Roberts has adorned the walls with. Some say dining there feels like going back in time since the warm wooden walls and candlelit interior feel distinctly retro. The Pink Door remains on the must-eat-at bucket list for Seattle, and crowds continue to form here daily, decades in.

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Tilikum Place Cafe

$$$$
Northwest
Belltown / Pike Place Market
4.8
2008 reviews
Tilikum Palace Cafe is a Belltown restaurant where local ingredients come together to make an unforgettable menu of dishes. Located close to the Space Needle, this restaurant feels like a neighborhood hangout, but it regularly welcomes out-of-town visitors. Head to Tilikum Palace Cafe for warm rustic American food and a low-key vibe. The restaurant, which is currently super popular, caters to diners of all ages.

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Stoneburner

$$$$
Italian
Ballard
4.8
1396 reviews
Stoneburner is a popular restaurant in the Hotel Ballard. Chef Jason Stoneburner is at the helm here, and his menu is a tribute to the produce of the Pacific Northwest, mixed with Mediterranean flavors. Most foods at Stoneburner are cooked on a stone hearth, so expect distinctive chargrilled flavors. Stoneburner's menu is wide and varied, and diners can choose from pizzas, vegetarian dishes, protein-centered entrees, and more. Diners leave Stoneburner talking about the food, but also the interior: it's done impeccably well, with black leather booths and an unforgettable red tile floor.

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Grappa - Seattle

$$$$
Mediterranean
Queen Anne
4.7
843 reviews
Another standout Mediterranean restaurant in Seattle is Grappa. This beautiful cafe doesn't only serve Mediterranean food; it's also known for its cocktails. Customers can come to unwind with a drink or to taste the delicious food. Popular menu items at Grappa include zucchini linguini, lobster mac and cheese, and roasted jidori chicken. The restaurant's dimly lit interior with dark wood walls feels part like a casual neighborhood bar and part like a perfect date spot. It is open daily for lunch, happy hour, and dinner.

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Spinasse

$$$$
Italian
Capitol Hill / First Hill
4.8
3230 reviews
Spinasse is beloved in Seattle for a slew of reasons. It makes the list of the top trending restaurants in Seattle for one dish in particular: the Tajarin al Ragu. Tajarin is a rich pasta from Piedmont, Italy, and the ragu on top is a combination of pork and beef. There are lots of other Italian dishes on the menu, but the ragu is so popular it's what gets people lining up here nightly. Spinasse is low-key and rustic, with distressed wood beams, an antique wood floor, and a mix-and-matched set of old-fashioned wood and wicker chairs for seating. Because Spinasse's interior feels farmhouse-inspired, it pays homage to the agricultural, wine-making area in Italy that inspired the restaurant's cuisine.

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Duke's Seafood - Alki

$$$$
Seafood
West Seattle/Alki
4.5
644 reviews
In West Seattle on Alki Beach is Duke's Chowder House, one of the most popular spots for waterfront dining in town. This two-story, ultra-casual restaurant is famous for its seafood, and it also offers diners unforgettable views of the beach. The menu at Duke's has options like fish and chips, fish tacos, and salmon pasta. The atmosphere at Duke's Seafood is super festive, and drinks are poured with a heavy hand, so expect fellow diners who are there to revel and have a good time.

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Terra Plata

$$$$
Farm-to-table
Capitol Hill / First Hill
4.5
3379 reviews
The name of Terra Plata is just right, since the masterminds behind Terra Plata describe it as an "earth to plate" concept restaurant. Its chef, Tamara Murphy, completely designs the dishes and menus based on what's in season. Diners looking for fresh and healthy can't do better than a meal here. All the food is sourced from local growers, and diners can expect options like brussel sprouts with serrano ham or black cod and purple potatoes. Terra Plata has a great local wine list, so order a glass, and enjoy that warm buzz.

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