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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Seattle

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Seattle? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (49)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
Rumba is the Northwest's premiere rum bar featuring over 700 different rums. We make delicious rum-forward craft drinks with our freshly squeezed juices, balanced house syrups, and sourced best-quality ingredients. Our drinks are flavorful, focused and "not too sweet!"



https://www.rumbaonpike.com/

Top review
Robert
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Very likely best rum bar in US. Unbelievable selection and super knowledgeable bartenders.
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4.9
4.9 (74)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Capitol Hill / First Hill
About the restaurant
We always leave ample space for walk-in's so come on over! Party's over 6 people, give us a call or send a direct message on our website.

OOLA Capitol Hill offers craft cocktails showcasing OOLA spirits, elevated bar snacks and PNW casual fine dining, shared plates, driven by the seasons. Executive Chef Elizabeth Blacker creates photo-worthy share plates with the freshest seasonal ingredients with a Pacific Northwest flair.

Nestled in a private courtyard on Union Street between 14th and 15th, OOLA Capitol Hill is a gem of a building with two garage doors opening onto a patio shaded by mature Japanese Maple trees. With 11 seats at the bar and 22 on the floor, it is one of the rare intimate community treasures that make Seattle a marvel.

We also have a Private Dining Room for parties from 8-20.

Top review
MarkDvip
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful experience. The small plates were stellar. The owner greeted us and made feel welcomed. Their dog-friendly shaded patio is a big plus.
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4.8
4.8 (458)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Downtown
About the restaurant
(21 & over only)
In the heart of Pike Place Market, Radiator Whiskey Bar features food that brings a smile and drinks in every variety of container and iteration; straight, mixed, bottled, canned and on tap. Step inside Radiator Whiskey and be immersed in Pacific Northwest atmosphere, warm tones, industrial architecture and plenty of natural wood accents including a larger than live whiskey barrel wall.
(21 & over only)
Radiator Whiskey has daily happy hour drink specials and daily rotating meat specials on top of the regular menu. All the dishes are created fresh with options such as apple salad, smoked & fried half chicken, fried pork shank and warm cornbread.
Must be 21 and over.
Please bring valid identifications per Washington state law.

Top review
albeevip
Dined 1 day ago
A great Seattle find hidden across from Pikes Market. Fantastic food but the real treasure is the collection of bourbon, scotch, rye. They have reasonably priced gems that the discriminating fan will appreciate.
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4.8
4.8 (89)
$30 and under
American
West Seattle/Alki
About the restaurant
Camp West is West Seattle's 21 and up newest neighborhood restaurant.
We offer delicious dishes with ingredients sourced locally and fresh.
Our craft cocktails will remind you the days you were out in the woods with your friends.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Great food, drinks and service every time! Best smash burger in town!
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4.7
4.7 (145)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Enjoy creatively prepared American fare at Von's 1000Spirits Gusto Bistro. This charming spot features various flags draped across the ceiling and an open kitchen where patrons can watch the chefs at work. Owner Merrisa Firnstahl-Claridge and Executive Chef Jason Amador delight in offering delicious food with friendly service in a comfortable atmosphere. Patrons can choose from entrées like salmon cakes with pickled vegetables, homemade meatballs with pasta or a hoisin-glazed prime rib burger at Von's 1000Spirits Gusto Bistro. Sourdough pizza with a choice of toppings, salads, hearty sandwiches and vegetarian dishes also make for fulfilling meals. Von's 1000Spirits Gusto Bistro is featured in publications such as The Seattle Times and The Stranger. It has happy hour with a sizable bar that serves cocktails as well as housemade vodka, gin and tequila. This bistro hosts private events for parties as well.
Top review
BloodyMaryBrunchvip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Super great food and drinks! We tried two pastas, wings, chips and guacamole and smash burger. All were phenomenal. You won’t be disappointed!
A photo of Sabine Café and Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (59)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Ballard
About the restaurant
reservations accepted for dinner only, from 5pm-9pm.
our day café remains walk-up and counter-service only - NO reservations accepted for brunch.
we are 21+ after 10pm on friday and saturday.

sabine is a café, bar, and bakery serving a lively daytime and nighttime experience for all on ballard ave. here you'll find vibrant espresso drinks, colorful cocktails, and fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily. our inviting menus by chef dunkelberger draw upon mediterranean influences with middle eastern spices and herbs, while our dedication to using local, in-season, and organic ingredients wherever we can highlights the bounty of the northwest. our mezze and salatim dishes are meant to be shared; here we value the community that dining together brings.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Delicious Salatim- hope that’s spelled correctly. I could have eaten just that for dinner, but the lamb kabobs my dining partner got were excellent and so was the roasted chicken I got. Even the chicken breast was cooked perfectly as very often it can be dry and tasteless. Not here! Great service by everyone.
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4.6
4.6 (485)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Lake Union / Eastlake
About the restaurant
This restaurant is for diners 21 years and older.

re:public(regarding the public) lets its food take center stage. Simple, rustic decor - brick walls and dark woods - paves the way for creative lunch, dinner and happy hour dishes. Located in Seattle's vibrant South Lake Union community, re:public features French and Italian infused cuisine. Our exceptional chefs put extensive thought and care into each menu item including our house made pastas. We are happy to navigate the shortest distance between the farm and your table. The winner of Evening Magazine's best new restaurant in Western Washington for 2010,The Seattle Times gave re:public 3 stars out of 4, and great reviews keep coming in. Please come by and let us show you why!

Top review
PaulaSvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Great neighborhood spot. Lovely staff, great food and location!
A photo of Yard House - Seattle restaurant
4.6
4.6 (410)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Yard House is the modern American gathering place where beer and food lovers unite. Known for great food, classic rock, an energetic vibe and endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best craft and local beers, each Yard House location offers 100+ beers on tap along with an array of craft cocktails. Our menu features favorites such as our signature Poke Nachos, street tacos, USDA prime burgers, seafood and steaks. Founded in Long Beach, Calif; in 1996, Yard House now spans across the U.S. with over 80 locations and is open daily for lunch, dinner, happy hour and late-night dining.
Top review
Stlcards
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Out server was great. I explained we were on a time crunch with a harbor cruise booking and she was awesome at getting us in and out.
A photo of mBar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (398)
$31 to $50
Northwest
Lake Union / Eastlake
About the restaurant
For parties of 8 or more, please call 206.457.8287 or email rez@mbarseattle.com to inquire about availability.

Please note that booking an standard or bar reservation will not automatically guarantee seating on the patio. Thank you for your understanding.

mbar is a modern restaurant and bar with stunning views of South Lake Union and the Seattle skyline. We are proud to feature a dynamic contemporary art collection, cuisine showcasing the exceptional talent of Chef Alexus Williams paired with kind and warm service.

mbar begins in the foyer of 400 Fairview at Ground Control. A host will check you in and then a private elevator whisks you up to the 14th floor to begin your mbar experience.

Top review
dimple
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
I have been a long-time customer of Mamnoon, Mbar and recently Hanoon for food , but in terms of views and ambience, Mbar is top of the list :). Recent experience was great as always in terms of food, service and ambience with beautiful views from the covered patio. Highly recommend it.
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4.5
4.5 (18)
$30 and under
Mexican
Georgetown
About the restaurant
Since 2012, Fonda La Catrina has been serving up Mexican comfort food and drink with quality ingredients and lots of love. We are a Mexico City style restaurant and bar located in the heart of the lively and loud Georgetown neighborhood in Seattle. Handmade tortillas, chips, salsas, tacos, braised puerco in salsa verde, tamales, mole de Poblano; all made in house by our talented team in the kitchen. The house made ethos extends to our bar as well. Agave spirits rule with fresh juices, infusions and seasonal fruits that inspire our bar team weekly. We feature Mexican and local beers as well as old world wines to match the vivid flavors of the Mexican cuisine we serve.
Top review
EricK
Dined on Jun 19, 2024
Great service and ambience. The food is high quality, wish it had a bit more spice and heat.
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