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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Tacoma

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Tacoma? 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!


A photo of Pimienta Bistro and Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (479)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Federal Way
About the restaurant
Pimienta Bistro and Bar is an urban fusion of Latin American cuisine. Chef Blanca Rodriguez takes great care to create a delectable piece of art for every guest, appealing to every sense.



We strive to provide exemplary service each and every visit for our guests. We invite you to our restaurant, where you will find a combination of an eclectic, rustic atmosphere that captures the best of European cuisine with a Latin American flair.



Our mission is to create something memorable with every dish we present our guests. And with every delectable plate,

we will deliver a superior service making us a stand-alone restaurant in our neighborhood.



We love our friends and neighbors from NE Tacoma, Brown’s Point and Federal Way that frequently drop by for a delicious weekday meal or for leisurely weekend dining.

We also enjoy the regular visits from our friends in Oregon and others on their travels throughout the Seattle-Metro area.

Top review
JosefS
Dined on Mar 29, 2024
Delicious food and incredible service. The owner was one of the servers and took time to discuss the food with us.
A photo of Primo Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1642)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Tacoma
About the restaurant
Primo Grill is a chef driven Mediterranean by Northwest restaurant showcasing the best of local bounty. Local wild caught fish, meats from local farms and foraged produce feature from the grill and brick oven. Owners Chef Charlie McManus and Jacqueline Plattner offer a relaxed yet sophisticated experience with an emphasis on Washington wines and hand muddled artisanal cocktails.
Top review
KerryOvip
Dined 5 days ago
I eat here often, and always enjoy my meal. This evening I had the porcini encrusted halibut - it was delicious! My vegetarian friend was accommodated with 2 special side dishes. We enjoyed our wine, wait staff were helpful and pleasant.
A photo of Slahal Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (200)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Tacoma
About the restaurant
Introducing Slahal Steakhouse: A wonderful addition to Tacoma's upscale dining scene. Pairing classic steakhouse cuisine with stunning views of the City, Commencement Bay, Mount Rainer, and the Olympic Mountains, Slahal Steakhouse offers an unparalleled dining experience.

Located on the 11th floor of the EQC Tacoma Hotel Tower.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
The cocktails were excellent (the old fashioned was made very well), our server was very attentive and personable and the ambience was nice with the view from the 11th floor and far enough away from the casino that there was no smoke smell like there is in the casino floor restaurants. The food was disappointing for the price paid. Just proteins on a plate with a garnish. I had a medium rare rib eye that was seasoned well but the cut was poor and it took a lot of chewing effort to get through it. Most pieces I had to swallow whole because I was getting tired of chewing without getting anywhere. My wife ordered the cedar plank king salmon and it was overcooked and dry. The brussels sprouts side was the best part of the meal and I would order them again. The restaurant is the best dining option for a pre-show meal at the casino if you want something away from the smoke and noise of the casino but next time I’m there for a show at the event center we will likely eat somewhere else first.
A photo of Brix 25 Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1828)
$31 to $50
American
Gig Harbor
About the restaurant
Since its opening, Brix 25 Restaurant has been hailed as one of the best restaurants in the Northwest. Brix 25° is Seasonal Northwest Cuisine. Chef/Owner Thad Lyman updates the menu seasonally and whenever the mood strikes, working with his team in an open kitchen. The menu is rustic and refined, rooted in Northwest products, embellished with classic cooking techniques.

We are small and proud to be an intimate restaurant. Being smaller allows us to focus on delicious food, inventive hand crafted cocktails and a curated, Northwest focused wine list.

Located on the waterfront in downtown Gig Harbor, our foremost goal is that every guest has a memorable experience. Brix 25 is the perfect fine dining experience for romantic occasions, anniversary's, family gatherings, business dinners or just because.

Top review
DuaneH
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
This was a culinary masterpiece for dining excellence! Atmosphere was most pleasant, staff on point, and the view serene with the marina backdrop. Special thanks to Amanda our server who expertly guided us through the culinary options on the menu and seamlessly took us from being seated to finishing up with the most incredible dessert. Everything was perfect and we will go back real soon!
A photo of Amor Wine + Tapas restaurant
4.6
4.6 (178)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Tacoma
About the restaurant
At Amor we are building a vibrant fare with Northwest ingredients but using the traditions of the great cuisine countries of the world: Spain, Italy, France, Morocco and more. We want you to experiment and try our tapas as part of your dining experience. Please order and entrée if you would like, but indulge in the tapas and the experience.

The small plates will be delivered are so much fun.

Please also spoil yourself with the ample purveyed wines from around the world. Our food is meant to be eaten with wine so also see our pairings. Warm yourself through our beautifully appointed dining room while you share the love of each other and your friends.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
We had a really good time and the service and food was amazing. Try the paella!!!!
A photo of Indochine Asian Dining Lounge restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1403)
$31 to $50
Thai
Tacoma
About the restaurant
Indochine is a feast for your senses nestled in the heart of a great Northwest cultural center. Walking into this innovative space is like walking into a piece of artwork. Textures of cherry, iron, fine drapery, brick, and brushed sheet steel are all architecturally assembled in perfect harmony. As you dine, Indochine’s fine and creative cuisine will delight you. The flavors of Thailand, China, India, Japan, and Vietnam meld together to produce a wonderful culinary palette that is sure to impress your’s and your guests’ tastes. In complement to the meal, select from Indochine’s extensive wine list which features flavorsome and aroma rich wines from around the world. To finish your meal, select one of Indochine’s desserts, all of which are made in house, such as Gelato Italian Ice Cream flavors, or Crème Brûlée.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 30, 2024
This is our go to place for group celebrations. Great space for a larger group (8), the service is always fast and friendly, and the food is incredible.
A photo of Copper & Salt Northwest Kitchen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (720)
$31 to $50
American
Tacoma
About the restaurant
Join us for a unique experience with an amazing view:

Breakfast Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:00am to 11:00am/
Lunch Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:00am to 3:00pm/
Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 2:00pm/
Dinner Daily from 4:00pm to 10:00pm/
Select Happy Hour daily 3:00pm to 5:00pm/
New Late-Night Menu available 10:00pm to 11:00pm Friday and Saturday/

We offer complimentary Valet service for guests dining at Copper & Salt. We do not validate parking outside of our Valet service.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The views of the water from inside the restaurant are spectacular. The hotel it is located inside of is also very nice. The manager was super friendly and very attentive. The food was excellent and not at all overpriced for this area. I would definitely recommend for a quiet dinner for two.
A photo of Puyalapabs Café restaurant
4.4
4.4 (98)
$30 and under
American
Tacoma
About the restaurant
Puyalapabs Café offers a beautifully intimate Northwest setting featuring steaks, seafood, Asian cuisine, and other regional favorites.
Top review
GinaM
Dined 1 day ago
We had reservations at Puyalapabs Cafe before seeing a show. We ordered the casino dinner, a great value and this meal does not disappoint. There’s a perfect amount of food for two. The food was excellent and an excellent value. Our waitstaff was prompt and delivered with accuracy, they were very nice and attentive. The food came out at a perfect pace and we were able to relax and enjoy our dinner before our show. Unfortunately, when it was time to pay we had to wait awhile, since we had to take our bill and go to the front to pay. That was the only downside to our dinner. I would highly recommend this restaurant based on quality and value especially if you order the Casino dinner special. I have been here before and have had this same meal and they are consistent with quality. I’ll definitely be back.
A photo of Texas de Brazil - Tacoma restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2853)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Tacoma
About the restaurant
Texas de Brazil, is a Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, that features endless servings of flame-grilled beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and Brazilian sausage as well as an extravagant salad area with a wide array of seasonal chef-crafted items.
Top review
MarcT
Dined 1 day ago
Texas De Brazil has never disappointed me. I’ve been to multiple locations over the years. There was something special about this time, everyone was SUPER NICE (they were nice before). The manager seems like she means business, she was out there constantly doing walkthroughs and checking on the customers. THE SERVICE WAS EXCEPTIONAL !!
A photo of McMenamins Elks Temple restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1682)
$30 and under
American
Tacoma
About the restaurant
McMenamins Elks Temple Pub serves classic Northwest fare in a room with a view. You can’t help but gaze through the soaring windows toward Foss Waterway, but be sure to look up, too, for a fantastic display of chandeliers. From early breakfasts to late night cocktails, the pub is open to all ages serving breakfast classics like benedicts and scrambles, and for dinner elevated burgers and pizzas with an ever changing seasonal menu inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
*Patio seating is first come first serve.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 17, 2024
Overall very good except the food took longer than expected to come to our table and was almost served to the wrong table.
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