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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Tacoma

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Over The Moon Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2490)
$31 to $50
American
Tacoma
About the restaurant
Small and romantic we specialize in celebrations with family and friends, or just a quiet dinner with good conversation. We are family owned and operated and have been serving our community since 2001.

Drive in to Opera Alley and be transported. We strive to bring approachable food and beverage, a sense of comfort and community, as well as a unique and quality dining experience. We call ourselves a "cafe" in the sense that we are not pretentious and offer a fine dining experience in an atmosphere of comfort and respite.

Parking in Opera Alley, and downtown, can be a bit of a challenge, especially on the weekends, so please be sure to give yourself plenty of time when making reservations to find a parking space, or consider a night off from driving and get an Uber or Lift!! Eat good food often, break bread with friends and family, spend time with those you love, and we will see you soon.

Top review
BurtE
Dined 2 days ago
Great time and the birthday girl was honored. Great time.
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4.9
4.9 (624)
$30 and under
Italian
Parkland
About the restaurant
The chefs at Marzano's attain the freshest ingredients to prepare authentic Italian cuisine. Owner Elisa Marzano grew up in Vicenza, Italy, and consistently refers to these roots to design Marzano's unique yet classic menu. Once a quaint two-bedroom home, the restaurant was transformed but still keeps the rustic, home-like feel for an inviting, welcoming atmosphere. The pleasing combination of intimate lighting and natural window light make it the ideal spot for either lunch or dinner. A top menu choice is the boscaiola, which features a creamy tomato and Bolognese sauce over rigatoni pasta, topped with various spices and forest mushrooms. Guests can enjoy complimentary bread and salad with every entree, so eating at Marzano's can ensure a satisfied appetite. Marzano's also aims to please those with various dietary needs, such as diners who desire gluten-free options.
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BillH
Dined 3 days ago
We just love this place and enjoyed our Anniversary dinner. It was odd because of the higher than normal heat is was not as busy as usual and that seemed a little odd. The limited, because of the heat menu was a good assortment of choices. Great job Marzano's!
A photo of Pimienta Bistro and Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (494)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
This is a hidden jem in our area. All dishes are delicious and the staff is always kind and generous.
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4.8
4.8 (1682)
$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
MichaelO
Dined 1 day ago
Always the best food and service. We have been to primo many times and find staff and food exceptional.
A photo of The Windmill Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (637)
$30 and under
American
Sumner
About the restaurant
Located at Windmill Gardens, The Bistro is an upscale casual restaurant that serves a seasonal, made-from scratch menu in a refreshing atmosphere featuring a loft wine lounge and outdoor dining garden.

We invite you to join us. Come relax and enjoy delicious food and the best service you’ll find anywhere.


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KarenJ
Dined 2 days ago
Always one of my favorites but today was really amazing! Jake is always a pleasure Thank you!
A photo of Black Angus Steakhouse - Puyallup restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2406)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Puyallup
About the restaurant
WE’VE BEEN MASTERING OUR CRAFT SINCE 1964, so you could say we know a thing or two. Our cuts are aged at least 21 days, seasoned to excellence, expertly flame-grilled and served up just the way you like it. You’ve earned it. Whether you’re here to throw back a couple with old friends or trying to finish off the High Noon Feast on your own, there’s always a seat for you. So here’s to the nights you can’t remember and the steaks you won’t forget. To learn more visit www.blackangus.com
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Good food service is a little slow, but overall, it's a good experience.
A photo of Toscanos Italian Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (442)
$30 and under
Italian
Puyallup
About the restaurant
Toscanos Italian Grill, located in Puyallup, Washington, is an Italian casual dining restaurant serving a wide variety of fresh seafood, fine wines and aged steaks. The soft lights in the dining room along with the warm wood create a cozy atmosphere to enjoy a glass of wine with a meal prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients available at Toscanos Italian Grill.

Start out your meal with one of the restaurant’s many appetizers such as the crab and artichoke dip. In addition to an extensive dinner menu featuring perfectly cooked aged steaks, Toscanos Italian Grill serves happy hour seven days a week from 3p to 5p. The restaurant also offers catering, to go regular menu, curbside family sized meals, and to go wine and cocktails. Order our menu for take out at https://www.toasttab.com/toscanos-italian-grill

Top review
Passion84jazz
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Glad we chose Toscanos for our Anniversary dinner. 5 Stars 👍🏽
A photo of Harbor Lights Tacoma restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1663)
$30 and under
Seafood
Tacoma
About the restaurant
Welcome to Harbor Lights! For over 50 years we have been a staple in the Tacoma community. A rustic atmosphere that sits on the shore of Commencement Bay with scenic views providing the quintessential Northwest dining experience. Harbor Lights joined the Anthony's family on April 29th, 2000 after being the dream of Anton Barcott, an immigrant from Yugoslavia. On January 26, 1959 Anton opened Harbor Lights among the lumber mills and shipyards along the waterfront. We are well known for serving large portions of seafood such as the two pound bucket of steamed clams and have a loyal following of wonderful guests!
Top review
KentT
Dined 3 days ago
Fantastic and a great evening. I would certainly go again.
A photo of Gino's at the Point restaurant
4.6
4.6 (440)
$31 to $50
Italian
Tacoma
About the restaurant
Proudly serving the greater surrounding areas for the past 17+ years! We aim to give our cliental a fabulous dining experience from the moment they are greeted, to perfecting their craft cocktail and finishing it off with a spectacular meal that leaves you wanting more. Nestled in the Dash Point community our new waterfront location housed in the original Lobster Shop, is a perfect place to come enjoy delicious food and drink.
Top review
LarryKvip
Dined 7 days ago
Gino’s at the Point is consistently a great experience. The food is always outstanding as is the service and ambience. You simply can’t miss!
A photo of The Mill Steakhouse + Spirits restaurant
4.4
4.4 (113)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Milton
About the restaurant
Our mission at The Mill is simple: to provide scratch-made dishes derived from the freshest locally sourced ingredients possible. We source only the best local proteins and produce, offering our customers not only a healthier option but a much better-tasting food experience that you only get from fresh, not frozen, food made in-house from scratch!

Whether you’re celebrating with friends, dining with business clients or want a night out with your loved one, we have created the perfect ambiance including a menu filled with delicious scratch-made ingredients you won't soon forget!

Top review
SherylC
Dined 6 days ago
Had the waygu filet mignon steak, absolutely delicious! The service was great!
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