The 11 Best Places To Eat And Drink In Seattle

January 20, 2021

The port city of Seattle in Washington state is known best for its famous forests, giving it the nickname, “The Emerald City”. As well as hiking through forests and parkland, visitors to Seattle can explore the futuristic Space Needle and browse the bustling Pike Place Market. Seattle is also a popular foodie destination, with a host of top-rated restaurants scattered throughout the city. We've picked out the very best restaurants in seattle, along with other amazing places to eat and drink in this great city.

Outlier

Outlier, Seattle
Outstanding cuisine from the Pacific north west at Outlier, Seattle

A chic, modern restaurant in the heart of Seattle, Outlier sells a variety of Pacific Northwest cuisine and delicious craft cocktails. Head chef Anthony Sinsay is Filipino, and though the food is largely American, this heritage is visible throughout the menu, leading to some truly delicious combinations. Dishes on the menu include a range of burgers, salads and noodle dishes, whilst the cocktail menu is extensive and varied. For a family gathering or a meeting of friends, there are fewer locations better served to providing a wonderful meal and night out than Outlier.

Café Torino

Café Torino, Seattle
Coffee, sweet treats and light lunches are on offer at Café Torino

Another of Seattle’s premier coffee shops, Café Torino brings a slice of Italy to the northern United States. They state their mission to be bringing the warmth and flavour of Torino to Seattle, and they do this through their extensive menu of heartening coffee and light lunches. As well as classics such as Americano, Café Torino sells some truly European coffees. Torinese can be compared to a macchiato, whilst Bicerin is a mix of Italian hot chocolate, coffee and cream. For food, salads and soups vary daily and the café sells a range of desserts and cookies which are baked instore every single day.

Veraci Pizza

Veraci Pizza, Seattle
Great quality wood fired pizza every day at Veraci Pizza

Veraci pizza started life as a dream of Marshall Jett and Errin Byrd, who decided to build a wood-fired clay pizza oven on wheels. Success at local markets followed and fast forward a few years, the duo now have three popular restaurants across Seattle. A seasonal menu means things never get dull, with exotic toppings such as Greek Chicken and Vesuvius (spicy sausage) always proving popular with diners. The menu is extensive, with more than 20 different pizzas available to order, and you can even build your own from scratch. As well as the dine in option, the company offers a takeaway service and even after all these years, is still a presence at local markets, selling hot fresh pizza to chilly traders and customers.

Heyday Bar & Restaurant

Heyday Bar & Restaurant
Some of the great quality food on offer at Heyday Bar & Restaurant, Seattle

Known as one of the best burger joints in the whole of Seattle, Heyday Bar & Restaurant offers up a mouth-watering variety of meals for guests to enjoy. Hand-crafted and cooked to order, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better burger in the city. From the popular Jerk Chicken to the exotic Saigon, there are a variety of fillings to choose from. Add a couple of sides from the extensive menu and you have yourself a great meal. Vegetarians are also well catered for, with a variety of delicious fresh salads included on the menu. If you prefer to eat from home or the hotel, then the restaurant also does take out.

Monsoon Seattle

Cơm gà Hải Nam from Monsoon, Seattle
Cơm gà Hải Nam, featuring poached chicken, seasoned rice, house made ginger sauce

Monsoon specialises in Vietnamese cuisine, serving up a variety of fresh and healthy dishes to diners. The company’s ethos is to create innovative dishes, putting a modern twist on Vietnamese classics. They have two restaurants, and at the Seattle branch there’s indoor and outdoor dining available if you’d like to make the most of a nice day. The restaurant also runs special events such as a Dim Sum Brunch on weekends from 11am to 3pm. Dishes such as pho and noodles are served alongside a range of salads, meats and seafood. The restaurant also specialises in homemade cocktails, including an innovative twist on the Bloody Mary – the Bloody Alternative.

Piroshki on 3rd

Piroshki on 3rd
Unique Filipino Piroshki at Piroshki on 3rd, Seattle

Piroshki on 3rd is owned by Alyssa Anderson and was featured on Food Network's Diners Drive-ins and Dives for her Filipino inspired garlic beef Asado Piroshki. While not a purely vegan bakery/restaurant it is well known for the delicious vegan offerings.

Piroshki on 3rd certainly piques the interest of many who venture through its door. Piroshkis are a type of baked good (piroshki roughly translats to 'small pie'), served with a variety of fillings. Piroshki on 3rd offers the world’s only Filipino piroshkis, stuffed with either a meat or vegan fillings, alongside a range of other light bites and snacks. The café itself is bright and modern, with comfortable seating to enjoy your unique and delicious meal.

A Piroshki from Piroshki on 3rd is right at the top of our 'must try' list for all visitors to the city.

Café Flora

Café Flora, Seattle
The most popular vegetarian restaurant in Seattle, Café Flora

Café Flora is one of Seattle’s premier vegetarian dining venues. The small, community-centred restaurant has taken off, becoming incredibly popular in a short space of time for its delicious range of light bites and for its mission to save the planet. Using locally sourced produce from Washington state farms, the café also sells a range of gluten-free dishes. As well as soups, salads and tacos, the café also sells a range of drinks and cocktails. The parent company has expanded into several new venues, including Floret – based in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. And The Flora Bakehouse, opening in January 2021 off the side of the original café, will serve a range of delicious vegetarian pastries.

Tavolata

Tavolata, Seattle
Experience the best pasta in the city at Tavolata

With three restaurants in the Seattle area, Tavolata has become a well-recognised brand in the city. Known for its pasta, freshly made each day, it draws residents and travellers alike to taste some of its delicious dishes. Generously portioned to ensure you don’t leave hungry, classics on the menu include spaghetti, rigatoni and carbonara, all made to an exceptional standard. The restaurants also offer wood-fired pizza and a giant rib-eye steak, made for sharing. Large groups can hire out part of the restaurant (30 people) or even the entire venue (100 people), making Tavolata’s restaurants perfect for a family party or business meeting with fresh Italian cuisines.

Mr West Cafe Bar

Mr West, Seattle
The Italian Sandwich and mulled wine from Mr West, Seattle

Owners Henri and Soni Schock opened Mr West after making a success of Botlehouse, a popular wine bar and taproom in Madrona. Mr West have two locations in the city, downtown in the Denny's triangle neighbourhood and at University Village. They specialise in Coffee from Campos Coffee, and are also experts in tea, beer, wine, cider and cheese! They have great breakfast options including a delicious shakshuka. Try the soups, salads or sandwiches at lunch or opt for the roasted organic chicken later in the day.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Starbucks Reserve Roastery
The espresso martini flight at Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Seattle

Starbucks is one of the most recognisable brands on the planet and an undisputed king of coffee. As well as its famous cafes found throughout the world, the company has a number of Starbucks Reserve Roasteries, the first of which was opened in Seattle. The Reserve sells a selection of the rarest and most incredible coffees, gathered from around the world. Starbucks use their own expertise to make this coffee even better, serving up some of the best hot drinks you’ll find anywhere. Visitors to the Seattle Roastery will find a laid back atmosphere and a menu to delight, with extraordinary twists to classics such as the Americano and Latte.

Hog Island Hoagie

Hog Island Hoagie, Seattle
Locally produced Hogie Rolls at Hog Island Hoagie in Seattle

The hoagie is a classic sandwich from Philadelphia, Italian styled and stuffed full with meats, cheeses and other toppings. Hog Island Hoagie’s ambition was to bring this classic dish to Seattle, using only the finest ingredients from reputable delis. Their hoagie roll is locally produced, freshly prepared and ready to eat. And for a real taste of philadelhia, they also have hot hoagies (Grinders), the best whole kosher dill pickle around, and Herr's Potato Chips from Pennsylvania.

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