My Favorite Seattle Restaurants

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Seattle is a City that offers a variety of activities. Whether you want to experience some of the sea life in a kayak or if you want to climb a mountain, you'll be able to explore. When you think about Seattle's food, you'll have the same experience, exploration. Whether it's fresh elk or the day's freshest catch, the city takes advantage of the surroundings. The area is influenced by many different cultures, such as Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian. There's dishes that you'll only find in a handful of locations, such as geoduck. And to be able to enjoy all this with some spectacular views, it's really hard to beat.

Go for the View:

 

Ray's Boathouse
Ray's is a dockside restaurant north of the City. It serves some of the best seafood while providing amazing views of the bay. The refined and elegant menu is as refreshing as the bright and refreshing atmosphere.

Marination Ma Kai
Started as a food truck, this brick and mortar waterfront location and serves Korean-Hawaiian fare. Bring the family and grab one of their tacos (including a miso ginger chicken or a spicy pork) or a loco moco. And they also serve breakfast.

Mbar
Middle eastern - Mediterranean fare highlights this trendy dining option. Take in water views and enjoy outdoor dining, while trying the grilled lamb leg or Umbrian lentils.

Aqua by El Gaucho
Enjoy waterfront views through floor to ceiling windows at Aqua, and enjoy the fresh seafood.

Space Needle Sky City
Dining at the Space Needle is currently closed. There's a renovation ongoing, which will bring another restaurant to this national icon. More information is coming out in the fall, so if you are planning on future visits, it might be worth keeping an eye on.

Camano Island Inn
A nice bistro option located outside the city. The Inn is along the coast which offers water views while dining on local, farm to table ingredients.

Family Friendly:

 

Frelard Pizza Company
This is a great place for your family to grab a pizza. This location has indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a designated kids play area. They serve up all the classic pies and then some interesting options such as the carbonara.

Chiang's Gourmet
A great casual spot to grab some Chinese food. Whether you're in the mood for traditional dishes (including dim sum) or Chinese-American, this place will be a safe bet.

Serendipity
A family friendly option that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you're looking for a burger, buffalo chicken sandwich or a french dip, head to Serendipity. Also, they have a nice kids menu (my kids would be all over the hummus and pita triangles.)

The Ridge
The ridge is another wonderful option for grabbing a slice of pizza.

Salish Lodge
This could be in several categories, probably the views section, but this place will have your family talking for years. The Salish Lodge is a luxury hotel located about 30 to 40 minutes from the City center. The hotel is perched high on the edge of a cliff, right where a massive waterfall flows. So yeah, the location is unbelievable. From the dining room you can look out over the land below, and some seats offer views of the waterfall. The menu features regional cuisine including Oregon Roosevelt Elk Medallions and Cedar Roasted Spring Chinook Salmon.

Matt's in the Market
What fresher option is there than Matt's in the Market? Set in Pike's Place Market, this open and airy dining space, takes advantage of its location and serves up meals with the freshest ingredients. You'll also enjoy views of Elliot Bay.

Fine Dining:

 

Canlis
Looking for a date night spot while in Seattle, I give you Canlis. It's perched above a hill, and provides spectacular views of the Lake and City. The food showcases Northwest cuisine, including geoduck!

Altura
Near Lake Union and a couple miles from the Space needle, is the welcoming atmosphere of Altura. The tasting menu, full of homemade pasta and prime cuts, brings Italy to the Northwest. Dine on Geoduck or Waygu beef, and enjoy unparalleled service.

Art of The Table
The truest expression of locavore (someone who only eats locally sourced product) is Art of the Table. Through careful preparation, the restaurant offers 3 separate tasting menus: a 3 course, a 5 course and a 7 course option. The food revolves around the region and provides courses like Neah Bay Halibut, Olsen Farms Pork Belly, and strawberry salad.

Goldfinch Tavern
An elegant dining experience located within the Four Seasons hotel, the Goldfinch Tavern offers seafood, fresh pasta, dry aged steaks and more.

RN74
An upscale option serving refined French cuisine with a little Northwest influence. Michael Mina's RN74 is a prime date night location.

A little different, a little fun:

 

Nue
I love unique, and this place is just that. Nue serves up street food from around the world in a memorabilia decorated dining room. What a great idea! You can try Brazilian Acarajé, South African Bunny Chow or even Balut - Vietnamese Hot Vit Lon.

Bizzarro
The restaurant serves up some delicious Italian fare. Home made pasta and breads, classic Italian desserts, this place is a winner. The décor lands Bizzaro in the "unique" category. You'll dine surrounded by an eclectic array of items hung from the ceiling and lining the wall.

The Pink Door
Come into the Pink Door, which is located in Pike Place Market, and enjoy Italian fare while watching trapeze artists.

Waterways Cruises
This adult only cruise runs for 2 1/2 hours, leaving at 7 and returning at 9:30. On board you'll enjoy a champagne toast and 4 course dinner. You'll take in spectacular views of the City from inside, or from the outdoor decks.

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