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Hold up a mirror to the Puget Sound, or the surrounding mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and in it you’ll see what makes the Seattle food scene so special: from great ingredients comes great restaurants. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to waterfront views, from perfect omakase counters to restaurants that double as circus acts—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Loulay, Mamnoon, Westward
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary French / American, Middle Eastern, Northwest
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Capitol Hill / First Hill, Lake Union / Eastlake
$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown
2,187 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
Loulay is named for chef Thierry Rautureau’s tiny hometown of of Saint-Hilaire-de-Loulay, and he certainly does his it proud. This is French brasserie cooking at its finest—think pRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle
113 people mentioned the Beignets
$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
758 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
It’s hard to make a restaurant that feels both comfortable and upscale, and Mamnoon manages to be both at once. This is modern Mediterranean food that’s as elegant as it is cravablRead more
92% recommended
23 people mentioned the Pita
$$$$·Northwest·
Lake Union / Eastlake
722 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
There are few spots in Seattle where you can get both a great meal and a great view, and Westward is one of them. Here, you can dine on chef Zoi Antonitsas’s excellent food—we’d deRead more
91% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Seattle
10 people mentioned the Lamb Shoulder
$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,287 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
There’s no shortage of great Italian restaurants in Seattle, but Spinasse consistently shines as one of the brightest. Come here for superlative dishes like hand-cut tajarin with bRead more
95% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
144 people mentioned the Tajarin
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$$$$·Italian·
Ballard / Fremont
427 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
Housed in a historic home in Ballard that’s been preserved since the 1800s, San Fermo is undoubtedly a special restaurant. Grab a spot on the ivy-covered wraparound porch and dine Read more
89% recommended
Best Ambiance in Seattle
7 people mentioned the Cioppino
$$$$·American·
Downtown
4,144 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
You know the scene in Beauty and the Beast when Belle enters the beast’s soaring, book-lined library? If you’re a wine lover, you’ll feel the same way walking into Purple Cafe and Read more
92% recommended
86 people mentioned the Lobster Mac Cheese
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
484 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Tallulah’s is one of those restaurants that is effortlessly almost-vegetarian; you can make a delicious, satisfying meal out of chef Laura Derschang’s vegetables, and leave full anRead more
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in Seattle
12 people mentioned the Lamb Burger
$$$$·Italian·
Ballard / Fremont
849 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
Dining at Stoneburner, the restaurant on the ground floor of the Hotel Ballard, is a regal experience: the wood-paneled room and leather chairs evoke a feeling of importance, of grRead more
91% recommended
12 people mentioned the Gnocchi
$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
4,066 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
When Wild Ginger opened almost 30 years ago, the food scene in America was markedly different: there were few sushi bars, few ramen joints, few places to eat Korean barbecue. Wild Read more
86% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington
134 people mentioned the Satay
$$$$·Japanese·
Lake Union / Eastlake
996 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
It’s easy for sushi restaurants to feel serious, quiet, austere. Not Sushi Kappo Tamura. Here, it’s clear that chef Taichi Kitamura and the rest of the staff are having a great timRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Seattle / Eastern Washington
64 people mentioned the Omakase
$$$$·Italian·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
3,764 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
There’s no place quite like The Pink Door. This is part circus, part cabaret, part live-music venue, and part Italian restaurant, all found within Seattle’s historic Pike Place MarRead more
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in Seattle / Eastern Washington
62 people mentioned the Cioppino
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$$$$·Northwest·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,338 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Poppy is a restaurant that could only exist in Seattle; chef Jerry Traunfeld melds together French technique, Northwest ingredients, and the Indian tradition of thali, a tray of 10Read more
90% recommended
Healthy in Seattle
373 people mentioned the Thali
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
774 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Lark was one of the pioneer restaurants of the Seattle farm-to-table movement, and it’s just as good as ever. This is cooking that truly celebrates where its food comes from, and aRead more
88% recommended
12 people mentioned the Hamachi Crudo
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$$$$·French·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
1,775 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
Smack in the middle of Pike Place Market you’ll find Cafe Campagne, a classic French brasserie that’s been churning out duck confit, beef tartare, and steak frites since 1994. The Read more
93% recommended
40 people mentioned the French Toast
$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,703 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
Terra Plata bills itself as an “earth-to-plate restaurant”—hence the name—and their menu reflects their ethos: dishes like risotto with wild mushrooms, leek-and-manchego gratin, anRead more
94% recommended
88 people mentioned the Paella
$$$$·American·
Wallingford
338 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
There’s a reason The Whale Wins is one of Seattle’s most acclaimed and talked-about-restaurants: James Beard Award–winning chef Renee Erickson’s food is some of the best in town. TRead more
92% recommended
American in Seattle / Eastern Washington
18 people mentioned the Zucchini Bread
$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
567 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Yes, Joule has a section of the menu dedicated to steak, but that doesn’t make it your average steakhouse. This is chefs Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s take on a Korean steakhouse,Read more
88% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
55 people mentioned the Rice Cake
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$$$$·Italian·
Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
466 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
When Vendemmia opened in 2015, it was quick to top the lists of some of Seattle’s best Italian spots. And though it has that neighborhood-gem feel, it still retains its best-in-claRead more
93% recommended
Italian in Seattle
11 people mentioned the Hamachi
$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
163 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
When it comes to Italian food, chef Brian Clevenger, the man behind Vendemmia and Raccolto, certainly knows what he’s doing. Enter Le Messe, his newest project in Eastlake, anotherRead more
89% recommended
6 people mentioned the Tagliatelle
$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,453 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
Seattle is one of the best places in the country to find fresh, high-quality seafood, and Blueacre Seafood does its bounty justice. This is a swanky spot, done up in whites and bluRead more
88% recommended
90 people mentioned the Black Cod
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