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Seattle's 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

The OpenTable team

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Seattle dining scene. Here are Seattle’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

Restaurants:Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle, Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle, Lola Seattle
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Asian, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Downtown
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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

$$$$·American·
Downtown
4,175 reviews
  • Casual
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
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
93% recommended
86 people mentioned the Lobster Mac Cheese

Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
4,450 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington
134 people mentioned the Satay

Lola Seattle

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown
3,357 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
On its surface, Lola is an excellent Greek spot—dig deeper, though, and you’ll see a Seattle institution, a restaurant with a true sense of place. Chef Tom Douglas uses the best ofRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington
150 people mentioned the Kebab

Shuckers

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
1,806 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
Shuckers is a Seattle classic in every sense of the word, from the oak paneling to the gleaming fixtures to the perfect platters of oysters. Come for a martini and a dozen at happyRead more
88% recommended
36 people mentioned the Fresh Seafood

Tilth

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
2,627 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Tilth is one of Seattle’s most lauded restaurants, and it’s not hard to see why. Chef Maria Hines takes the best of what’s in season, then transforms it into new-American dishes thRead more
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle / Eastern Washington
65 people mentioned the Duck Burger

Dahlia Lounge

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
4,450 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
For the past twenty years, Dahlia Lounge has been at the forefront of the Pacific Northwest version of fine dining: impeccable ingredients, great service, and a thoughtful, irreverRead more
91% recommended
Northwest in Seattle
289 people mentioned the Coconut Cream Pie

The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,512 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
For a true steakhouse experience—the charred, meaty steaks, the perfectly crisp wedge salads, the rainbow of sides—it’s hard to beat The Capital Grille. The staff knows what they’rRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
39 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Tulio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,569 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Tulio is a stately, handsome Italian restaurant in the downtown Hotel Vintage Park, where chef Walter Pisano infuses Northern Italian cuisine with the spirit of the Pacific NorthweRead more
89% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Seattle / Eastern Washington
102 people mentioned the Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Cafe Juanita

$$$$·Italian·
Kirkland
2,861 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
There are few places better than Cafe Juanita for pitch-perfect Italian food—and this Seattle institution has been going strong since 1980. And after a recent renovation, the spaceRead more
95% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
36 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
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Umi Sake House

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown
1,064 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Fun
Umi Sake House is one of the more fun spots to dine in Seattle, with a voluminous menu devoted to sushi and Japanese-American classics and, unsurprisingly, an extensive sake list. Read more
91% recommended
Japanese in Seattle / Eastern Washington
11 people mentioned the Edamame