Best Outdoor Dining in 10 Seattle Neighborhoods

By Leslie Kelly | June 9, 2014 By Leslie Kelly  |  June 9, 2014

When the weather heats up, Seattle heads outside to dine. Here are some of the hot spots to hit in neighborhoods around the city during your Best Summer Ever.

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    Pike Place Market: Maximilien

    The Details: This locals' favorite has a tucked-away deck with a stunning view of Elliott Bay and a long list of bistro classics done with a lot of style.
    Must Order: Start with a French 75, the champagne cocktail that gets a cognac kick. Then dive into a bowl of the outstanding mussels and frites.
    Insider Tip: Reservations are a must for lunch and dinner. But the dining area clears out between meals, which is our preferred time to strike with a walk-in.

    81 Pike St.; 206-682-7270

  • Wallingford: Tilth

    The Details: Chef-owner Maria Hines' certified organic flagship does imaginative, seasonally focused dishes while feeling down-home comfy, especially on the plant-filled, shaded patio.
    Must Order: Executive chef Jason Brzozowy's ever-changing tasting menus are available in five or eight courses, even gluten-free and vegan. We love weekend brunching for its lobster Benedict and creamy Anson Mills grits with morels, roasted spring rabe and a poached duck egg. 
    Insider Tip: The patio is on a busy street. But we've found traffic is pretty quiet on Sunday mornings.

    1411 N 45th St.; 206-633-0801

  • Lake Union: Westward

    The Details: Tie up your yacht at the dock and join the party at this seafood-focused spot, which now serves its full menu in the glorious and recently expanded outdoor dining area.
    Must Order: Chef Zoi Antonitsas' summer menu includes a beautiful chilled English pea soup, grilled asparagus topped with Greek caviar and braised lamb shoulder. At brunch, we love the housemade bagels and lox.
    Insider Tip: Weekends are crazy, especially when the sun's shining, so if you want to ensure an outdoor table, hit Westward on Monday or Tuesday, or go early for weekend brunch. 

    2501 N. Northlake Way; 206-552-8215

  • Georgetown: Fonda la Catrina

    The Details: This super-popular place is perpetually packed. But there's more room to spread out when the deck opens during warm weather months. 
    Must Order: The savory mushroom tacos on the housemade corn tortillas are one of the best we tried while researching our top taco in Seattle piece.
    Insider Tip: Brunch goes way late - until 4 PM - and the crowds are less intense later in the afternoon.

    5905 Airport Way S.; 206-767-2787

  • Fremont: Revel

    The Details: It's barbecue time on the deck: the kitchen breaks down whole animals and fires up the grill in the evenings.
    Must Order: You can order a little or a lot of whatever's being grilled. But you should start by sharing a few apps, including the awesome green papaya and farro salad.
    Insider Tip: This is a great spot to go with a group. But no matter the size of the party, it's always a good idea to make a reservation. Also, there are a few free parking spots in the lot out back, available after 5 PM. 

    403 N. 36th St.; 206-547-2040

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    Pioneer Square: Caffe Umbria

    The Details: This Euro-style coffeehouse with its tree-shaded patio tables on a brick-paved street is an inviting oasis in a red hot 'hood. 
    Must Order: An affogato combines the best of hot and cold, with a shot of dark Italian roast espresso poured over the outstanding gelato.
    Insider Tip: This makes for a fine stop after lunch at nearby Salumi, il Corvo or The London Plane.

    320 Occidental Ave. S.; 206-624-5847

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    Waterfront: Elliott's Oyster House

    The Details: A destination dining spot for tons of visitors, this seafood palace offers a full-on sensory experience that includes seagulls squawking overhead and the salty smell of Elliott Bay. 
    Must Order: This is the absolute best place in the city to order oysters on the half shell. We also love the Cajun-seared wild salmon.
    Insider Tip: If you can't snag a table on the pier, check out the availability at Cafe 56, the more casual sister restaurant next door.

    1201 Alaskan Way; 206-623-4340

  • Ballard: Ray's Cafe

    The Details: Bring your sunscreen because you're going to want to hang out on this busy deck with the gorgeous views on Shilshole Bay.
    Must Order: The fish 'n' chips are spot on. But it's hard to resist the big fat burger with an egg on top.
    Insider Tip: If you are looking at a long wait, there's a cool bar downstairs in the restaurant where you can sip a signature cocktail or a glass of Washington wine from the extensive glass pour list.

    6049 Seaview Ave. NW; 206-782-0094

  • Downtown: Miller's Guild

    The Details: Chef Jason Wilson's spectacular steakhouse just opened its sidewalk patio and we expect it to be packed once the word gets out. 
    Must Order: As much as we appreciate the fire-christened slabs of beef, the brunch menu's fried chicken and biscuits is an over-the-top indulgence you can't pass up.
    Insider Tip: The weekend brunch is pretty chill, especially if you arrive before 11 AM. Come hungry if you're going for the gravy-drenched bird.

    612 Stewart St.; 206-443-3663

  • Capitol Hill: Restaurant Zoe

    The Details: Chef Scott Staples recently added outdoor seating in a pretty courtyard.
    Must Order: The kitchen does amazingly creative things with veggies; the Wagyu beef burger is tough to top, a super-juicy patty topped with caramelized onions and balsamic-glazed mushrooms.
    Insider Tip: The cool bartenders here love a challenge and will custom make a drink if you tell them your kind of booze and whether you're cool with sweet or savory.

    1318 E. Union St.; 206-256-2060

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Tilth Restaurant

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Westward & Little Gull Grocery

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Ray's Cafe

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