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10 Hottest New Restaurants in Seattle

Seattle's restaurant scene is showing no signs of slowing down. From a Ballard hot spot churning out freshly made tortillas to a Jersey-style pizza shop in Capitol Hill, the culinary landscape looks as lush as a farmer's market smack in the middle of summer. Here are the latest and greatest to launch, with plenty more coming up.

Heartwood Provisions

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Distinctive and welcoming, this Downtown New American in the heart of the Financial District crafts a cocktail to match each dish on the menu, serving seasonal plates alongside exceptional spirits spiked with housemade tinctures. The modern room has a warm vibe, and it’s an easy choice for both business meals and for a chic ending to a humdrum workday.

Must-Order: Most dishes come with a cocktail pairing, and both food and drinks change frequently. Keep an eye out for the kabocha squash with smoked einkorn and the yellowtail with grapefruit, avocado and horseradish.

Insider Tip: If things are looking packed, stick around for the late-night menu (beginning at 10 PM Sunday–Thursday and 11 PM Friday and Saturday), which features a knockout $10 Gruyère-topped burger made with housemade beef ground; it's served with fries. 

Gracia

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Chester Gerl (ex Matt’s In the Market) plies authentic flavors at this hip Ballard Mexican, making masa from heirloom corn and peppering the menu with inspired tacos, carne asada and snacks. Housed in an old mercantile storefront, the cool space features striking Mexican tiles and art.

Must-Order: It's safe to munch on anything wrapped in one of Gracia’s fresh, handmade tortillas. Get them as tostadas topped with shrimp or crab, as tacos with crunchy beer-battered fish or barbacoa, or use them as spoons to scoop up molten queso fundido.

Insider Tip: Head to Gracia’s bar to sip cocktails and watch just about any soccer match playing. 

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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Steps from the Paramount Theater, this sleek Japanese-Pacific Rim hot spot, an outpost of a highly rated Hawaiian group, showcases fresh, imaginative dishes and tony decor, making it a natural for date night or drinks during the bustling happy hour.

Must-Order: If sushi isn’t your game, you shouldn't miss the crab ramen with Asian truffle broth. It’s incredibly decadent, and on Sunday and Monday nights, it’s half-off during happy hour.

Insider Tip: Grab a seat at the sushi bar and interact with the chefs, asking about personal specialties. They’re always coming up with terrific textures and flavor combinations that might never make the menu.

Dino's Tomato Pie

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Pizza fans get a kick out of this Delancey sibling on Capitol Hill, where New Jersey-style pies are served round or square and topped with fresh and aged mozzarella. The friendly space also features cocktails on tap and a fun, throwback vibe.

Must-Order: Don't miss the hot salami as a square pie with thick, chewy crust and perfectly browned edges. Also keep an eye on whatever cocktails they've got on tap. 

Insider Tip: Dino’s is strictly 21 and over, but you can now order online for pickup if you’ve got kids in tow. 

Saint Helens Cafe

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A spiffy place to hangout by the Burke-Gilman Trail, this friendly Laurelhurst brasserie has American eats from chef-owner Josh Henderson, plus an outdoor patio with a fire pit; P.S. Sibling Great State Burger is just next door.

Must-Order: The only menu item that makes the jump from lunch to dinner — the Saint Helens burger topped with addictive secret XO sauce, American cheese and a side of salt and vinegar jojo’s — is a go-to.

Insider Tip: If you’re feeling chilly on the patio and can’t squeeze closer to the fire pit, ask staff for a blanket to snuggle.

Meet the Moon

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With plenty of New American comfort food on the breakfast-through-dinner menu, this Leschi lakeside destination has pleasing street views and a cool bar, making it a friendly neighborhood hangout for chatty locals and boaters from the South Leschi marina, located just steps away.

Must-Order: Go for breakfast or brunch and get your hands on the huge cinnamon roll and the nicely spicy carne asada skillet.

Insider Tip: There are no reservations at Meet the Moon, so arrive early or be prepared to walk around nearby Lake Washington before your table is ready. 

Pizzeria 88

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For Neapolitan pies and Italian small plates, Capitol Hill relies on this charming neighborhood hangout, a sibling to Sicilian cafe Mondello. The welcoming spot features a wood-fired oven, casual candlelit tables and a marble bar beneath pendant lighting.

Must-Order: Keep things simple with a classic wood-fired margherita pizza. Spice it up with a side of wild boar meatballs.

Insider Tip: There is nothing off limits at Pizzeria 88, so even if you don't see it on the menu, go ahead and ask. They'll make just about anything. 

Woodblock

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Seasonal, sustainably sourced New American dishes such as house-cured duck salad and fried Alaskan wild-caught sole headline the menu at this Downtown Redmond destination. The stylish, contemporary room features a bar made of reclaimed Douglas Fir wood serving classic cocktails, craft beer and a Washington-heavy wine list.

Must-Order: The crispy roast duck leg with baby kale and pear chutney is a winner. Don't miss the warm pecan chocolate chip cookies served with a side of bourbon, either.

Insider Tip: Go Monday nights for half-price wines by the bottle and massive charcuterie boards. 

Great State Burger-Laurelhurst

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Upping the basic burger game, these eco-friendly joints from Josh Henderson offer organic grass-fed beef patties, housemade sauces and organic milkshakes in energetic, modern spaces.

Must-Order: Keep it simple with a cheeseburger and crinkle-cut fries, but ask for extra housemade pickles.

Insider Tip: You can (and should) add malt powder to your milkshake for just 50 cents more.

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