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Hottest Restaurants in Seattle

Seattle's restaurant scene is showing no signs of slowing down. From fried chicken sandwiches in Capitol Hill to a gorgeous steakhouse Downtown, 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.

Dino's Tomato Pie

PizzaCapitol Hill
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 on a square pie with thick, chewy crust and perfectly browned edges. Also keep an eye on whatever cocktails are 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. 

Ciudad

NewGeorgetown
A wood-fired grill is the focus of this industrial Georgetown destination, charring meat and vegetables using techniques and flavors from Spain, Korea, Lebanon and beyond, and serving them alongside dips and housemade flatbread. A collaboration between Matt Dillon (Sitka & Spruce, The London Plane) and Marcus Lalario (Li’l Woody’s, Fat’s Chicken and Waffles), the simple, industrial space features a large patio, colorful chairs and an expansive mural.

Must-order: Small plates are the focus here, so you'll need more than one dish. Grab a smashed cucumber and feta salad, cauliflower and almonds, grilled yogurt-marinated lamb, harissa-tinged prawns, flatbread and the addictive dukkah and oil dipping sauce for the whole squad. 

Insider tip: Snag a boozy slushy and a seat on the patio, which is roomier than the dining room. 

Copine

NewAmericanBallard
From Shaun McCrain (ex Book Bindery) and Jill Kinney comes this rustic-chic Ballard spot fusing French technique with Pacific Northwest ingredients. Expect elegant, seasonal fare such as summer tomato salad and seared local halibut paired with international wine in the bright, airy space, fitted with white walls, dark hardwood floors and an open kitchen.

Must-order: Begin with the sweet corn soup and continue with the seared halibut, served with tomato raisins and artichokes. Meat lovers will swoon over the rack of lamb served with housemade falafel and cauliflower.

Insider tip: Although there is a small amount of bar seating, don’t forget to make a reservation to dine in the main room, where service is some of the most impeccable in the city. 

Tarsan I Jane

NewSpanishFremont
Modern Valencian and Catalonian flavors and local ingredients headline at this Ballard Spaniard with dishes such as red prawns with smoked crème fraîche accompanied by Spanish wine and cocktails. The industrial-chic room features an open kitchen, and also offers a four-course tasting menu; P.S. Sunday is devoted to prix fixe paella dinners.

Must-order: The paella, only served on Sundays from 11 AM–3 PM. Chef Perfecto Rocher is a Valencian with dozens of dazzling paella recipes up his sleeve, from squid ink with plump prawns to rabbit with Romano beans and morel mushrooms.

Insider tip: If you’re not game for paella or the traditional tasting menu that is served in the dining room, grab a seat on the patio and enjoy the menu à la carte.

Sunset Fried Chicken Sandwiches

NewNew AmericanCapitol Hill
From Monica Dimas (Tortas Condesa, Neon Taco) comes this Capitol Hill sandwich and salad counter, housed within Rachel’s Ginger Beer. Dishing up Charleston, SC-inspired fried chicken sandwiches, the modern, light-filled space is decked out with stylish hanging plants and a bright mural.

Must-order: The OG, a fried chicken sandwich topped with a generous dollop of mayo, cabbage slaw and pickles on a soft white bun. Vegetarians will flip for the Charleston, a fried green tomato sandwich with pimento cheese.

Insider tip: Since it's located in the back corner of Rachel’s Ginger Beer, you'll want to order an RGB soft serve float to dip your perfectly crisp Sunset fries into.

Xi'an Noodles

NewChineseUniversity District
Hand-pulled biang biang noodles join dry pots, Northern Chinese classics and street food at this friendly, no-frills University District spot with an open kitchen where diners can watch the noodles being made, or grab a meal to go.

Must-order: Any protein with the hand-ripped noodles, made fresh daily. We’re especially big fans of the cumin lamb, with or without soup.

Insider tip: Skip the plastic; paying in cash gets you a 5% discount on your meal. 

Corvus and Company

NewCapitol Hill
This Capitol Hill watering hole features innovative craft cocktails, such as the signature Blackbird with gin, sloe gin and blackberries, plus Levantine-inspired Mediterranean dishes in a room decked out with a handcrafted wood bar and mythical animal art.

Must-order: Just about anything off chef Mac Jarvis’ Mediterranean-focused menu pairs well with the cocktails at this buzzy joint, but we especially like the paprika latkes with harissa aïoli and the grilled lamb leg with lentils and Thumbelina carrots.

Insider tip: Owners and barmen Izzy Guymon and Paul Berryman really love to have fun behind the bar, and they’re into making something you’ll love — just give them a base spirit and watch them go. 

Bramble House

NewAmericanVashon
Chef-owner Lia Lira (an alum of The River Cafe and Jean-Georges restaurants) spotlights locally sourced New American fare at this amiable spot on Vashon Island. Set in a 70-year-old house, the space mixes old woodwork and vintage china with modern furnishings, and the dining bar looks into the open kitchen.

Must-order: The menu is designed to highlight whatever’s fresh on the island, so it changes quite often. However, we’re hoping the whole trout, served with lentils and preserved lemon, sticks around for a while.

Insider tip: Dinner is only served Wednesday–Sunday, and with the island location, be sure to make a reservation and check the ferry schedule. There’s only one hotel on Vashon, so you don't want to be caught unawares.

The Butcher's Table

NewDowntown
Wagyu beef is the star at this swanky, two-level South Lake Union steakhouse serving classic dishes like steak tartare, roasted bone marrow and steak frites, complete with beef fat fries. Below the glittering chandeliers on the lounge level lies the butcher shop, selling Mishima-reserve Wagyu cuts to take home, plus haute sandwiches and salads.

Must-order: Anything featuring Mishima Reserve Wagyu beef, as the best cuts of this Colorado-raised beef are reserved for the restaurant. Don’t skip an order of the beef fat fries either.

Insider tip: If you happen to fall in love with a particular cut of beef, ask your server if it’s available in the butcher shop for you to purchase and cook at home. 

Foreign National

NewCapitol Hill
From the team behind Capitol Hill Vietnamese restaurant Stateside comes this pocket-sized cocktail den serving up tiki classics, molecular mixology and snacks featuring French, Vietnamese and Southeast Asian flavors. The buzzy, moody space is illuminated by a glittering disco ball that reflects light off of shiny flamingo statues.

Must-order: Cocktails, and whatever constantly rotating Asian-inspired drinking snacks happen to be on the menu that particular night. We especially like the sticky rice sausages.   

Insider tip: It's brought to you from the same team as Stateside, so consider making it a big night out with dinner next door and late-night drinks at Foreign National.

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