Seattle's restaurant scene is showing no signs of slowing down. From swanky French inspiration in the Central District to a funky Latin American–inspired outpost in Pioneer Square, the culinary landscape looks as lush as a local farmer's market. Here are the latest and greatest Seattle restaurants to launch, with plenty more coming up.
Must-order: The crispy chicken wings spiked with chiles, the lamb shawarma, the smoked trout and corona bean salad and an order of the housemade caramels
Insider tip: When calling for a reservation ask about the swinging tables — the seats rock back and forth just like a porch swing.
Must-order: Whatever the tacos are for that day (especially the barbacoa), the roasted pumpkin quesadillas, smashed avocado and housemade aguas frescas
Insider tip: If you’ve got a large party or prefer a more private meal, call and ask about the reservable upstairs lounge.
Must-order: The decadent Hokkaido scallop pho, king crab Waldorf salad, country-fried steak with steamed egg yolk
Insider tip: Avoiding alcohol? No problem, the bar at this swanky spot has an extensive list of creative drinks sans booze.
Must-order: Broccoli casserole dip with Cheetos crust, coconut poached chicken, butter roasted king oyster mushroom “steak,” braised brisket
Insider tip: When making a reservation ask about the availability of the kitchen table for a behind-the-scenes dining experience.
Must-order: Grilled oysters with whitefish caviar, anything with compound butter (seaweed or sea urchin), choucroute with boudin blanc
Insider tip: Unsure what to drink with your luxurious dinner? Give the bartender a favorite base spirit, and he or she will whip up a masterfully balanced cocktail.
Must-order: The grilled kuri squash with burrata, Maui Nui venison pate, fennel braised wild boar shoulder, pommes dauphinoise
Insider tip: The crowds have not thinned at this hugely anticipated spot, so be sure to make a reservation before you go.
Must-order: The roasted cauliflower hummus or the foie gras Bolognese; and the four-dish starter/sampler plate for a little of a lot
Insider tip: If you can’t get a reservation on the rooftop, cool your heels in the street-level bar. The staff will keep you served while checking on open tables and letting you up when there’s room.
Must-order: Small plates like 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 slushie and a seat on the patio, which is roomier than the dining room.
Must-order: Sweet corn soup; seared halibut, served with tomato raisins and artichokes; 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.
Must-order: The shareable “bouillabaisse,” fortified with salmon collar and served with grilled bread, the compressed melon salad and anything charred from the grill
Insider tip: This hip spot shares space with the Huxley Wallace beer bar Cantine; stop there on your way out for a nightcap.