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Hottest Restaurants in Seattle

Seattle's restaurant scene is showing no signs of slowing down. From true Chicago-style deep dish in Interbay to vegan ice creams in Capitol Hill, 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.

Frankie & Jo's

NewIce Cream ShopFirst Hill
Autumn Martin (Hot Cakes) and Kari Brunson (Juicebox) are behind this tropical-themed Capitol Hill sweet shop, featuring inventive plant-based ice creams and toppings. Flavors range from standards like brown sugar vanilla and cocoa nib mint to more unusual seasonal ice creams and sorbets, available in cups and gluten-free waffle cones to eat on the shop's few stools, or in pints to go.

Must-order The salted caramel ash, beet, strawberry and rose sorbet or any of the three seasonal flavors

Insider tip: If a regular scoop seems like too much – ask for a half scoop. Also, there are pints to go and you can order online to get vegan ice cream shipped direct to you in case a craving strikes when Frankie & Jo’s is closed. 

Marmite Seattle

NewFirst Hill
A rotating selection of hearty soups, bone broth and seasonal sandwiches crafted by sister bakery Amandine bread are all on offer at this airy Capitol Hill organic cafe. Diners can take a quart of broth to go or eat at long wooden counters for lunch and weekend brunch.

Must-order: Daily soups like the Soupe du Pecheur at lunch, buckwheat pancakes at brunch and anything (from hearty sandwiches to the Farmer’s Breakfast) with Amandine bread all the time.

Insider tip: Dinner will be starting at the end of February and fans of the Naftaly’s vintage Seattle restaurant Le Gourmand will see the same care and attention brought to elaborate yet wholesome food. Look for things like roast leg of lamb and ballotine of Steelhead and smoked salmon. No reservations needed, for now. 

Windy City Pie

NewPizzaInterbay
Hefty Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas are the focus of this petite 21-and-over pizzeria, located inside the Batch 206 Distillery’s industrial-chic tasting room in Interbay. Twelve-inch pies – complete with a caramelized cheese crust and unusual toppings like candied bacon and blue cheese — are available for takeaway or to eat at a handful of tables.

Must- order: The Hot Island with housemade sausage, pineapple and jalapeno or the Brussels Snout with candied bacon, Brussels sprouts and a white sauce

Insider tip: Just because Windy City is housed inside Batch 206 Distillery doesn’t mean their Chicago-style pizzas take less time to cook. Things still take around 40 minutes, giving you plenty of time to do a tasting or enjoy a cocktail. Bonus is that Windy City is now selling slices for just $4 for anyone who can’t handle a whole pie. 

Thackeray Café & Bar

NewWallingford
This roomy Wallingford spot from the Heavy Restaurant Group (Meet the Moon, Barrio) has plenty of veggie-friendly fare on the menu, all with a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern bent. The lineup includes the likes of flatbreads with spreads, lamb shawarma and Ethiopian spiced fried chicken as well as craft cocktails, served in a contemporary, window-filled dining room.

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. 

Copal

NewPioneer Square
This vibrant Pioneer Square spot from Matt Dillon (Bar Ferdinand, Sitka & Spruce) is inspired by the flavors of Latin America, relying on flames and hot coals to produce barbacoa tacos, smoked pumpkin quesadillas and banana leaf wrapped smoked pork. Tropical cocktails, housemade aguas frescas and craft beer can be paired with lunch and dinner in the festive, colorful dining room.

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. 

CIRCADIA

NewDowntown
Velvet booths, art deco chandeliers and moody blue walls welcome diners at this glamorous Downtown destination, where prix fixe menus focus on seasonal interpretations of classics like Wagyu beef tartare and lobster Thermidor. A swanky, romantically lit bar and lounge offers craft cocktails, small bites and an extensive wine list that features a dozen-plus varieties of champagne.

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.  

Cook Weaver

NewCapitol Hill
Imaginative, seasonal takes on comforting European dishes – from braised brisket served in the style of bibimbap to split pea falafel – are served alongside craft cocktails at this cozy Capitol Hill haunt. Diners can expect a casual atmosphere and a backdrop of murals that bring to life an Alexander Pushkin poem from which the restaurant takes its name.

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.

L'Oursin

NewFrenchCentral District
Inventive small plates share menu space with classics like roast chicken and sustainable seafood at this intimate, French-inspired bistro in the Central District. Natural wines and aperitifs are also available at a snug bar or in the dining room, which is decked out with sunny yellow walls and blonde wood tables.

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. 

FlintCreek Cattle Co

New AmericanGreenwood
Sustainably raised beef and game such as Hawaiian venison, wild boar and bison star on the farm-to-table menu at this stylish Greenwood New American kitchen from the RockCreek team. The industrial-chic setting boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a curved bar offering contemporary cocktails and a compact wine list.

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.

Ciudad

Georgetown
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 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. 

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