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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.