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Hottest Restaurants in Seattle

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.

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 Mideastern 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 agua 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 fixed-price 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

NewNew 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.

MBar

NewNew AmericanSouth Lake Union
The Mamnoon and Anar team brings this posh rooftop eatery to the 400 Fairview building in South Lake Union, serving an inventive Middle Eastern–leaning menu with Italian and Spanish accents. Full dinner service is available in the glass-walled dining room, while light bites and cocktails are served on the heated, partially covered patio that offers near-360-degree views of the Queen Anne hills, Lake Union and beyond.

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.

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. 

Copine

AmericanBallard
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: 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. 

Vestal

NewUs Pacific NorthwestSouth Lake Union
From the team behind Scout and Westward comes this midcentury-modern space featuring an expansive chef’s counter set against a wood-fired hearth. Hyper-seasonal Pacific Northwestern ingredients headline the menu, and are paired with classic cocktails. P.S. in lieu of traditional tips, a 20 percent gratuity is added to all bills.

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. 

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