The Complete List of Top Restaurants in Seattle

From bakeries to bistros to fine dining, our neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to the best eateries
Allison Austin Scheff  |   November 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
A warm bowl of goodness from Kukai in Bellevue


At Maria Hines’ (Tilth, Golden Beetle) certified organic Fremont eatery, we love the veggies and the house-cured meats. The cocktail menu is also especially inspired. Brunch Sat.–Sun., lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily. 709 N 35th St.; 206.547.9707;

Art of the Table

Well, well! Chef and owner Dustin Ronspies’ little hideaway on the edge of Fremont is a very well-kept secret, and we’re tempted to keep it that way. Unpretentious service, homey appeal and marvelous—and affordable!—prix fixe menus (served Fridays and Saturdays) with utterly spot-on cooking. It has got it all.  Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily. 1054 N 39th St.; 206.282.0942;

Dot’s Delicatessen

You won’t believe how good the house-made charcuterie—sausages and pâtés—are here, and the sandwiches are boss, too. Don’t miss the steak frites. Lunch and early dinner (closes at 9 p.m.) Tue.–Sat. 4262 Fremont Ave. N; 206.687.7446;  


At its new location Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s Korean-fusion eatery is a sexy, spicy night out in the making. Don’t miss the rice cakes with chorizo, the oysters and bone-marrow-topped toasts, and a slew of tasty steaks. Brunch Sat.–Sun., dinner daily. 3506 Stone Way N; 206.632.5685;

At the top of our sandwich bucket list: Paseo’s drippy, sloppy, messy and utterly indulgent Caribbean roast. A secret marinade makes the pork here nothing short of awesome, and the jalapeños and cilantro punch everything up. Lunch and dinner Tue.–Sat. 4225 Fremont Ave. N; 206.545.7440; Cash only


A stylish Korean street-eats joint from Joule chefs Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, where the irresistible pan-fried dumplings, inventive rice bowls and some seriously awesome salads keep us coming back. Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.–Sun. 403 N 36th St.; 206.547.2040;


Chef and owner Eric Donnelly’s ode to the river on which he loves to fly-fish has a local, seafood-centric menu and a rustic interior, with screen prints of riverbeds and hand-hewn wood tables. Dinner nightly. 4300 Fremont Ave. N; 206.557.7532;


Our review will appear in December. Airy and light, with tender muffins still warm from the oven and espresso that’s expertly pulled, this airy Fremont hangout is a swell place to spend the morning. At lunch, garden-veggie salads and rustic soups keep things healthy and bright. Excellent wines for purchase, too. Breakfast and lunch Tue.–Sun. 4401 Fremont Ave. N; 206.557.7357;

The Whale Wins

Renee Erickson’s (Boat Street Cafe, The Walrus and the Carpenter) latest is an airy oasis for vegetable-focused dishes cooked in the wood oven. Located in the Fremont Collective building (also home to the relocated Joule), it’s an especially pleasant place for a long lunch, with good French wine (see page 108). Lunch and dinner daily. 3506 Stone Way N; 206.632.9426;


The Corson Building
Chef Matt Dillon’s picturesque stone building is surrounded by lush gardens, an oasis in gritty Georgetown. Inside, it’s the essence of rusticity, and likewise the food prepared by chef de cuisine Emily Crawford: wood-roasted meats and hearty vegetable dishes matched with a host of truly unusual wines. Check online for specific menus, seating and reservations info. 5609 Corson Ave. S; 206.762.3330;

Via Tribunali

See listing under CAPITOL HILL/FIRST HILL for a full description. This location is quieter than its siblings, so you can almost always grab a table. Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily. 6009 12th Ave. S; 206.464.2880;

Green Lake  

Chef Amy McCray’s Green Lake hideaway begs for dinner daters, and her menu of seasonally eclectic dishes includes the best lamb burger in town and an utterly delicious Cabrales flan. Wine is a passion at Eva, too. Dinner daily. 2227 N 56th St.; 206.633.3538;


What a surprise to find such stellar sushi in an off-the-beaten-path locale. Lunchtime also brings a number of donburi, udon and bento choices. Lunch Mon., Wed.–Sat.; dinner Wed.–Mon. 2101 N 55th St., Suite 100; 206.545.9050;