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


Greenwood/Phinney Ridge

Stumbling Goat Bistro
This beloved restaurant has a revamped menu by chef Joshua Theilen (formerly of Kirkland’s Trellis), who upholds the French-influenced restaurant’s philosophy of using local ingredients. Especially good: pork tenderloin with glazed figs. Dinner Tue.–Sun. 6722 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.784.3535; stumblinggoatbistro.com

Madison Park/Madison Valley/Madrona

Bar Cantinetta
Our review will appear in the January 2014 issue. See listing under WALLINGFORD for full description. Opened earlier this fall, a pocket-size version of the popular pasta house, with more of a drop-in, wine-bar approach. Dinner nightly. 2811 E Madison St.; no phone yet; cantinettaseattle.com 


Crush

Inside this pretty Victorian home, subdued modern décor sets the stage for James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef/owner Jason Wilson’s boundary-pushing cooking. Decadent foie gras, sublime wine pours and crispy-skinned duck breast are just the beginning. Expect to break the bank. And watch for his new spot, Miller’s Guild, a steak house in the Hotel Max downtown. Dinner Tue.–Sun. 2319 E Madison St.; 206.324.7549; crushonmadison.com


The Harvest Vine

This 14-year-old restaurant has long been a sure thing for delicious Spanish tapas, and the wine list remains a high point. Brunch Sat.–Sun, dinner daily. 2701 E Madison St.; 206.320.9771; harvestvine.com


Luc
Local star chef Thierry Rautureau’s French-Mediterranean corner bistro conveys a mood that’s easygoing and welcoming. We love the house-made sausage, the steak frites are divine, and the wine list is bargain central. Brunch Sat.–Sun., dinner daily. 2800 E Madison St.; 206.328.6645; luc-seattle.com


Madison Kitchen

Every neighborhood should have such a happy place to stop for perfect scones, excellent salads and destination-worthy sandwiches to eat in (the place is small but bright and sunny) or to take home. Madison Park is lucky to have it. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. 4122 E Madison St.; 206.557.4640; madison-kitchen.com
 
Madison Park Conservatory

One of Food & Wine’s best new chefs of 2012, Cormac Mahoney puts out a sophisticated, satisfying spread of local-ingredient-driven meals. Enjoy the wood-roasted chicken, beef tongue on toast and an expertly mixed craft cocktail. Dinner Tue.–Sat. Madison Park, 1927 43rd Ave. E; 206.324.9701; madisonparkconservatory.com


Nishino

When owner Tatsu Nishino is in his groove, his eponymous sushi spot sets the local standard for neo-Japanese cooking and puts forth an impressive omakase menu. Dinner daily. 3130 E Madison St.; 206.322.5800; nishinorestaurant.com


Montlake/Ravenna/University District

Cafe Lago
Owner Carla Leonardi has been the standard-bearer for delicious pastas and house-made pizzas at her Montlake trattoria for more than two decades. The pizza crusts are thin and crisp, and the lasagna is a dream. Dinner daily. 2305 24th Ave. E; 206.329.8005; cafelago.com


Pair
The feel is elegant cottage, and the small-plates menu reflects that. Mix items to create your own grazing dinners; best are the puffed gougères, potato-leek gratin and fontina mac and cheese. Dinner Tue.–Sat. 5501 30th Ave. NE; 206.526.7655; pairseattle.com


U:Don

There’s something refreshing about this bright, spare udon noodle shop on The Ave, where the addictive house-made noodles (we especially like the cold versions) are simple and just right. Lunch and dinner daily. 4515 University Way NE; 206.453.3788; freshudon.com

Pike Place Market

Café Campagne
Charm your date in this dim, candlelit hideaway in Pike Place Market with the seasonal cassoulet and a dusty French red. This is a true favorite and a sure bet for spot-on French bistro fare. Brunch Sat.–Sun., lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily. 1600 Post Alley; 206.728.2233; cafecampagne.com

 

Le Pichet
This is as close to a perfect French bistro as you’ll find in Seattle. Favorites: chef/co-owner Jim Drohman’s butter lettuce salads with perfect vinaigrettes; divine roasted chicken; and hearty house-made pâté with honey and walnuts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1933 First Ave.; 206.256.1499; lepichetseattle.com


Marché

The reimagined Campagne is a lovely place to stop for delicious pâtés, tasty small dishes and a stellar list of wines by the glass. Brunch Sat.–Sun., dinner daily. 86 Pine St.; 206.728.2800; marcheseattle.com


Market Grill
Grab a fish sandwich and do some people-watching at this tiny spot in the middle of Pike Place Market. Blackened salmon, grilled halibut, sometimes even grilled prawns are cooked while you wait. Order a bowl of the best chowder in town to take the edge off. Lunch daily. 1509 Pike Place, Suite 3; 206.682.2654.


Matt’s in the Market

Matt’s always feels fresh, open and convivial. For lunch, opt for the stellar banh mi sandwich with pork belly; come evening, starters shine and seafood dishes are reliably good; the cheese plate is a stunner, too. Also worth checking out: Radiator Whiskey Bar, across the hall, opened by the same owners in summer. Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. 94 Pike St., Suite 32; 206.467.7909; mattsinthemarket.com 


Steelhead Diner

Chef Kevin Davis’ upbeat dining room is best at lunchtime, when the views are spectacular. The best dishes have a retro appeal: caviar pie, oversize sandwiches and yummy desserts, but chef de cuisine Anthony Polizzi also displays a talent for showcasing stunningly fresh produce in superb salads. Brunch Sat.–Sun., lunch and dinner daily. 95 Pine St.; 206.625.0129; steelheaddiner.com

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