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 this dimly lit date-night destination, Tuscan fare is the focus, as are sensational starters and inspired house-made pastas. Dinner Tue.–Sun. 3650 Wallingford Ave.; 206.632.1000; 

The food here is classic Thai, but also quite unexpected: red curry, not too sweet, with succulent slices of duck breast; charry lemongrass chicken; ketchup-free pad thai. Ask for the wonderfully authentic sticky rice, as it’s not on the menu. The downstairs bar has tasty happy-hour fare. Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily. 1612 N 45th St.; 206.675.0037;


James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef Maria Hines is the star at this certified-organic restaurant, bringing to life dishes such as her famous duck burgers. Brunch Sat.–Sun., dinner daily. 1411 N 45th St.; 206.633.0801;

West Seattle/White Center

Bakery Nouveau
William Leaman’s twice-baked almond croissants and buttery baked goods have lines spilling out the door on weekends. Also drawing a crowd are gorgeous (and delicious) cakes, such as the hazelnut chocolate praline dream cake, loaves of fine bread and shockingly good pizza. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.–Sat. 4737 California Ave. SW; 206.923.0534;

Marination Ma Kai

The  Korean-Hawaiian fusion we’ve come to crave—those Kahlúa pork tacos, that kimchi-laced rice bowl with a fried egg—at the Marination truck and the Capitol Hill location are all present at this brick-and-mortar location, this time with a sweeping view of the Seattle skyline, a spacious waterfront patio and breakfast, too! Breakfast, lunch, dinner Tue.–Sun. 1660 Harbor Ave. SW; 206.328.8226;

Ma‘ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

The Hawaiian flavors of chef/owner Mark Fuller’s youth star on the menu, and the restaurant’s famous fried chicken is now a staple. But worry not: The famous burger from Spring Hill, Fuller's restaurant's previous incarnation, remains. Brunch Sat.–Sun., dinner daily. 4437 California Ave. SW; 206.935.1075;

Zippy’s Giant Burgers
In its spacious new home in White Center, one of the best burger joints in Seattle is even easier to love. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. White Center, 9614 14th Ave. SW; 206.763.1347;