Where to Eat Near the Water Taxi, Plus Marination Ma Kai Got a Makeover!

Julien Perry
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Say, "Aloha!" to the new Ma Kai

Marination Ma Kai looks a lot different inside. There's a few new touches, including soft lighting, splashes of orange and dark gray paint, counter seating that overlooks the water (best view in the house), and a surfboard hanging from the ceiling. It really looks amazing (said while typing from the bar). Co-owner Kamala Saxton says the new decor is just phase one: "We have murals and other stuff coming!"

The popular Hawaiian-Korean fusion joint has also rolled out summer hours, which basically means it's open an hour later most days of the week (Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.). 

And since the water taxi, located on the same dock as Ma Kai, is officially on its summer schedule as well, here's a few choice dining destinations to add to your sunny agenda:

Salty's: The stalwart of Alki has one of the best decks in Seattle. When the sun is out, head outside, grab a cocktail and drink in the view. 

Elliott's: Order the oysters. Some of the best shucked in all of Seattle.

Walk up the Pike Street Hill Climb into Pike Place Market. Once comfortably on cobblestone, hit up some of the romantic spots that have stood the test of time: Place Pigalle (best view of the Great Wheel), Maximilien (one of the best, nearly rooftop outdoor patios in Seattle) and Il Bistro (extremely romantic and cavern-like).

Zig Zag, while not quite as old school, does serve food in addition to it's famous cocktails. In fact, Tyler Moritz, who most recently worked in the kitchen at Roux, isnow running the kitchen at Zig Zag. 

Just south of the Pike Street Hill Climb is Harbor Steps. Half-way up is Lecosho, a very underrated and sometimes forgotten about gem that has consistently good, well-executed food that always seems to be my answer to the quesiton, "Where should I go to lunch downtown?" Give it another visit if you haven't been in ages. 

So, there you have it. A few spots worthy of your water taxi time. Now, if only the sun would come out and stay.