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John Ferri

By , Local Expert, Seattle
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Seattle is a city on the forefront of foodie culture, so options are endless for finding local flavor. In order to direct travelers only to sure-thing eateries, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. Our selections allow you to explore Seattle dining on your own. However, just in case time is of the essence, we present our Seattle Best Restaurants list, a special selection of ten places that promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that is the essence of Seattle dining.

  • 1

    Aqua by El Gaucho

    Local Expert Tip: "On a clear day, views of the Olympic Mountains across Elliot Bay are unbeatable, especially from the deck. Passing ferries and other maritime activity are also on display, and sunsets from this vantage are spectacular."

  • 2

    Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

    Local Expert Tip: "Only at a New Orleans inspired restaurant will you find an extended happy hour designed to coincide with brunch, seven days a week."

  • 3

    How to Cook a Wolf

    Local Expert Tip: "You won't learn how to cook a wolf here, but you will enjoy the food of one of Seattle's most innovative chefs."

  • 4


    Local Expert Tip: "After dinner at Canlis, you will have enjoyed wine from one of the most awarded wine collections anywhere."

  • 5

    Herbfarm Restaurant

    Local Expert Tip: "This is probably the most detailed and extravagant multi-course dining experience in a three-state radius, and should be on the bucket list of any true foodie."

  • 6

    El Gaucho

    Local Expert Tip: "After dinner, head to the adjacent Pampas Room for music and dancing."

  • 7

    Shiro's Sushi

    Local Expert Tip: "Chef Shiro Kashiba is known for offering samples that aren't on the menu."

  • 8

    Etta's Seafood

    Local Expert Tip: "Popular with locals and tourists alike, this Tom Douglas seafood place is well worth the wait for a table."

  • 9

    Katsu Burger

    • Cuisine: Burger
    • Average Main Course Price: $7.50

    Local Expert Tip: "This spot is currently open for weekday lunch and dinner. Plans for weekend hours are in the works."

  • 10

    Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $25
    • Neighborhood: Belltown

    Local Expert Tip: "The original locale of this restaurant is in Bellevue, and chef-owner John Howie has also opened a premier steakhouse there, serving Japanese Waygu beef steaks. All of Howie's eateries are of the highest caliber."



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