Brand-New and Perpetually Popular Seattle Restaurants Create Major Buzz

In recent decades, the Emerald City has become renowned for its consistently innovative and delicious food scene, delighting diners from near and far. With its location on the shores of Puget Sound and its access to Pacific Rim and Alaskan fisheries, Seattle has long been a seafood savvy city. The popular sustainable and farm-to-table food movements took root here long ago, too, and they continue to flourish, thanks to chefs who have their own produce farms or simply grow herbs in planters on restaurant patios. In the hearty Northwest, steak has a stake as well; ethnic restaurants also abound, with chefs often using Northwest ingredients to put creative local twists on other cultures' traditional fare. 

The food scene here is forever evolving, and recently it seems that new hot spots open every time we turn our head. Whether you're looking for a chic eatery with a "see and be seen" vibe or a low-key gem that blends a casual, under-the-radar feel with sneakily sumptuous dishes, we've gathered delicious–and fun–ideas on where to explore. Come see what's new on the Seattle culinary circuit; we promise you'll leave happily satiated.


Photo courtesy of Skillet

Skillet intends to redefine modern American food, describing its fare as "approachable, upscale and prepared with classic technique, using local and seasonal ingredients." The family-friendly restaurant now has four Seattle outposts and a line...  Read More

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Price/The Walrus and the Carpenter

Award-winning Chef Renee Erickson (The Whale Wins, Bateau, Barnacle, Bar Melusine) partnered with Business Manager Jeremy Price and Developer Chad Dale to realize her long-time vision for an oyster bar. It makes perfect sense then, that she...  Read More

Tavolata (Belltown)
Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Smith

In Belltown, Ethan Stowell has done it once again by wowing diners at his Italian gem Tavol?ta. Here, pasta reigns--from rigatoni to casarecce, conchiglie to linguini. A restaurant whose name means "to gather around a table," Tavol?ta is an...  Read More

Omega Ouzeri
Photo courtesy of Sarah Flotard

A fairly recent addition to the Capitol Hill restaurant lineup, Omega Ouzeri whisks diners away to the rich flavors, welcoming vibes and cool hues of the Mediterranean, and it's an experience you won't want to miss. Executive Chef Zoi Antonitsas...  Read More

The Whale Wins
Photo courtesy of The Whale Wins

The Whale Wins comes from award-winning Chef Renee Erickson and partners Jeremy Price and Chad Dale (renowned throughout Seattle, thanks to their other masterpiece, Ballard's acclaimed The Walrus and the Carpenter). At this welcoming Fremont...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Corinne Whiting

Award-winning Executive Chef and Restaurateur Josh Henderson has done it again, this time bringing an intimate, cozy and welcoming eatery to the ever-expanding business zone of South Lake Union. The full-service restaurant and bar represents an...  Read More

FlintCreek Cattle Co.
Photo courtesy of FlintCreek Cattle Co.

From the folks behind Fremont's popular RockCreek Seafood & Spirits, FlintCreek Cattle Co. now comes to the Greenwood neighborhood, much to the delight of local, meat-loving customers who have become fast fans. The open-air restaurant,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Thackeray

Brand-new Thackeray, a neighborhood restaurant and bar that straddles the line between Fremont and Wallingford, has already drawn enthusiastic support from locals. The spacious, light-filled venue offers an inviting atmosphere that combines...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Mbar

Looking for a hot new venue from which to take in some of Seattle's most breathtaking views? mbar, a socially-driven bar and restaurant, wows guests with its dazzling location, providing an elevated oasis above all the South Lake Union action....  Read More

Photo courtesy of Adana/Gruman Public Relations

Chef Shota Nakajima recently closed Capitol Hill's Naka Kaiseki in order to open in its stunning space Adana (meaning "nickname"), a brand-new concept highlighting Shota's beautiful Japanese fare. Diners can enjoy his simple, clean and flavorful...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne