After Arriving at Seattle's Port, Cruise to These Delicious, Inviting Eateries

Cruise ships have been known to churn out some pretty tasty spreads these days, but it's still a relief for many travelers to reach terra firma where the food options are vast and varied. Seattle has slowly evolved into a highly respectable foodie town, and visitors will delight in the many exotic flavors that contribute to the Emerald City's expansive culinary scene. Thanks to the location of both cruise ports close to downtown, passengers will find countless dining options within walking distance from the ports, and even more choices can be found after a short bus or taxi ride.  

It's no surprise that many restaurants on this list center around the seafood delicacies found in the Pacific Northwest (but if you're not craving something from the sea, never fear!). Diners can get their fill of lobster, crab, shrimp, oysters, salmon, halibut and more at Seattle standards like Elliott's Oyster House. Other venues offer scrumptious dishes featuring global flavors ranging from Italian and Thai (try downtown's Wild Ginger) to Latin American. A couple of these restaurants are family-friendly, while several are fine-dining establishments that provide an elelgant setting for a special night out on the town. Be sure to check out each eatery's happy hour menu if you're looking for a more casual experience. 


As the name suggests, this cozy Belltown outpost is a sustainable restaurant and food producer that fiercely promotes local sourcing. At this popular eatery based in the heart of downtown (at the corner of 1st and Bell), chefs make beautiful,...  Read More

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If you're spending time in Seattle, you must check out the talent of celeb chef Tom Douglas. This upscale dining room of his serves inventive Greek cuisine. Making an excellent starter, pita bread is served with your choice of spread, like...  Read More

A bright, open space with sculptural lighting and barrel-backed chairs invites guests to check out great views and a wonderful, seafood-based menu. Although options change depending on what's fresh, you may find oven-roasted Manila clams to...  Read More

Boasting great views (of the stunning skyline and the enthralling waterfront) and an expansive dining area with several distinct venues, this branch of the Anthony's chain is inviting and bright. It also offers outdoor dining when the weather...  Read More

Ask around, and you'll quickly discover that Wild Ginger is a definite downtown Seattle favorite. The James Beard Award-winning restaurant that introduced the satay bar to the US also welcomes an eclectic mix of business people, families and...  Read More

Elliott's Oyster House
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True to its handle, this waterfront establishment serves views of bustling Elliott Bay along with its oysters; more than 30 varieties. From the outside, Elliott's looks like little more than a shack, but the interior is cozy enough to...  Read More

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


Funky and hip, this Italian eatery features rustic food and boasts live entertainment in the adjacent lounge. The interior has a certain bohemian charm, but the best area to dine is on the rooftop deck, which affords a magnificent view of Puget...  Read More

Bookstore Bar
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At the Alexis Hotel just off downtown's Madison Street, the cozy yet hip Bookstore Bar stocks its shelves with impressive reading material and an extensive stash of Scotches, bourbons and whiskies. New chef Caprial Pencevery sends out...  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

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