Dining Near Husky Stadium: Meals That Help Celebrate Wins and Soften Defeats

Sports fans won't want to miss this site: Husky Stadium, an outdoor football stadium on the campus of Seattle's University of Washington. Few sporting venues have been dropped smack dab in the middle of such stunning beauty; the stadium's located at the southeastern corner of campus, between Montlake Boulevard N.E. and Union Bay (just north of the Montlake Cut, an area that bustles with boats, kayakers and paddleboarders).

The stadium recently completed a $280 million renovation (begun in 2011), and now the structure's U-shaped design cleverly minimizes the glare from the early afternoon sun in athletes' eyes. The open end of the stadium overlooks scenic Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains (Mount Rainier included). Prior to the recent renovation, its total capacity of 72,500 made it the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest (and the 23rd largest in college football).

Since 1920, the venue has hosted football games as the home of the Washington Huskies of the Pacific-12 Conference. The university also holds its annual commencement at the stadium every June. 

Loyal spots fans work up an appetite during games; thankfully, nearby eating options abound. The closest restaurant choices can be found in the University District, while others extend across the bridge (in Eastlake) and a bit farther west in neighborhoods like Fremont. Whether it's good ole' pub grub or more exotic fare you're after, Seattle's dining scene never disappoints.

Westward & Little Gull
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One of the city's thriving "hot spots," especially on sunny days, Westward is a water-inspired, full-service restaurant and bar that first opened its sails in the fall of 2013 on the north shore of Lake Union. Chef Zoi Antonitsas sends out...  Read More

Din Tai Fung
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Din Tai Fung was founded in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1958 as a cooking oil retail shop, before transitioning in 1972 into a full-fledged restaurant. It has since become world-renowned for its soup dumplings and noodles, and Seattleites are thrilled to...  Read More

Dick's Drive-In

Choose one of Dick's five locations and return to the days of the '50s when you drive up to this fast food establishment. Burgers, fries and shakes are ordered and eaten in the very same spot – your car or standing nearby among the masses of...  Read More

Comfortable and unpretentious, Serafina has been a Seattle favorite for years. This charming outpost has become one of the main culinary draws of the Eastlake neighborhood, and the adjoining Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar is an excellent place for...  Read More

These vibrant cafes in the U District and also West Seattle are set in a warm Southwestern decor; their mission is "to provide delicious organic sustenance for a wide variety of needs and individual tastes." The venue is proudly certified...  Read More

Ivar's Salmon House
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On the north shore of Lake Union, not far from Husky Stadium, Ivar's Salmon House features a stunning cedar replica of a Northwest Native American Longhouse, complete with an open-pit Native American-style barbecue for preparing alder-smoked...  Read More

The Whale Wins
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The Whale Wins is the latest restaurant 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...  Read More

Taste of India

Slightly northwest of the University District, sports fans can sate their appetites at one of the city's best Indian eateries (arrive hungry, and you will not be disappointed!). Featuring a vibrant, neon exterior and an intimate, welcoming...  Read More

Thai Tom

Loyal patrons come to this intimate space in the University District for a unique dining experience (the venue is tiny!) and for the delicious food, cooked before diners' eyes in an open kitchen. Grab a seat at the counter to watch the...  Read More

This colorful waterside facility has widespread appeal. Focusing on organic ingredients, the cafe concocts flavorful Mexican eats like quesadillas, enchiladas and burritos, and it's also a popular happy hour spot. One of the specialties of the...  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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