Restaurant in the Sports Zone: Dining Near Safeco Field

Two things cannot be denied: Seattle loves its food, and Seattle loves it sports teams. Since the inaugural game on July 15, 1999, Safeco Field has gained a reputation locally, regionally and nationally as a fantastic setting for baseball. Why all the hype? We can thank sweeping views of the Seattle skyline and glimpses of awesome sunsets that dazzle above the Puget Sound. Oh, and we mustn't forget the main views we come for–the sight of the Major League Baseball going on below. Let's go, Mariners!

Safeco Field boasts a central, urban home, located not far from the buzzing downtown scene and even closer to happening zones like the International District and Pioneer Square. Here at 10Best, we've gathered a list of spots where sports fans can enjoy delicious grub, before or after the on-field excitement. While some eateries serve up casual dishes like BBQ, burgers, tacos and to-go sandwiches, others flaunt fine-dining options like steak, oysters, salmon and other local delicacies. 

Since kids are often in tow during sporting outings, many of these venues offer family-friendly settings. Others cater more to the 21-and-over crowd, pouring local brews  and exotic whiskies to keep spirits high (whether the home team wins or loses). Cheers!

Pioneer Square
Quality Athletics
Photo courtesy of Sarah Flotard

With the tagline "We celebrate sport," Quality Athletics proves that it's the perfect addition to Pioneer Square. Located near Seattle's stadiums loved by enthusiasts of football, baseball and soccer, this full-service sports bar and restaurant...  Read More

This classic Seattle steakhouse is a grand destination for diners looking to impress important clients. The saloon-meets-supper club decor features a copper counter with swivel stools and elegant tables dressed in white linens. While cooked-to...  Read More

Phnom Penh Noodle House
Photo courtesy of Phnom Penh Noodle House

Head to the International District to immerse yourself in Cambodian culture at Phnom Penh Noodle House, a bamboo-themed restaurant that features a water fountain, metal figurine artwork and paintings by Cambodian artists. The owners immigrated...  Read More

Pioneer Square

It won't take much time here in Seattle before you hear about this popular Pioneer Square outpost. For great Italian sausages, salamis, meatballs, or pork, try Salumi, whose name means "dry-cured meat" in Italian. Meats can be purchased...  Read More

Trying to figure out where to find the best barbecue on your world travels? This casual eatery should climb its way to the top of your list, as it has that of folks in Seattle. Have them pile a bun full of pork, beef or ham, and top it off with...  Read More

Pioneer Square

The romantic atmosphere, enhanced by classical guitar music, may be the first thing you notice upon entering this venue. The second will surely be the aroma of perfectly-prepared Italian dishes. Excellent service and wonderful selections hint at...  Read More


The Hotel Monaco in downtown Seattle is really heating up, thanks in part to popular food and drink outpost Sazerac. The fashionable restaurant, named for a very old cocktail created in Louisiana the 1830s, serves spicy, Cajun-inspired New...  Read More

Located right next to Qwest Field, F.X. McRory's is the ideal spot for a pre-game or post-game meal and drink. Whether the Seahawks win or lose, an extensive and impressive menu consisting of aged steaks, Alaskan king crab legs, Pacific...  Read More

Pioneer Square

Near Seattle's stadiums, there's a new "it" spot--Girin. This Korean-themed steakhouse concept from the owner of Momiji, Umi Sake House and Kushibar is located inside an upscale complex called Stadium District just north of CenturyLink Field....  Read More

Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Pyramid Ales

Pyramid is now one of the largest West Coast breweries to arise from the early microbrew pioneers of the Pacific Northwest. Located in the city's stadium district, it is housed in a vintage brick warehouse and features an expansive patio 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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