Seattle Culinary Finds That Won't Break the Bank

Trying to pin down words like frugal, value and deal can be exasperating; everyone carries different ideas and expectations for cost-saving techniques. One person's "bargain" may be be an unrealistic splurge for another diner. For 10Best, the range is broad. We include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus and dedicated followings, but we also share finer establishments that offer perks like impressive happy hours or affordable prix-fixe menus. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Seattle, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Salumi and Dick's Drive-In. They're low in expenditures and high in appeal. Who says that a delicious meal has to become a multi-hour ordeal? Other options offer generous portions of delicious food, meaning you can easily split with a dining companion and leave satisfied, or you can take half of your food with you for your next meal. Seattle is home to a bounty of talented chefs who take their ingredients and their craft very seriously, and they also value making their food accessible to as wide an audience as possible. 

Bookstore Bar
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At the Alexis Hotel, just off downtown's Madison Street and close to Pioneer Square, the cozy yet hip Bookstore Bar & Cafe stocks its shelves with impressive reading material and an extensive stash of Scotches, bourbons and whiskies....  Read More

Pagliacci Pizza
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Sometimes, when the mood strikes, nothing else will do. If you have a strong urge for great pizza, head to one of 24 Pagliacci's locations, where you can walk up to the counter and order a pie topped with everything from sun-dried tomatoes to...  Read More

Red Mill Burgers
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When the original Red Mill closed in 1967 after 30 years of great diner fare and ice cream, Seattle was left with but a few places to get really good burgers, crispy onion rings or butterscotch malts. Fortunately, John and Babe Shepherd saw this...  Read More

Marination Ma Kai
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In West Seattle, Marination Ma Kai brings the delectable flavors and happy vibes of Hawaii to a stunning beachside setting (near Alki). The venue's Hawaiian-Korean cuisine "melts delicate heat and the flavors of aloha together in [diners']...  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

Bimbo's Cantina
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What was formerly known as Bimbo's Bitchin' Burrito Kitchen has toned down its name, gained a little more space and become a 21+ only establishment. What hasn't changed, however, are well-proportioned tacos and quesadillas, not to mention...  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

Taste of India


Featuring a vibrant, neon exterior and an intimate, welcoming interior, Taste of India offers a delightful dining experience from start to finish. The food, service and ambience make this a wonderful spot for enjoying Indian and Mediterranean...  Read More

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Located in the heart of downtown, Pintxo (pronounced peen-cho) proves the perfect place to begin a night on the town or to spend an entire evening indulging in delicious fare in a welcoming, intimate space. (The Crocodile is located directly...  Read More

Ciudad Grill
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This vibrant venue celebrates community in Seattle's thriving Georgetown neighborhood, south of downtown. You'll find two spaces inside the Oxbow Building—Ciudad Grill (a happening restaurant and bar with colorful murals and soaring skylights)...  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