Seattle's Group-Friendly Restaurants: The More the Merrier at These Local Favorites

In this town, we often say: The more, the merrier. In recent years, Seattle's culinary scene has become increasingly renowned and even more memorable, putting the city up there on the dining circuit with destinations like New York and San Francisco. Not only is the food here exquisite, the service memorable and the drink local and tasty, but the ambience also leaves an impression at the majority of the town's favorite eating establishments.  

Once inside spaces funky and formal, intimate and inventive, diners enjoy the flavors of the Northwest that permeate their dishes and their surroundings. And thankfully for those who like to convene with family and friends (I mean, who doesn't enjoy breaking bread with loved ones in a festive atmosphere, right?), countless Seattle venues offer roomy tables at which groups of folks can collectively enjoy the food and the company. 

The rise in popularly of "family-style" meal servings also complement the trend of group dining. Whether it's heaping bowls of crispy chips, juicy oysters, fresh pasta or sweet beignets you're after, the following restaurants we've gathered follow the philosophy that dining is most enjoyable when shared with those whom you love. So gather your people, and get ready to chow down.



A quintessential Seattle experience consists of having a meal at Ray's. (At lunchtime, head upstairs to Ray's Cafe.) Views of the mountains and the water, especially in sunset's glow, thrill diners almost as much as the cuisine. Located close to...  Read More

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Recently refreshed Thackeray comes with a brand-new addition: Claret wine bar, located in the venue's back half. This popular neighborhood restaurant and bar, straddling the line between Fremont and Wallingford, draws enthusiastic support from...  Read More

Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge


Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge has been earning accolades almost since it opened. The ornate and filigreed interior of the space is just the beginning of a dining experience built on the food, style and attitude of New Orleans' French...  Read More



There are few better places better for relishing the fresh seafood of the Northwest. Boasting great waterfront views and an expansive dining area with several distinct venues, this branch of the Anthony's chain is inviting and bright. It also...  Read More

El Camino


Although El Camino is a favorite gathering spot for friends to test potent margaritas, it also serves wonderful Mexican cuisine. The menu isn't extensive, but selections are flavorful and well-prepared. Along with braised pork shoulder and...  Read More

Aqua by El Gaucho
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A bright, open space with sculptural lighting and barrel-backed chairs invites guests to check out great views (of the water and the mountains) and a wonderful, seafood-based menu. Although options change depending on what's fresh, you may find...  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," Tavolta is an ideal...  Read More



Get transported to a Parisian cafe with charming, authentic decor like 19th-century sconces from a church in the French countryside, a clock that once hung in a Paris metro station and a host stand that once serviced a small French hotel. The...  Read More

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In downtown Seattle, celeb chef Tom Douglas has done it again. This upscale dining room serves inventive Greek cuisine that draws diners from near and far. Making an excellent starter, pita bread is served with your choice of spread; think...  Read More

Brimmer and Heeltap
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Since late 2013, this charming neighborhood venue has been delighting loyal patrons in an environment they call "inviting, lively and comforting." (We concur; it's all true!) The friendly staff pridefully brings "a sense of playfulness" to...  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