Find Shareable Dishes, Cozy Vibes and Family-like Friendliness at Seattle's Homestyle Eateries

Homestyle cooking; who doesn't crave it from time to time? While on the road, this is one thing travelers often desire–flavorful bites of comfort food that have been prepared with love. Luckily for us Seattle got the memo on this coveted genre, and the city boasts an array of options that serve delicious fare in spaces warm and inviting. (After all, even our Safeco sports stadium has started serving up waffles.) At some of these eateries, when you close your eyes and savor the aromas, you might swear you've been transported to your grandmother's kitchen.

Some choices might seem obvious (diners, intimate cafes and friendly pubs), while other choices like Fremont's Omega Ouzeri, a sleek, Greek spot with friendly vibes, are a bit less expected. Other suggestions include ethnic eateries like Capitol Hill's delightful Omega Ouzeri (Greek fare) and Taste of India near the University District, where the portions are generous and the staff exceedingly kind. We encourage you to work your way through this list, relishing the homestyle flavors along the way.



This lively spot is known for its quarterly-changing menu that highlights a regional cuisine. So, in addition to the regular breakfast menu, you may find specialties like New Orleans po' boy breakfast sandwich, pain perdu (New Orleans-style...  Read More

Portage Bay Café
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At four bright and airy spaces around town, enjoy consistently delicious fare at four Portage Bay locations, where the food is always "local, organic and sustainable." The menu boasts the tagline "eat like you give a damn" and an impressive...  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

Hi Spot Café
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What was originally a lovely Victorian home has been transformed into a hip restaurant. The unbeatable breakfast menu features cheese-baked eggs, omelets, "green eggs n ham," breakfast burritos, ham steaks, bowls of granola and oatmeal and...  Read More

14 Carrot Cafe


A breakfast haven for locals since the late '70s, this friendly, offbeat cafe in the Eastlake neighborhood is known far and wide for its great breakfasts. From traditional eggs-bacon-potatoes combos to more unusual dishes like tahini French...  Read More

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

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The owners of Pintxo, Bar Abajo and The Upstairs have opened Branchwater, an alluring Kentucky Bourbon-focused bar in Belltown. The concept, developed after a series of pop-up nights at The Upstairs bar and inspired by co-owner Amanda's...  Read More

Omega Ouzeri
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A fairly recent addition to the Capitol Hill restaurant lineup, Omega Ouzeri whisks diners away to the rich flavors, welcoming vibes and cool hues of the Mediterranean, and it's an experience you won't want to miss. Executive Chef Zoi Antonitsas...  Read More

Skillet Diner Ballard
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This Skillet outpost may look and feel like the original on Capitol Hill, but it has its own unique features. Take, for example, the 40-foot curved bar and a welcoming patio on which to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and contemporary comfort...  Read More

Restaurant Roux
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This friendly spot in Upper Fremont boasts perks ranging from easy street parking and a lovely, laid-back neighborhood vibe to delectable French Creole cuisine and occasional live music. Chef Rodel Borromeo takes the flavors, ingredients and...  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