Seattle Lunch Spots Range from Grab-and-Go to Hours-Long Affairs

In our workday lives, lunch is often relegated to leftovers from a brown bag or downing quick food out of convenience. So while traveling, one of the luxuries becomes mapping out enough time in your itinerary to track down and enjoy a leisurely lunch, which provides just one more chance during the day to truly take in the flavors of a city.

In Seattle that means immersing yourself in numerous Asian cuisines while on a treasure hunt in Seattle’s International District, where import and gift shops neighbor Japanese sushi joints, Korean barbecue houses and Vietnamese eateries. Even beyond the International District, sushi and teriyaki spots abound and make for a tasty, affordable lunch.

If something on the gourmet circuit is in order, lunchtime proves a great time to check out ultra-chic, celebrity chef eateries at a discount; try lunch menus at spots like Tom Douglas’s Lola, for example. Some Seattle lunch icons have become celebrities in their own right, with Red Mill Burgers and Fare Start having received treatment on the Food Network and Travel Channel. Guaranteed go-to meals can be found at numerous brewpubs, where chefs tend to keep things interesting to keep up with the creativity of local brewers.

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This upscale dining room serves inventive Greek cuisine in the heart of downtown Seattle. Making an excellent starter, pita bread is served with your choice of spread, like roasted sweet red pepper, barrel-aged minty feta or skordalia. Meze,...  Read More

5 Spot


Breakfast available all day, from every region in America, as well as lunch and dinnertime offerings, too. How excellent is that? Scan the menu at this fun and funky American eatery, and you'll likely find your favorite region of the States...  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



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

Pioneer Square


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

Financial District


Enjoy a great meal while helping others when you patronize this local restaurant. Their inspiring motto: "Great food. Better lives." Founded as a training ground for homeless people and other disadvantaged groups, FareStart allows its most...  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

Pioneer Square
Quality Athletics
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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

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...  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


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