Seattle's Best Restaurants Near CenturyLink Field: Food + Drink to Complement Game Day

There's no question: This city takes its love for its athletic clubs seriously. Nestled downtown, just south of Seattle's city center, CenturyLink Field remains a prized possession for Seattle's sports fans (and, oh, are they a loyal bunch). The stadium boasts the capacity for 72,000 spectators–67,000 fixed seats and 7,000 club seats (with an additional 5,000 seats for special events and roof protection over 70 percent of the seated sections). For football, the field is 55.3 yards wide and 120 yards long; for soccer, it's 70 yards wide and 110 yards long (meeting National Football League, Major League Soccer and World Cup Soccer field and sight-line requirements). 

So what does this mean for the loyal fans of Seattle's successful sports squads? Game-watching is a festive and pleasant experience–one that often turns into a full day of celebrations. Appetites (and thirsts) need to be sated before and often after the game. Thankfully, plenty of restaurants near the field make this an easy situation to solve. Whether your crew seeks something casual and quick (think deli sandwiches or BBQ platters) or fancy and filling (think hefty entrees at steakhouses, Italian eateries and high-end gastropubs), Seattle's downtown culinary scene doesn't disappoint. Also try ethnic options (many in the International District) that feature authentic foods from cultures around the globe. When it comes to winning on the field and at mealtime, it's game on here!


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 proves a swankier twist on the traditional pub. The vibe is bright, festive and fun, and flat screens abound. Chef Seth Richardson and his talented team have developed a menu around rich world flavors, introudcing surprising takes on expected sports bar fare. Think jerk spice duck wings, tuna salad tartine, New England clam chowder, pork broth ramen, burgers, grilled sausages, steak frites and more. Guests emjoy features like a large wood-fired grill, a slushy and sno-cone machine, a rooftop garden, an AstroTurf back bar, outdoor fire pits, a private event space plus indoor and outdoor seating.

Derby at the Shop
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Ethan Stowell's latest venture recently opened in Seattle's SoDo district near the stadiums, making it a great (and unique) spot to fuel up before or after a game. Derby can be found within The Shop, an innovative concept from Seattle native Matt Bell that's transformed a 36,500-square-foot warehouse into a state-of-the-art facility for car and motorcycle enthusiasts. Enjoy tasty food and drink in this innovative SoDo hub that's also been outfitted with everything guests need to build, maintain and store vehicles of all types. Enjoy a front-row view of luxury and classic cars as you savor a menu of American classics like BLTs, burgers and Cobb salads, as well as seafood dishes (oysters, crudos) and a handful of pastas and entrees. The wine list is predominantly sourced from the Northwest, and a full bar shows off a bourbon and scotch-leaning cocktail list.

Photo courtesy of Paseo

Keep your eyes peeled, or you may just drive past this unassuming, little Cuban eatery, which offers a terrific change of pace from standard burger-and-fries meals at fast food joints. Indeed, Paseo does a healthy amount of take-out business, and regulars swear by the kitchen's grilled pork sandwiches, dinner-sized orders of spicy black beans and rice, plus the jerk chicken. (Seasonal seafood dishes are also available.) A brand-new location in SoDo now brings beloved Paseo fare to the center of Seattle's sports core near CenturyLink and Safeco Fields, in a former diner space (Donna's Diner & Mac's Smokehouse). The SoDO location features some new menu items as well as beer, wine and sangria.


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 order steaks, ribs, and chops are well prepared, fish and seafood really earn Brooklyn its many years of high praise â€" oysters, in particular, are a must-try. Dinner reservations are suggested; this spot is popular, and it can't hurt to call ahead, just in case. Head here to impressive business clients, a significant other, out-of-town visitors or simply to treat yourself with a special outing.

Photo courtesy of RN74

Locals and visitors have long flocked to RN74, Michael Mina's bustling downtown outpost. Now seasoned Mina Group Chef Thomas Griese has taken the helm, reinvigorating delicious French offerings at Mina's Northwest flagship venue. Griese, who has cooked in Mina restaurants in Miami, San Francisco and Chicago, brings years of expertise, a wildly impressive resume and an abundance of enthusiasm. Recent menu additions include hors d'oeuvres such as Truffle Baguette (with warm camembert), Pike's Heirloom Tomato Salad and Escargot A La Bordelaise; main courses of Neah Bay Black Cod Ail Noir, Alaskan Halibut Bouillabaisse and Duck Confit Cassoulet; and sides such as Mushroom & Fennel Fricassee. Also, patrons return for RN74's extensive wine list that highlights France's Burgundy region plus local boutique wine producers. In addition to pouring at least 40 wines by the glass and 1,300-plus by the bottle, RN74 features Champagne and sparkling wine from around the world.

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 the restaurant's popularity, which extends to celebrities and local residents alike. The menu features a range of pastas and antipasti, along with such delectable entrees as roasted duck, rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, fresh fish and even sweetbreads. Go prepared to savor this wonderful dining experience! Complimentary valet parking is available after 5pm. Outdoor seating is also a draw in Seattle's warmer months.

Pioneer Square

Near Seattle's stadiums, find this Korean-themed steakhouse concept (from the owner of Momiji, Umi Sake House and Kushibar), located inside an upscale complex called Stadium District just north of CenturyLink Field. The vibe here feels Zen meets cutting-edge; the overhead music is club lounge mellow-chic; the windows are expansive; and the decor is simple yet stunning. Thanks to a power team of co-owners Cody Burns and Steven Han, along with Chef Brandon Kirksey, Girin brings decadent Korean flavors to a sleek space that manages to be both trendy and inviting at once. Here, diners savor authentic flavors with a modern twist, washed down by refreshing sake drinks and creative cocktails. Show-stoppers on the menu include the sesame-crusted tofu and Ssamjang Marinated Skirt Steak. Other dishes range from grilled baby back ribs to stuffed perilla leaves and kichi jiagge (tofu, potato, poached duck egg).

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 front for fair-weather imbibing. Inside, you'll find classic Pacific Northwest decor with concrete floors, dark wood and exposed beams. Rows of long, narrow stand-up height tables cross the center of the voluminous space, with low tables and booths around the perimeter and in side rooms. Pyramid boasts a broad range of high-quality beer known for its assertiveness and consistency. Pyramid's brewers take care of all palates. Food ranges from pub fare such as gourmet burgers to regional specialties like wild Alaskan salmon and fish and chips plates, even a pot roast braised in Snow Cap.

Henry's Tavern
Photo courtesy of Henry's Tavern

Henry's Tavern first opened in Seattle in 2013 in SoDo and quickly established itself as a favorite among locals as a game-day destination. The self-described "elevated gastropub" features an extensive selection of 100 local, regional and international beers (and hard ciders) on tap. Henry's offers beer aficionados options from pilsners, blondes, white ales and wheats to brown ales, lagers, stouts and porters, and the frequently rotating taps showcase beer styles from seasonal releases and European specialties to fruit ales. The food menu includes all-natural, hand-pressed beef burgers; artisanal sandwiches; house-made thin crust pizzas; wok-inspired dishes; street tacos and staples like salads and grilled steaks. On non-game days, happy hour takes places at the bar from 3 to 7 p.m. and all day-long on Sundays.


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