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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!


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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.

Recommended for Restaurants near CenturyLink Field because: Conveniently located near Seattle's stadiums, this full-service sports bar and restaurant proves a swankier twist on the traditional pub.

Corinne's expert tip: Watch games here on the big screen, if you don't have tickets to attend in person. Also, save room for treats like the Dark and Stormy Boozy Sundae!

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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.

Recommended for Restaurants near CenturyLink Field because: Ethan Stowell's latest venture in Seattle's SoDo district near the stadiums, making it a great (and unique) spot to fuel up for a game.

Corinne's expert tip: This just-arrived eatery, open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., offers lunch, happy hour (every afternoon from 3 to 7 p.m.) and dinner, as well as a weekend brunch.

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Sodo
Paseo
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants near CenturyLink Field because: Try the SoDo location of this beloved Cuban eatery, known for its award-winning Caribbean Roast sandwich, among other gems.

Corinne's expert tip: The brand-new SoDo location features all the iconic sandwiches and favorite entrees from the original Paseo, plus new menu items and beer, wine and sangria (as well as the beloved Roasted Corn—now enhanced).

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Brooklyn Seafood, Steak, & Oyster House


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.

Recommended for Restaurants near CenturyLink Field because: The Brooklyn, Seafood, Steak & Oyster House means grand dining in an elegant setting (think saloon-meets-supper-club).

Corinne's expert tip: This spot is popular; make reservations just in case!

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Downtown
RN74
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants near CenturyLink Field because: A brief lightrail or taxi ride from the stadiums, bustling RN74 Seattle features delightful interpretations of American and French cuisine with an extensive wine list.

Corinne's expert tip: With one of the best happy hours around, RN74 offers "Burgers, Baguettes, Burgundy and Beer" (plus $1.50 oysters) Mondays through Saturdays, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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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.

Recommended for Restaurants near CenturyLink Field because: Looking for fine dining after a sports outing? Head to Il Terrazzo Carmine for its romantic atmosphere and Italian fare.

Corinne's expert tip: If you've arrived in your wheels, take advantage of complimentary valet parking, available after 5p.m.

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Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants near CenturyLink Field because: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant offers the perfect space for quality beers and food, right across from Seattle's downtown stadiums.

Corinne's expert tip: Situated right across from Seattle's football, soccer and baseball stadiums, this is a prime location for before and after sporting events. An expansive deck proves a great place to sip an ale on a sunny afternoon.

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Henry's Tavern
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants near CenturyLink Field because: Henry's Tavern is a go-to SoDo destination for beers and "elevated gastropub" fare on game days.

Corinne's expert tip: Two house before any home game, enjoy drinks, food and bocce ball on the patio.

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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

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