After Arriving at Seattle's Port, Cruise to These Outstanding Eateries

Cruise ships have been known to churn out some pretty tasty spreads these days, but it's still a relief for many travelers to reach terra firma where the food options are vast and varied. Seattle has evolved into a highly respectable foodie town, and visitors will delight in the many exotic flavors that contribute to the Emerald City's expansive culinary scene. Thanks to the location of both cruise ports close to downtown, passengers will find countless dining options within walking distance from the ports, and even more choices can be found after a short bus or taxi ride.  

It's no surprise that many restaurants on this list center around the seafood delicacies found in the Pacific Northwest (but if you're not craving something from the sea, never fear!). Diners can get their fill of lobster, crab, shrimp, oysters, salmon, halibut and more at Seattle standards like Elliott's Oyster House and Ivar's. Other venues offer scrumptious dishes featuring global flavors ranging from Italian and Thai to Latin American. A couple of these restaurants are family-friendly, while several are fine-dining establishments that provide an elegant setting for a special night out on the town. Be sure to check out each eatery's happy hour menu if you're looking for a more casual experience. 

Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge
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As Seattle's only true waterfront hotel, The Edgewater Hotel dazzles with its picture-perfect location overlooking Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains. At this rustic-meets-modern lodge where roughly half of the hotel's 223 rooms offer stunning...  Read More



As the name suggests, this cozy Belltown outpost is a sustainable restaurant and food producer that fiercely promotes local sourcing. At this popular eatery based in the heart of downtown (at the corner of 1st and Bell), chefs make beautiful,...  Read More

Ivar's Acres of Clams
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Ivar's recently unveiled a massive transformation at its flagship location on Pier 54, located on Seattle's waterfront overlooking Elliott Bay. The stunning remodel, the biggest in the storied eatery's 77-year history, means expanded indoor...  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 and a wonderful, seafood-based menu. Although options change depending on what's fresh, you may find oven-roasted Manila clams to...  Read More



Boasting great views (of the stunning skyline and the enthralling waterfront) and an expansive dining area with several distinct venues, this branch of the Anthony's chain is inviting and bright. It also offers outdoor dining when the weather...  Read More



This once-tiny restaurant, greatly expanded in 2007, offers incredible views of the Market and the Puget Sound, courtesy of huge, semicircular windows. Flawless seafood is the name of the game, and it's collected fresh from vendors below. Oyster...  Read More

Elliott's Oyster House
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True to its handle, this waterfront establishment (at Pier 56) has long been serving up spectacular views of bustling Elliott Bay along with delicious oysters (more than 30 varieties). The interior is cozy enough to accommodate lots of folks,...  Read More

Tavolata (Belltown)
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In Belltown, Ethan Stowell has done it once again by wowing diners at his Italian gem Tavol?ta. Here, pasta reigns--from rigatoni to casarecce, conchiglie to linguini. A restaurant whose name means "to gather around a table," Tavol?ta is an...  Read More



Funky and hip, this recently refreshed Italian eatery features rustic food and boasts live entertainment in the adjacent lounge. The interior has a certain bohemian charm, but the best area to dine is on the rooftop deck, which affords a...  Read More

Bookstore Bar
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At the Alexis Hotel, just off downtown's Madison Street and close to Pioneer Square, the cozy yet hip Bookstore Bar & Cafe stocks its shelves with impressive reading material and an extensive stash of Scotches, bourbons and whiskies....  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