Chefs Send Out Culinary Gems at Restaurants near KeyArena at Seattle Center

In Seattle, KeyArena at Seattle Center serves as a hub of activity (think concerts, sporting events plus annual festivals of music, food and culture). In fact, some say that if you visit only one spot in Seattle, the Seattle Center should top your list. Here visitors find 74 acres of parks, sculptures, fountains, cultural venues, restaurants and entertainment for all ages.

This venue, the site of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962 also known as Century 21 Exhibition, features an exciting. eclectic mix of 1960's 'futuristic' structures next to public art objects such as a Native American Totem pole, Modernist art mural, gigantesque Calder abstract Eagle sculpture and extreme architecture by renowned Frank Gehry. In warmer months, music lovers flock here for alfresco concerts under the Space Needle, which is a popular attraction any time of year. (An on-site food court offers casual, quick eats.)

After a long day of getting one's fix of art, music, sports and culture, however, folks leave here hungry. Lucky for foodies of all degrees, countless dining options exist in the streets and neighborhood surrounding Seattle Center. While Lower Queen Anne offers several options, some of the city's most popular eateries can be found in the nearby Belltown and downtown zones. Culinary stars like Tom Douglas have set of many downtown outposts (like Lola, for example), meaning good eating is never hard to find.


Funky and hip, this 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 magnificent view of Puget...  Read More

Assaggio Ristorante

Intimate, romantic and adorned with Renaissance artwork, Assaggio brings you the best of Italy without your ever having to leave Seattle! Owned and managed by Mauro Golmarvi, the restaurant guarantees diners the best Italian fare. The menu...  Read More

In the mood for Italian? This large enterprise boasts a number of venues within its boundaries which will undoubtedly serve all tastes. One station offers bread and sandwiches, another vends pastas and pizzas, and there's also a small cafe and a...  Read More

Palace Kitchen
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Owned by football player-turned-restauranteur Tom Douglas (who reigns over a culinary empire of sorts in this city), this hip downtown dandy is a favorite of everybody from the happy hour crowd to night owl diners. Entrees include pan-roasted...  Read More

Daniel's Broiler - Lake Union

Daniel's Broiler is an attractive restaurant with wonderful food and great views of Lake Union, located near the brand-new MOHAI museum and the wooden-boat dock. (Find the restaurant between the bustling South Lake Union zone and residential...  Read More

If zesty food, full-flavored and rich, constantly tempts you, Cactus stands poised to satisfy the craving. You should be prepared to wait a bit when you go, especially during the week at lunchtime when the Amazon employees descend, but the food...  Read More

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

Sophisticated yet unpretentious, this popular destination in downtown Seattle envelops diners with soft jazz and rich, muted surroundings. Asian inspiration and fresh ingredients from the Northwest collaborate on a menu where everything sounds...  Read More

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This upscale dining room downtown serves inventive Greek cuisine. 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, such as grilled octopus 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