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Game On: Restaurants Near Safeco Field That Steal the Spotlight



Two things cannot be denied: Seattle loves its food, and Seattle loves it sports teams. Since the stadium's inaugural game on July 15, 1999, Safeco Field has gained a reputation locally, regionally and nationally as a fantastic setting for baseball. Why all the hype? A combination of sweeping views of the Seattle skyline and glimpses of awesome sunsets that dazzle above the Puget Sound. Oh, and we mustn't forget the main views that draw us in–the sight of the Major League Baseball action going on below. Let's go, Mariners!

Safeco Field boasts a central, urban home, located not far from the buzzing downtown scene and even closer to happening zones like the International District and Pioneer Square. Here at 10Best, we've gathered a list of venues where sports fans can enjoy delicious grub, before or after the on-field excitement. While some eateries serve up casual dishes like BBQ, burgers, tacos and to-go sandwiches, others flaunt fine-dining options like steak, oysters, salmon and alternative local delicacies. 

Since kids are often in tow during sporting outings, many of these venues offer family-friendly settings. Other options cater more to the 21-and-over crowd, pouring local brews and exotic whiskies to keep spirits high (whether the home team wins or loses). 


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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.


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Ivar's Acres of Clams
Photo courtesy of Ivar's Acres of Clams


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 dining space, a brand-new outdoor patio, enhanced state-of-the-art kitchen and a completely refreshed interior that pays homage to the iconic restaurant's roots. If you prefer dining alfresco, enjoy a meal on the picture-perfect patio deck, while taking in the sights and sounds of Elliott Bay. To satisfy your craving for Northwest seafood, Ivar's chefs have created award-winning preparations to reflect the season's bounty, yet they continue to showcase Ivar Haglund's world-famous original recipes. Choose between dishes that feature wild Alaska salmon, deep-water halibut, Alaska King Crab, Dungeness Crab, jumbo prawns, manila clams and weathervane scallops, to name a few of the eatery's fresh, regional delights.


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Pioneer Square
Salumi


It won't take much time here in Seattle before you hear about this popular Pioneer Square outpost. For great Italian sausages, salamis, meatballs or pork, try Salumi, whose name means "dry-cured meat" in Italian. Meats can be purchased individually as an entree or by the pound as deli take-away. If you prefer a lighter, less meat-intensive meal, order a salad, vegetable dish or one of their pastas. A comfortable interior with tin ceilings and wooden floors makes guests feel at home, as does a large communal table where guests can share conversation with their meals. Wine is available by the glass or bottle.


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Pecos Pit Barbecue


Trying to figure out where to find the best barbecue on your world travels? This casual eatery should climb its way to the top of your list, as it has that of folks in Seattle. Have them pile a bun full of pork, beef or ham, and top it off with a drizzle of sauce for the best eating. If you like "hot" foods, just be careful; their hot sauce makes others pale in comparison. Along with everything else, make sure to try the taasty baked beans too. The eatery is essentially an order window with outdoor tables, so don't expect sit-down service. This is barbecue, after all.


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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.


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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.


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Pioneer Square


Near Seattle's stadiums, try a newer "it" spot called Girin. This Korean-themed steakhouse concept from the owner of Momiji, Umi Sake House and Kushibar is located inside an upscale complex called Stadium District just north of CenturyLink Field. The vibe here melds Zen with 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, plus Chef Brandon Kirksey, Girin brings decadent Korean flavors to a sleek space that manages to be both trendy and inviting. Diners savor authentic flavors with a modern twist, washed down by refreshing sake drinks and creative cocktails. Menu show-stoppers include the sesame-crusted tofu, Ssamjang Marinated Skirt Steak and Charred Scallion and Ginger Sausage. Other dishes and snacks range from grilled baby back ribs to stuffed perilla leaves and kichi jiagge (tofu, potato, poached duck egg).


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 a classic Pacific Northwest decor with concrete floors, dark wood and exposed beams. Rows of long, stand-up-height tables cross the center of the voluminous space, with low tables and booths occupying the perimeter and side rooms. Pyramid boasts a broad range of high quality beers, known for their assertiveness and consistency. Pyramid's food menu ranges from pub fare such as gourmet burgers to regional specialties like wild Alaskan salmon and fish n' chips plates.


Redhook Brewlab
Photo courtesy of Redhook Brewlab

Redhook Brewlab's brand-new, buzzed-about concept is described as "an intersection of Seattle history and culture— a place where the city's eclectic influences mix – art, science, brewing, food and music." Housed within Capitol Hill's historic Pike Motorworks Building, the bright and airy space offers a friendly, modern brewery and pub that's a perfect gathering destination before or after sports games (in any season). The Brewlab features 16 taps of rotating small-batch beers (brewed on site by Redhook Head Brewer Nick Crandall), and an alluring food menu centers around a stone-hearth oven from Bellingham. Think tasty snacks and share plates that range from sliders to oysters.


Derby at the Shop
Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Smith


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.


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