Seattle shines for countless reasons, but two of the biggest reasons to fall in love with this place? The surrounding mountains and the omnipresent water. No doubt about it, everything's better when done on the edge of a sparkling lake or beside a tranquil bay. Seattle's waterways abound and, thankfully, so do its waterside eateries.
Whether you're downtown near the Ferris wheel and Seattle Aquarium–or if you prefer to venture into the quainter neighborhoods–you'll find great spots at which to savor the city's rich flavors. Head to West Seattle for a laid-back beach vibe or the Eastside's Kirkland for a romantic mini-getaway. (Many spots on our list make for the perfect date night or staycation destination, even if you reside right here in Seattle.)
Waterside restaurants dole out fresh seafood and seasonal fare, plus stunning views that can't be beat. Some venues have become a Seattle institution over the years, like The Edgewater Hotel, where Six Seven now serves some of the city's most delicious dishes–and views.
Thanks to many of these venues' picture-perfect locations near the downtown piers, passengers on ferries and cruise ships (like the brand-new Norwegian Bliss!) can easily indulge in a seafood feast before or after boarding their vessel.