Wine and Dine by the Water in Sensational Seattle

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. 

Ivar's Salmon House
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On the north shore of Lake Union, not far from Husky Stadium, Ivar's Salmon House features a stunning cedar replica of a Northwest Native American longhouse, complete with an open-pit Native American-style barbecue for preparing alder-smoked...  Read More

Bin on the Lake
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"Good food, Great wine, Amazing view." Who can argue with a tagline like that? At Kirkland's bin on the lake, according to its team, cuisine is never an afterthought. "We believe that something extraordinary happens when food and spirits are...  Read More



Boasting great waterfront views 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 cooperates. The menu features a cornucopia of...  Read More

Salty's on Alki Beach


The view of the skyline is spectacular at this West Seattle hot spot, not far from Alki beach. The picture window offers a postcard-like vista. The only thing that may distract you from the scenery is Sunday brunch, regularly voted tops by...  Read More

Elliott's Oyster House
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True to its handle, this waterfront establishment serves views of bustling Elliott Bay along with its oysters--more than 30 varieties. From the outside, Elliott's looks like little more than a shack, but the interior is cozy enough to...  Read More

Marination Ma Kai
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In West Seattle, Marination Ma Kai brings the delectable flavors and happy vibes of Hawaii to a stunning beachside setting (near Alki). The venue's Hawaiian-Korean cuisine "melts delicate heat and the flavors of aloha together in [diners']...  Read More



A quintessential Seattle experience consists of having a meal at Ray's. Views of the mountains and the water, especially in sunset's glow, thrill diners almost as much as the cuisine. Located close to Golden Gardens, this venue makes the perfect...  Read More

Westward & Little Gull
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One of the city's favorite warm weather "hot spots," Westward is a water-inspired, full-service restaurant and bar that first opened its sails in the fall of 2013 on the north shore of Lake Union. Chef Zoi Antonitsas sends out delectable,...  Read More

Aqua by El Gaucho
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At Aqua by El Gaucho, bright, open spaces 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...  Read More

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


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