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The 10 Best Restaurants in Seattle

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The food scene in Seattle is tremendously eclectic. From French to Asian Fusion, counter-serve to upscale dining, there’s so much great food in the city. Here’s a list of the ten best restaurants in Seattle. Some are longtime favorites, others new obsessions, yet all are exceptionally drool-worthy.

10. The Walrus and the Carpenter

If you like seafood, you’ll love The Walrus and the Carpenter. The oysters, fried and raw, are beyond compare. Other menu items include scallop tartare, zucchini salad, halibut crudo, curried pumpkin soup, black cod carpaccio, and roasted medjool dates.

9. Pomerol

The French cuisine at Pomerol is always colorful and creative. You can choose between dishes like lemon herb lamb steak, slow grilled beef short rib, duck confit, chilled heirloom tomato soup, and cumin-vanilla ice cream with a hazelnut cayenne cashew tuile.

8. Le Pichet

Another one of Seattle’s best French restaurants is Le Pichet. Featuring dinner options, Le Pitchet focuses on brunch as well. Menu items include charcuterie plates, a daily quiche, pork cheek, chicken liver, and frog legs with duck sauce. Did we mention it looks just like a Parisian café?

7. The Pink Door

The Pink Door is easy to find, seeing as how it quite literally has a pink door. This cheekiness directly translates to their menu, which boasts an array of drool-worthy Italian dishes. There’s their infamous lasagna, crab risotto, butternut squash pasta, and cake with a red wine sauce called “The Boobie”.  

6. Quinn’s

The beer selection at Quinn’s would be reason enough to visit this restaurant, but the eclectic menu is what will keep you coming back. From roasted cauliflower to foie gras frites, bone marrow three ways to salt cod fritters, the choices really are endless. The wild boar sloppy joe with duck egg is a best-seller.

5. Serious Pie

Seriously, the pizzas at Serious Pie are a must-try. One of their pies features roasted asparagus, caramelized leeks, olives, and fontina. Another boasts penn cove clams, pancetta tesa, and lemon thyme. There’s also a sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers, and provolone pizza. You really can’t go wrong.

4. Brimmer & Heeltap

Brimmer & Heeltap is a gastropub with floors made out of pennies, a beautiful outdoor patio, and a mind-blowing menu. Diverse dishes include miso macaroni and cheese, squid fried rice, grass-fed local beef, grilled pork shoulder, apple ginger cobbler, and peanut butter chocolate layer cake.

3. Revel

At Revel, you’ll find Korean dishes with a French twist. The Asian fusion menu features options like a pork belly pancake with kimchi and bean sprouts, or short rib dumplings with pickled shallots and scallions. If you stop by during their brunch hours, dishes include a bacon donut with pickled Asian pear or a sesame tuna salad.  

2. LoPriore Bros. Pasta Bar

There’s a reason why LoPriore Bros. Pasta Bar is a favorite amongst the people of Seattle. Located in the Pike Place Market, these Italians are serving up meatball subs that put all other meatball subs to shame. And not just sandwiches; any kind of pasta you can imagine is freshly homemade. And pizza too, of course.

1. Canlis

Not only is Canlis an upscale restaurant, it’s a fine-dining experience. The restaurant itself is a midcentury-modern home that overlooks Lake Union. The many tasting menus have featured the likes of foie gras, filet mignon, aged Muscovy duck, sea bass, caviar, butter poached Maine lobster, and homemade macaroons. It’s so fancy and yet so worth it.

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