Food & Drink

20 Restaurants You Should Try in Seattle This Summer

Seabird, Baekjeong, and More
July 6, 2022
Book a ferry ride to Brendan McGill's Bainbridge Island restaurant Seabird ASAP. (Seabird)
We're here to help you fill your long, lazy summer days with as many memorable meals as possible. Read on to discover our list of some of the city's most exciting dining destinations, from rising stars like King Leroy and Seabird to upcoming spots like Moto and Baekjeong Korean Barbecue. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Arc Add to a List
North Star Diner and Shanghai Room Add to a List owner Travis Clark and longtime Tom Douglas Restaurants veteran Todd Hamm aim to emulate the Mexican Korean cuisine found in Los Angeles' Koreatown with this funky restaurant and lounge, which opened Add to a List  in the former Park Pub Add to a List  space on May 20. Mexican American chef Brandon Lancaster, who grew up in LA, serves dishes like "kimcheese" fries, drunken mojo stew, huarache con carnitas, and grilled cabbage with lemon aioli and chili crisp.
Phinney Ridge
Pickup, dine-in

Boca Argentine Bakery and Pizzeria Add to a List
This Argentine-inspired bakery and pizzeria spinoff from Boca Restobar and Grill Add to a List is now open in the former Pagliacci Add to a List  space. The minimalist, plant-filled spot serves Argentinian breakfast pastries, lunch, and dinner and has an early happy hour with tapas and cocktails.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Carnelian Bay Add to a List
The patio of Fremont's splashy neon Dreamland Bar & Diner Add to a List has been transformed by its owners into a separate sci-fi-themed concept called Carnelian Bay, complete with a grotto wall, a tiger fountain with menacing light-up eyes, neon-accented booths, "tropical space-age cocktails" like toasted marshmallow daiquiris, and "oceanic bites" like honey walnut torpedo shrimp.
Pickup, dine-in

Chicken Factory Add to a List
This new crispy poultry purveyor from Tig Kitchen and Bar Add to a List owner Kim Young serves made-to-order Korean fried chicken alongside sides like fries and deep-fried mac and cheese balls.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, dine-in

King Leroy Add to a List
Famed Seattle chef and restaurateur Renee Erickson opened this new bar in the former Kiki Ramen Add to a List space in South Lake Union last month, near her Amazon Spheres spots Deep Dive Add to a List and Willmott's Ghost Add to a List . The establishment pays homage to classic Northwest dives with bar snacks, beef jerky, sandwiches, fried chicken wings, a full bar serving classic cocktails, a pared-down wine list, and a selection of beer and cider by the bottle and can. The spot also donates some of its proceeds to fund culinary school scholarships at Seattle Central Community College. 
South Lake Union
Pickup, dine-in

Korn Dog Add to a List
This Korean-style corn dog and tteokbokki joint (no affiliation with the nu-metal band Korn) took over the former space of the beloved teriyaki joint Mia's Off-Broadway Cafe Add to a List on Capitol Hill in May. The street food spot, which is run by Tapas Lab Add to a List  owner Sunny Lim, serves corn dogs dipped in rice flour batter and fried before being rolled in crunchy coatings, such as crushed instant ramen noodles or potatoes, for a chewy-crispy effect. Some of the dogs are also made with mozzarella or swap the sausage out for mozzarella entirely.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, dine-in

LAKESIDE Add to a List  
This aptly named waterfront restaurant joined Lake Union Piers (formerly Chandler's Cove) in June, serving a seasonal Pacific Northwest menu with some Central American influences alongside local beer, Washington and Oregon wine, and cocktails with locally distilled spirits.
South Lake Union
Pickup, dine-in

MariPili Tapas Bar Add to a List
It was with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to the iconic Capitol Hill spot¬†Cafe Presse Add to a List in February, but at least there's a silver lining: The space has been taken over by chef Grayson Corrales' debut restaurant MariPili, a Spanish tapas spot inspired by the flavors of the Galicia region. The spot serves patatas bravas, pulpo (octopus), roasted Cornish game hen, lamb and pork albondigas (meatballs), and paella tahdig. The Stranger's Jas Keimig, who lived in Ourense, Galicia, for a couple of years,¬†writes, "A tip: Estrella Galicia is delicious and the pride of Galicia‚ÄĒmake sure to get a pint!"
Capitol Hill

Métier Brewing Company Taproom Add to a List
The celebrated Black-owned brewery Métier Brewing hosted the grand opening of its long-awaited taproom in the Central District in June. The new brewery also features a cafe from fellow Black-owned business Umami Kushi Add to a List , known for its savory Japanese stuffed buns and other baked goods. Beer options include Métier Pale Ale, Coconut Porter, Horizon IPA, Pilsner Kolsch, and United IPA.
Central District

Oxbow Add to a List
Seattle's burgeoning bagel scene can now count another entrant among its ranks: Brothers Jesse and Kit Schumann, the owners of the acclaimed Sea Wolf Bakers Add to a List , recently opened this highly anticipated cafe spinoff next to Cafe Lago Add to a List  in Montlake. Options include bagels, coffee, quiche, spreads, and "other humble offerings." Local food writer and noted bagel enthusiast J. Kenji López-Alt granted the bagels his coveted seal of approval and wrote that "it all looks super promising."

Pipa Mountain Hot Pot Add to a List
There's a new place in town for plunging thinly sliced meats and veggies into a simmering cauldron of broth. This Sichuanese hot pot spot soft opened in Chinatown-International District in mid-June and uses high quality meat and locally sourced produce.
Chinatown-International District

Salt District Italian Kitchen Add to a List
The E3 Restaurant Group (Metropolitan Grill Add to a List , Elliott's Oyster House Add to a List , and Lobster Shop Add to a List ) recently opened this casual restaurant inspired by the coastal cities of Southern Italy on the historic Pier 55. The kitchen serves burrata, meatballs, bruschetta, specialty salads, cioppino, lamb ossobuco, cocktails, and wine.
Pickup, dine-in

Seabird Add to a List
Brendan McGill's famed Bainbridge Island restaurant Hitchcock has reopened as a new seafood and vegetable-focused concept called Seabird. Executive chef Grant Rico's menu includes Dungeness crab custard, uni French toast, Chinook salmon crudo, sablefish, a "seacuterie" platter, wood-fired halibut, whole roasted yelloweye rockfish, and king salmon, with desserts like seaweed ice cream (!) and honey sorbet with milk granita. The restaurant also features a raw bar with local oysters, spot prawns, geoduck, green sea urchin, Dungeness crab, and more. Drinks range from the "Seabird Old Fashioned" (rye whiskey, sorghum syrup, and wild cherry bark and kombu bitters) to the "Parabolic Martini" (shellfish-rested Highside gin, vermouth blend, and Suze). 
Bainbridge Island

Secret Congee Add to a List
This hidden-gem congee destination in Wallingford recently moved into a bigger space in Ballard. Choose from toppings like miso kabocha squash, braised pork belly, and Hokkaido scallops.
Pickup, dine-in

Tiger Sugar Add to a List
You may have spotted this wildly popular Taiwanese boba chain's signature "tiger-striped" brown sugar milk tea beverages in your Instagram feed. The business debuted its first-ever Washington shop, located just three minutes from Pike Place, in mid-June.
Pickup, dine-in


Baekjeong Korean Barbecue Add to a List
The acclaimed Los Angeles-based Korean barbecue chain plans to open its eighth US location inside Lynnwood's Alderwood Mall this July. The franchise, named for the Korean word for "butcher," is owned by comedian and retired wrestling star Kang Ho-dong and has been featured on famed LA food critic Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants list.

Bar Sur Mer Add to a List
FlintCreek Cattle Co. Add to a List chef Eric Donnelly's highly anticipated tapas bar, inspired by a trip to San Sebastian, is set to open soon. You can look forward to a seafood-focused menu of small plates, plus Spanish wines, sparkling wine, and jamon iberico.

Hamdi Add to a List
Berk G√ľldal and Katrina Schult's Turkish pop-up Hamdi, which gained an ardent following after it launched last year, hopes to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Fremont or Ballard sometime this summer. An exact location and opening date have not yet been set, but we'll update here once we have more details.

Moto Add to a List
The West Seattle pizzeria Moto Add to a List , which has racked up praise for its naturally fermented Detroit-style pies and soft-serve ice cream in hand-baked cones, plans to expand to the former space of Renee Erickson's legendary Boat Street Café Add to a List by late summer. The upcoming spot will feature a walk-up window and limited seating, plus automated beer, wine, and cocktails, vertical hydroponics for growing plants, robotic pizza-making technology, and a production space for Moto’s signature garlic chili crunch oil.

Ohsun Banchan Deli and Cafe Add to a List
Sara Upshaw, who runs the local food blog Kimchi Halfie and published the cookbook Korean Barbecue at Home in November, is about to add "restaurant owner" to her resumé: She's planning a banchan-focused brick-and-mortar shop called Ohsun Banchan Deli and Cafe. Upshaw hasn't yet announced a location for the Korean comfort food business but hopes to open it sometime this summer.
Location TBA

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