Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) has made vast improvements to its food and drink selection over the past few years. Now, travelers have more options for places to eat, and a wider diversity of dining styles and cuisines. But they’re not all created equal. Below is a current list of some notable spots to check out for hungry and thirsty travelers. For a more comprehensive list of airport dining options, check out Sea-Tac’s official website.
Lucky Louie Fish Shack
The specialty here is sustainable Alaskan pollock fish and chips. Beyond that, other solid picks include clam chowder, honey teriyaki salmon, and a cheesecake-filled waffle shaped like a fish.
Trail Head BBQ
The menu at this outdoorsy-themed barbecue spot features smoked chicken wings, chili, and pulled pork sandwiches, as well as a few breakfast items (Denver scrambles on a ciabatta roll, pastries) for those with early flights. The full-service bar offers beer from Alaskan Brewing, plus wine and cocktails. Takeout is available in addition to dine-in service.
Local chain Evergreens has set up its fast-casual restaurant at the Central Terminal, where travelers looking for a quick bite can enjoy its fresh vegetable-heavy salads, wraps, and grain bowls.
What was once a standard American gastropub changed its menu and started serving Congolese dishes such as sambusa, jolloff rice, and fried plantains. General manager Yves Maganya, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, crafted the menu, influenced by co-owner’s Rod O’Neal’s heritage. The Port of Seattle billed it as the “first-ever menu of African foods in a U.S. airport,” and The Stranger’s Charles Mudede wrote about the significance of the development. Sit-down service is available.
Situated at the intersection of Concourses A and B, next to the Delta Lounge, this spin-off of renowned Seattle vegetarian restaurant Cafe Flora serves up a strong selection of breakfast food — like the brioche breakfast sandwich or fall forager scramble — plus pastries like its popular vegan cinnamon rolls. Floret has plenty of lunchtime options as well, like grain bowls, salads, and portobello mushroom french dip. Sit-down service is available.
This kiosk from Kirkland’s macaron phenom offers flavors like honey lavender, raspberry chardonnay, and espresso fudge. They’ll be among some of the more delightful confections one will find at Sea-Tac, perfect for a grab-and-go snack or last-minute gift.
Rel’Lish Burger Lounge
This somewhat upscale restaurant is a welcome break from the chain fast-food options at the airport. Six burgers sport toppings like cheddar ale spread and hot Cheetos or banh mi fixings, while the cheeseburger-inspired soup is heaped with fries and pickles. There are also breakfast sandwiches and other items for early travelers. Sit-down service is available.
LouLou Market and Bar
Celebrated Chef Thierry Rautureau’s fine Seattle French restaurants Loulay and Luc might have closed during the pandemic, sending Rautureau into “semi-retirement,” but his presence has resurfaced at SEA. LouLou Market and Bar is located near Gate B3, and promises a French-meets-Pacific Northwest restaurant and market.
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
In addition to its namesake cheeses, this quintessential stop offers Beecher's famous mac ‘n’ cheese, hot breakfast items, and grilled sandwiches. Also of note: Caffe Vita espresso is featured on the menu, and there’s a small grab-and-go freezer stocked with fabulous Salt and Straw ice cream.
This is one of the best places to eat in the airport for those with dietary restrictions, stocked with plenty of gluten-free options. Salads include wasabi potato, Mediterranean quinoa, and Northwest couscous.
This restaurant offers wide-ranging Asian cuisines. Diners can find hot dishes like teriyaki and chicken adobo, and made-to-order poke bowls. There’s also a grab-and-go case stocked with sandwiches and salads.
Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max
This Seattle icon offers all-day service and the chain’s first-ever breakfast menu. Those catching an early flight can choose from Hawaiian roll breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and loco moco topped with sunny-side up eggs, available until 10:30 a.m. Lunch and dinner menus feature the company’s usual selection of customizable poke bowls, and sit-down service is available.
Camden Food Co.
This takeout specialist has salads, sandwiches, and wraps that can accommodate those with dietary restrictions. There are also a handful of freshly baked dessert options.
The scant options in the S Gates leave a lot to be desired. Greedy Cow is perhaps the best of a sad bunch — it’s a low bar. The skin-on fries, with salt and rosemary, are a good pick, as are the chicken strips and cheeseburgers.
Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen and Bar
This family-owned restaurant has a nice selection of Vietnamese dishes, and the portions are generously sized. Banh mi, pho, massive noodle and rice bowls, and bubble tea smoothies are among the highlights.
Born as a food truck on the streets of Seattle, the airport version is made up of tried-and-true favorites that have drawn lines for years back in town: the fried chicken sandwich, blue cheese and bacon jam burger, kale caesar salad, and chicken and waffles. There’s also a kids’ menu here, and sit-down service is available.
Bright tacos and beer are among the highlights at Tundra Taqueria. Ditto the breakfast empanadas and churros. They’re all best enjoyed at a seat near the large windows overlooking the air strip.