Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), known to most as Sea-Tac Airport, has made vast improvements to its food and drink selection over the past 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. Other solid picks include clam chowder, honey teriyaki salmon, and a waffle shaped like a fish and stuffed with cheesecake filling.
Koi Shi Sushi Bento
This walk-up counter specializes in pre-packaged rolls. But travelers that have more time can opt for a build-your-own poke bowl.
Trail Head BBQ
The menu at this outdoorsy-themed barbecue spot features smoked chicken wings, brisket chili, and pulled pork sandwiches, as well as a few breakfast sandwiches and pastries for those with early flights. The full-service bar offers beer from Alaskan Brewing plus wine and cocktails. Sit-down service is available.
Local chain Evergreens has set up its fast-casual restaurant at the Central Terminal, where travelers looking for a quick bite can enjoy 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 sambusas, 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 a strong, seasonal selection of meat-free food. Breakfast ranges from brioche breakfast sandwiches and an autumn scramble with mushrooms and squash to pastries like Flora’s popular vegan cinnamon rolls; Floret has plenty of lunch and dinner options as well, like grain bowls, salads, and a black bean burger. Sit-down service is available.
This kiosk from Lady Yum, Kirkland’s macaron phenom, offers flavors like honey lavender, raspberry chardonnay, and espresso fudge. They’ll be among some of the more delightful confections you’ll 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 fast-food chains at the airport. Several 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
While celebrated chef Thierry Rautureau might have closed Loulay and Luc, his lovely Seattle restaurants, during the pandemic and gone into “semi-retirement,” his French influence has resurfaced at Sea-Tac. LouLou Market and Bar is located near Gate B3, and promises dishes like nicoise salad and a prime rib French dip sandwich.
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
In addition to its namesake cheeses, this quintessential stop offers Beecher's famous mac and cheese, hot breakfast items, and grilled sandwiches. Also of note: The menu features Caffe Vita espresso, 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 as it is 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, plus 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
A modern Seattle icon, Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max serves an appetizing menu from early morning till late evening. Options include customizable poke bowls, loco moco topped with sunny side up eggs, a burger or kalua pork sandwich on a King’s Hawaiian bun, and ice cream flavors like lilikoi and pineapple whip from local Laina’s Handcrafted Ice Cream. Sit-down service is available.
Camden Food Co.
This takeout specialist has salads, sandwiches, and wraps that can accommodate a fair amount of dietary restrictions. There are also a handful of freshly baked dessert options.
S Gates leaves 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 generous. 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 do the trick 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.