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Seattle’s Most Reliable Restaurants of 2017 According to the Experts

The experts share their “go-to happy places”

Close-up of shaomai from Din Tai Fung.
Din Tai Fung’s dumpling palace gets a nod among Seattle’s most reliable restaurants of 2017.
Jay Friedman for Eater

As is tradition, Eater closes out the year by surveying local food writers on various restaurant-related topics. Readers, please feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comments section below.

What were your top Seattle restaurant standbys of 2017?

Leslie Kelly, Seattle-based food writer:

I'm always happy to pig out at Salumi. (Get the hot meat plate, people, and stop bitching about the line! Killer porchetta and grilled lamb and porky meatballs are worth the wait!) The incredible Southern-inspired brunch at Rockcreek both warms and clogs my heart! Spinasse's hand-cut tajarin is complete perfection, and Le Pichet's chicken liver pâté is so spot-on in its rich, velvety goodness, it causes me to make those slightly embarrassing mmmmm sounds. Sorry, fellow diners, I'll try to keep the moans to a minimum. Oh, also, Li'l Woody's is another of my go-to happy places, with my usual usually landing on the fried chicken sandwich and an order of Crack (fries with small shake on the side for dipping).

Nicole Sprinkle, food writer and critic, Seattle Weekly:

Delancey, Brimmer and Heeltap, and Tavolata.

Allecia Vermillion, deputy editor, Seattle Met:

Another year, another proclamation of my love for Vif. L’Oursin has become a go-to for dinner or a drink; I love the vibe at the bar. If it were my birthday or a bundle of cash should fall from the sky into my lap, I’d head straight to Sushi Wataru.

Jackie Varriano, editor, Zagat Seattle:

The strange thing about our jobs is that we’re always hunting down that new new, which rarely leaves time for us to sit back at our favorite restaurants. Also, I really do cook at home a lot. But even with all that, if I had any “regular” stops it would have to be Delancey, Din Tai Fung, Brimmer and Heeltap, Cornuto in Greenwood, Coyle’s Bakeshop, and Preserve and Gather. Nearly all within walking distance of my house.

Rosin Saez, associate food and drink editor, Seattle Met:

Phnom Penh Noodle House and its brothy offerings forever. Cafe Presse is a go-to for solo breakfasts involving gruyere, lunches involving gruyere, and late-night French wine…and gruyere. Also: Meskel, Ba Bar, and L’Oursin (RIP brunch, we hardly knew you). Also, also: Dino’s Tomato Pie — that crust though....

Angela Garbes, Seattle-based food writer:

I was on hiatus from food writing while working on a book, so I ate out a lot less. But I remain faithful to Peloton, Vif, and the Salvadorean Bakery for daytime sustenance and, for dinner, Bar del Corso.

Tan Vinh, food and drink writer for The Seattle Times:

Ba Bar, JarrBar, Café Presse, Single Shot, Le Pichet, Dough Zone, Bar del Corso

Bar del Corso

3057 Beacon Avenue South, , WA 98144 (206) 395-2069 Visit Website


1531 14th Avenue, , WA 98122 (206) 251-7673 Visit Website


4401 Fremont Avenue N, Seattle, WA (206) 557-7357 Visit Website

Brimmer and Heeltap

425 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 420-2534 Visit Website

Ba Bar

500 Terry Avenue North, , WA 98109 (206) 623-2711 Visit Website

Le Pichet

1933 1st Avenue, , WA 98101 (206) 256-1499 Visit Website

Preserve and Gather

358 Northwest 85th Street, , WA 98117 (206) 403-1149 Visit Website

Phnom Penh Noodle House

660 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 748-9825 Visit Website


404 Occidental Avenue South, , WA 98104 (206) 621-8772 Visit Website

Li'l Woody's

1211 Pine Street, , WA 98101 (206) 457-4148 Visit Website


2400 Northeast 65th Street, , WA 98115 (206) 525-2073 Visit Website


1415 Northwest 70th Street, , WA 98117 (206) 838-1960 Visit Website