Each November, Eater announces the winners of the annual Eater Awards: chefs, bartenders, and restaurants that played key roles in the city's dining scene during the previous 12 months. One category, Stone Cold Stunner, showcases excellent restaurant design. Here's a look back at the nominees and winner from each of the past three years.
THE LONDON PLANE (WINNER)
The London Plane has a refreshingly clean, understated look.
MEZCALERIA OAXACA CAPITOL HILL
Mezcaleria Oaxaca's Capitol Hill location features a bold design from Graham Baba Architects and Dovetail General Contractors. [Photo: Suzi Pratt for Eater]
Simultaneously sleek and silly, the striking Trove took home Restaurant of the Year honors in 2014.
A mash-up of modern chic and old-school kitsch, Quality Athletics is one of the few truly stunning sports bars.
RIP Vespolina, Jason Stratton's late Italian revamp of airy Aragona.
Stateside's subtle, tropical hues, palm frond wallpaper, naked light bulbs, and staghorn ferns help transport you to Southeast Asia.
Designer Robert Cipollone's elegant yet approachable handiwork took home top honors at the first ever Seattle Design Awards last year.
There's a buoyant brightness to Manolin, fitting for a fish-focused restaurant.
With its high ceilings and polished wood, Girin reads like a temple to Korean steak.
Tom Douglas' homage to 1968, named in honor of singer Brandi Carlile, is an impressive throwback.
SAN FERMO (WINNER)
A gorgeous blend of rusticity and modernity in the heart of Ballard, making great use of the historic (yet formerly kind of unattractive) Pioneer Houses.
A rooftop bar benefits from the built-in beauty of Seattle's majestic views, but Mamnoon sibling Mbar puts its own twist on the scenery with artful aplomb.
DINO'S TOMATO PIE
A relentless, self-aware ode, Dino's nails the feel of New Jersey's many classic (some might say kitschy) pizzerias, down to the wood paneling and marbled Formica.
Button up your flannel and grab a sleeping bag, because you're going to want to pitch a tent and spend the night at this high-end hotel-restaurant's charming take on woodsy warmth.
THE BUTCHER'S TABLE
Seattle's swankiest steakhouse provides a see-and-be-seen setting at its street-level lounge and more private, intimate ambiance in the basement.