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The Most Stunning Seattle Restaurant Designs

Celebrating three years of of Stone Cold Stunner nominees and winners

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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.


2014

THE LONDON PLANE (WINNER)

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The London Plane has a refreshingly clean, understated look.

MEZCALERIA OAXACA CAPITOL HILL

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Mezcaleria Oaxaca's Capitol Hill location features a bold design from Graham Baba Architects and Dovetail General Contractors. [Photo: Suzi Pratt for Eater]

TROVE

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Simultaneously sleek and silly, the striking Trove took home Restaurant of the Year honors in 2014.

QUALITY ATHLETICS

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A mash-up of modern chic and old-school kitsch, Quality Athletics is one of the few truly stunning sports bars.

VESPOLINA

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RIP Vespolina, Jason Stratton's late Italian revamp of airy Aragona.

2015

STATESIDE (WINNER)

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Stateside's subtle, tropical hues, palm frond wallpaper, naked light bulbs, and staghorn ferns help transport you to Southeast Asia.

LARK

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Designer Robert Cipollone's elegant yet approachable handiwork took home top honors at the first ever Seattle Design Awards last year.

MANOLIN

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There's a buoyant brightness to Manolin, fitting for a fish-focused restaurant.

GIRIN

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With its high ceilings and polished wood, Girin reads like a temple to Korean steak.

CARLILE ROOM

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Tom Douglas' homage to 1968, named in honor of singer Brandi Carlile, is an impressive throwback.

2016

SAN FERMO (WINNER)

The exterior of Seattle restaurant San Fermo, in the Ballard neighborhood. Suzi Pratt for Eater

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.

MBAR

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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 round table and booth at Dino’s Tomato Pie Suzi Pratt for Eater

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.

SCOUT

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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

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Seattle's swankiest steakhouse provides a see-and-be-seen setting at its street-level lounge and more private, intimate ambiance in the basement.

Girin

501 Stadium Place S, Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 257-4259 Visit Website

Manolin

3621 Stone Way North, , WA 98103 (206) 294-3331 Visit Website

Carlile Room

820 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

Scout at Thompson Seattle

110 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 623-4600 Visit Website

Quality Athletics

121 South King Street, , WA 98104 (206) 420-3015 Visit Website

The London Plane

300 Occidental Avenue South, , WA 98104 (206) 624-1374 Visit Website

Vespolina

96 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 206 682 3590 Visit Website

San Fermo

5341 Ballard Avenue Northwest, , WA 98107 (206) 342-1530 Visit Website

Mezcaleria Oaxaca (Queen Anne)

2123 Queen Anne Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 782-8722 Visit Website

Lark

952 E Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98122 206 323 5275 Visit Website

Dino's Tomato Pie

1524 East Olive Way, , WA 98122 (206) 403-1742 Visit Website

The Butcher's Table

2121 Westlake Avenue, , WA 98121 (206) 209-5990 Visit Website

mbar

400 Fairview Avenue North, , WA 98109 (206) 457-8287 Visit Website

Stateside

300 East Pike Street, , WA 98122 (206) 557-7273 Visit Website

Mezcaleria Oaxaca (Capitol Hill)

422 East Pine Street, , WA 98122 (206) 324-0506 Visit Website

Trove

500 East Pike Street, , WA 98122 (206) 457-4622 Visit Website

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