This September, Seattle’s iconic Space Needle — including its Skycity Restaurant — will begin a multi-year, multi-phase renovation. The restaurant will shutter in fall and reopen in stages starting in the spring of 2018.
Eater toured the space to memorialize the sky-high rotating restaurant ahead of its updates. Food-wise, the changes will include a menu overhaul that will replace or refresh current dishes. Structurally, the restaurant will see the addition of a rotating glass floor that will reveal views of the Needle’s infrastructure and the Seattle Center campus below the feet of diners. When it reopens, the current windows will be replaced by floor-to-ceiling glass to further enhance the view across the city. Anyone with a fear of heights may want to dine elsewhere.
Below, enjoy a look at today’s Space Needle and Skycity, including a handful of current dishes that may or may not survive to see the restaurant’s next chapter: a Snake River Farms wagyu tenderloin; asparagus griddle cake with grilled spring onion; crispy Pacific rockfish; grilled wild king salmon with English pea flan, Dungeness crab, and leek fondue; and the Lunar Orbiter, a dessert with Full Tilt ice cream.