King County officially entered phase two of Washington’s reopening plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. After being allowed to offer only takeout and delivery since mid-March, restaurants in Seattle can now resume dine-in service at 50 percent capacity, with other health guidelines in place. Bars, breweries, and wine taprooms also qualify, if they serve a full food menu.
But, even if the spread of the novel coronavirus has slowed in recent months, it remains a significant threat. Several restaurateurs and chefs in Seattle are not in any rush to shift gears, and have long expressed trepidation around opening in limited capacity, citing health concerns and the uncertain economic boost reopening dining rooms would give. For instance, fine-dining icon Canlis will continue offering family meals for delivery and CSA boxes, rather than opening at 25 percent capacity: “People love it and it keeps our staff safe,” says co-owner Brian Canlis. Other places, such as Musang in Beacon Hill and JuneBaby in Ravenna, also plan to stay with takeout for now.
However, there are a dozens of restaurants in the city starting the process of reopening for limited dine-in services whether inside or outside, even if the upside is still uncertain. Many have large dining areas or a sizable outdoor patio where required social distancing will be easier to implement with current restrictions.
With masks now mandatory in public places, it remains to be seen exactly how dining out will look now and in the immediate future, but these places may give the local food world a glimpse. Below are links to each restaurant’s official website or social media page for more information, but it’s best to call ahead for more info, since hours, official reopening dates, and services change often right now.
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Beacon Hill/Columbia City/South Seattle
Buckley’s (Queen Anne location is open as well)
Pho Bac Sup Shop (Rainier Valley location is open as well)
Din Tai Fung (U Village and Bellevue locations are open as well)
Ivar’s Acres of Clams (Other Ivar’s locations across the city are open as well)
Flying Squirrel Pizza (the Maple Leaf location is open as well)
Locust Cider (Locations in West Seattle and Ballard are open as well)
Blue Water Taco Grill (First Hill and Downtown locations are open as well)
South Lake Union
Chi Mac (Bellevue location is open as well)
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (Bellevue location is open as well)
Mioposto (Mt. Baker, Mercer Island, and Ravenna locations open as well)