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It's certainly easy to do. Regardless of how popular a restaurant is, it's no indication of how easy it is to pronounce its name. Bar Sajor? Spinasse? The tongue gets tired before it even tastes anything.

To help alleviate some uncertainty and embarrassment, here is a handy pronunciation guide to help you and those you love properly address some of Seattle's most popular gathering spots for food and drink. When waking up in the morning, it's always a classy touch to correctly name last night's conquest.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Cotto

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1546 15th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 838-8081
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There's really only two ways to pronounce Ethan Stowell's new salumeria. If you're not pronouncing it Bar KOH-toh, you're saying it wrong.

2. Bar Sajor

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323 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-1117
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You'll improve your chances of getting on chef/owner Matt Dillon's good side if you know how to pronunce the name of his new restaurant. It's Bar sigh-YOHR, as in, "Sigh your name on the dotted line."

3. Cafe Campagne

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1600 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-2233
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As much as there is to love about bubbly, this is not a champagne cafe, nor is it campaigning to be anything other than a charming little eatery in Pike Place Market. It's pronounced Cafe kum-PAWN-yuh.

4. La Carta De Oaxaca

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5431 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-8722
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It's referred to as simply La Carta by a lot of folks, because, well...who wants to tackle that last word? It's pronounced wuh-HAH-kuh, as in, "Let's take a leisurely wuh-hah-kuh down Ballard Avenue for some tasty Mexican food!"

5. Mashiko

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4725 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-4339
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The sushi at this West Seattle spot is just as popular as the mispronunciation of its name. It's pronounced MAH-shee-koh.

6. Pagliacci Pizza

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4529 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 726-1717
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The "g" in this old-school pizzeria is silent. It's pronounced pah-lee-AH-chee.

7. Portage

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2209 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA
(206) 352-6213
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A lot of people want to give this French bistro atop Queen Anne a fancy French accent, but it's pronounced just like it's spelled: POOR-tidge, as in Portage Bay Cafe.

8. Place Pigalle

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81 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Now, here's a Parisian-tinged restaurant with a fancy accent to match. This Pike Place Market gem is pronounced: plas-pih-GAHL' (rhymes with, "French class is down the hall.")

9. Rione XIII

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401 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 838-2878
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No, you're not in Italy. But if you want to do as the Romans do, you should know it's pronounced ree-OH-nay 13.

10. Shanik

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500 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 486-6884
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For as much hype as this place has received, you'd think the name would roll off the ol' tongue. It's pronounced SHAW-nick.

11. Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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Three syllables. It's pronounced spih-NAH-say, as in, "You don't say?"

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1. Bar Cotto

1546 15th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
There's really only two ways to pronounce Ethan Stowell's new salumeria. If you're not pronouncing it Bar KOH-toh, you're saying it wrong.
1546 15th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

2. Bar Sajor

323 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104
You'll improve your chances of getting on chef/owner Matt Dillon's good side if you know how to pronunce the name of his new restaurant. It's Bar sigh-YOHR, as in, "Sigh your name on the dotted line."
323 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104

3. Cafe Campagne

1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
As much as there is to love about bubbly, this is not a champagne cafe, nor is it campaigning to be anything other than a charming little eatery in Pike Place Market. It's pronounced Cafe kum-PAWN-yuh.
1600 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

4. La Carta De Oaxaca

5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
It's referred to as simply La Carta by a lot of folks, because, well...who wants to tackle that last word? It's pronounced wuh-HAH-kuh, as in, "Let's take a leisurely wuh-hah-kuh down Ballard Avenue for some tasty Mexican food!"
5431 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Mashiko

4725 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
The sushi at this West Seattle spot is just as popular as the mispronunciation of its name. It's pronounced MAH-shee-koh.
4725 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

6. Pagliacci Pizza

4529 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
The "g" in this old-school pizzeria is silent. It's pronounced pah-lee-AH-chee.
4529 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

7. Portage

2209 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
A lot of people want to give this French bistro atop Queen Anne a fancy French accent, but it's pronounced just like it's spelled: POOR-tidge, as in Portage Bay Cafe.
2209 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA

8. Place Pigalle

81 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Now, here's a Parisian-tinged restaurant with a fancy accent to match. This Pike Place Market gem is pronounced: plas-pih-GAHL' (rhymes with, "French class is down the hall.")
81 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101

9. Rione XIII

401 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
No, you're not in Italy. But if you want to do as the Romans do, you should know it's pronounced ree-OH-nay 13.
401 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

10. Shanik

500 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
For as much hype as this place has received, you'd think the name would roll off the ol' tongue. It's pronounced SHAW-nick.
500 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

11. Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Three syllables. It's pronounced spih-NAH-say, as in, "You don't say?"
1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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