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Kedai Makan serves up Malaysian dishes like chili pan mee.
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18 Great Restaurants to Try on Capitol Hill

The vibrant neighborhood continues to be a culinary powerhouse

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Kedai Makan serves up Malaysian dishes like chili pan mee.
| Jay Friedman for Eater

Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has long inspired a vibrant scene of adventurous chefs, pop-ups turned brick-and-mortar, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. Before the pandemic, Capitol Hill was perhaps Seattle’s most rapidly growing dining area. The development has slowed a little, but the the Hill easily remains one of the best places to eat out, with a wide variety of options on almost every block. From Blotto’s naturally leavened pizzas with locally-sourced ingredients to Karachi Cowboys’ Indian and Pakistani soul food, or the Laotian cuisine of Taurus Ox, you’ll find plenty of memorable dishes worth the visit (or the takeout). Here are 18 of the finest restaurants, listed from north to south.

Added this month: Karachi Cowboys and Cafe Pettirosso.

King County requires proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours, for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taneda

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219 Broadway E #14
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 457-8921
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This intimate sushi counter tucked away inside Capitol Hill’s Broadway Alley has an array of offerings besides seafood for its artful multicourse tasting menu, but master chef Hideaki Taneda’s Edomae-style sushi preparations are the main event. Each seasonal dish is lovingly crafted and presented like mini gifts, a one-of-a-kind experience in a city with plenty of competition.

2. Carmelo’s Tacos

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110 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 659-0159
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Hiding inside Capitol Hill’s Hillcrest Market, this Mexico City-style taqueria is a true gem, with a full-fledged restaurant on First Hill now. Among the highlights are the campechano, featuring chorizo, steak, and potato, as well as a satisfying vegan taco with mushrooms, refried beans, and guajillo chili.

3. Blotto

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1830 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 403-1809
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After building a strong following for its naturally leavened sourdough creations, this former pop-up has set down more permanent roots with a cozy restaurant and corner market on 12th Avenue. While the menu changes often, it’s hard to go wrong with the simple cheese pie, served hot out of the oven with aged mozzarella and just the right amount of grease. Don’t sleep on the retail, which include rare items from local purveyors, plus a great selection of beer and wine.

4. Kedai Makan

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1802 Bellevue Ave E
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 555-5555
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Known pre-COVID as one of the better late-night spots around town, Capitol Hill’s Malaysian street food restaurant still conveyed its original vision through an eclectic takeout menu, and returned to its bustling dine-in service (often with long lines). Some recent snacks worthy of the wait include ayam goreng masala, roti jala, and lamb-stuffed murtabak.

5. Jeepney

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1356 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 979-7049
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The owners of nearby cocktail destination Knee High Stocking Co. run this Filipino takeout window, which pays homage to buses in the Philippines with its graffiti backsplash. It serves up staples such as adobo, lumpia, and sisig, alongside some stellar desserts, such as ube bread pudding. Plus, it offers single-serve to-go cocktails.

6. Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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Ten years in, and this romantic trattoria continues to amaze with fare from Italy’s Piedmont region. The nest of delicate tajarin pasta with butter and sage sauce is a true Seattle comfort food mainstay, but every dish is memorable. Those who want to extend their meals should head over to sibling apertivo bar Artusi for a nice nightcap.

7. Omega Ouzeri

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1529 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 257-4515
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This airy, boisterous Greek restaurant offers a variety of wonderful seafood dishes, including whole grilled Mediterranean sea bass and octopus, plus killer tzatziki (and a wonderfully flaky baklava for dessert). Many of the plates can be shared family-style, with generous portions, and drinkers who don’t mind a little kick should order up some ouzo to round out the experience.

A closeup of grilled octopus on a white plate on a bed of red sauce.
Grilled octopus.
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8. Taurus Ox

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1523 E Madison St suite 101
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 972-0075
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Expertly-made Laotian dishes shine at this Madison Street restaurant from three chefs, Sydney Clark, Khampaeng Panyathong, and Jenessa Sneva, with strong Seattle dining pedigrees (including Herbfarm and Poppy). Items such as thom khem and chicken laap utilize produce from local farms and a whole animal approach to butchery. Meanwhile, the smash burger made with pork jowl bacon and jaew sauce may be the best patty in the city.

9. Karachi Cowboy

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1517 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

This Indo-Pakistani soul food pop-up landed a brick-and-mortar location in Capitol Hill this summer. Chef Nasir Zubair and his wife Nicole Greenwald have filled out the dinner menu with offerings like aloo sliders, chana masala, and kheema — halal ground beef simmered with spices and sweet green peas. Follow Karachi Cowboys’ Instagram account for the most current specials.

10. Terra Plata

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1501 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-1501
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Colorful, vibrant dishes fill the menu at chef Tamara Murphy’s farm-to-table restaurant, from the muscovy duck breast to the roast pig with manila clams. There’s paella on Mondays, and a partnership with the Food Is Love Project to feed those in need. Those who are able to nab a seat on the lush rooftop are in for some great scenery, too.

11. Mamnoon

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1508 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 906-9606
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Melrose Avenue’s Middle Eastern restaurant (with a fast-casual offshoot called Mamnoon Street) features dishes influenced by owner Wassef Haroun’s Lebanese upbringing. The pitas are among the city’s best, the baba ganoush is sublime, and the cocktails hit the spot.

12. Stateside

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300 E Pike St #1200
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 557-7273
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This upscale but approachable restaurant on East Pike specializing in Southeast Asian cuisine has won over diners with items such as chili cumin pork ribs, fried master stock chicken, crispy duck rolls, and turmeric rockfish. Stateside has also bottled some sauces for retail (the Sriracha made with Alvarez Farms chilis should be a staple in any pantry), and the well-conceived cocktails typically pack a punch.

13. Taku

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706 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 829-9418
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Star chef Shota Nakajima Osaka-influenced street food spot has drawn fans in droves for its well-seasoned, twice-fried karaage, available as nuggets and wings, or as part of the playful “Fuckit Bucket” assortment. The lively bar also has fun punk rock vibes, as well as an assortment of Jell-O shots and some potent kegged cocktails, boilermakers, and highballs.

14. Ooink

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1416 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 568-7669
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The low-key ramen counter above the QFC on Harvard Avenue serves some seriously terrific bowls of soup, with silky broths and noodles that soak up the flavor nicely. The shoyu variety is a favorite, but for those that don’t mind a little more heat, the spicy kotteri ramen certainly delivers — with spice level customizable.

A bowl of spicy ramen in a reddish broth topped with scallions
Ooink serves some of the best ramen in town.
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15. Cafe Pettirosso

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1101 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-2233
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What started as an unassuming Italian cafe serving espresso and baked goods went through more than a 20-year evolution on Capitol Hill, including an expansion within the historic building it calls home. The classy hideaway offers full brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, in addition to decadent pastries and wedding cakes. French and Italian influences pair with local ingredients for dishes like the chanterelle and pumpkin ragu, gnocchi, and steak frites. Plenty of vegan options are available.

16. Plum Bistro

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1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 838-5333
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Capitol Hill’s vegan restaurant from celebrated chef Makini Howell is as versatile as it is magnificent. Some of the biggest hits include “chicken” fried seitan, a mac and cheese spin called Mac and Yease (made with plant milk), and sweet potato gnocchi.

17. Osteria la Spiga

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1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-8881
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This cozy Italian restaurant located inside a former auto body serves rustic Emilia-Romagna-influenced dishes from chef Sabrina Tinsley. The gnocco fritto (fried bread puffs) are the perfect start to a meal, best followed with the tagliatelle in a white truffle butter sauce. The tiramisu, a family recipe, is one of the best in the city, with a simultaneously rich and light velvety texture.

18. Bateau

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1040 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 900-8699
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Chef Renee Erickson’s Frenchified steakhouse is a prime destination for meat lovers, with a dedication to whole animal butchery and local sourcing. The airy, Parisian bistro vibe is also a welcome departure from the stodgy steakhouses of the past, and neighboring Boat Bar (formerly called Bar Mesuline) is not a bad spot to grab a pre- or post-dinner drink.

1. Taneda

219 Broadway E #14, Seattle, WA 98102

This intimate sushi counter tucked away inside Capitol Hill’s Broadway Alley has an array of offerings besides seafood for its artful multicourse tasting menu, but master chef Hideaki Taneda’s Edomae-style sushi preparations are the main event. Each seasonal dish is lovingly crafted and presented like mini gifts, a one-of-a-kind experience in a city with plenty of competition.

219 Broadway E #14
Seattle, WA 98102

2. Carmelo’s Tacos

110 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Hiding inside Capitol Hill’s Hillcrest Market, this Mexico City-style taqueria is a true gem, with a full-fledged restaurant on First Hill now. Among the highlights are the campechano, featuring chorizo, steak, and potato, as well as a satisfying vegan taco with mushrooms, refried beans, and guajillo chili.

110 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

3. Blotto

1830 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

After building a strong following for its naturally leavened sourdough creations, this former pop-up has set down more permanent roots with a cozy restaurant and corner market on 12th Avenue. While the menu changes often, it’s hard to go wrong with the simple cheese pie, served hot out of the oven with aged mozzarella and just the right amount of grease. Don’t sleep on the retail, which include rare items from local purveyors, plus a great selection of beer and wine.

1830 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

4. Kedai Makan

1802 Bellevue Ave E, Seattle, WA 98122

Known pre-COVID as one of the better late-night spots around town, Capitol Hill’s Malaysian street food restaurant still conveyed its original vision through an eclectic takeout menu, and returned to its bustling dine-in service (often with long lines). Some recent snacks worthy of the wait include ayam goreng masala, roti jala, and lamb-stuffed murtabak.

1802 Bellevue Ave E
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Jeepney

1356 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

The owners of nearby cocktail destination Knee High Stocking Co. run this Filipino takeout window, which pays homage to buses in the Philippines with its graffiti backsplash. It serves up staples such as adobo, lumpia, and sisig, alongside some stellar desserts, such as ube bread pudding. Plus, it offers single-serve to-go cocktails.

1356 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Ten years in, and this romantic trattoria continues to amaze with fare from Italy’s Piedmont region. The nest of delicate tajarin pasta with butter and sage sauce is a true Seattle comfort food mainstay, but every dish is memorable. Those who want to extend their meals should head over to sibling apertivo bar Artusi for a nice nightcap.

1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Omega Ouzeri

1529 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A closeup of grilled octopus on a white plate on a bed of red sauce.
Grilled octopus.
Courtesy of Gather

This airy, boisterous Greek restaurant offers a variety of wonderful seafood dishes, including whole grilled Mediterranean sea bass and octopus, plus killer tzatziki (and a wonderfully flaky baklava for dessert). Many of the plates can be shared family-style, with generous portions, and drinkers who don’t mind a little kick should order up some ouzo to round out the experience.

1529 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Taurus Ox

1523 E Madison St suite 101, Seattle, WA 98122

Expertly-made Laotian dishes shine at this Madison Street restaurant from three chefs, Sydney Clark, Khampaeng Panyathong, and Jenessa Sneva, with strong Seattle dining pedigrees (including Herbfarm and Poppy). Items such as thom khem and chicken laap utilize produce from local farms and a whole animal approach to butchery. Meanwhile, the smash burger made with pork jowl bacon and jaew sauce may be the best patty in the city.

1523 E Madison St suite 101
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Karachi Cowboy

1517 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This Indo-Pakistani soul food pop-up landed a brick-and-mortar location in Capitol Hill this summer. Chef Nasir Zubair and his wife Nicole Greenwald have filled out the dinner menu with offerings like aloo sliders, chana masala, and kheema — halal ground beef simmered with spices and sweet green peas. Follow Karachi Cowboys’ Instagram account for the most current specials.

1517 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Terra Plata

1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Colorful, vibrant dishes fill the menu at chef Tamara Murphy’s farm-to-table restaurant, from the muscovy duck breast to the roast pig with manila clams. There’s paella on Mondays, and a partnership with the Food Is Love Project to feed those in need. Those who are able to nab a seat on the lush rooftop are in for some great scenery, too.

1501 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Mamnoon

1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Melrose Avenue’s Middle Eastern restaurant (with a fast-casual offshoot called Mamnoon Street) features dishes influenced by owner Wassef Haroun’s Lebanese upbringing. The pitas are among the city’s best, the baba ganoush is sublime, and the cocktails hit the spot.

1508 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Stateside

300 E Pike St #1200, Seattle, WA 98122

This upscale but approachable restaurant on East Pike specializing in Southeast Asian cuisine has won over diners with items such as chili cumin pork ribs, fried master stock chicken, crispy duck rolls, and turmeric rockfish. Stateside has also bottled some sauces for retail (the Sriracha made with Alvarez Farms chilis should be a staple in any pantry), and the well-conceived cocktails typically pack a punch.

300 E Pike St #1200
Seattle, WA 98122

13. Taku

706 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Star chef Shota Nakajima Osaka-influenced street food spot has drawn fans in droves for its well-seasoned, twice-fried karaage, available as nuggets and wings, or as part of the playful “Fuckit Bucket” assortment. The lively bar also has fun punk rock vibes, as well as an assortment of Jell-O shots and some potent kegged cocktails, boilermakers, and highballs.

706 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

14. Ooink

1416 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A bowl of spicy ramen in a reddish broth topped with scallions
Ooink serves some of the best ramen in town.
Ooink Ramen

The low-key ramen counter above the QFC on Harvard Avenue serves some seriously terrific bowls of soup, with silky broths and noodles that soak up the flavor nicely. The shoyu variety is a favorite, but for those that don’t mind a little more heat, the spicy kotteri ramen certainly delivers — with spice level customizable.

1416 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

15. Cafe Pettirosso

1101 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

What started as an unassuming Italian cafe serving espresso and baked goods went through more than a 20-year evolution on Capitol Hill, including an expansion within the historic building it calls home. The classy hideaway offers full brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, in addition to decadent pastries and wedding cakes. French and Italian influences pair with local ingredients for dishes like the chanterelle and pumpkin ragu, gnocchi, and steak frites. Plenty of vegan options are available.

1101 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

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16. Plum Bistro

1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Capitol Hill’s vegan restaurant from celebrated chef Makini Howell is as versatile as it is magnificent. Some of the biggest hits include “chicken” fried seitan, a mac and cheese spin called Mac and Yease (made with plant milk), and sweet potato gnocchi.

1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

17. Osteria la Spiga

1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This cozy Italian restaurant located inside a former auto body serves rustic Emilia-Romagna-influenced dishes from chef Sabrina Tinsley. The gnocco fritto (fried bread puffs) are the perfect start to a meal, best followed with the tagliatelle in a white truffle butter sauce. The tiramisu, a family recipe, is one of the best in the city, with a simultaneously rich and light velvety texture.

1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

18. Bateau

1040 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

Chef Renee Erickson’s Frenchified steakhouse is a prime destination for meat lovers, with a dedication to whole animal butchery and local sourcing. The airy, Parisian bistro vibe is also a welcome departure from the stodgy steakhouses of the past, and neighboring Boat Bar (formerly called Bar Mesuline) is not a bad spot to grab a pre- or post-dinner drink.

1040 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

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