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The vermicelli bowl with imperial rolls at Monsoon restaurant in Capitol Hill.
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18 Great Restaurants to Try in Capitol Hill

The vibrant neighborhood continues to be a culinary powerhouse

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The vermicelli bowl with imperial rolls at Monsoon restaurant in Capitol Hill.
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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 Hill easily remains one of the best neighborhoods 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 expertly executed katsu at newcomer Kobuta and Ookami, you’ll find plenty of memorable dishes worth the visit (or the takeout). Here are 18 of the neighborhood’s finest restaurants.

As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically. Know of a spot that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing seattle@eater.com.

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1. Monsoon Seattle

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615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 325-2111
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Monsoon, which has locations in Capitol Hill and Bellevue, is arguably the best Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle for a special occasion, sourcing meat from local ranches and serving Chinese-influenced Vietnamese dishes not commonly found in the area. Excellent appetizers include super-crispy imperial rolls, salad rolls made with raw ahi tuna and avocado, or a perfectly balanced green papaya salad. The wokked lamb — made with beans co-owner and chef Sophie Banh ferments in the kitchen — is fragrant with cumin and packed with umami, and the grilled pork belly is a perennial favorite. Check out sister restaurant Ba Bar closer to the center of Capitol Hill for a more casual experience and a satisfying oxtail pho.

A grey ceramic plate loaded up with vermicelli, imperial rolls sliced diagonally, matchsticks of pickled radish and carrot, lettuce, and fresh herbs.
The vermicelli bowl with imperial rolls at Monsoon restaurant in Capitol Hill.
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2. Spice Waala

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340 15th Ave E #202
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 466-5195
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Uttam Mukherjee and Aakanksha Sinha’s Indian street food business, which started as a farmer’s market stall and now has two locations, in Capitol Hill and Ballard, serves kathi rolls made with roti wrapped around piles of paneer, potato, spicy chicken, and juicy lamb kebabs, whose rich flavors pair perfectly with a tangy mango lassi. Though it might seem like the obvious choice, the chicken kathi roll stands out for its complex, balanced flavors. The business also serves a variety of chaat, out of which the aloo tikki chaat with tangy-sweet sauces made with yogurt, cilantro, and tamarind, is a must-try. Spice Waala also recently started serving soft-serve ice cream with Indian-inspired flavors like rose-cardamom and pistachio-cardamom at both of its locations.

3. 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.

4. Kobuta & Ookami Katsu and sake house

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121 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 708-7856
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This small Capitol Hill dine-in-only restaurant consistently draws crowds for its perfectly executed katsu dishes. The fried pork and chicken cutlets are prepared in a variety of ways, like topped with grated daikon radish, drowned in sweet miso sauce, and laid atop bubbling clay pots of vegetable and mushroom stew. Don’t leave without trying the tomato and cheese katsu or the curry katsu — whose sauce, made with dark chocolate, tastes toasty and complex like a good mole negro. For most dishes, diners can choose between four different types of pork, the most expensive being the Iberico pork loin. Reservations are only open for parties greater than six and wait times can be over an hour.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Kedai Makan

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1802 Bellevue Ave E
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 555-5555
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Kedai Makan offers some of the only Malaysian food in the Seattle area, and the small, turquoise-walled dining room in Capitol Hill is packed late into the evening with diners scooping curry with roti and sharing piles of spicy fried chicken wings. Owner Kevin Burzell was entranced by the funk and spice in Malaysian cooking when he traveled to Southeast Asia; he opened a takeout window in 2013, then opened the current space in 2015, staying true to the strength of those flavors. Cut the spice with cocktails made with Southeast Asian ingredients, like the lime-leaf gin and tonic or a bourbon drink made with green tea and pandan limeade. Reservations aren’t accepted, and a wait should be expected.

8. Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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More than 10 years in, and this romantic trattoria on Capitol Hill continues to entrance diners with food from Italy’s Piedmont region. The nest of delicate tajarin pasta with butter and sage sauce is a Seattle comfort food mainstay, but every pasta dish from chef Stuart Lane is memorable. Those who want to extend their meals should head over to sibling apertivo bar Artusi for a nice nightcap.

9. 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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10. 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 Capitol Hill counter service restaurant from three chefs, Sydney Clark, Khampaeng Panyathong, and Jenessa Sneva, with strong Seattle dining pedigrees. Items such as thom khem and chicken laap utilize produce from local farms and a whole-animal approach to butchery, and the Lao pork sausage, fragrant with lemongrass and lime leaf, is not to be missed. Meanwhile, the smash burger made with pork jowl bacon and jaew tomato sauce may be the best patty in the city.

11. Karachi Cowboys

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1517 12th Ave #100
Seattle, WA 98122

This Indo-Pakistani-Texan food pop-up landed a brick-and-mortar location in Capitol Hill in 2021. Chef Nasir Zubair and his wife Nicole Greenwald have filled out the dinner menu with offerings like aloo sliders, tadka dahl, and kheema — halal ground beef simmered with spices and sweet green peas. The menu is inspired by Zubair’s Pakistani and African American ancestry and his upbringing in Texas. Follow Karachi Cowboys’ Instagram account for the most current specials.

12. 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 pan roasted morel mushrooms with grilled asparagus and duck egg 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.

13. 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.

14. Stateside

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300 E Pike St #1200
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 557-7273
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Chef Eric Johnson, who’s worked at Michelin-starred restaurants with some of the world’s best chefs, cooks casual but elegant dishes at his Capitol Hill restaurant specializing in Southeast Asian cuisine. Since opening in 2015, he’s won over Seattle diners with dishes like chili cumin pork ribs, fried master stock chicken, and crispy duck fresh rolls. In addition to reopening for dine-in, Stateside is also bottling some sauces for retail (the Sriracha made with Alvarez Farms chilis should be a staple in any pantry), and the well-conceived cocktails, featuring Southeast Asian ingredients like galangal and lime leaf, typically pack a punch.

15. 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.
Ooink Ramen

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. The restaurant got a shoutout in The New York Times last year for its sustainable sourcing from Carman Ranch in Oregon and for dry-aging unusual cuts of meat to make them palatable, reducing waste in the process.

1. Monsoon Seattle

615 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
A grey ceramic plate loaded up with vermicelli, imperial rolls sliced diagonally, matchsticks of pickled radish and carrot, lettuce, and fresh herbs.
The vermicelli bowl with imperial rolls at Monsoon restaurant in Capitol Hill.
Courtesy of Monsoon

Monsoon, which has locations in Capitol Hill and Bellevue, is arguably the best Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle for a special occasion, sourcing meat from local ranches and serving Chinese-influenced Vietnamese dishes not commonly found in the area. Excellent appetizers include super-crispy imperial rolls, salad rolls made with raw ahi tuna and avocado, or a perfectly balanced green papaya salad. The wokked lamb — made with beans co-owner and chef Sophie Banh ferments in the kitchen — is fragrant with cumin and packed with umami, and the grilled pork belly is a perennial favorite. Check out sister restaurant Ba Bar closer to the center of Capitol Hill for a more casual experience and a satisfying oxtail pho.

615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

2. Spice Waala

340 15th Ave E #202, Seattle, WA 98112

Uttam Mukherjee and Aakanksha Sinha’s Indian street food business, which started as a farmer’s market stall and now has two locations, in Capitol Hill and Ballard, serves kathi rolls made with roti wrapped around piles of paneer, potato, spicy chicken, and juicy lamb kebabs, whose rich flavors pair perfectly with a tangy mango lassi. Though it might seem like the obvious choice, the chicken kathi roll stands out for its complex, balanced flavors. The business also serves a variety of chaat, out of which the aloo tikki chaat with tangy-sweet sauces made with yogurt, cilantro, and tamarind, is a must-try. Spice Waala also recently started serving soft-serve ice cream with Indian-inspired flavors like rose-cardamom and pistachio-cardamom at both of its locations.

340 15th Ave E #202
Seattle, WA 98112

3. 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

4. Kobuta & Ookami Katsu and sake house

121 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

This small Capitol Hill dine-in-only restaurant consistently draws crowds for its perfectly executed katsu dishes. The fried pork and chicken cutlets are prepared in a variety of ways, like topped with grated daikon radish, drowned in sweet miso sauce, and laid atop bubbling clay pots of vegetable and mushroom stew. Don’t leave without trying the tomato and cheese katsu or the curry katsu — whose sauce, made with dark chocolate, tastes toasty and complex like a good mole negro. For most dishes, diners can choose between four different types of pork, the most expensive being the Iberico pork loin. Reservations are only open for parties greater than six and wait times can be over an hour.

121 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

5. 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

6. 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

7. Kedai Makan

1802 Bellevue Ave E, Seattle, WA 98122

Kedai Makan offers some of the only Malaysian food in the Seattle area, and the small, turquoise-walled dining room in Capitol Hill is packed late into the evening with diners scooping curry with roti and sharing piles of spicy fried chicken wings. Owner Kevin Burzell was entranced by the funk and spice in Malaysian cooking when he traveled to Southeast Asia; he opened a takeout window in 2013, then opened the current space in 2015, staying true to the strength of those flavors. Cut the spice with cocktails made with Southeast Asian ingredients, like the lime-leaf gin and tonic or a bourbon drink made with green tea and pandan limeade. Reservations aren’t accepted, and a wait should be expected.

1802 Bellevue Ave E
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

More than 10 years in, and this romantic trattoria on Capitol Hill continues to entrance diners with food from Italy’s Piedmont region. The nest of delicate tajarin pasta with butter and sage sauce is a Seattle comfort food mainstay, but every pasta dish from chef Stuart Lane 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

9. 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

10. Taurus Ox

1523 E Madison St suite 101, Seattle, WA 98122

Expertly-made Laotian dishes shine at this Capitol Hill counter service restaurant from three chefs, Sydney Clark, Khampaeng Panyathong, and Jenessa Sneva, with strong Seattle dining pedigrees. Items such as thom khem and chicken laap utilize produce from local farms and a whole-animal approach to butchery, and the Lao pork sausage, fragrant with lemongrass and lime leaf, is not to be missed. Meanwhile, the smash burger made with pork jowl bacon and jaew tomato sauce may be the best patty in the city.

1523 E Madison St suite 101
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Karachi Cowboys

1517 12th Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98122

This Indo-Pakistani-Texan food pop-up landed a brick-and-mortar location in Capitol Hill in 2021. Chef Nasir Zubair and his wife Nicole Greenwald have filled out the dinner menu with offerings like aloo sliders, tadka dahl, and kheema — halal ground beef simmered with spices and sweet green peas. The menu is inspired by Zubair’s Pakistani and African American ancestry and his upbringing in Texas. Follow Karachi Cowboys’ Instagram account for the most current specials.

1517 12th Ave #100
Seattle, WA 98122

12. 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 pan roasted morel mushrooms with grilled asparagus and duck egg 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

13. 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

14. Stateside

300 E Pike St #1200, Seattle, WA 98122

Chef Eric Johnson, who’s worked at Michelin-starred restaurants with some of the world’s best chefs, cooks casual but elegant dishes at his Capitol Hill restaurant specializing in Southeast Asian cuisine. Since opening in 2015, he’s won over Seattle diners with dishes like chili cumin pork ribs, fried master stock chicken, and crispy duck fresh rolls. In addition to reopening for dine-in, Stateside is also bottling some sauces for retail (the Sriracha made with Alvarez Farms chilis should be a staple in any pantry), and the well-conceived cocktails, featuring Southeast Asian ingredients like galangal and lime leaf, typically pack a punch.

300 E Pike St #1200
Seattle, WA 98122

15. 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

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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. The restaurant got a shoutout in The New York Times last year for its sustainable sourcing from Carman Ranch in Oregon and for dry-aging unusual cuts of meat to make them palatable, reducing waste in the process.

1040 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

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