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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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Grilled octopus at Omega Ouzeri.
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Before the pandemic, Capitol Hill was perhaps Seattle’s most rapidly growing dining neighborhoods. The development is understandably a little slower now, but the area remains one of the best culinary destinations in the city, with a wide variety of options almost on every block — and even more excellent spots have been added in recent weeks. Here are 18 of the finest restaurants, listed from north to south.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Spice Waala

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340 15th Ave E #202
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 466-5195
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Spice Waala made its debut at the South Lake Union Saturday Market and parlayed its success there into a fast-casual restaurant on 15th Avenue in quick order (and a new Ballard location). It’s of the most underrated street food spots in town, offering wonderful budget-friendly kathi rolls, and sides like masala aloo and bhel puri.

Closeup of a hand holding aloo and chicken kathi rolls from Spice Waala.
Aloo and chicken kathi rolls.
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2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 has recently 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.

6. Dacha Diner

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1416 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 708-6855
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This cozy diner serves Eastern European comfort food such as blintzes, brisket, and dumplings. The main star, though, is the khachapuri, a boat-shaped pizza stuffed with fillings such as cheese, roasted eggplant, and polish sausage. Open for takeout only, and all orders must be placed online. Customers can also preorder frozen dumplings and picnic packs.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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.
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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 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.

11. 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.

12. 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 on warm days, perhaps best enjoyed on the recently constructed outdoor street patio.

13. 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. In addition to reopening for dine-in, it’s 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 typically pack a punch.

14. 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.

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.
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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 alternative milk), and sweet potato gnocchi. Takeout orders go through Toast, delivery is available via Caviar and Doordash, and there’s now onsite dining in the lovely dining room.

Plum Bistro’s mac ‘n’ cheese twist known as Mac & Yease against a green turf background.
Plum Bistro’s famed Mac and Yease.
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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 (Bateau uses its own beef dry-aged on Whidbey Island). 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. Spice Waala

340 15th Ave E #202, Seattle, WA 98112
Closeup of a hand holding aloo and chicken kathi rolls from Spice Waala.
Aloo and chicken kathi rolls.
Spice Waala/Official

Spice Waala made its debut at the South Lake Union Saturday Market and parlayed its success there into a fast-casual restaurant on 15th Avenue in quick order (and a new Ballard location). It’s of the most underrated street food spots in town, offering wonderful budget-friendly kathi rolls, and sides like masala aloo and bhel puri.

340 15th Ave E #202
Seattle, WA 98112

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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 has recently 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

6. Dacha Diner

1416 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

This cozy diner serves Eastern European comfort food such as blintzes, brisket, and dumplings. The main star, though, is the khachapuri, a boat-shaped pizza stuffed with fillings such as cheese, roasted eggplant, and polish sausage. Open for takeout only, and all orders must be placed online. Customers can also preorder frozen dumplings and picnic packs.

1416 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

7. 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

8. 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

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.
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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.

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 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

11. 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

12. 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 on warm days, perhaps best enjoyed on the recently constructed outdoor street patio.

1508 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

13. 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. In addition to reopening for dine-in, it’s 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 typically pack a punch.

300 E Pike St #1200
Seattle, WA 98122

14. 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

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
Plum Bistro’s mac ‘n’ cheese twist known as Mac & Yease against a green turf background.
Plum Bistro’s famed Mac and Yease.
Plum Bistro

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 alternative milk), and sweet potato gnocchi. Takeout orders go through Toast, delivery is available via Caviar and Doordash, and there’s now onsite dining in the lovely dining room.

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 (Bateau uses its own beef dry-aged on Whidbey Island). 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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