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Ben Paris, a restaurant located in The State Hotel near Pike Place Market. is an excellent date-night spot for a Monday night.
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20 Date-Worthy Restaurants in the Seattle Area Actually Open on Mondays

Where to have a nice night out on a day when most restaurants in the city are closed

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Ben Paris, a restaurant located in The State Hotel near Pike Place Market. is an excellent date-night spot for a Monday night.
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For many restaurant-industry workers, Mondays are a day to relax, run errands, get drunk — whatever it takes to decompress from a busy weekend of service and prepare for the following week. In other words, Mondays (and sometimes Tuesdays) are the weekend for many people working in Seattle restaurants. This day of rest is necessary, especially during the ongoing labor shortage that’s left restaurants understaffed and employees overworked, but it also makes it hard to plan a dinner date on Monday — and what do you if you’re a service-industry who wants to go on a date on your day off ? The following list aims to help anyone looking for date-worthy restaurants on Mondays.

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1. Bruciato

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236 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 201-3462
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Chef Brendan McGill’s Bainbridge pizzeria serves delicate, slightly charred, Neapolitan pies baked in a scorching-hot wood-fired oven. The toppings include classic Italian ingredients like coppa, soppressata, and anchovies, but you can’t go wrong with the margherita. The bar side of the cafe is a perfect place for a casual weeknight date; sip a glass of wine or a cocktail with snacks like olives or prosciutto, and finish the meal with velvety tiramisu. 

2. Sunny Hill

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3127 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 659-0355
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Sunset Hill landed this stellar pizzeria in 2020, focused on both Detroit-style square and 12-inch round pies served from a Wood Stone hearth oven. Options include the Gobb Shoppe, made with wild herb raclette, asparagus, and nettles, and the Death By Stereo, pizza topped with confit garlic, Nardello peppers, sprouted broccoli, and stracchino cheese. The smash burgers are sensational as well, topped with frizzled onions (don’t forget about the waffle fries). And the seasonal spritzes make for a refreshing cocktail best enjoyed on the comfortable back patio.

3. La Carta De Oaxaca

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5431 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-8722
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This Ballard Mexican restaurant serves Oaxacan specialties like sweet and savory mole negro pooled over pork ribs and tlayudas (expansive expansive crispy corn tortillas) covered in toppings like chorizo, carne asada, cheese, and cabbage, as well as an excellent ceviche with pineapple. Don’t miss out on the excellent tequila and mezcal list and cocktail list.

4. The Walrus and the Carpenter

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4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 395-9227
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Award-winning chef Renee Erickson’s Ballard restaurant serves eight varieties of Washington oysters, seafood dishes like raw albacore tuna with Meyer lemon sauce and blood oranges, and snacks like beef tartare, beef shank terrine, and plates of sliced cheese, along with a long wine list and a cocktail menu. The dining room is bright and airy, and there’s a heated, covered patio with string lights for al fresco dining.

5. Salt and Iron

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321 Main St
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 361-1112
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Shubert Ho’s Edmonds steak and oyster house serves steak frites with ribeye, filet mignon, or skirt steak, as well as with pork chops and dry-aged tuna belly. Starters include wagyu steak tartare and mussels with black garlic and tomato broth. And entrees feature creatures from the land and sea: braised lamb shank with root vegetables and lamb sugo, roasted chicken with brussel sprouts, pan seared Chilean sea bass with green lentils, and jumbo prawns, clams, and mussels in a massive white-wine seafood pot. The restaurant also offers a robust cocktail menu and wine list.

6. Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

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601 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 432-9069
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This Cajun-Creole restaurant in Uptown (formerly known as Lower Queen Anne), with hundreds of candles adorning the walls and the disco ball hanging in the dining room, feels like something between a shrine in a mountain cave and 80’s Miami drug lord’s den. The menu, inspired by the cuisine of New Orleans, is expansive, with oysters on the half shell, charcuterie and cheese plates, pasta and gnochi, steaks, and six preparations of half chickens. There’s also classic Southern dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. The wine, spirits, beer, and cocktail menus are just as long.

7. Bar Dojo

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8404 Bowdoin Way
Edmonds, WA 98026
(425) 967-7267
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Shubert Ho’s Asian-inspired Edmonds restaurant serves satisfying snacks like oysters on the half shell, pork dumplings drenched in chili oil, and shoestring fries covered in beef bulgogi and cheese. The entrees features flavors from over Asia: try the five-spice braised shortrib, the lemongrass beef and broccoli, or the chicken shoyu kaarage ramen. Dessert, too, is multicultural, with options like ube coconut flan, white chocolate yuzu cheesecake, and red miso gelato.

8. Joule

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3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-5685
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James Beard Award-nominated chef Rachel Yang and partner Seif Chirchi offer simple but refined dishes at their Korean-influenced Fremont restaurant, including a smoked mackerel kedgeree and a famed kalbi short rib over grilled kimchi. Expect inventive dishes too, like smoked tofu or beef tartare with Asian pear and pine nuts. With an inviting, open space and easy-going service, Joule offers a special night out sans pretension. Sit at the bar and watch chefs plating dishes, and sip on one of Joule’s creative cocktails, like the lapsang souchong tequila drink with lime and Thai chili agave.

9. The Whale Wins

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3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-9425
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At award-winning chef Renee Erickson’s Fremont bistro, chefs cook bone-in ribeye steaks in a wood-fired oven, slice prosciutto, and plate piles of brussel sprouts with salted egg yolk just a few feet from tables in the dining room. It also has a pantry that offers many of the ingredients used in the dishes, like the Carman Ranch ribeye, as well as bottles of wine and sausages. Don’t leave without trying the sweet and succulent Alaskan spot prawns covered with toasty salsa macha, brightened by drizzles of lime juice and sprigs of cilantro.

10. Ben Paris

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130 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 513-7303
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This restaurant in The State Hotel near Pike Place Market is an excellent choice for Monday night date night, with its airy dining room along with an eighth-floor terrace offering views of the market and Seattle’s Great Wheel. The dinner menu includes dishes like scallop crudo, grilled octopus, and duck confit along with an extensive spirits list.

11. Bourbon Steak Seattle

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1433 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 741-1044
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Celebrity chef Michael Mina’s newest Seattle restaurant focuses on steak made from local beef, along with classic fine-dining seafood dishes like king salmon, halibut, and whole branzino. The cocktail menu — and whiskey list — is expansive. Recently, Mina started offer a special called Magnum Mondays, where a selection of magnums of wine from around the world are featured every week.

12. Yoroshiku

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1911 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-4649
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This Wallingford Izakaya serves dishes popular in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, like grilled scallops with butter and soy-sauce-marinated fried chicken. The Hokkaido chirashi bowl is loaded with ikura (salmon roe) and slices of shime-saba, mackerel that’s been cured with salt and rice vinegar to balance out the strong flavor of the fish’s oils, as well as wild salmon and tuna. The bar, with its long list of beer and sake, is a perfect place for a late-evening drink and snack. Don’t leave without grabbing some soft-serve from the restaurant’s sister Hokkaido ice cream shop, Indigo Cow.

13. mbar

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400 Fairview Ave N 14th Floor
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 457-8287
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With an epic rooftop patio with views of Lake Union, the Space Needle, and myriad cranes soaring above the booming SLU neighborhood, Mbar is one hell of a spot to soak up the sun. It’s made even more memorable with a robust Middle Eastern menu with dishes like smoked eggplant croquettes, muhammara, falafel, and grilled lamb chops from the same restaurant group that owns Mamnoon, as well as some potent cocktails.

14. Lionhead

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618 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 922-3326
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This Capitol Hill restaurant serves Sichuan classics like mapo tofu swimming in chili oil, deep fried chicken cubes littered with chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns, and velvety fried eggplant in a sweet and sour sauce with black vinegar, garlic, and ginger. Though there are other Sichuan restaurants in Seattle, Lionhead stands out for its creative cocktails with ingredients like red Sichuan peppercorn and smoked cardamom and an eye for artful presentation in its dishes.

15. Rondo Japanese Kitchen

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224 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 588-2051
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This Capitol Hill Japanese bar and restaurant serves a dizzying array of Japanese dishes: several preparations of ramen and udon, omakase and a la carte sushi, donburis, Japanese curries, bento boxes, and snacks like smoked tuna tataki and a shooter made with uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon roe) and yuzu soy sauce on rice. The $24 chirashi bowl features many of the restaurant’s best ingredients: seared wagyu beef, crab, unagi (eel), ikura, uni, tobiko (flying fish roe), and a selection of sliced fish. 

16. Bateau

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1040 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 900-8699
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This nationally recognized restaurant by Renee Erickson (helmed by chef Taylor Thornhill) in Capitol Hill is a steakhouse that is a critique of steakhouses. The restaurant serves the whole cow, so what you’ll get in the five-course $125 tasting menu will likely include normally tough cuts rarely served at fine-dining restaurants like ball tip or brisket deckle that have been aged or cured to tenderize them — though the restaurant serves ribeye and filet mignon too. The beef is all grass-fed and finished at local ranches that aim to practice regenerative agriculture.

17. Pho Bac Súp Shop

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1240 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 568-0882
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The Pham family’s Pho Bac “boat” restaurant was a pioneer in the Vietnamese dining scene — and the more modern Pho Bac Sup Shop continues its legacy with aplomb in Little Saigon. Tender beef falls off massive beef ribs on its internet-famous pho or on the spicy bun bo hue. Enjoy the fragrant bowls of broth with cocktails made with passionfruit and mango or herbaceous drinks made with Thai basil and Vietnamese coriander in the colorful, lively space.

18. 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 mainstay, but every dish from chef Stuart Lane is memorable. After a satisfying dinner at Spinasse, one might want to head over to next door sibling bar Artusi for a digestif and dessert. Artusi is also now offering pasta and wine deals every Sunday and Monday evening, which includes two pasta dishes and a bottle of house red or white wine for $45, plus tax and tip.

19. Monsoon Seattle

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615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 325-2111
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Monsoon is Eric and Sophie Banh’s first restaurant in Seattle, the one that launched their mini Vietnamese food empire, which now has five restaurants in the Seattle area including Ba Bar. The restaurant offers modern takes on Vietnamese classics, like fresh rolls made with avocado and raw ahi tuna, as well as excellent renditions of classic dishes like a green papaya salad made with perfectly charred shrimp. The cumin-chili lamb stir fry, made with house-fermented soybeans, is a standout, and the grilled marinated pork belly is a perennial favorite.

20. Cafe Lago

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2305 24th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 329-8005
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Carla Leonardi’s Italian bistro has been serving Tuscan-inspired food on white tablecloths in an old brick building in Montlake since 1990. The wood-fired oven at the back of the restaurant churns out delicate, crispy pizza with classic toppings — only $10 on Mondays for customers dining in — the lasagna is some of the city’s best, and the desserts, like the pear and almond tart with whipped mascarpone, are excellent with espresso to cap off a satisfying meal.

1. Bruciato

236 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Chef Brendan McGill’s Bainbridge pizzeria serves delicate, slightly charred, Neapolitan pies baked in a scorching-hot wood-fired oven. The toppings include classic Italian ingredients like coppa, soppressata, and anchovies, but you can’t go wrong with the margherita. The bar side of the cafe is a perfect place for a casual weeknight date; sip a glass of wine or a cocktail with snacks like olives or prosciutto, and finish the meal with velvety tiramisu. 

236 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

2. Sunny Hill

3127 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Sunset Hill landed this stellar pizzeria in 2020, focused on both Detroit-style square and 12-inch round pies served from a Wood Stone hearth oven. Options include the Gobb Shoppe, made with wild herb raclette, asparagus, and nettles, and the Death By Stereo, pizza topped with confit garlic, Nardello peppers, sprouted broccoli, and stracchino cheese. The smash burgers are sensational as well, topped with frizzled onions (don’t forget about the waffle fries). And the seasonal spritzes make for a refreshing cocktail best enjoyed on the comfortable back patio.

3127 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117

3. La Carta De Oaxaca

5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This Ballard Mexican restaurant serves Oaxacan specialties like sweet and savory mole negro pooled over pork ribs and tlayudas (expansive expansive crispy corn tortillas) covered in toppings like chorizo, carne asada, cheese, and cabbage, as well as an excellent ceviche with pineapple. Don’t miss out on the excellent tequila and mezcal list and cocktail list.

5431 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. The Walrus and the Carpenter

4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Award-winning chef Renee Erickson’s Ballard restaurant serves eight varieties of Washington oysters, seafood dishes like raw albacore tuna with Meyer lemon sauce and blood oranges, and snacks like beef tartare, beef shank terrine, and plates of sliced cheese, along with a long wine list and a cocktail menu. The dining room is bright and airy, and there’s a heated, covered patio with string lights for al fresco dining.

4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Salt and Iron

321 Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Shubert Ho’s Edmonds steak and oyster house serves steak frites with ribeye, filet mignon, or skirt steak, as well as with pork chops and dry-aged tuna belly. Starters include wagyu steak tartare and mussels with black garlic and tomato broth. And entrees feature creatures from the land and sea: braised lamb shank with root vegetables and lamb sugo, roasted chicken with brussel sprouts, pan seared Chilean sea bass with green lentils, and jumbo prawns, clams, and mussels in a massive white-wine seafood pot. The restaurant also offers a robust cocktail menu and wine list.

321 Main St
Edmonds, WA 98020

6. Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

601 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

This Cajun-Creole restaurant in Uptown (formerly known as Lower Queen Anne), with hundreds of candles adorning the walls and the disco ball hanging in the dining room, feels like something between a shrine in a mountain cave and 80’s Miami drug lord’s den. The menu, inspired by the cuisine of New Orleans, is expansive, with oysters on the half shell, charcuterie and cheese plates, pasta and gnochi, steaks, and six preparations of half chickens. There’s also classic Southern dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. The wine, spirits, beer, and cocktail menus are just as long.

601 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

7. Bar Dojo

8404 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds, WA 98026

Shubert Ho’s Asian-inspired Edmonds restaurant serves satisfying snacks like oysters on the half shell, pork dumplings drenched in chili oil, and shoestring fries covered in beef bulgogi and cheese. The entrees features flavors from over Asia: try the five-spice braised shortrib, the lemongrass beef and broccoli, or the chicken shoyu kaarage ramen. Dessert, too, is multicultural, with options like ube coconut flan, white chocolate yuzu cheesecake, and red miso gelato.

8404 Bowdoin Way
Edmonds, WA 98026

8. Joule

3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

James Beard Award-nominated chef Rachel Yang and partner Seif Chirchi offer simple but refined dishes at their Korean-influenced Fremont restaurant, including a smoked mackerel kedgeree and a famed kalbi short rib over grilled kimchi. Expect inventive dishes too, like smoked tofu or beef tartare with Asian pear and pine nuts. With an inviting, open space and easy-going service, Joule offers a special night out sans pretension. Sit at the bar and watch chefs plating dishes, and sip on one of Joule’s creative cocktails, like the lapsang souchong tequila drink with lime and Thai chili agave.

3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

9. The Whale Wins

3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

At award-winning chef Renee Erickson’s Fremont bistro, chefs cook bone-in ribeye steaks in a wood-fired oven, slice prosciutto, and plate piles of brussel sprouts with salted egg yolk just a few feet from tables in the dining room. It also has a pantry that offers many of the ingredients used in the dishes, like the Carman Ranch ribeye, as well as bottles of wine and sausages. Don’t leave without trying the sweet and succulent Alaskan spot prawns covered with toasty salsa macha, brightened by drizzles of lime juice and sprigs of cilantro.

3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

10. Ben Paris

130 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

This restaurant in The State Hotel near Pike Place Market is an excellent choice for Monday night date night, with its airy dining room along with an eighth-floor terrace offering views of the market and Seattle’s Great Wheel. The dinner menu includes dishes like scallop crudo, grilled octopus, and duck confit along with an extensive spirits list.

130 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

11. Bourbon Steak Seattle

1433 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Celebrity chef Michael Mina’s newest Seattle restaurant focuses on steak made from local beef, along with classic fine-dining seafood dishes like king salmon, halibut, and whole branzino. The cocktail menu — and whiskey list — is expansive. Recently, Mina started offer a special called Magnum Mondays, where a selection of magnums of wine from around the world are featured every week.

1433 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

12. Yoroshiku

1911 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

This Wallingford Izakaya serves dishes popular in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, like grilled scallops with butter and soy-sauce-marinated fried chicken. The Hokkaido chirashi bowl is loaded with ikura (salmon roe) and slices of shime-saba, mackerel that’s been cured with salt and rice vinegar to balance out the strong flavor of the fish’s oils, as well as wild salmon and tuna. The bar, with its long list of beer and sake, is a perfect place for a late-evening drink and snack. Don’t leave without grabbing some soft-serve from the restaurant’s sister Hokkaido ice cream shop, Indigo Cow.

1911 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

13. mbar

400 Fairview Ave N 14th Floor, Seattle, WA 98109

With an epic rooftop patio with views of Lake Union, the Space Needle, and myriad cranes soaring above the booming SLU neighborhood, Mbar is one hell of a spot to soak up the sun. It’s made even more memorable with a robust Middle Eastern menu with dishes like smoked eggplant croquettes, muhammara, falafel, and grilled lamb chops from the same restaurant group that owns Mamnoon, as well as some potent cocktails.

400 Fairview Ave N 14th Floor
Seattle, WA 98109

14. Lionhead

618 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

This Capitol Hill restaurant serves Sichuan classics like mapo tofu swimming in chili oil, deep fried chicken cubes littered with chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns, and velvety fried eggplant in a sweet and sour sauce with black vinegar, garlic, and ginger. Though there are other Sichuan restaurants in Seattle, Lionhead stands out for its creative cocktails with ingredients like red Sichuan peppercorn and smoked cardamom and an eye for artful presentation in its dishes.

618 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

15. Rondo Japanese Kitchen

224 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

This Capitol Hill Japanese bar and restaurant serves a dizzying array of Japanese dishes: several preparations of ramen and udon, omakase and a la carte sushi, donburis, Japanese curries, bento boxes, and snacks like smoked tuna tataki and a shooter made with uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon roe) and yuzu soy sauce on rice. The $24 chirashi bowl features many of the restaurant’s best ingredients: seared wagyu beef, crab, unagi (eel), ikura, uni, tobiko (flying fish roe), and a selection of sliced fish. 

224 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

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16. Bateau

1040 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

This nationally recognized restaurant by Renee Erickson (helmed by chef Taylor Thornhill) in Capitol Hill is a steakhouse that is a critique of steakhouses. The restaurant serves the whole cow, so what you’ll get in the five-course $125 tasting menu will likely include normally tough cuts rarely served at fine-dining restaurants like ball tip or brisket deckle that have been aged or cured to tenderize them — though the restaurant serves ribeye and filet mignon too. The beef is all grass-fed and finished at local ranches that aim to practice regenerative agriculture.

1040 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

17. Pho Bac Súp Shop

1240 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

The Pham family’s Pho Bac “boat” restaurant was a pioneer in the Vietnamese dining scene — and the more modern Pho Bac Sup Shop continues its legacy with aplomb in Little Saigon. Tender beef falls off massive beef ribs on its internet-famous pho or on the spicy bun bo hue. Enjoy the fragrant bowls of broth with cocktails made with passionfruit and mango or herbaceous drinks made with Thai basil and Vietnamese coriander in the colorful, lively space.

1240 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

18. 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 mainstay, but every dish from chef Stuart Lane is memorable. After a satisfying dinner at Spinasse, one might want to head over to next door sibling bar Artusi for a digestif and dessert. Artusi is also now offering pasta and wine deals every Sunday and Monday evening, which includes two pasta dishes and a bottle of house red or white wine for $45, plus tax and tip.

1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

19. Monsoon Seattle

615 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Monsoon is Eric and Sophie Banh’s first restaurant in Seattle, the one that launched their mini Vietnamese food empire, which now has five restaurants in the Seattle area including Ba Bar. The restaurant offers modern takes on Vietnamese classics, like fresh rolls made with avocado and raw ahi tuna, as well as excellent renditions of classic dishes like a green papaya salad made with perfectly charred shrimp. The cumin-chili lamb stir fry, made with house-fermented soybeans, is a standout, and the grilled marinated pork belly is a perennial favorite.

615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

20. Cafe Lago

2305 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Carla Leonardi’s Italian bistro has been serving Tuscan-inspired food on white tablecloths in an old brick building in Montlake since 1990. The wood-fired oven at the back of the restaurant churns out delicate, crispy pizza with classic toppings — only $10 on Mondays for customers dining in — the lasagna is some of the city’s best, and the desserts, like the pear and almond tart with whipped mascarpone, are excellent with espresso to cap off a satisfying meal.

2305 24th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

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