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Finish a Meal Strong With Must-Have Seattle Restaurant Desserts

Say yes to the dessert menu, even if you're full

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Dessert Thali at Poppy.
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Sweets Week wouldn't be complete without a list of restaurants in Seattle who have the ultimate digestifs: slices of cake, pieces of pie, chewy cookies, rich or refreshing ice cream, and decadent donuts available for a pleasant end to a satisfying dinner out. (Digestif is French for dessert, right?)

When you're in the mood for something sugary, but don't have the self-control to allow an entire coconut cream pie in your house, you need to find the place for a delicious bite that has a full stop at the end. That's what this list is for: the best finish to any meal — or even a glorious replacement for dinner all together.

Note: Map points are listed roughly south to north and are not ranked by preference. Have a favorite way to cap off dinner? Show it some love in the comments, send an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dahlia Lounge

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2001 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 682-4142
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The Triple Coconut Cream Pie is truly a Seattle institution — Tom Douglas has been making it for more than 25 years, and it has President Obama's seal of approval. With coconut in its crust, in its smooth custard filling, and resting atop its whipped cream as toasted flakes, this pie is a must-try at the end of a meal at any Douglas restaurant, even if it's not listed on the menu (the restaurateur keeps a back-up in every kitchen).

2. Canlis

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2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-3313
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Anticipation is an extra ingredient in the Canlis soufflé, which takes 30 minutes to prepare. giving you ample time to enjoy your fine surroundings. The classic dessert, embossed with a Canlis “C,” drips with crème Anglaise; its texture is heavenly, its flavor redolent of Grand Marnier and orange zest. The wait is well worth it.

3. Poppy

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622 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 324-1108
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Poppy’s Thalis, platters served individually to each guest with a variety of small dishes, allow you to sample the best of the restaurant. And no trip to Jerry Traunfeld’s Capitol Hill digs would be complete without a sweet Thali for two. The dessert option highlights house-made ice cream, pies, chocolate terrine, and more.

4. Bottlehouse

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1416 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 708-7164
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This neighborhood wine oasis boasts a killer vino list and a standout dessert board, ranging from cheese (curated by an in-house cheesemonger) to truffles. The best bet? The rotating pot de créme. With flavors like tawny port, dark chocolate vermouth, and lavender mint, it's a worthy reward for climbing the hill to Madrona.

5. Single Shot

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611 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 420-2238
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Perhaps the best ice cream in Seattle doesn’t come from an ice cream shop — it’s handmade in small batches for the customers of Capitol Hill’s Single Shot. Rotating options have included Chartreuse chocolate chip, Bailey’s, wild huckleberry, and crème fraîche — the flavors are often unexpected, always delicious.

6. Delancey

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1415 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 838-1960
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The beauty of Delancey is its simplicity — ridiculously good pizza, a couple of fresh salads, and an out-of-this-world cookie. The chocolate chip cookie with grey sea salt is available fresh from the oven or in its raw dough form for you to take home and do what you like with it (i.e. eat with a spoon immediately).

7. Ba Bar

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550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-2030
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Ba Bar’s fancy pho and other Vietnamese specialties are enough to get lines of people in the door. However, the best thing about Ba Bar might just be its pastry shelf. Macaroons, påté chaud, pineapple upside-down cake, the dessert formerly known as Cronuts™ — everything you can get here is a home run.

8. RN74

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1433 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 456-7474
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It’s easy to get lost in the sea of Downtown restaurants. While some are good, many simply aren't on par with the rest of Seattle's dining scene. Luckily, there's RN74 to save the day. If you find yourself Downtown and craving something sweet, head to the French eatery for hand-cut beignets, served warm with salted caramel and Macallan 12 butterscotch custard.

9. Gainsbourg

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8550 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 781-2224
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Greenwood's dimly lit French lounge is famous for its absinthe, reasonable prices, and decadent desserts. Get the strawberry Cava cheesecake — and an actual glass of bubbles to go with it.

10. Super Six

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3714 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 420-1201
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Cheap can be bad — but cheap can be so, so good. The Portuguese-Hawaiian specialty at Super Six, the malasada, is the perfect example. These little doughnuts with lilikoi caramel will only set you back four bucks, and they will likely be the best things you eat all day.

11. Vestal

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513 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 456-2660
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It’s rare to see a borderline health food like zucchini cake cluttering a best restaurant dessert list, but have faith that Vestal’s version with huckleberries, corn ice cream, and candied squash blossom deserves its spot.

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1. Dahlia Lounge

2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
The Triple Coconut Cream Pie is truly a Seattle institution — Tom Douglas has been making it for more than 25 years, and it has President Obama's seal of approval. With coconut in its crust, in its smooth custard filling, and resting atop its whipped cream as toasted flakes, this pie is a must-try at the end of a meal at any Douglas restaurant, even if it's not listed on the menu (the restaurateur keeps a back-up in every kitchen).
2001 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

2. Canlis

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Anticipation is an extra ingredient in the Canlis soufflé, which takes 30 minutes to prepare. giving you ample time to enjoy your fine surroundings. The classic dessert, embossed with a Canlis “C,” drips with crème Anglaise; its texture is heavenly, its flavor redolent of Grand Marnier and orange zest. The wait is well worth it.
2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

3. Poppy

622 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Poppy’s Thalis, platters served individually to each guest with a variety of small dishes, allow you to sample the best of the restaurant. And no trip to Jerry Traunfeld’s Capitol Hill digs would be complete without a sweet Thali for two. The dessert option highlights house-made ice cream, pies, chocolate terrine, and more.
622 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

4. Bottlehouse

1416 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
This neighborhood wine oasis boasts a killer vino list and a standout dessert board, ranging from cheese (curated by an in-house cheesemonger) to truffles. The best bet? The rotating pot de créme. With flavors like tawny port, dark chocolate vermouth, and lavender mint, it's a worthy reward for climbing the hill to Madrona.
1416 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Single Shot

611 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Perhaps the best ice cream in Seattle doesn’t come from an ice cream shop — it’s handmade in small batches for the customers of Capitol Hill’s Single Shot. Rotating options have included Chartreuse chocolate chip, Bailey’s, wild huckleberry, and crème fraîche — the flavors are often unexpected, always delicious.
611 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

6. Delancey

1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117
The beauty of Delancey is its simplicity — ridiculously good pizza, a couple of fresh salads, and an out-of-this-world cookie. The chocolate chip cookie with grey sea salt is available fresh from the oven or in its raw dough form for you to take home and do what you like with it (i.e. eat with a spoon immediately).
1415 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117

7. Ba Bar

550 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Ba Bar’s fancy pho and other Vietnamese specialties are enough to get lines of people in the door. However, the best thing about Ba Bar might just be its pastry shelf. Macaroons, påté chaud, pineapple upside-down cake, the dessert formerly known as Cronuts™ — everything you can get here is a home run.
550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

8. RN74

1433 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
It’s easy to get lost in the sea of Downtown restaurants. While some are good, many simply aren't on par with the rest of Seattle's dining scene. Luckily, there's RN74 to save the day. If you find yourself Downtown and craving something sweet, head to the French eatery for hand-cut beignets, served warm with salted caramel and Macallan 12 butterscotch custard.
1433 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

9. Gainsbourg

8550 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Greenwood's dimly lit French lounge is famous for its absinthe, reasonable prices, and decadent desserts. Get the strawberry Cava cheesecake — and an actual glass of bubbles to go with it.
8550 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

10. Super Six

3714 S Hudson St, Seattle, WA 98118
Cheap can be bad — but cheap can be so, so good. The Portuguese-Hawaiian specialty at Super Six, the malasada, is the perfect example. These little doughnuts with lilikoi caramel will only set you back four bucks, and they will likely be the best things you eat all day.
3714 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118

11. Vestal

513 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
It’s rare to see a borderline health food like zucchini cake cluttering a best restaurant dessert list, but have faith that Vestal’s version with huckleberries, corn ice cream, and candied squash blossom deserves its spot.
513 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

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