clock menu more-arrow no yes
The design and the pho are a cut above at Wicked Chopstix.
Jay Friedman for Eater

11 Diverse Beacon Hill Restaurants to Try

The South Seattle neighborhood has a great selection of cuisines

View as Map
The design and the pho are a cut above at Wicked Chopstix.
| Jay Friedman for Eater

Perched above the industrial district skyline, Beacon Hill is one of Seattle’s best-kept secrets. The appropriately named neighborhood has long been a safe haven for immigrants, second-generation Americans, and young visionaries with culinary tastes as diverse as their demographics.

Cruising the hilly landscape yields some excellent dining options hidden in pockets of the sprawling split-level homes. From melty Mexican breakfasts and some of Seattle’s best Neapolitan pizza to satisfying Vietnamese or Indian street food, this array of authentic culinary offerings is just a hop, skip, and jump away from the greater downtown area.

Note: Map points are listed geographically, not ranked by preference. Where do you eat in Beacon Hill? Show it some love in the comments or send us an email about it.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Baja Bistro

Copy Link
2414 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 323-0953
Visit Website

This colorful Mexican venue ideal is for breakfast with a cup of coffee or an afternoon happy hour. The dishes don’t lean too heavily on the Tex-Mex style and contain just the right amount of cheese/toppings, like the enchiladas with eggs. The friendly staff and satisfying food options complement the laid-back urban setting.

2. Travelers Thali House

Copy Link
2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 329-6260
Visit Website

This popular spot operates in a cozy house and features a rotating menu particularly friendly to vegan and vegetarian diners. The signature thali plates are perfect for those looking to sample a large variety of dishes rather than overcommitting to a few. It’s a good idea to start with the street snack gol gappa, aka pani puri: Fried semolina shells are filled with potato, boondis, and tamarind chutney and topped off with spicy pepper water for a crispy burst of flavor.

3. Perihelion Brewery

Copy Link
2800 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 200-3935
Visit Website

Well-made beer, tasty bites, a bright, cheery space, and a trendy, artistic crowd make this a popular gathering spot for the whole neighborhood. The concise menu features thoughtful takes on gastropub fare, including a tender Beacon Burger with smoked pork belly and smoked chile aioli and a chili con carne with house bacon, barbecue brisket, and butternut squash.

4. Bar del Corso

Copy Link
3057 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 395-2069
Visit Website

On the northern side of Beacon Hill sits Jerry Corso’s handsome Neapolitan-style pizzeria that packs the house on any given night. The simple design is as warm and inviting as the food, especially the margherita pie with its light, crispy crust supporting dollops of fresh mozzarella and basil. The eatery also plays frequent host to Filipino pop-up Musang, a delicious change of pace.

5. El Quetzal

Copy Link
3211 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 329-2970
Visit Website

Vibrant El Quetzal is a fun spot for an afternoon lunch, with a tasty drink menu and appetizing Mexican plates that will have patrons hooked. There’s menu is relatively straightforward, with portions that are large and distinctly satisfying. The grilled plates in particular, such as the tender carne asada, are packed with flavor.

6. Cafetal Quilombo Cafe

Copy Link
4343 15th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 602-6412
Visit Website

This cozy spot has the look and feel of a family-owned Mexican restaurant, paired with an uncomplicated menu featuring substantial eats at affordable prices, like the juicy and tender tacos or the hearty tamales.

7. Dim Sum House

Copy Link
4860 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 725-1867
Visit Website

The shanty exterior belies Dim Sum House’s delightful wares, which hold their own against the International District’s top spots. It’s fast, busy, and small, its portions are generous, and beyond the satisfying dim sum there are also excellent wonton noodle dishes perfect for a Seattle winter.

8. Wicked Chopstix

Copy Link
6021 Martin Luther king Jr way s Seattle WA
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 721-4156
Visit Website

With sleek, minimal design and huge windows that let life into the room, Wicked Chopstix is a bit more upscale than the average Vietnamese establishment, and the dishes are just as memorable. A major menu draw is the restaurant’s take on bun cha, the classic pork noodle soup here called “Bun Cha Obama” in reference to the time Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain shared bun cha in Vietnam for an episode of Bourdain’s show Parts Unknown.

Jay Friedman for Eater

9. Vientiane Asian Grocery

Copy Link
6059 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-3160
Visit Website

The name of this place masks the fact that it also has a bare-bones dining area with fantastic in-house offerings, including some of the best (and only) authentic Laotian dishes in the region. The nam khao is a heavenly crispy-rice salad, while the khao poon is a spicy, hearty soup with tender chunks of sliced beef. Really, though, anything on the menu here is well worth the price point.

10. Hoang Lan

Copy Link
7119 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-3876
Visit Website

This humble eatery has a few tables available and very little else to recommend it other than the fantastic signature dish listed on the sign outside: bun bo hue. Swimming with earthy, texturally varied pork and beef morsels, this vermicelli noodle soup may erase the term “pho” from diners’ memories.

11. Huong Duong Restaurant

Copy Link
7136 Martin Luther King Jr Way S #103
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 849-7794
Visit Website

Huong Duong encapsulates everything that Seattleites have to come to love about Vietnamese food: a clean space that focuses on dishes done simply and well at a competitive price point. While there’s no going wrong with the grilled plates or vermicelli bowls, the pho bo kho and spicy bun bo hue are absolutely addictive, and a good primer for those looking for something a little different.

1. Baja Bistro

2414 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

This colorful Mexican venue ideal is for breakfast with a cup of coffee or an afternoon happy hour. The dishes don’t lean too heavily on the Tex-Mex style and contain just the right amount of cheese/toppings, like the enchiladas with eggs. The friendly staff and satisfying food options complement the laid-back urban setting.

2414 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

2. Travelers Thali House

2524 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

This popular spot operates in a cozy house and features a rotating menu particularly friendly to vegan and vegetarian diners. The signature thali plates are perfect for those looking to sample a large variety of dishes rather than overcommitting to a few. It’s a good idea to start with the street snack gol gappa, aka pani puri: Fried semolina shells are filled with potato, boondis, and tamarind chutney and topped off with spicy pepper water for a crispy burst of flavor.

2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

3. Perihelion Brewery

2800 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Well-made beer, tasty bites, a bright, cheery space, and a trendy, artistic crowd make this a popular gathering spot for the whole neighborhood. The concise menu features thoughtful takes on gastropub fare, including a tender Beacon Burger with smoked pork belly and smoked chile aioli and a chili con carne with house bacon, barbecue brisket, and butternut squash.

2800 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

4. Bar del Corso

3057 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

On the northern side of Beacon Hill sits Jerry Corso’s handsome Neapolitan-style pizzeria that packs the house on any given night. The simple design is as warm and inviting as the food, especially the margherita pie with its light, crispy crust supporting dollops of fresh mozzarella and basil. The eatery also plays frequent host to Filipino pop-up Musang, a delicious change of pace.

3057 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

5. El Quetzal

3211 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Vibrant El Quetzal is a fun spot for an afternoon lunch, with a tasty drink menu and appetizing Mexican plates that will have patrons hooked. There’s menu is relatively straightforward, with portions that are large and distinctly satisfying. The grilled plates in particular, such as the tender carne asada, are packed with flavor.

3211 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

6. Cafetal Quilombo Cafe

4343 15th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

This cozy spot has the look and feel of a family-owned Mexican restaurant, paired with an uncomplicated menu featuring substantial eats at affordable prices, like the juicy and tender tacos or the hearty tamales.

4343 15th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

7. Dim Sum House

4860 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

The shanty exterior belies Dim Sum House’s delightful wares, which hold their own against the International District’s top spots. It’s fast, busy, and small, its portions are generous, and beyond the satisfying dim sum there are also excellent wonton noodle dishes perfect for a Seattle winter.

4860 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

8. Wicked Chopstix

6021 Martin Luther king Jr way s Seattle WA, Seattle, WA 98118
Jay Friedman for Eater

With sleek, minimal design and huge windows that let life into the room, Wicked Chopstix is a bit more upscale than the average Vietnamese establishment, and the dishes are just as memorable. A major menu draw is the restaurant’s take on bun cha, the classic pork noodle soup here called “Bun Cha Obama” in reference to the time Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain shared bun cha in Vietnam for an episode of Bourdain’s show Parts Unknown.

6021 Martin Luther king Jr way s Seattle WA
Seattle, WA 98118

9. Vientiane Asian Grocery

6059 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118

The name of this place masks the fact that it also has a bare-bones dining area with fantastic in-house offerings, including some of the best (and only) authentic Laotian dishes in the region. The nam khao is a heavenly crispy-rice salad, while the khao poon is a spicy, hearty soup with tender chunks of sliced beef. Really, though, anything on the menu here is well worth the price point.

6059 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

10. Hoang Lan

7119 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118

This humble eatery has a few tables available and very little else to recommend it other than the fantastic signature dish listed on the sign outside: bun bo hue. Swimming with earthy, texturally varied pork and beef morsels, this vermicelli noodle soup may erase the term “pho” from diners’ memories.

7119 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

11. Huong Duong Restaurant

7136 Martin Luther King Jr Way S #103, Seattle, WA 98118

Huong Duong encapsulates everything that Seattleites have to come to love about Vietnamese food: a clean space that focuses on dishes done simply and well at a competitive price point. While there’s no going wrong with the grilled plates or vermicelli bowls, the pho bo kho and spicy bun bo hue are absolutely addictive, and a good primer for those looking for something a little different.

7136 Martin Luther King Jr Way S #103
Seattle, WA 98118

Related Maps