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Mawadda Cafe serves an array of Middle Eastern and Greek dishes.
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11 Terrific Restaurants to Check Out in Burien

One of Seattle’s neighbors to the south has plenty to offer, from Nepalese cuisine to birria, gyros, and more

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Mawadda Cafe serves an array of Middle Eastern and Greek dishes.
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Burien is packed with great restaurants. While many Seattle favorites have locations there, including Bakery Nouveau and Bok a Bok, there are plenty of Burien-born restaurants, ranging from hole-in-the-walls to fine dining. The city has a small-town character, particularly felt in the town center or Olde Burien, but a global dining scene that features cuisines from Oaxaca to Nepal. Here are some of the best Seattle’s neighbor to the south has to offer, listed from west to east.

While all the places listed offer takeout, a number of restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the King County’s COVID update page. 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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Birrieria Tijuana

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1111 SW 128th St
Burien, WA 98146
(206) 751-0031
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As the name suggests, this small restaurant inside a Mexican market specializes in birria de res, a Tijuana-style braised beef — and does it so very well. The menu offers birria served a dozen or so ways, from tortas to the extra-crispy vampiro taco. The ssoft tortilla versions are melty, meaty, and messy in the best way possible; best dipped in consume, the fatty braising liquid. Open daily for takeout and delivery.

2. El Cabrito

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14631 Ambaum Blvd SW
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 849-5449

This family run food truck turned fixed location serves excellent Oaxacan dishes like chicken in black mole and spicy braised lamb, both served with tender warm, handmade tortillas. The chicken soup, topped with avocado and tortilla chips is a perfect rainy day pick-me-up. Open daily for takeout and limited outdoor seating.

3. Classic Eats

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918 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 241-6275
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Here’s the perfect Burien spot for a boozy brunch, where one can soak up affordable mimosas with delicious stacks of french toast or shrimp and grits, while gazing at paintings of classic Harley Davidson bikes and several old Hollywood portraits, including Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn. Open for takeout and dine-in.

4. 909 Coffee & Wine

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909 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 243-7909
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This versatile destination makes for a great afternoon coffee spot as well as an excellent post-work happy hour. Cheesy roasted Brussels sprouts and a salumi platter alongside a glass of wine on the heated patio is a solid light meal. If hungrier, a full dinner menu of delicious options are available, including ricotta gnocchi with braised rabbit ragu. Open daily for takeout and dine-in.

5. Centro Neighborhood Kitchen

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643 SW 152nd St Suite A
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 420-7227
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This modern taco spot treats its veggie offerings with the same reverence as the classic asada or chicken tinga. Florets of roasted broccoli and cauliflower are topped with pickled onions and a chipotle dressing that adds a depth of flavor. Bottled homemade margaritas are strong and perfect to stay or go. Open for limited dine-in and takeout Tuesday through Saturday.

6. Royal Everest

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635 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 268-0022
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Butter chicken in a creamy tomato curry will warrant return visits to this gem. The warm-spiced lamb boti kebab made in the tandoor oven is also a highlight from the many specials cooked in the clay oven, and — in addition to Indian favorites — Royal Everest nails momos (Nepalese dumplings). Open for takeout and delivery. 

7. Snack Gyro

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15217 6th Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 353-2384
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Silky smooth hummus, honey-dripping baklava, and loaded gyro fries are a few of the main attractions at this hole-in-the-wall spot. For only $7.50 (plus tax) one can get stuffed gyros, spilling with moist lamb or beef and generously drizzled in tzatziki, alongside enticing pantry items include Moroccan sardines and Jordanian Zaatar. Open daily for takeout and dine-in.

8. Burien Press

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423 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 453-5412
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This small, but mighty coffee shop in Olde Burien serves velvety lattes and continually innovates with a rotating list of speciality drinks. There’s pizza and breakfast sandwiches, plus natural wine and beer available for delivery via the service Plants and Animals. The shop is also open daily for takeout.

9. Dukem Restaurant and Market

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215 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 453-3699

This restaurant and market may not look like much from the outside, but inside the food excels, with succulent tibs and a berbere-spiced beef served on injera in generous portions. The vegetarian combos are wonderful as well, and include delicious spiced lentils and stewed greens. Open for delivery and takeout.

10. Burien Fish House

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133 SW 153rd St
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 294-3506
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The shatteringly crispy fish and chips are just the beginning of stellar offerings from this restaurant. The fish tacos are the true star of the menu, and among the variety offered, the Northwest salmon with apple mango salsa is a standout, packing crunch and acidity in each bite. Open Monday through Saturday for takeout and limited dine-in.

11. Mawadda Cafe Burien

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14200 1st Ave S C
Burien, WA 98168
(206) 462-1316
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Tucked in a strip mall, this restaurant serves a variety of Middle Eastern and Greek dishes, including falafel with a deep-brown, crispy shell and moist fluffy center. For carnivores, there are juicy kebabs, shawarma, and lamb kofta all served with over tender yellow rice. Open daily for limited dine-in and takeout.

A table displays an assortment of kebabs, rice dishes, pita, dips, and other Middle Eastern plates
Mawadda serves a wide variety of Middle Eastern and Greek dishes.
Mawadda Cafe [Official Photo]

1. Birrieria Tijuana

1111 SW 128th St, Burien, WA 98146

As the name suggests, this small restaurant inside a Mexican market specializes in birria de res, a Tijuana-style braised beef — and does it so very well. The menu offers birria served a dozen or so ways, from tortas to the extra-crispy vampiro taco. The ssoft tortilla versions are melty, meaty, and messy in the best way possible; best dipped in consume, the fatty braising liquid. Open daily for takeout and delivery.

1111 SW 128th St
Burien, WA 98146

2. El Cabrito

14631 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien, WA 98166

This family run food truck turned fixed location serves excellent Oaxacan dishes like chicken in black mole and spicy braised lamb, both served with tender warm, handmade tortillas. The chicken soup, topped with avocado and tortilla chips is a perfect rainy day pick-me-up. Open daily for takeout and limited outdoor seating.

14631 Ambaum Blvd SW
Burien, WA 98166

3. Classic Eats

918 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

Here’s the perfect Burien spot for a boozy brunch, where one can soak up affordable mimosas with delicious stacks of french toast or shrimp and grits, while gazing at paintings of classic Harley Davidson bikes and several old Hollywood portraits, including Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn. Open for takeout and dine-in.

918 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166

4. 909 Coffee & Wine

909 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

This versatile destination makes for a great afternoon coffee spot as well as an excellent post-work happy hour. Cheesy roasted Brussels sprouts and a salumi platter alongside a glass of wine on the heated patio is a solid light meal. If hungrier, a full dinner menu of delicious options are available, including ricotta gnocchi with braised rabbit ragu. Open daily for takeout and dine-in.

909 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166

5. Centro Neighborhood Kitchen

643 SW 152nd St Suite A, Burien, WA 98166

This modern taco spot treats its veggie offerings with the same reverence as the classic asada or chicken tinga. Florets of roasted broccoli and cauliflower are topped with pickled onions and a chipotle dressing that adds a depth of flavor. Bottled homemade margaritas are strong and perfect to stay or go. Open for limited dine-in and takeout Tuesday through Saturday.

643 SW 152nd St Suite A
Burien, WA 98166

6. Royal Everest

635 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

Butter chicken in a creamy tomato curry will warrant return visits to this gem. The warm-spiced lamb boti kebab made in the tandoor oven is also a highlight from the many specials cooked in the clay oven, and — in addition to Indian favorites — Royal Everest nails momos (Nepalese dumplings). Open for takeout and delivery. 

635 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166

7. Snack Gyro

15217 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166

Silky smooth hummus, honey-dripping baklava, and loaded gyro fries are a few of the main attractions at this hole-in-the-wall spot. For only $7.50 (plus tax) one can get stuffed gyros, spilling with moist lamb or beef and generously drizzled in tzatziki, alongside enticing pantry items include Moroccan sardines and Jordanian Zaatar. Open daily for takeout and dine-in.

15217 6th Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166

8. Burien Press

423 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

This small, but mighty coffee shop in Olde Burien serves velvety lattes and continually innovates with a rotating list of speciality drinks. There’s pizza and breakfast sandwiches, plus natural wine and beer available for delivery via the service Plants and Animals. The shop is also open daily for takeout.

423 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166

9. Dukem Restaurant and Market

215 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

This restaurant and market may not look like much from the outside, but inside the food excels, with succulent tibs and a berbere-spiced beef served on injera in generous portions. The vegetarian combos are wonderful as well, and include delicious spiced lentils and stewed greens. Open for delivery and takeout.

215 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166

10. Burien Fish House

133 SW 153rd St, Burien, WA 98166

The shatteringly crispy fish and chips are just the beginning of stellar offerings from this restaurant. The fish tacos are the true star of the menu, and among the variety offered, the Northwest salmon with apple mango salsa is a standout, packing crunch and acidity in each bite. Open Monday through Saturday for takeout and limited dine-in.

133 SW 153rd St
Burien, WA 98166

11. Mawadda Cafe Burien

14200 1st Ave S C, Burien, WA 98168
A table displays an assortment of kebabs, rice dishes, pita, dips, and other Middle Eastern plates
Mawadda serves a wide variety of Middle Eastern and Greek dishes.
Mawadda Cafe [Official Photo]

Tucked in a strip mall, this restaurant serves a variety of Middle Eastern and Greek dishes, including falafel with a deep-brown, crispy shell and moist fluffy center. For carnivores, there are juicy kebabs, shawarma, and lamb kofta all served with over tender yellow rice. Open daily for limited dine-in and takeout.

14200 1st Ave S C
Burien, WA 98168

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