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Sushi restaurant Mashiko emphasizes sustainably sourced seafood.
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15 Wonderful Places to Eat in West Seattle

The neighborhood has everything from sustainable sushi to smoked meats to Hawaiian-Korean dishes

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Sushi restaurant Mashiko emphasizes sustainably sourced seafood.
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West Seattle is renowned for its laid-back vibe, beautiful views, and, of course, the closest thing this area has to a Southern California boardwalk beach in Alki. But it’s also been hit especially hard over the past year, not just by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the closure of the West Seattle bridge, which has been closed for over a year after the city discovered growing cracks and deemed it unsafe for passage. Still, those in the neighborhood know there is plenty to offer in the culinary realm, even at a more scaled back capacity. Here’s an overview of the best restaurants in the neighborhood, listed from north to south.

All places listed offer takeout, but a number of Seattle restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining as well. 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. Marination Ma Kai

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1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 328-8226
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This scenic part of the Marination restaurant group spawned from a popular food truck. Owners Roz Edison and Kamala Saxton fuse Korean and Hawaiian fare for a culinary experience that includes Spam sliders, kalua pork tacos, mac salad, and kimchi fried rice. Open for takeout with to-go cocktails as well, plus an outdoor patio opening Friday, April 8.

Marination Ma Kai’s scenic patio overlooking Seattle with orange umbrellas and tables.
Marination Ma Kai has a scenic patio overlooking Seattle.
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2. Il Nido

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2717 61st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 466-6265
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Acclaimed chef Mike Easton turned the historic Alki Homestead into a destination dining experience, with his famed pastas and meaty entrees, such as the coveted seared ribeye. Easton also recently added Roman-style pizza to the menu, and aims to make the restaurant more accessible with a new “aperitivo hour,” a patio, and no reservations. Open for dine-in only.

3. Itto's Tapas

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4160 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-5039
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West Seattle’s Spanish and Moroccan tapas bar has been a longtime favorite in the neighborhood, and it debuted a new takeout menu during the pandemic. The tapas here are both tasty and artful, such as the squid a la plancha in a romesco sauce atop saffron rice and the vegetarian maakooda (a Moroccan spiced potato cake with harissa aol). Its patio is open as well.

4. Ma'ono

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4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-1075
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One of the spots that diners travel from all over Seattle to sample, this Hawaiian-influenced fried chicken mainstay is now open for takeout and delivery through Caviar, as well as some limited indoor dining. Items include the popular fried birds, mac n’ kimcheese, triple garlic fried rice, and whole banana cream pies.

Top-down view of a plate of Ma’ono’s fried chicken surrounded by an array of sides.
Ma’ono’s fried chicken is among the best in the city.
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5. Supreme

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4521 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 257-4767
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This pizzeria is starting to become a West Seattle institution, with a decadent Hawaiian-style pizza topped with portuguese sausage, pineapple, and jalapeno. Available for takeout and delivery via Caviar, and some limited dine-in service.

6. Lady Jaye

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4523 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 457-4029
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This restaurant has a 2,000-pound, applewood-fueled smoker called “Cletus” serving up bulgogi short ribs, birria tortas, and smoked bologna sandwiches, among other meaty items. They all pair nicely with a bourbon and rye-heavy cocktail menu — featuring a smoked old fashioned, naturally. It’s all available to go, but the patio is also open.

7. Moto

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4526 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 420-8880
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The thick slices at this new pizzeria is so highly sought out, there’s currently a months-long waiting list. Part of that is because it’s such a small operation (in a holdout home) that uses a deliberate process in an 18th century wood trough oven to bake the pies, which chef Lee Kindell says gives his creations an airy crust. For those who don’t want to wait weeks and weeks for pizza, the restaurant also has some stellar soft serve available on occasion for walk-ins.

8. Easy Street Records and Cafe

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4559 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 938-3279
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This secret diner inside the city’s iconic record shop serves what’s perhaps West Seattle’s best breakfast and brunch menu — and possibly its cheapest too. Music-themed items available include for the New Wave-Os Rancheros, the Notorious B&G (biscuits and gravy), and the Johnny Cash special (steak and eggs). The cafe is open for takeout and delivery via Doordash.

9. Haymaker

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4706 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 946-6994
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Star chef Brian Clevenger’s fifth restaurant has made an impression with a mix of excellent Italian dishes and PNW fare (there’s another location in Eastlake). Most of the food highlights just three key ingredients, such as conchiglie with english pea, wild mushroom, and mint. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

10. Husky Deli & Catering & Ice Cream

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4721 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 937-2810
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The longtime deli/market/sweets shop has an excellent selection of breakfast sandwiches, panini, and burritos — and customers should make sure to make room for its popular ice cream, which always hits the spot. Limited delivery is available for those in West Seattle with a $50 minimum.

11. Mashiko

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4725 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-4339
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Sustainable sushi is at the core of this West Seattle gem. Although founding chef Hajime Sato stepped away from the restaurant in 2019, he left it in good hands, with a staff that carries on the ethos of carefully sourced fish. On the current takeout menu are “quarantine for two” meals, which include selections such as chef’s choice rolls, curry, and yaki udon, but there is also some limited dine-in service.

12. Phoenecia

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4717 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 492-5694
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This Lebanese restaurant has been a West Seattle staple for decades, and recently underwent a revamp when it moved to a new location a block away. Staying the same is menu of popular pizzas, balsamic-braised lamb shank, and desserts like baklava and rose ice cream. Available for takeout, limited dine-in, and delivery though Grubhub, Doordash, and Uber Eats.

A large crystal chandelier at Phoenecia.
Phoenecia recently relocated and made upgrades.
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13. Bakery Nouveau

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4737 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 923-0534
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A bit of a throwback to mid-century European cafes, this is a powerhouse pastry shop, chocolate maker, and lunch spot, offering sandwiches and quiches alongside a lineup of sweet delicacies that includes the unbeatable twice-baked almond croissant. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday for takeout with online preorders.

Croissants on a baking rack at Bakery Nouveau.
Croissants at Bakery Nouveau
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14. Falafel Salam

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4746 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 325-2335
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Chef and owner Shimi Kahn first introduced diners to his Middle Eastern menu at the Fremont farmers market, showing off local sourcing, great vegan options, and seasonal fermentation. He’s now taken it all to a West Seattle space, serving tender-inside falafel and chicken schwarma bathed in a tzatziki and green chile sauce. Available for takeout with online preorders, as well as delivery through Doordash and Grubhub.

<span data-author="4165741">Falafel</span><span data-author="2187728"> plates with tzatziki and pita at Falafel Salam.</span>
Falafel plates with tzatziki and pita
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15. Grillbird Teriyaki

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6501 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 402-4388
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It’s difficult to put a fresh spin on teriyaki in this city, but West Seattle’s newest fast casual restaurant tries its best, making all the selections both halal and gluten free (using tamari for the sauce instead of soy). The classic chicken features a smoky char, and there are pot roast and steak offerings, as well as vegan options. Available for takeout and delivery without third-party apps.

1. Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
Marination Ma Kai’s scenic patio overlooking Seattle with orange umbrellas and tables.
Marination Ma Kai has a scenic patio overlooking Seattle.
Marination/Facebook

This scenic part of the Marination restaurant group spawned from a popular food truck. Owners Roz Edison and Kamala Saxton fuse Korean and Hawaiian fare for a culinary experience that includes Spam sliders, kalua pork tacos, mac salad, and kimchi fried rice. Open for takeout with to-go cocktails as well, plus an outdoor patio opening Friday, April 8.

1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

2. Il Nido

2717 61st Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Acclaimed chef Mike Easton turned the historic Alki Homestead into a destination dining experience, with his famed pastas and meaty entrees, such as the coveted seared ribeye. Easton also recently added Roman-style pizza to the menu, and aims to make the restaurant more accessible with a new “aperitivo hour,” a patio, and no reservations. Open for dine-in only.

2717 61st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

3. Itto's Tapas

4160 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

West Seattle’s Spanish and Moroccan tapas bar has been a longtime favorite in the neighborhood, and it debuted a new takeout menu during the pandemic. The tapas here are both tasty and artful, such as the squid a la plancha in a romesco sauce atop saffron rice and the vegetarian maakooda (a Moroccan spiced potato cake with harissa aol). Its patio is open as well.

4160 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

4. Ma'ono

4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Top-down view of a plate of Ma’ono’s fried chicken surrounded by an array of sides.
Ma’ono’s fried chicken is among the best in the city.
Ma’ono/Facebook

One of the spots that diners travel from all over Seattle to sample, this Hawaiian-influenced fried chicken mainstay is now open for takeout and delivery through Caviar, as well as some limited indoor dining. Items include the popular fried birds, mac n’ kimcheese, triple garlic fried rice, and whole banana cream pies.

4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

5. Supreme

4521 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

This pizzeria is starting to become a West Seattle institution, with a decadent Hawaiian-style pizza topped with portuguese sausage, pineapple, and jalapeno. Available for takeout and delivery via Caviar, and some limited dine-in service.

4521 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

6. Lady Jaye

4523 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

This restaurant has a 2,000-pound, applewood-fueled smoker called “Cletus” serving up bulgogi short ribs, birria tortas, and smoked bologna sandwiches, among other meaty items. They all pair nicely with a bourbon and rye-heavy cocktail menu — featuring a smoked old fashioned, naturally. It’s all available to go, but the patio is also open.

4523 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

7. Moto

4526 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

The thick slices at this new pizzeria is so highly sought out, there’s currently a months-long waiting list. Part of that is because it’s such a small operation (in a holdout home) that uses a deliberate process in an 18th century wood trough oven to bake the pies, which chef Lee Kindell says gives his creations an airy crust. For those who don’t want to wait weeks and weeks for pizza, the restaurant also has some stellar soft serve available on occasion for walk-ins.

4526 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

8. Easy Street Records and Cafe

4559 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

This secret diner inside the city’s iconic record shop serves what’s perhaps West Seattle’s best breakfast and brunch menu — and possibly its cheapest too. Music-themed items available include for the New Wave-Os Rancheros, the Notorious B&G (biscuits and gravy), and the Johnny Cash special (steak and eggs). The cafe is open for takeout and delivery via Doordash.

4559 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

9. Haymaker

4706 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Star chef Brian Clevenger’s fifth restaurant has made an impression with a mix of excellent Italian dishes and PNW fare (there’s another location in Eastlake). Most of the food highlights just three key ingredients, such as conchiglie with english pea, wild mushroom, and mint. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

4706 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

10. Husky Deli & Catering & Ice Cream

4721 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

The longtime deli/market/sweets shop has an excellent selection of breakfast sandwiches, panini, and burritos — and customers should make sure to make room for its popular ice cream, which always hits the spot. Limited delivery is available for those in West Seattle with a $50 minimum.

4721 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

11. Mashiko

4725 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Sustainable sushi is at the core of this West Seattle gem. Although founding chef Hajime Sato stepped away from the restaurant in 2019, he left it in good hands, with a staff that carries on the ethos of carefully sourced fish. On the current takeout menu are “quarantine for two” meals, which include selections such as chef’s choice rolls, curry, and yaki udon, but there is also some limited dine-in service.

4725 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

12. Phoenecia

4717 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
A large crystal chandelier at Phoenecia.
Phoenecia recently relocated and made upgrades.
Patrick Robinson

This Lebanese restaurant has been a West Seattle staple for decades, and recently underwent a revamp when it moved to a new location a block away. Staying the same is menu of popular pizzas, balsamic-braised lamb shank, and desserts like baklava and rose ice cream. Available for takeout, limited dine-in, and delivery though Grubhub, Doordash, and Uber Eats.

4717 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

13. Bakery Nouveau

4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Croissants on a baking rack at Bakery Nouveau.
Croissants at Bakery Nouveau
Suzi Pratt

A bit of a throwback to mid-century European cafes, this is a powerhouse pastry shop, chocolate maker, and lunch spot, offering sandwiches and quiches alongside a lineup of sweet delicacies that includes the unbeatable twice-baked almond croissant. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday for takeout with online preorders.

4737 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

14. Falafel Salam

4746 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
<span data-author="4165741">Falafel</span><span data-author="2187728"> plates with tzatziki and pita at Falafel Salam.</span>
Falafel plates with tzatziki and pita
Falafel Salam/Facebook

Chef and owner Shimi Kahn first introduced diners to his Middle Eastern menu at the Fremont farmers market, showing off local sourcing, great vegan options, and seasonal fermentation. He’s now taken it all to a West Seattle space, serving tender-inside falafel and chicken schwarma bathed in a tzatziki and green chile sauce. Available for takeout with online preorders, as well as delivery through Doordash and Grubhub.

4746 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

15. Grillbird Teriyaki

6501 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

It’s difficult to put a fresh spin on teriyaki in this city, but West Seattle’s newest fast casual restaurant tries its best, making all the selections both halal and gluten free (using tamari for the sauce instead of soy). The classic chicken features a smoky char, and there are pot roast and steak offerings, as well as vegan options. Available for takeout and delivery without third-party apps.

6501 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

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