The Eater 38 is an attempt to recognize the most quintessential Seattle restaurants, ones that best exemplify the city’s thriving culinary scene and an answer to the question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” Throughout the pandemic, many local spots struggled to endure, but also showed innovation, heart, and, of course, a dedication to quality food, no matter how it’s served. Now that indoor dining can resume at full capacity in Washington, quite a few destinations around Seattle are returning to a familiar form of hospitality, while holding on to some adjustments that may last for the long term. Here are the places that display the wonders of eating in Seattle, listed from north to south. Note that removal from the list does not mean a restaurant isn’t still great and won’t return in the future (many often do), but allows for new additions, keeping the 38 fresh.
Added to the 38 in July: Chef Kristi Brown’s wonderful Central District destination Communion, Preeti Agarwal’s contemporary Indian restaurant Meesha in Fremont, and Mike Easton’s Italian-leaning gem Il Nido at the Alki Homestead
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here. 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.Read More