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The Benny torta (with beef, ham, and bacon) at El Fat Cat Grill in Kennewick
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Great Places to Eat in the Tri-Cities

Find tortas, curry-marinated chicken tacos, great steak and wine, seafood, and more fantastic food options in the Columbia Basin

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The Benny torta (with beef, ham, and bacon) at El Fat Cat Grill in Kennewick
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Located in southeastern Washington’s Columbia Basin, the Tri-Cities are home to several hundred thousand who live near the convergence of three rivers — the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima. The Tri-Cities encompass Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, and the region’s economy is fueled in part by its proximity to those rivers, the irrigation they provide, and the bounty of foods that can be grown as a result. In true farm-to-table form, many of the region’s top restaurants utilize meats and produce harvested nearby. Here, a guide to the utterly essential ones for visitors to try.

Though all the restaurants and bars on the list offer takeout, a number have resumed limited outdoor or indoor dining as well. 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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Monterosso's Italian Restaurant

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1026 Lee Blvd
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 946-4525
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Monterosso’s opened in 1995, but its vessel — a vintage Pullman dining car — dates back to 1947. It’s the appropriate digs for an old-school Italian restaurant known for lasagna, manicotti, and capellini, as well as an inviting ambience, cooking classes, and wine dinners. Diners can enjoy sausage stuffed mushrooms or a classic Bolognese in Monterosso’s dining room, on the patio, or grab a family meal to go for up to four.

A plate of tortellini with spinach and cream sauce
Monterosso’s specializes in Italian fare.
Monterosso’s [Official Photo]

2. Lu Lu Craft Bar and Kitchen

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606 Columbia Point Dr
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 713-7880
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Since it opened in 2016, this hot spot has been known for its farm-to-table approach. Much of the produce is sourced locally, and its beef comes from Easterday Ranches — a farm operated by the family behind the restaurant. The menu features a fennel and endive salad with cauliflower and hearts of palm, a green chile cheeseburger with hand-cut fries, and steelhead seared with smoked sea salt and honey. Open for dine-in service and takeout, as well as delivery through DoorDash.

Bacon, egg, and cheese, next to a biscuit and a pile of hashbrowns
Lu Lu serves an all-day menu of comfort food.
Lu Lu Craft Bar and Kitchen [Official Photo]

3. Anthony's at Columbia Point

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550 Columbia Point Dr
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 946-3474
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Customers at the Richland restaurant — part of a larger chain — can anticipate menu items featuring rhubarb from EG Richter Family Farm in Puyallup, along with wild Alaska halibut with citrus butter and hazelnut topped with rhubarb coulis . In summer, Copper and Yukon River salmon plates are likely to be served with peach-nectarine salsa made with stone fruits from Pasco’s Douglas Fruits. Open for dine-in, curbside pickup, and delivery.

4. Fiction at J. Bookwalter

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894 Tulip Ln
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 627-5000
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Local chef Francisco Mendoza leads the crew at the J. Bookwalter winery’s restaurant. Meaty plates, including the beef tenderloin from Double-R Ranch served with garlic butter mashed potatoes, pair nicely with the restaurant’s extensive list of red wines and cocktails. Fiction’s menu changes with the seasons to highlight eastern Washington’s bounty, and everything is best enjoyed on the vineyard-facing patio. Open for takeout as well.

5. 3 Eyed Fish Wine Kitchen and Bar

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1970 Keene Rd
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 628-3255
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Lu Lu’s sibling restaurant is packed with family recipes, including parmesan crusted cod with lemon beurre blanc and capers. The restaurant and bar are well-stocked with Washington wines, from places like Hence Cellars and Waterbrook Winery, and the cocktail list includes an indigo martini and a three-tequila margarita. Open for indoor and outdoor dining, including seating on a roomy patio and sky deck.

3 Eyed Fish Wine Kitchen and Bar’s outdoor deck and patio with fields in the background, and empty tables and chairs
The deck at 3 Eyed Fish Wine Kitchen and Bar is a great warm-weather outdoor dining option.
3 Eyed Fish Wine Kitchen and Bar [Official Photo]

6. Sage Port Grille

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1633 Columbia Park Trail
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 783-9105
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Customers at Richland’s biker-influenced and memorabilia-covered haunt order food under a giant red sailfish covered in racing flames. The down-home breakfast and lunch plates are a hit with locals, including the seasonal orange French toast and the SagePort Stax with hash browns, Situated on the west bank of the Columbia River and open for indoor and outdoor dining, SagePort Grille is a great stop pre- or post-exploration of nearby Bateman Island.

A large sailfish statue with racing flames hangs at Sage Port Grille.
The colorful biker-themed decor is part of the charm at Sage Port Grille.
Sage Port Grille [Official Photo]

7. Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar

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1321 N Columbia Center Blvd Suite 901A
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 735-3411
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Located at the Columbia River Mall, the ten-year-old Kennewick favorite was the Twigs’s franchise first attempt at expansion. Today, the restaurant offers modern fare like a pan-seared wild Alaskan salmon over cilantro citrus rice with veggies and a roasted red pepper corn relish, and — for dessert — fried, powdered sugar-covered doughnut holes served with caramel, chocolate, and Amaretto cream sauces for dipping. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

Powdered sugar-covered doughnut holes, next to various sweet dipping sauces
Powdered sugar-covered doughnut holes
Twigs Bistro [Official Photo]

8. El Fat Cat Grill

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539 N Edison St
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 546-1413
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The bright red restaurant on wheels serves up breakfast and lunch on weekdays behind a self-service car wash — and its lengthy lines are an indicator of its popularity with locals. The cash-only menu reflects owner Felix Sanchez’s appreciation for complexity, spice, and experimentation, from the curry-marinated chicken tacos to the firecracker burger with Thai chili and habanero sauce. Open for takeout, and picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A selection of meat-filled tacos drizzled with sauce and toppings, alongside a slice of lime
The tacos at El Fat Cat Grill are some of the best in the Tri-Cities.
El Fat Cat Grill [Official Photo]

1. Monterosso's Italian Restaurant

1026 Lee Blvd, Richland, WA 99352
A plate of tortellini with spinach and cream sauce
Monterosso’s specializes in Italian fare.
Monterosso’s [Official Photo]

Monterosso’s opened in 1995, but its vessel — a vintage Pullman dining car — dates back to 1947. It’s the appropriate digs for an old-school Italian restaurant known for lasagna, manicotti, and capellini, as well as an inviting ambience, cooking classes, and wine dinners. Diners can enjoy sausage stuffed mushrooms or a classic Bolognese in Monterosso’s dining room, on the patio, or grab a family meal to go for up to four.

1026 Lee Blvd
Richland, WA 99352

2. Lu Lu Craft Bar and Kitchen

606 Columbia Point Dr, Richland, WA 99352
Bacon, egg, and cheese, next to a biscuit and a pile of hashbrowns
Lu Lu serves an all-day menu of comfort food.
Lu Lu Craft Bar and Kitchen [Official Photo]

Since it opened in 2016, this hot spot has been known for its farm-to-table approach. Much of the produce is sourced locally, and its beef comes from Easterday Ranches — a farm operated by the family behind the restaurant. The menu features a fennel and endive salad with cauliflower and hearts of palm, a green chile cheeseburger with hand-cut fries, and steelhead seared with smoked sea salt and honey. Open for dine-in service and takeout, as well as delivery through DoorDash.

606 Columbia Point Dr
Richland, WA 99352

3. Anthony's at Columbia Point

550 Columbia Point Dr, Richland, WA 99352

Customers at the Richland restaurant — part of a larger chain — can anticipate menu items featuring rhubarb from EG Richter Family Farm in Puyallup, along with wild Alaska halibut with citrus butter and hazelnut topped with rhubarb coulis . In summer, Copper and Yukon River salmon plates are likely to be served with peach-nectarine salsa made with stone fruits from Pasco’s Douglas Fruits. Open for dine-in, curbside pickup, and delivery.

550 Columbia Point Dr
Richland, WA 99352

4. Fiction at J. Bookwalter

894 Tulip Ln, Richland, WA 99352

Local chef Francisco Mendoza leads the crew at the J. Bookwalter winery’s restaurant. Meaty plates, including the beef tenderloin from Double-R Ranch served with garlic butter mashed potatoes, pair nicely with the restaurant’s extensive list of red wines and cocktails. Fiction’s menu changes with the seasons to highlight eastern Washington’s bounty, and everything is best enjoyed on the vineyard-facing patio. Open for takeout as well.

894 Tulip Ln
Richland, WA 99352

5. 3 Eyed Fish Wine Kitchen and Bar

1970 Keene Rd, Richland, WA 99352
3 Eyed Fish Wine Kitchen and Bar’s outdoor deck and patio with fields in the background, and empty tables and chairs
The deck at 3 Eyed Fish Wine Kitchen and Bar is a great warm-weather outdoor dining option.
3 Eyed Fish Wine Kitchen and Bar [Official Photo]

Lu Lu’s sibling restaurant is packed with family recipes, including parmesan crusted cod with lemon beurre blanc and capers. The restaurant and bar are well-stocked with Washington wines, from places like Hence Cellars and Waterbrook Winery, and the cocktail list includes an indigo martini and a three-tequila margarita. Open for indoor and outdoor dining, including seating on a roomy patio and sky deck.

1970 Keene Rd
Richland, WA 99352

6. Sage Port Grille

1633 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, WA 99352
A large sailfish statue with racing flames hangs at Sage Port Grille.
The colorful biker-themed decor is part of the charm at Sage Port Grille.
Sage Port Grille [Official Photo]

Customers at Richland’s biker-influenced and memorabilia-covered haunt order food under a giant red sailfish covered in racing flames. The down-home breakfast and lunch plates are a hit with locals, including the seasonal orange French toast and the SagePort Stax with hash browns, Situated on the west bank of the Columbia River and open for indoor and outdoor dining, SagePort Grille is a great stop pre- or post-exploration of nearby Bateman Island.

1633 Columbia Park Trail
Richland, WA 99352

7. Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar

1321 N Columbia Center Blvd Suite 901A, Kennewick, WA 99336
Powdered sugar-covered doughnut holes, next to various sweet dipping sauces
Powdered sugar-covered doughnut holes
Twigs Bistro [Official Photo]

Located at the Columbia River Mall, the ten-year-old Kennewick favorite was the Twigs’s franchise first attempt at expansion. Today, the restaurant offers modern fare like a pan-seared wild Alaskan salmon over cilantro citrus rice with veggies and a roasted red pepper corn relish, and — for dessert — fried, powdered sugar-covered doughnut holes served with caramel, chocolate, and Amaretto cream sauces for dipping. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

1321 N Columbia Center Blvd Suite 901A
Kennewick, WA 99336

8. El Fat Cat Grill

539 N Edison St, Kennewick, WA 99336
A selection of meat-filled tacos drizzled with sauce and toppings, alongside a slice of lime
The tacos at El Fat Cat Grill are some of the best in the Tri-Cities.
El Fat Cat Grill [Official Photo]

The bright red restaurant on wheels serves up breakfast and lunch on weekdays behind a self-service car wash — and its lengthy lines are an indicator of its popularity with locals. The cash-only menu reflects owner Felix Sanchez’s appreciation for complexity, spice, and experimentation, from the curry-marinated chicken tacos to the firecracker burger with Thai chili and habanero sauce. Open for takeout, and picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

539 N Edison St
Kennewick, WA 99336

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