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Hot pot is a perfect shared meal, and Hai Di Lao has large tables with multiple hot pots for large groups.
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13 Great Seattle Restaurants for Big Group Dinners

Restaurants with large tables and big plates to share

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Hot pot is a perfect shared meal, and Hai Di Lao has large tables with multiple hot pots for large groups.
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Seattle’s dining scene is blessed with many small, independent, chef-owned restaurants. That can make things a little difficult, though, when planning a big group dinner out. But if you know where to look, there a restaurants willing to accommodate large groups that serve anything from hot pot and Sichuan grilled fish to bratwurst and Texas-style brisket. The following restaurants all accommodate large groups, and most serve their dishes family-style, with large portions meant to be shared. Coming with a party of six or more? It’s generally recommended to call in a reservation (or book one online) beforehand.

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Enat Ethiopian Restaurant

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Ethiopian cuisine is a go-to for group feasts. Enat Ethiopian Restaurant has a spacious dining room, super affordable prices, and truly enormous portions — two orders can easily stuff five adults. It’s also known for its veggie and gluten-free options and occasional live belly dancing nights.

天府春秋 Tian Fu

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Sichuan food is generally served family-style, and the portions at this Northgate Chinese restaurant (with second location in Bellevue) are enormous. The larger tables in the spacious dining room are even equipped with Lazy Susan to facilitate the sharing of several dishes. The mapo tofu here is heavily spiced and satisfying. The dry-fried string beans pack a punch of umami from the pickled vegetable bits. The whole grilled fish dishes (which are doused in broth, strewn with dried chilis and Sichuan peppercorns, and served with a choice of vegetables) are great for sharing, as are the several boiled fish dishes on the menu.

Brimmer and Heeltap

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This unique bistro and bar on the fringes of Ballard is a weekend brunch favorite, and the family-style menu means everybody can sample a little bit of everything. The chic restaurant also has one of the most pleasant alfresco dining areas in town — the leafy, lovely garden has a fire pit, in addition to a quaint private studio that seats 25.

This century-old saw mill in Ballard lays the novelty on thick, with upscale junk food like oxtail nachos, s’more choco tacos, and burgers with wagyu beef. It was also a James Beard Best New Restaurant semifinalist for 2019, so that should wow your friends. The huge, airy restaurant has a covered, heated patio, and it’s easy to make a reservation online. Not to be overlooked are Sawyer’s brunch offerings like the banana fosters skillet pancake and smoked salmon avocado toast. It just might become your after-holiday brunch destination.

Harry's Fine Foods

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This laid-back Capitol Hill spot has a gorgeous all-season patio, and the ever-changing new American menu comprises thoughtfully executed brunch and dinner classics. Current brunch items include sherry roasted beet toast, wagyu steak and eggs, and an excellent bloody mary.

Queen Anne Beerhall

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With nothing but communal tables and a long bar in a 7,000-square-foot former factory, the Bavarian-inspired Queen Anne Beerhall was made for parties. There are more than 20 beers on tap and a large menu of Central European-inspired mains, sides, and sausages. The grilled flatbreads, the loaded chips, and the colossal soft pretzels with dipping sauces are particularly conducive to sharing, as are several pork-heavy “feast platters” for groups of four or more.

Barolo Ristorante

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Hidden in the anonymous office buildings of Denny Triangle, this spacious, breezy restaurant has a gorgeous communal table that seats up to 22 in the middle of the dining room. Group menus with seasonal Italian dishes are available, and the attentive staff has a rep for being great at communication, a relief for anyone wrangling large parties.

Mamnoon

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This buzzy, upscale Middle Eastern restaurant on Capitol Hill embraces hospitality with a community table and mountains of mezzes meant to be shared. Mamnoon’s Middle Eastern dishes and group-friendly mezzes have plenty of veggie, halal, and gluten-free choices to help accommodate everybody. Parties of 8 or more are encouraged to email Mamnoon directly to coordinate reservations.

Haidilao Hot Pot Seattle

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Sometimes lasting for hours, a hot pot makes the perfect group dinner. And no hot pot spot in Seattle is better-equipped to host large parties than Hai Di Lao’s locations in Downtown Seattle’s Pacific Place and the Bellevue Pacific Center, with large tables equipped with multiple hot pots. Though there are a few different broth bases, a good combination is mild pork bone broth on one side and numbing-spicy mala broth on the other. The ingredient list and sauce bar has something for everybody, though the Seattle location is still waiting on a liquor license. In the meantime, you can sit back and enjoy entertainment like table-side hand-pulled noodle dancing and Sichuan “face-changing” opera performances in the dining room.

Tamarind Tree

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This chill Vietnamese restaurant in the International District is comfortable hosting groups large or small, whether inside next to the fire pit or on the tranquil ivy-covered patio, complete with a waterfall. The menu is full of super-shareable platters of vegetables, meat, and seafood, and the generously sized salads and appetizers basically require a group to finish them off.

Pho Bac Sup Shop

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This sibling to Little Saigon’s original boat-shaped restaurant Pho Bac, across the parking lot, has a roomy dining area. Long communal tables, a sleek cafe, a full bar, and a natural wine shop make this a hip place to gather a group. Of course, the food — from dry or short-rib pho, to more shareable snacks like pho rolls, Viet sliders, and twice-fried chicken wings with tamarind sauce — is outstanding. Leave room for the Chinese donuts and coconut pandan cheesecake.

Crawfish King

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This casual International District seafood shack adds Vietnamese influences to the Cajun crawfish boil. Diners order seafood either by the pound or as a combo, along with a sauce, and the whole thing is dumped on the huge table like at a backyard fiesta. It’s a messy, interactive bonding experience, with bibs, cracking away at a mountain of shellfish as a team.

Jack's BBQ

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The low-and-slow Texas-style barbecue at this SODO restaurant is worth making a mess at, and the private dining room, aka the Double D Lounge, is ready for get-togethers. The restaurant offers several succulent meat-combo options of varying sizes for any party — heaps of pulled pork, brisket, ribs — and the smoke finds its way nicely into several of the cocktails too.

Enat Ethiopian Restaurant

Ethiopian cuisine is a go-to for group feasts. Enat Ethiopian Restaurant has a spacious dining room, super affordable prices, and truly enormous portions — two orders can easily stuff five adults. It’s also known for its veggie and gluten-free options and occasional live belly dancing nights.

天府春秋 Tian Fu

Sichuan food is generally served family-style, and the portions at this Northgate Chinese restaurant (with second location in Bellevue) are enormous. The larger tables in the spacious dining room are even equipped with Lazy Susan to facilitate the sharing of several dishes. The mapo tofu here is heavily spiced and satisfying. The dry-fried string beans pack a punch of umami from the pickled vegetable bits. The whole grilled fish dishes (which are doused in broth, strewn with dried chilis and Sichuan peppercorns, and served with a choice of vegetables) are great for sharing, as are the several boiled fish dishes on the menu.

Brimmer and Heeltap

This unique bistro and bar on the fringes of Ballard is a weekend brunch favorite, and the family-style menu means everybody can sample a little bit of everything. The chic restaurant also has one of the most pleasant alfresco dining areas in town — the leafy, lovely garden has a fire pit, in addition to a quaint private studio that seats 25.

Sawyer

This century-old saw mill in Ballard lays the novelty on thick, with upscale junk food like oxtail nachos, s’more choco tacos, and burgers with wagyu beef. It was also a James Beard Best New Restaurant semifinalist for 2019, so that should wow your friends. The huge, airy restaurant has a covered, heated patio, and it’s easy to make a reservation online. Not to be overlooked are Sawyer’s brunch offerings like the banana fosters skillet pancake and smoked salmon avocado toast. It just might become your after-holiday brunch destination.

Harry's Fine Foods

This laid-back Capitol Hill spot has a gorgeous all-season patio, and the ever-changing new American menu comprises thoughtfully executed brunch and dinner classics. Current brunch items include sherry roasted beet toast, wagyu steak and eggs, and an excellent bloody mary.

Queen Anne Beerhall

With nothing but communal tables and a long bar in a 7,000-square-foot former factory, the Bavarian-inspired Queen Anne Beerhall was made for parties. There are more than 20 beers on tap and a large menu of Central European-inspired mains, sides, and sausages. The grilled flatbreads, the loaded chips, and the colossal soft pretzels with dipping sauces are particularly conducive to sharing, as are several pork-heavy “feast platters” for groups of four or more.

Barolo Ristorante

Hidden in the anonymous office buildings of Denny Triangle, this spacious, breezy restaurant has a gorgeous communal table that seats up to 22 in the middle of the dining room. Group menus with seasonal Italian dishes are available, and the attentive staff has a rep for being great at communication, a relief for anyone wrangling large parties.

Mamnoon

This buzzy, upscale Middle Eastern restaurant on Capitol Hill embraces hospitality with a community table and mountains of mezzes meant to be shared. Mamnoon’s Middle Eastern dishes and group-friendly mezzes have plenty of veggie, halal, and gluten-free choices to help accommodate everybody. Parties of 8 or more are encouraged to email Mamnoon directly to coordinate reservations.

Haidilao Hot Pot Seattle

Sometimes lasting for hours, a hot pot makes the perfect group dinner. And no hot pot spot in Seattle is better-equipped to host large parties than Hai Di Lao’s locations in Downtown Seattle’s Pacific Place and the Bellevue Pacific Center, with large tables equipped with multiple hot pots. Though there are a few different broth bases, a good combination is mild pork bone broth on one side and numbing-spicy mala broth on the other. The ingredient list and sauce bar has something for everybody, though the Seattle location is still waiting on a liquor license. In the meantime, you can sit back and enjoy entertainment like table-side hand-pulled noodle dancing and Sichuan “face-changing” opera performances in the dining room.

Tamarind Tree

This chill Vietnamese restaurant in the International District is comfortable hosting groups large or small, whether inside next to the fire pit or on the tranquil ivy-covered patio, complete with a waterfall. The menu is full of super-shareable platters of vegetables, meat, and seafood, and the generously sized salads and appetizers basically require a group to finish them off.

Pho Bac Sup Shop

This sibling to Little Saigon’s original boat-shaped restaurant Pho Bac, across the parking lot, has a roomy dining area. Long communal tables, a sleek cafe, a full bar, and a natural wine shop make this a hip place to gather a group. Of course, the food — from dry or short-rib pho, to more shareable snacks like pho rolls, Viet sliders, and twice-fried chicken wings with tamarind sauce — is outstanding. Leave room for the Chinese donuts and coconut pandan cheesecake.

Crawfish King

This casual International District seafood shack adds Vietnamese influences to the Cajun crawfish boil. Diners order seafood either by the pound or as a combo, along with a sauce, and the whole thing is dumped on the huge table like at a backyard fiesta. It’s a messy, interactive bonding experience, with bibs, cracking away at a mountain of shellfish as a team.

Jack's BBQ

The low-and-slow Texas-style barbecue at this SODO restaurant is worth making a mess at, and the private dining room, aka the Double D Lounge, is ready for get-togethers. The restaurant offers several succulent meat-combo options of varying sizes for any party — heaps of pulled pork, brisket, ribs — and the smoke finds its way nicely into several of the cocktails too.

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