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Fried chicken and sides at Ma’ono in West Seattle.
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14 Great Seattle Restaurants for Big Group Dinners

Family and friends should be impressed

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Fried chicken and sides at Ma’ono in West Seattle.
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Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or any celebration, finding a spot in Seattle that accommodates large groups can be a challenge. But that’s no reason to settle for something subpar. Here are 14 restaurants in the city that can host big parties, without compromising on quality.

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1. Enat Ethiopian Restaurant

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11546 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 362-4901
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This Northgate spot 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.

A view of colorful vegetables on top of injera bread at Enat Ethiopian Restaurant.
Injera dish at Enat.
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2. Brimmer and Heeltap

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425 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 420-2534
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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.

A look at outdoor seating at Brimmer and Heeltap, with a brick facade and plants surrounding a small charcoal pit.
The patio at Brimmer and Heeltap.
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3. Sawyer

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5309 22nd Ave NW suite a
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 420-7225
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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 — which now has brunch — seats 115, and you can reserve tables online for parties up to 10.

A bird’s eye view of an array of colorful dishes and drinks at Sawyer.
Sawyer brings some quirk to fine dining.
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4. Lionhead

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618 Broadway Ave. East
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 922-3326
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North Broadway’s Lionhead does Sichuan family-style cuisine with a modern twist. Standouts include the dark, smoky braised duck, the silky eggplant in aged vinegar, and anything that features those signature mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. Lionhead takes reservations only for the room with the lazy Susan table, but it’s surprisingly easy to book on weekends.

A closeup view of a bowl of tofu in red sauce topped with scallions at Lionhead.
Lionhead delivers excellent Sichuan dishes.
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5. Harry's Fine Foods

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601 Bellevue Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

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. Everyone seems to be obsessed with the rosemary fries.

A top-down view of rosemary fries at Harry’s Fine Foods.
Rosemary fries.
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6. Queen Anne Beerhall

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203 Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 659-4043
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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.

A view of a long bar and shelves of bottles at Queen Anne Beerhall.
Queen Anne Beerhall has plenty of room to roam.
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7. Barolo Ristorante

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1940 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 770-9000
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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.

8. Mamnoon

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1508 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 906-9606
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This buzzy, upscale Middle Eastern restaurant on Capitol Hill embraces hospitality with a community table and a family-style prix fixe menu, featuring several preset combos and the option to customize. Even the regular menus are packed with group-friendly mezzes, as well as veggie, halal, and gluten-free choices to help accommodate everybody.

A bird’s eye view of colorful pizzas and appetizers at Mamnoon.
Plates at Mamnoon are meant for sharing.
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9. Tamarind Tree

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1036 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 860-1404
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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, near 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.

A view of candles inside martini glasses with a bamboo backdrop at Tamarind Tree.
Tamarind Tree sets the mood for groups nicely.
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10. Pho Bac Sup Shop

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1240 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 568-0882
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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 chicken wings with tamarind sauce — is outstanding.

The exterior of Pho Bac Sup Shop, with the restaurant’s name featured prominently above windows looking inside.
Pho Bac Sup Shop has communal tables and a large bar.
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11. Crawfish King

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725 S Lane St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-3622
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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, cracking away at a mountain of shellfish as a team.

A closeup view of a pile of boiled crawfish at Crawfish King.
Boiled crawfish.
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12. Jack's BBQ

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3924 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 467-4038
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The low-and-slow Texas-style barbecue at this SODO restaurant is worth making a mess, 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.

13. Ma'ono

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4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-1075
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This Hawaii-meets-West-Seattle winner has soirées of any size covered with platters of buttermilk-soaked, twice-fried chicken, which can be reserved in advance, along with tables. There are also tons of killer sides for everyone to share, such as curry and bacon fried rice or mac and kimcheese. Bottomless mimosas at brunch are a charming perk as well.

Top-down view of a plate of Ma’ono’s fried chicken surrounded by an array of sides.
Ma’ono’s fried chicken is a West Seattle favorite.
Ma’ono/Facebook

14. Joy Palace

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6030 Ml King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-4066
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This cavernous, kid-friendly dim sum restaurant in Hillman City serves up classic Chinese fare with a strong seafood lean. The staff can field everything from a dinner with a few friends to an event for 200 people, and the business has a gigantic parking lot too.

A closeup of glass noodles in a red sauce, with a giant crab in the background.
Glass noodles with crab.
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1. Enat Ethiopian Restaurant

11546 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
A view of colorful vegetables on top of injera bread at Enat Ethiopian Restaurant.
Injera dish at Enat.
Enat Ethiopian Restaurant/Facebook

This Northgate spot 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.

11546 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

2. Brimmer and Heeltap

425 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
A look at outdoor seating at Brimmer and Heeltap, with a brick facade and plants surrounding a small charcoal pit.
The patio at Brimmer and Heeltap.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

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.

425 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Sawyer

5309 22nd Ave NW suite a, Seattle, WA 98107
A bird’s eye view of an array of colorful dishes and drinks at Sawyer.
Sawyer brings some quirk to fine dining.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

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 — which now has brunch — seats 115, and you can reserve tables online for parties up to 10.

5309 22nd Ave NW suite a
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Lionhead

618 Broadway Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98102
A closeup view of a bowl of tofu in red sauce topped with scallions at Lionhead.
Lionhead delivers excellent Sichuan dishes.
Lionhead/Facebook

North Broadway’s Lionhead does Sichuan family-style cuisine with a modern twist. Standouts include the dark, smoky braised duck, the silky eggplant in aged vinegar, and anything that features those signature mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. Lionhead takes reservations only for the room with the lazy Susan table, but it’s surprisingly easy to book on weekends.

618 Broadway Ave. East
Seattle, WA 98102

5. Harry's Fine Foods

601 Bellevue Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
A top-down view of rosemary fries at Harry’s Fine Foods.
Rosemary fries.
Courtesy of 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. Everyone seems to be obsessed with the rosemary fries.

601 Bellevue Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

6. Queen Anne Beerhall

203 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98119
A view of a long bar and shelves of bottles at Queen Anne Beerhall.
Queen Anne Beerhall has plenty of room to roam.
Queen Anne Beerhall/Facebook

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.

203 Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98119

7. Barolo Ristorante

1940 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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.

1940 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Mamnoon

1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A bird’s eye view of colorful pizzas and appetizers at Mamnoon.
Plates at Mamnoon are meant for sharing.
Mamnoon/Facebook

This buzzy, upscale Middle Eastern restaurant on Capitol Hill embraces hospitality with a community table and a family-style prix fixe menu, featuring several preset combos and the option to customize. Even the regular menus are packed with group-friendly mezzes, as well as veggie, halal, and gluten-free choices to help accommodate everybody.

1508 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Tamarind Tree

1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
A view of candles inside martini glasses with a bamboo backdrop at Tamarind Tree.
Tamarind Tree sets the mood for groups nicely.
Tamarind Tree/Facebook

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, near 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.

1036 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Pho Bac Sup Shop

1240 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
The exterior of Pho Bac Sup Shop, with the restaurant’s name featured prominently above windows looking inside.
Pho Bac Sup Shop has communal tables and a large bar.
Pho Bac Sup Shop/Official

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 chicken wings with tamarind sauce — is outstanding.

1240 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

11. Crawfish King

725 S Lane St, Seattle, WA 98104
A closeup view of a pile of boiled crawfish at Crawfish King.
Boiled crawfish.
Crawfish King/Facebook

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, cracking away at a mountain of shellfish as a team.

725 S Lane St
Seattle, WA 98104

12. Jack's BBQ

3924 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

The low-and-slow Texas-style barbecue at this SODO restaurant is worth making a mess, 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.

3924 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

13. 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 a West Seattle favorite.
Ma’ono/Facebook

This Hawaii-meets-West-Seattle winner has soirées of any size covered with platters of buttermilk-soaked, twice-fried chicken, which can be reserved in advance, along with tables. There are also tons of killer sides for everyone to share, such as curry and bacon fried rice or mac and kimcheese. Bottomless mimosas at brunch are a charming perk as well.

4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

14. Joy Palace

6030 Ml King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118
A closeup of glass noodles in a red sauce, with a giant crab in the background.
Glass noodles with crab.
Joy Palace/Official

This cavernous, kid-friendly dim sum restaurant in Hillman City serves up classic Chinese fare with a strong seafood lean. The staff can field everything from a dinner with a few friends to an event for 200 people, and the business has a gigantic parking lot too.

6030 Ml King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

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