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Pike Place Market is a magnet for tourists, but the dining options delight all visitors.
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17 Great Places to Eat at Pike Place Market, Seattle’s Enduring Icon

Piroshkis, pasta, and plenty of seafood

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Pike Place Market is a magnet for tourists, but the dining options delight all visitors.
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A joy for tourists and locals alike, Pike Place Market is a sprawling, sometimes confusing, vibrant collection of stalls and permanent establishments offering crafts and flowers, arts and entertainment, farmers and grocers and restaurants. And, yes, the famous flying fish. It’s easy to get lost spelunking through the depths of this historic icon, which covers far more ground than expected, and added more outdoor seating on the cobblestone streets during the pandemic. Here’s a list of some of the best pitstops around the Market, listed from north to south.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for diners and workers. Local officials recommend that everyone, whether vaccinated or not, should wear masks inside restaurants when not eating or drinking. Many bars and restaurants in Seattle (but not all) are also now requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for indoor dining; for the latest restrictions, check restaurant websites or official social media pages. 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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1. The Pink Door

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1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-3241
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This Seattle classic continues to be a Pike Place favorite, serving up Northwest-inspired Italian fare in a romantic, burlesque-influenced dining room. The famed spinach-pesto lasagna is always a great pick, but there are other fantastic pastas to choose from. On nice days, diners should try to get a seat on the charming outdoor patio to enjoy a cocktail. Note: proof of vaccination is now required to dine in.

2. Piroshky Piroshky

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1908 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA
(206) 441-6068
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A portable delight, the impeccable buns at this incredibly popular chain usually draws long lines. The chicken, mushroom, and rice or the subtly spiced beef and onion versions are off-the-charts good, and the smoked salmon pate is wrapped in the adorable shape of a fish. There are lots of sweet treats, too, including a cinnamon cardamom braid.

3. Le Panier

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1902 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA
(206) 441-3669
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The scent of buttery, soft, flakey croissants draws diners inevitably to one of the city’s top bakeries, but don’t be discouraged by the long lines, as they move quickly. From macarons to savory feuilletés, filled with vegetables like champignons or asparagus depending on the season, everything here is incredible, particularly the baguettes.

4. Cafe Campagne

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1600 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-2233
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This longtime Pike Place wonder from chef Daisley Gordon is well-regarded for its dedication to classic Parisian fare. Locally sourced ingredients from the market go into preparations for classics such as crispy duck leg confit, beef bourguignon, and killer quiches, available as cook-at-home meals via takeout and delivery, as well as onsite dining (proof of vaccination required).

5. Beecher's Handmade Cheese

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1600 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA
(206) 965-1964
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This world-renowned cheesemaker features grab-and-go dairy delights and a show. Customers can ogle the fascinating cheesemaking process while noshing on perfectly piquant mac and cheese, an obvious favorite, or the Dungeness crab grilled cheese sandwich. There are also many other retail options around the city.

6. Pike Place Chowder

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1530 Post Aly
Seattle, WA
(206) 267-2537
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Those lucky enough to arrive at this award-winning spot before the lines start forming should seize the opportunity to experience why the hype is justified. The standard New England chowder is unbelievable, as are the crab rolls, but for a truly Northwest experience, best to go for the heavenly smoked salmon and seafood bisque.

7. The Crumpet Shop

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1503 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-1598
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On First and Pike Place, a bit outside of the main tourist fray, the Crumpet Shop has been slinging up English-inspired sweet and savory crumpets for more than 40 years. Everything’s organic, right down to the loose-leaf teas, and one of those piled-up crumpets can serve as an affordable, smallish lunch. Great breakfast sandwiches include the egg topped with wild smoked salmon and cream cheese, and the Green Eggs and Ham (blended with pesto).

8. Radiator Whiskey

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94 Pike St Ste 30
Seattle, WA
(206) 467-4268
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Though the name suggests rotgut moonshine, the drink selection at this popular rustic sibling to Matt’s in the Market is spectacular. Substantial food options, such as fried pork shank and smoked chicken, are not to be missed, and those with strong appetites can preorder half of a smoked pig head with a variety of dipping sauces.

9. Lowell's Restaurant

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1519 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-2036
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Known best for its sweeping waterfront views, this longtime diner serves up a variety of breakfast and brunch dishes that should hit the spot, even if the can be a bit pricey. Those who simply want a quick cocktail have options as well, including takes on classic cosmos, Manhattans, and lemon drops, or a variety of six different bloody marys.

A view of the Puget Sound from Lowell’s Restaurant, with a few customers sitting at tables inside.
Lowell’s Restaurant is known for great views and breakfast dishes.
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10. Matt's in the Market

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94 Pike St
Seattle, WA
(206) 467-7909
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Overlooking the giant neon Public Market Center sign and boasting expertly-crafted Northwest seafood, this Pike Place seafood restaurant is a must for out-of-towners (the seared scallops with creamed corn and roasted halibut with gazpacho, basil, and fennel are standouts). Those who plan ahead should try for a window seat to enjoy the view.

11. Oriental Mart

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1506 Pike Pl #509
Seattle, WA
(206) 622-8488
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Steps away from all the foot traffic, this part-market, part-deli quietly cooks some of the finest Filipino cuisine in the city. After years going without a menu, the three generation family-owned lunch counter got a little more structure. Not changing is the famed salmon collar sinigang from chef Leila Rosas, which helped earn this spot a James Beard Classics Award.

12. Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt

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1500 Pike St, #12
Seattle, WA
(206) 625-5006
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It’s hard to have a serious debate about the best yogurt in the city without invoking the name Ellenos. The plain version, thick and creamy, is so decadent it borders on dessert. But the real treat is the rotating lineup sweetened and overflowing with local fruits and flavors, from refreshingly tart lemon curd to crumbles of crunchy cookie and pie crust.

13. The Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar

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1517 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 624-7166
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This more-than-century old place is in the absolute center of Seattle tourism, located inside the main arcade, so one couldn’t be blamed for being skeptical about the food. But the oysters here are excellent, and the fish and chips are a strong contender for best in the city. Plus, the draft beers are served in the frostiest mugs ever, and the view is amazing.

A view of the Great Wheel and a ferry from the Athenian restaurant in Pike Place Market on a clear, sunny day.
The Athenian is a Pike Place classic.
The Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar

14. Market Grill

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1509 Pike Pl #3
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-2654
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The famed blackened salmon sandwiches at this understated lunch counter at the heart of the Market have been coveted for years, making for an excellent snack break while shopping. But don’t sleep on the prawns, either, or the seafood stew. Adding to the atmosphere is the friendly staff, who are also happy to chat up visitors while they fire up orders on the grill.

15. Pasta Casalinga

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93 Pike St ste 201
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 445-2987
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Tucked away in a cozy location, this Pike Place gem’s rotating menu of Italian fare is always a delight. Freshly made pastas (which are available for retail purchase) are complemented by a well-curated lineup of wines. Diners sure to check the website for menu updates and grab some grub in time for closing; service usually ends around 5 p.m.

A plate of pasta with tomatoes and mussels.
Pasta Casalinga offers some of the finest Italian fare in Seattle.
Pasta Casalinga

16. Jarrbar

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1432 Western Ave
Seattle, WA
(206) 209-2239
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This tapas bar off Western Avenue rivals any other in the city. A cozy charmer with candlelit tables and soulful grooves playing over the speakers, Jarrbar pairs inventive cocktails with small bites of tinned fish, canned fish, cheeses, serrano ham, and other cured meats. There’s also some outside seats that make for great people watching.

17. Alibi Room

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85 Pike St
Seattle, WA
(206) 623-3180
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Below the organized chaos of the fish throwers and past the dubious “attraction” of the gum wall, this standby serves some wonderful stone-fired pizza and stiff drinks. Open for takeout, dine-in, and delivery via Caviar, Doordash, and Uber Eats.

1. The Pink Door

1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

This Seattle classic continues to be a Pike Place favorite, serving up Northwest-inspired Italian fare in a romantic, burlesque-influenced dining room. The famed spinach-pesto lasagna is always a great pick, but there are other fantastic pastas to choose from. On nice days, diners should try to get a seat on the charming outdoor patio to enjoy a cocktail. Note: proof of vaccination is now required to dine in.

1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

2. Piroshky Piroshky

1908 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA

A portable delight, the impeccable buns at this incredibly popular chain usually draws long lines. The chicken, mushroom, and rice or the subtly spiced beef and onion versions are off-the-charts good, and the smoked salmon pate is wrapped in the adorable shape of a fish. There are lots of sweet treats, too, including a cinnamon cardamom braid.

1908 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA

3. Le Panier

1902 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA

The scent of buttery, soft, flakey croissants draws diners inevitably to one of the city’s top bakeries, but don’t be discouraged by the long lines, as they move quickly. From macarons to savory feuilletés, filled with vegetables like champignons or asparagus depending on the season, everything here is incredible, particularly the baguettes.

1902 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA

4. Cafe Campagne

1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

This longtime Pike Place wonder from chef Daisley Gordon is well-regarded for its dedication to classic Parisian fare. Locally sourced ingredients from the market go into preparations for classics such as crispy duck leg confit, beef bourguignon, and killer quiches, available as cook-at-home meals via takeout and delivery, as well as onsite dining (proof of vaccination required).

1600 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

5. Beecher's Handmade Cheese

1600 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA

This world-renowned cheesemaker features grab-and-go dairy delights and a show. Customers can ogle the fascinating cheesemaking process while noshing on perfectly piquant mac and cheese, an obvious favorite, or the Dungeness crab grilled cheese sandwich. There are also many other retail options around the city.

1600 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA

6. Pike Place Chowder

1530 Post Aly, Seattle, WA

Those lucky enough to arrive at this award-winning spot before the lines start forming should seize the opportunity to experience why the hype is justified. The standard New England chowder is unbelievable, as are the crab rolls, but for a truly Northwest experience, best to go for the heavenly smoked salmon and seafood bisque.

1530 Post Aly
Seattle, WA

7. The Crumpet Shop

1503 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

On First and Pike Place, a bit outside of the main tourist fray, the Crumpet Shop has been slinging up English-inspired sweet and savory crumpets for more than 40 years. Everything’s organic, right down to the loose-leaf teas, and one of those piled-up crumpets can serve as an affordable, smallish lunch. Great breakfast sandwiches include the egg topped with wild smoked salmon and cream cheese, and the Green Eggs and Ham (blended with pesto).

1503 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Radiator Whiskey

94 Pike St Ste 30, Seattle, WA

Though the name suggests rotgut moonshine, the drink selection at this popular rustic sibling to Matt’s in the Market is spectacular. Substantial food options, such as fried pork shank and smoked chicken, are not to be missed, and those with strong appetites can preorder half of a smoked pig head with a variety of dipping sauces.

94 Pike St Ste 30
Seattle, WA

9. Lowell's Restaurant

1519 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
A view of the Puget Sound from Lowell’s Restaurant, with a few customers sitting at tables inside.
Lowell’s Restaurant is known for great views and breakfast dishes.
Lowell’s

Known best for its sweeping waterfront views, this longtime diner serves up a variety of breakfast and brunch dishes that should hit the spot, even if the can be a bit pricey. Those who simply want a quick cocktail have options as well, including takes on classic cosmos, Manhattans, and lemon drops, or a variety of six different bloody marys.

1519 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Matt's in the Market

94 Pike St, Seattle, WA

Overlooking the giant neon Public Market Center sign and boasting expertly-crafted Northwest seafood, this Pike Place seafood restaurant is a must for out-of-towners (the seared scallops with creamed corn and roasted halibut with gazpacho, basil, and fennel are standouts). Those who plan ahead should try for a window seat to enjoy the view.

94 Pike St
Seattle, WA

11. Oriental Mart

1506 Pike Pl #509, Seattle, WA

Steps away from all the foot traffic, this part-market, part-deli quietly cooks some of the finest Filipino cuisine in the city. After years going without a menu, the three generation family-owned lunch counter got a little more structure. Not changing is the famed salmon collar sinigang from chef Leila Rosas, which helped earn this spot a James Beard Classics Award.

1506 Pike Pl #509
Seattle, WA

12. Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt

1500 Pike St, #12, Seattle, WA

It’s hard to have a serious debate about the best yogurt in the city without invoking the name Ellenos. The plain version, thick and creamy, is so decadent it borders on dessert. But the real treat is the rotating lineup sweetened and overflowing with local fruits and flavors, from refreshingly tart lemon curd to crumbles of crunchy cookie and pie crust.

1500 Pike St, #12
Seattle, WA

13. The Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar

1517 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
A view of the Great Wheel and a ferry from the Athenian restaurant in Pike Place Market on a clear, sunny day.
The Athenian is a Pike Place classic.
The Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar

This more-than-century old place is in the absolute center of Seattle tourism, located inside the main arcade, so one couldn’t be blamed for being skeptical about the food. But the oysters here are excellent, and the fish and chips are a strong contender for best in the city. Plus, the draft beers are served in the frostiest mugs ever, and the view is amazing.

1517 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101

14. Market Grill

1509 Pike Pl #3, Seattle, WA 98101

The famed blackened salmon sandwiches at this understated lunch counter at the heart of the Market have been coveted for years, making for an excellent snack break while shopping. But don’t sleep on the prawns, either, or the seafood stew. Adding to the atmosphere is the friendly staff, who are also happy to chat up visitors while they fire up orders on the grill.

1509 Pike Pl #3
Seattle, WA 98101

15. Pasta Casalinga

93 Pike St ste 201, Seattle, WA 98101
A plate of pasta with tomatoes and mussels.
Pasta Casalinga offers some of the finest Italian fare in Seattle.
Pasta Casalinga

Tucked away in a cozy location, this Pike Place gem’s rotating menu of Italian fare is always a delight. Freshly made pastas (which are available for retail purchase) are complemented by a well-curated lineup of wines. Diners sure to check the website for menu updates and grab some grub in time for closing; service usually ends around 5 p.m.

93 Pike St ste 201
Seattle, WA 98101

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16. Jarrbar

1432 Western Ave, Seattle, WA

This tapas bar off Western Avenue rivals any other in the city. A cozy charmer with candlelit tables and soulful grooves playing over the speakers, Jarrbar pairs inventive cocktails with small bites of tinned fish, canned fish, cheeses, serrano ham, and other cured meats. There’s also some outside seats that make for great people watching.

1432 Western Ave
Seattle, WA

17. Alibi Room

85 Pike St, Seattle, WA

Below the organized chaos of the fish throwers and past the dubious “attraction” of the gum wall, this standby serves some wonderful stone-fired pizza and stiff drinks. Open for takeout, dine-in, and delivery via Caviar, Doordash, and Uber Eats.

85 Pike St
Seattle, WA

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