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The covered rooftop patio at Capitol Hill restaurant Terra Plata with wooden communal tables and a surrounding garden
Terra Plata on Capitol Hill has a covered patio with a garden.
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Scenic Seattle Rooftops for Warm Weather Dining and Drinking

Here are some places to sit back and enjoy the view

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Terra Plata on Capitol Hill has a covered patio with a garden.
| Courtesy of Tamara Murphy

With the weather heating up, and Gov. Jay Inslee encouraging Washingtonians to “take it outside,” open-air dining may be the best options at the moment for those who want to sit down for a restaurant meal. In addition to the various sidewalk and street patios that have become even more prevalent (thanks to relaxed permit rules), there are also several places that offer terrific views of Seattle’s picturesque landscape. Diners can make the summit to these spectacular rooftop dining and drinking options, listed from north to south.

Most places below offer takeout in addition to outdoor seating, but a number of Seattle restaurants have resumed indoor dining as well. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the King County COVID update page. 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. The Mountaineering Club

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4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 634-2000
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The U District’s Graduate Seattle hotel features a striking rooftop bar called Mountaineering Club, with seating areas that have unimpeded views of the city and the mountains. There’s oysters, toasts, and other snacks that pair well with a host of well-crafted cocktails. Open for onsite dining and takeout and delivery via Doordash.

2. Rooftop Brewing Company

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1220 W Nickerson St
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 457-8598
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As the name would suggest, this Queen Anne brewery’s space is made for outdoor imbibing. The rooftop patio is outfitted with picnic tables, ideal for a few rounds with friends over board games (dogs and kids are allowed, too). There’s usually a food truck in the parking lot, and heaters and a basket of heavy blankets if the evening turns brisk (online takeout options can be found here).

A series of picnic tables at Rooftop Brewing Company on a clear, sunny day
Rooftop Brewing in Queen Anne has a spacious rooftop patio.
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3. MBar

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400 Fairview Ave N 14th Floor
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 457-8287
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Sporting an epic rooftop patio with views of Lake Union, the Space Needle, and myriad cranes soaring above the booming SLU neighborhood, Mbar is one hell of a spot to soak up the sun. It’s made even more memorable with a robust Middle Eastern menu of mezze and kebabs, as well as some potent cocktails.

4. Mezcaleria Oaxaca

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422 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-0506
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High above Capitol Hill’s busy sidewalks, this Mexican restaurant’s rooftop includes a well-placed overhang to protect diners from a too-bright sun. The large space can seat dozens of parties — even at half capacity — and diners here have access to a separate bar with a few specialty cocktails not available downstairs. There’s also a walkup window for takeout orders.

5. Terra Plata

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1501 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-1501
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At this Capitol Hill restaurant from respected chef Tamara Murphy, dishes such as Peruvian chicken and roasted pig shine alongside a robust list of cocktails, excellent in takeout form or for chilling outside on the covered and heated roof deck. Diners who choose to hang out there are surrounded by Murphy’s edible garden.

The covered rooftop patio at Capitol Hill restaurant Terra Plata with wooden communal tables and a surrounding garden
Diners can sit on the rooftop deck at Terra Plata, which also has a garden.
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6. Fog Room

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1610 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 256-7525
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Set atop the Charter Hotel, this bar brings views of downtown center stage. Patrons can watch construction workers defy gravity, scope out the Great Wheel, and peek at the waterfront while sipping a fantastic rotation of terrific cocktails (including high balls) and a well-executed food menu. Items are also available for takeout and delivery via Doordash.

A cocktail garnished with mint sits atop a table on the rooftop of Seattle’s Charter Hotel.
The Charter Hotel’s Fog Room is one of downtown’s best spots to get a picturesque view.
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7. The Nest Rooftop Bar

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110 Stewart Street Thompson
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 512-1096
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This downtown hotel’s rooftop bar, easily accessible from Pike Place Market, overlooks Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The 3,500-square-foot lounge offers table and bar seating, indoor and outdoor space, and floor-to-ceiling windows to emphasize the view even from inside. Small plates are complemented by classic cocktails, such as sidecars. No takeout available.

The view from The Nest, showing the Great Wheel and West Seattle on a sunny day
The Nest is located steps from Pike Place Market.
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8. Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails

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1415 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 971-8015
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This bar and restaurant, located on the roof of the Motif hotel downtown, has a comfortable patio with fire pits, lawn games, and ample seating adjusted to limited capacity during the pandemic. The food menus are fairly well-executed, and Frolik is partnering with the sensational Mixtape Pasta on a pop-up dinner. It’s open for takeout as well.

1. The Mountaineering Club

4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

The U District’s Graduate Seattle hotel features a striking rooftop bar called Mountaineering Club, with seating areas that have unimpeded views of the city and the mountains. There’s oysters, toasts, and other snacks that pair well with a host of well-crafted cocktails. Open for onsite dining and takeout and delivery via Doordash.

4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

2. Rooftop Brewing Company

1220 W Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98119
A series of picnic tables at Rooftop Brewing Company on a clear, sunny day
Rooftop Brewing in Queen Anne has a spacious rooftop patio.
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As the name would suggest, this Queen Anne brewery’s space is made for outdoor imbibing. The rooftop patio is outfitted with picnic tables, ideal for a few rounds with friends over board games (dogs and kids are allowed, too). There’s usually a food truck in the parking lot, and heaters and a basket of heavy blankets if the evening turns brisk (online takeout options can be found here).

1220 W Nickerson St
Seattle, WA 98119

3. MBar

400 Fairview Ave N 14th Floor, Seattle, WA 98109

Sporting an epic rooftop patio with views of Lake Union, the Space Needle, and myriad cranes soaring above the booming SLU neighborhood, Mbar is one hell of a spot to soak up the sun. It’s made even more memorable with a robust Middle Eastern menu of mezze and kebabs, as well as some potent cocktails.

400 Fairview Ave N 14th Floor
Seattle, WA 98109

4. Mezcaleria Oaxaca

422 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

High above Capitol Hill’s busy sidewalks, this Mexican restaurant’s rooftop includes a well-placed overhang to protect diners from a too-bright sun. The large space can seat dozens of parties — even at half capacity — and diners here have access to a separate bar with a few specialty cocktails not available downstairs. There’s also a walkup window for takeout orders.

422 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Terra Plata

1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
The covered rooftop patio at Capitol Hill restaurant Terra Plata with wooden communal tables and a surrounding garden
Diners can sit on the rooftop deck at Terra Plata, which also has a garden.
Courtesy of Tamara Murphy

At this Capitol Hill restaurant from respected chef Tamara Murphy, dishes such as Peruvian chicken and roasted pig shine alongside a robust list of cocktails, excellent in takeout form or for chilling outside on the covered and heated roof deck. Diners who choose to hang out there are surrounded by Murphy’s edible garden.

1501 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Fog Room

1610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
A cocktail garnished with mint sits atop a table on the rooftop of Seattle’s Charter Hotel.
The Charter Hotel’s Fog Room is one of downtown’s best spots to get a picturesque view.
The Charter Hotel/Facebook

Set atop the Charter Hotel, this bar brings views of downtown center stage. Patrons can watch construction workers defy gravity, scope out the Great Wheel, and peek at the waterfront while sipping a fantastic rotation of terrific cocktails (including high balls) and a well-executed food menu. Items are also available for takeout and delivery via Doordash.

1610 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

7. The Nest Rooftop Bar

110 Stewart Street Thompson, Seattle, WA 98101
The view from The Nest, showing the Great Wheel and West Seattle on a sunny day
The Nest is located steps from Pike Place Market.
Courtesy of The Nest

This downtown hotel’s rooftop bar, easily accessible from Pike Place Market, overlooks Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The 3,500-square-foot lounge offers table and bar seating, indoor and outdoor space, and floor-to-ceiling windows to emphasize the view even from inside. Small plates are complemented by classic cocktails, such as sidecars. No takeout available.

110 Stewart Street Thompson
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails

1415 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

This bar and restaurant, located on the roof of the Motif hotel downtown, has a comfortable patio with fire pits, lawn games, and ample seating adjusted to limited capacity during the pandemic. The food menus are fairly well-executed, and Frolik is partnering with the sensational Mixtape Pasta on a pop-up dinner. It’s open for takeout as well.

1415 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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