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Downtown as seen from the iconic Smith Tower.
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Restaurants With Some of the Best Views in Seattle

Good food and scenery ranging from Mount Rainier to the Space Needle

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Downtown as seen from the iconic Smith Tower.
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Mountains, skyline, water: Seattle has it all when it comes to fantastic vistas. And there are many restaurants across the city that occupy some choice real estate, overlooking the likes of Mount Rainier, the Space Needle, Puget Sound, and Lake Union. As both outdoor and indoor dining picks up around town, and the weather gets warmer, it’s worth checking out the great landscapes that make this region so beautiful. No Instagram filters required.

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. Ray's Boathouse

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6049 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-3770
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With a deckside view of Puget Sound and the sun setting behind the Olympic Mountains, this longtime Ballard restaurant along Shishole Bay is the total package. Ray’s doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, sticking to seafood classics such as fried oysters, pan-seared scallops, and salmon, but the location and atmosphere is tough to beat. The Boathouse now accepts reservations.

The tall sign at Ray’s Boathouse with the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound at sunset in the background.
Ray’s Boathouse shows off views of the Olympic Mountains.
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2. Mountaineering Club

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4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 634-2000
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The Graduate Seattle hotel in the U District features a striking rooftop bar, with unimpeded views of the city and the mountains. There’s seafood aplenty here, plus a self-contained s’mores-making kit for outdoor consumption, as well as an extensive collection of well-crafted cocktails. Open for onsite dining and takeout and delivery via Doordash.

A view of the outdoor seating at Mountaineering Club from inside the restaurant.
Mountaineering Club has indoor and outdoor seating.
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3. Westward

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2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 552-8215
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Tables on an outdoor patio line up on the northern shore of Lake Union, providing amazing views from this impeccably designed, seafood-focused favorite. The restaurant from Renee Erickson’s Sea Creatures group serves up a robust selection of oysters and inventive cocktails. Open for reservations, and there’s a takeout menu via Toast.

4. Agua Verde Cafe

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1303 NE Boat St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 545-8570
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Portage Bay’s waterfront Mexican restaurant tends to be a popular spot on warm weather days. There’s a 60-seat patio called Marina Cantina, and diners can order rockfish tacos, quesadillas, and burritos from a bright orange food truck, while sipping some potent margaritas. In addition to dine-in, there’s also takeout and delivery through apps like Postmates, Doordash, and Uber Eats.

The downstairs patio at Agua Verde, with a bright orange food truck in the background.
Agua Verde sits on Portage Bay.
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5. Mbar

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400 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA
(206) 457-8287
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The experience at this glass-walled South Lake Union restaurant is epic from the moment diners are whisked to the rooftop in a private elevator. Views stretch to the Space Needle, Queen Anne, Lake Union, and Capitol Hill, and the menu (from the team behind popular Mamnoon) melds Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences. Reservations are open for dine-in.

The outdoor patio at Mbar, with colorful furniture and a view of Lake Union.
The experience at Mbar is epic from the moment diners are whisked to the rooftop in a private elevator.
Suzi Pratt

6. The Loupe Lounge

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400 Broad St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 905-2100
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The Space Needle’s bar known for its rotating floor and views of the city 500-feet above the ground recently, with reservations starting at a lofty $200 per person. That price includes admission to the building, a table reservation for two hours, food, drinks, and parking, which may fit the bill for those hosting out-of-towners who want to booze it up at the city’s famed landmark.

7. Matt's in the Market

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94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-7909
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The Pike Place Market classic serves a menu of excellent Pacific Northwest seafood (roasted halbut in an avgolemono sauce with English peas) to match timeless views of Elliott Bay and the Market clock. Though the atmosphere can be touristy, and the prices high accordingly, this is still the place to go for quintessential Seattle scenery. Reservations are open for dine-in.

Tables at Matt’s in the Market overlooking the Public Market Center neon sign and clock.
Matt’s in the Market inside Pike Place Market has views of Elliott Bay and the Market clock.
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8. Maximilien Restaurant

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81A Pike St Ste A
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-7270
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Maximilien has long been a reliable spot for downtown French dining. For some serious date-night eats, this restaurant impresses with a menu of satisfying entrees, such as Hudson Valley duck leg confit and steak frites, best enjoyed on a sweet Pike Place Market patio with views of Elliott Bay. Open for both indoor and outdoor seating, plus takeout via Toast.

The outdoor patio at Maximilien, with views of Elliott Bay.
Maximilien has long been a reliable spot for downtown French dining.
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9. The Fisherman's Restaurant

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1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-3500
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Chef Nick Novello’s installation at this famed downtown waterfront restaurant makes the touristy spot worth revisiting. Local oysters, crab sourdough toast, and smoked salmon are a few of the standouts. Plus, not only is the place parked under the Great Wheel, but it also offers a new dine-in experience on the ride itself, for those who aren’t afraid of heights.

The exterior of The Fisherman’s Restaurant, including the patio next to the Great Wheel.
The Fisherman’s Restaurant not only sits under the Great Wheel, but offers food on the ride itself.
Justin Oba

10. Smith Tower Observatory Bar

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35, 506 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-0414
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Inspired by the speakeasies of yore, the bar perched atop the Smith Tower comes with serious 360-degree views that stretch over downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. There’s a happy hour special from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (which includes bento boxes, beer, champagne, wine, and barrel-aged cocktails), as well as an option to order takeout drinks for curbside pickup.

The Seattle skyline at night with the Smith Tower at the center.
The bar atop Smith Tower comes with 360-degree views of downtown.
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11. Iconiq

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1421 31st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 568-7715
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Perched atop the Mount Baker neighborhood, Iconiq’s windows open toward the downtown Seattle skyline. At night, the view of the city’s lights is particularly romantic, pairing well with Japanese-French fine-dining fusion cuisine. It’s open for dine-in reservations, as well as some takeout offerings.

A dish at Iconiq in Mount Baker.
Iconiq’s windows open toward the downtown Seattle skyline.
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12. Marination Ma Kai

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1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

This scenic part of the Marination restaurant group sits on the West Seattle peninsula, accessible by water taxi from downtown and facing a grand view of the Seattle skyline and Elliott Bay. Among the popular Korean-Hawaiian fare are Spam sliders, kalua pork tacos, mac salad, and kimchi fried rice. In addition to the outdoor patio, it’s open for takeout with to-go cocktails as well.

The patio at Marination Ma Kai, with orange umbrellas and string lights.
Marination Ma Kai has a grand view of downtown Seattle from West Seattle.
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13. The Stone House Cafe

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9701 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 397-4102
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This former Rainier Beach service station in a historic gingerbread house-esque stone building was transformed into a bakery and cafe in 2015, with salads, sandwiches, breakfast all day, and an excellent array of pastries. Views open up to Lake Washington, and there’s even a drive-in movie theater experience this summer.

The exterior of Stone House Cafe, which was a former service station.
Stone House Cafe has views of Lake Washington.
Stone House/Official

1. Ray's Boathouse

6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
The tall sign at Ray’s Boathouse with the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound at sunset in the background.
Ray’s Boathouse shows off views of the Olympic Mountains.
Ray’s/Facebook

With a deckside view of Puget Sound and the sun setting behind the Olympic Mountains, this longtime Ballard restaurant along Shishole Bay is the total package. Ray’s doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, sticking to seafood classics such as fried oysters, pan-seared scallops, and salmon, but the location and atmosphere is tough to beat. The Boathouse now accepts reservations.

6049 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Mountaineering Club

4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
A view of the outdoor seating at Mountaineering Club from inside the restaurant.
Mountaineering Club has indoor and outdoor seating.
Suzi Pratt

The Graduate Seattle hotel in the U District features a striking rooftop bar, with unimpeded views of the city and the mountains. There’s seafood aplenty here, plus a self-contained s’mores-making kit for outdoor consumption, as well as an extensive collection of well-crafted cocktails. Open for onsite dining and takeout and delivery via Doordash.

4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

3. Westward

2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103

Tables on an outdoor patio line up on the northern shore of Lake Union, providing amazing views from this impeccably designed, seafood-focused favorite. The restaurant from Renee Erickson’s Sea Creatures group serves up a robust selection of oysters and inventive cocktails. Open for reservations, and there’s a takeout menu via Toast.

2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Agua Verde Cafe

1303 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105
The downstairs patio at Agua Verde, with a bright orange food truck in the background.
Agua Verde sits on Portage Bay.
Courtesy of Agua Verde

Portage Bay’s waterfront Mexican restaurant tends to be a popular spot on warm weather days. There’s a 60-seat patio called Marina Cantina, and diners can order rockfish tacos, quesadillas, and burritos from a bright orange food truck, while sipping some potent margaritas. In addition to dine-in, there’s also takeout and delivery through apps like Postmates, Doordash, and Uber Eats.

1303 NE Boat St
Seattle, WA 98105

5. Mbar

400 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA
The outdoor patio at Mbar, with colorful furniture and a view of Lake Union.
The experience at Mbar is epic from the moment diners are whisked to the rooftop in a private elevator.
Suzi Pratt

The experience at this glass-walled South Lake Union restaurant is epic from the moment diners are whisked to the rooftop in a private elevator. Views stretch to the Space Needle, Queen Anne, Lake Union, and Capitol Hill, and the menu (from the team behind popular Mamnoon) melds Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences. Reservations are open for dine-in.

400 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA

6. The Loupe Lounge

400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109

The Space Needle’s bar known for its rotating floor and views of the city 500-feet above the ground recently, with reservations starting at a lofty $200 per person. That price includes admission to the building, a table reservation for two hours, food, drinks, and parking, which may fit the bill for those hosting out-of-towners who want to booze it up at the city’s famed landmark.

400 Broad St
Seattle, WA 98109

7. Matt's in the Market

94 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
Tables at Matt’s in the Market overlooking the Public Market Center neon sign and clock.
Matt’s in the Market inside Pike Place Market has views of Elliott Bay and the Market clock.
Matt’s in the Market/Facebook

The Pike Place Market classic serves a menu of excellent Pacific Northwest seafood (roasted halbut in an avgolemono sauce with English peas) to match timeless views of Elliott Bay and the Market clock. Though the atmosphere can be touristy, and the prices high accordingly, this is still the place to go for quintessential Seattle scenery. Reservations are open for dine-in.

94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Maximilien Restaurant

81A Pike St Ste A, Seattle, WA 98101
The outdoor patio at Maximilien, with views of Elliott Bay.
Maximilien has long been a reliable spot for downtown French dining.
Maximilien/Facebook

Maximilien has long been a reliable spot for downtown French dining. For some serious date-night eats, this restaurant impresses with a menu of satisfying entrees, such as Hudson Valley duck leg confit and steak frites, best enjoyed on a sweet Pike Place Market patio with views of Elliott Bay. Open for both indoor and outdoor seating, plus takeout via Toast.

81A Pike St Ste A
Seattle, WA 98101

9. The Fisherman's Restaurant

1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
The exterior of The Fisherman’s Restaurant, including the patio next to the Great Wheel.
The Fisherman’s Restaurant not only sits under the Great Wheel, but offers food on the ride itself.
Justin Oba

Chef Nick Novello’s installation at this famed downtown waterfront restaurant makes the touristy spot worth revisiting. Local oysters, crab sourdough toast, and smoked salmon are a few of the standouts. Plus, not only is the place parked under the Great Wheel, but it also offers a new dine-in experience on the ride itself, for those who aren’t afraid of heights.

1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Smith Tower Observatory Bar

35, 506 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
The Seattle skyline at night with the Smith Tower at the center.
The bar atop Smith Tower comes with 360-degree views of downtown.
Smith Tower/Facebook

Inspired by the speakeasies of yore, the bar perched atop the Smith Tower comes with serious 360-degree views that stretch over downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. There’s a happy hour special from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (which includes bento boxes, beer, champagne, wine, and barrel-aged cocktails), as well as an option to order takeout drinks for curbside pickup.

35, 506 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

11. Iconiq

1421 31st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
A dish at Iconiq in Mount Baker.
Iconiq’s windows open toward the downtown Seattle skyline.
Iconiq [Official Photo]

Perched atop the Mount Baker neighborhood, Iconiq’s windows open toward the downtown Seattle skyline. At night, the view of the city’s lights is particularly romantic, pairing well with Japanese-French fine-dining fusion cuisine. It’s open for dine-in reservations, as well as some takeout offerings.

1421 31st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

12. Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
The patio at Marination Ma Kai, with orange umbrellas and string lights.
Marination Ma Kai has a grand view of downtown Seattle from West Seattle.
Marination/Facebook

This scenic part of the Marination restaurant group sits on the West Seattle peninsula, accessible by water taxi from downtown and facing a grand view of the Seattle skyline and Elliott Bay. Among the popular Korean-Hawaiian fare are Spam sliders, kalua pork tacos, mac salad, and kimchi fried rice. In addition to the outdoor patio, it’s open for takeout with to-go cocktails as well.

1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

13. The Stone House Cafe

9701 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
The exterior of Stone House Cafe, which was a former service station.
Stone House Cafe has views of Lake Washington.
Stone House/Official

This former Rainier Beach service station in a historic gingerbread house-esque stone building was transformed into a bakery and cafe in 2015, with salads, sandwiches, breakfast all day, and an excellent array of pastries. Views open up to Lake Washington, and there’s even a drive-in movie theater experience this summer.

9701 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

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