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The patio at Westward offers incredible views of Lake Union.
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Restaurants With Some of the Best Views in Seattle

Great food is even better with a view, and these restaurants have it all.

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The patio at Westward offers incredible views of Lake Union.
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The weather is finally warming up, days are getting longer, and as the rain eventually lifts it’s the perfect time to take in the scenery. For the Seattle area, that includes stunning views of the Cascades, Mount Rainier, Lake Washington, and the Puget Sound. Thanks to exceptional restaurants that occupy some choice real estate, enjoying a multiple-course meal or award-winning fare while drinking in the sights is an achievable dream. Head for a (slow) spin atop the Space Needle at The Loupe Lounge, enjoy all-day breakfast with lake views at The Stone House Cafe, or indulgent French dishes overlooking Elliott Bay at Place Pigalle.

Here’s a list of some of the finest restaurants with the best views in the area. For a related list, check out our rooftop dining guide.

As usual, this list is not ranked, but organized geographically from west to east.

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Ray's Boathouse

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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.

Marination Ma Kai

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This Marination location on the West Seattle peninsula features a grand view of the city skyline and Elliott Bay. Among the popular Korean-Hawaiian fare are Spam sliders, kalua pork tacos, and kimchi fried rice. The spacious outdoor seating area is conveniently close to the pedestrian water taxi, which runs directly from downtown to Alki.

The Loupe Lounge

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The Space Needle’s bar is known for its slowly-rotating floor and views of the city 500 feet above the ground. Reservations for Loupe’s dining and cocktail experiences start around $85 and go up to $275, which includes cocktails or wine selections paired with wagyu sliders, caviar, or oysters for example. The price also includes admission to the Space Needle, a table reservation, 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.

There’s tons to love about one of Seattle’s most awarded restaurants, and at Canlis, the stellar view only adds to the acclaim. The iconic restaurant offers panorama views of the Cascades, and Lake Washington. Coveted reservations for its multi-course fine dining experiences book out months in advance.

The Fisherman's Restaurant

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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 four course dinning experience on the ride itself, for those who aren’t afraid of heights.

Maximilien Restaurant

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Maximilien has long been a reliable spot for downtown French dining, and a go-to for date night. 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. In the rainy months, enjoy the same outdoor views in a cozy, covered dome via Maximillen’s Le Igloo experience.

Place Pigalle

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Another gem in the heart of Pike Place Market, you might just miss Place Pigalle if you’re not looking for it. A tucked-away reprieve from the din of the fishmongers, this French-leaning restaurant offers an incredible view of Elliott Bay and the Great Wheel ride. Stand out selections include the bouillabaisse and onion soup.

Smith Tower Observatory Bar

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Inspired by the speakeasies of yore, the bar atop the historic Smith Tower comes with serious 360-degree views that stretch over downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Bites include potstickers and noodle bowls, and the classy vibe is perfect for special occasions. Just recently the bar added cocktail classes for small groups.

Westward

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On the northern shore of Lake Union, Westward’s outdoor patio with tables and heated tents provide amazing views. Part of Renee Erickson’s Sea Creatures group, this impeccably designed, seafood-focused favorite serves up a robust selection of oysters, inventive cocktails, and weekend brunch.

Agua Verde Cafe

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Portage Bay’s waterfront Mexican restaurant is a popular spot on warm weather days. It’s also a hit for cyclists looking for eats along the Burke-Gilman Trail. There’s a 60-seat patio called Marina Cantina, open from May through September. At the cantina, diners can order rockfish tacos, quesadillas, and burritos from a bright orange food truck, all while sipping some potent margaritas. Veggie options are plentiful here.

Perched in 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 fusion cuisine made with seasonal ingredients.

BluWater Bistro - Leschi

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Right on Lake Washington, this longtime fixture in the Leschi neighborhood is a local’s go-to for happy hour and weekend brunch. Featuring pizza, pastas, and seafood dishes, it’s also accessible by boat.

The Stone House Cafe

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This former Rainier Beach service station in a historic tudor-style stone building was transformed into a bakery and cafe in 2015. With views that open up to Lake Washington, Stone House offers salads, sandwiches, breakfast all day, and an excellent array of pastries. Don’t pass up on Laina’s handmade ice cream and boozy milkshakes.

Ray's Boathouse

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.

Marination Ma Kai

This Marination location on the West Seattle peninsula features a grand view of the city skyline and Elliott Bay. Among the popular Korean-Hawaiian fare are Spam sliders, kalua pork tacos, and kimchi fried rice. The spacious outdoor seating area is conveniently close to the pedestrian water taxi, which runs directly from downtown to Alki.

The Loupe Lounge

The Space Needle’s bar is known for its slowly-rotating floor and views of the city 500 feet above the ground. Reservations for Loupe’s dining and cocktail experiences start around $85 and go up to $275, which includes cocktails or wine selections paired with wagyu sliders, caviar, or oysters for example. The price also includes admission to the Space Needle, a table reservation, 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.

Canlis

There’s tons to love about one of Seattle’s most awarded restaurants, and at Canlis, the stellar view only adds to the acclaim. The iconic restaurant offers panorama views of the Cascades, and Lake Washington. Coveted reservations for its multi-course fine dining experiences book out months in advance.

The Fisherman's Restaurant

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 four course dinning experience on the ride itself, for those who aren’t afraid of heights.

Maximilien Restaurant

Maximilien has long been a reliable spot for downtown French dining, and a go-to for date night. 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. In the rainy months, enjoy the same outdoor views in a cozy, covered dome via Maximillen’s Le Igloo experience.

Place Pigalle

Another gem in the heart of Pike Place Market, you might just miss Place Pigalle if you’re not looking for it. A tucked-away reprieve from the din of the fishmongers, this French-leaning restaurant offers an incredible view of Elliott Bay and the Great Wheel ride. Stand out selections include the bouillabaisse and onion soup.

Smith Tower Observatory Bar

Inspired by the speakeasies of yore, the bar atop the historic Smith Tower comes with serious 360-degree views that stretch over downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Bites include potstickers and noodle bowls, and the classy vibe is perfect for special occasions. Just recently the bar added cocktail classes for small groups.

Westward

On the northern shore of Lake Union, Westward’s outdoor patio with tables and heated tents provide amazing views. Part of Renee Erickson’s Sea Creatures group, this impeccably designed, seafood-focused favorite serves up a robust selection of oysters, inventive cocktails, and weekend brunch.

Agua Verde Cafe

Portage Bay’s waterfront Mexican restaurant is a popular spot on warm weather days. It’s also a hit for cyclists looking for eats along the Burke-Gilman Trail. There’s a 60-seat patio called Marina Cantina, open from May through September. At the cantina, diners can order rockfish tacos, quesadillas, and burritos from a bright orange food truck, all while sipping some potent margaritas. Veggie options are plentiful here.

Iconiq

Perched in 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 fusion cuisine made with seasonal ingredients.

BluWater Bistro - Leschi

Right on Lake Washington, this longtime fixture in the Leschi neighborhood is a local’s go-to for happy hour and weekend brunch. Featuring pizza, pastas, and seafood dishes, it’s also accessible by boat.

The Stone House Cafe

This former Rainier Beach service station in a historic tudor-style stone building was transformed into a bakery and cafe in 2015. With views that open up to Lake Washington, Stone House offers salads, sandwiches, breakfast all day, and an excellent array of pastries. Don’t pass up on Laina’s handmade ice cream and boozy milkshakes.

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