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The Space Needle is near a couple of strong dining and drinking neighborhoods, including Belltown and Queen Anne.

15 Great Places to Eat Near the Space Needle

Dine and drink well within walking distance of the city’s most iconic building

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The Space Needle is near a couple of strong dining and drinking neighborhoods, including Belltown and Queen Anne.

At Seattle Center, tourists can take a ride up the legendary Space Needle, frolic through Chihuly’s stunning glass garden, and make their way to the guitar sculpture and other exhibitions at the MoPOP Museum of Pop Culture (as the oft-rebranded EMP Museum is currently known). But once all the sites are seen, where are the best places to refuel? This guide take a look around the area, which includes Queen Anne and Belltown, both excellent neighborhoods for dining and drinking.

Note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically from west to east, not ranked by preference. If you think we missed a spot or want us to consider adding something for a later update, send us a tip.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Queen Anne Beerhall

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203 W Thomas St
Seattle, WA
(206) 659-4043
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A dedicated recreation of a German beer hall, this place is big enough to fit a party of any size and has a menu stacked with hearty Eastern European fare (including plenty of brats and schnitzel), along with imported beers delivered in huge steins. All that’s missing is the lederhosen.

2. Cafe Goldinblack

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1/2, 621 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Cafe Goldinblack recently reopened with the same intriguing menu that has built a cult following since the restaurant’s founding in 2013. The menu draws influences from Korea and beyond, with options like kimchi fried rice, bibimbap, ramen, bulgogi hand rolls, and a handful of sandwiches on Macrina bread with a choice of bulgogi beef, chicken, or garlic-marinated pork. 

3. Toulouse Petit

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601 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA
(206) 432-9069
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The French-Creole legend of Lower Queen Anne is so much more than just its unbelievable happy hour menus. Roughly 10 minutes on foot from the Space Needle, Toulouse features charcuterie, a raw bar, and fried-everything with solid drinks most hours of the day.

4. Paju

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11 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 829-8215
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This small, modern Korean restaurant on Mercer Street delivers a variety of wonderfully prepared, shareable plates, and is within a short walk of all the attractions at Seattle Center. Standout dishes include a satisfyingly smoky fried rice dish with squid ink and quail egg, and a crispy pancake with some strong okonomiyaki flavors.

5. La Marzocco Cafe

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472 1st Ave N
Seattle, WA
(206) 706-9104
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The KEXP listening space is one of the coolest things to happen to the Seattle Center in a long time, and the addition of the first La Marzocco Cafe from Italy’s espresso-machine expert is the cherry on top. Here, customers can grab a cup of the month’s featured coffee roaster and groove to the sweet sounds of Seattle’s world-famous radio station.

6. Triumph Bar

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114 Republican St
Seattle, WA
(206) 420-1791
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The cocktail list at this Lower Queen Anne spot is fun and polished; the wine list is mostly Italian, curated by a couple of sommelier brothers, and features more than 20 glass pours. On a sunny day, the walls come up, and your perfectly paired plates can be enjoyed outside, overlooking the Seattle Center.

7. Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

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124 Republican St
Seattle, WA
(206) 501-4442
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It wouldn’t be Seattle without a trip to a Taylor Shellfish oyster bar, one of Eater Seattle’s 38 essential restaurants and an extension of one of the country’s premier oyster farms. A glass of Washington wine alongside an array of local bivalves is a great way to appreciate the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.

8. Plum Bistro

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Armory
Seattle, WA 98109

Those looking for vegan options around the Seattle Center may want to check out this popular restaurant’s kiosk inside the Armory. Fan favorites include the lemon dill gyro with seitan on spinach naan and a barbecue pulled mushroom po’ boy with pickled cabbage and ranch aoli. Don’t forget the refreshing smoothie and juice options, such as the Hawaiian Berry Freeze, with pineapple, black and blue berries, and coconut water.

9. Black Bottle

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2600 1st Ave
Seattle, WA
(206) 441-1500
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This is a neighborhood favorite for its fully stocked bar, thoughtful wine list, unfussy food, and patio. There’s even a three-hour happy hour, for those who like a good bargain.

10. No Anchor

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2505 2nd Ave Ste 105
Seattle, WA
(206) 448-2610
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This critically acclaimed geek-meets-chic spot in Belltown is known for wild and wonderful beers, but also wows with its carefully curated food menu. Patrons can devour smoked and pickled mussels, trout purée, ketchup chips, and unbeatable crab rolls alongside brews served at proper temperatures and beer cocktails that actually work (part of why No Anchor was a James Beard Award semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program in 2019).

11. Tilikum Place Cafe

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407 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 282-4830
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Despite its proximity to Seattle Center and the Space Needle, this handsome bistro tucked away on Cedar Street is no tourist trap. Those looking for brunch options should note one definitive star on Tilikum’s eclectic menu: the Dutch baby pancake, whose cast iron-baked goodness has earned fame, far and wide, for the restaurant.

12. Wa'z Seattle

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411 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-7119
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In 2018, chef Hiro Tawara opened this Japanese fine-dining restaurant devoted to the art of kaiseki. The traditional multi-course style features elegantly plated dishes served in a specific sequence to honor the seasons and Japanese culture. Late last year, it started expanding its offerings, adding temaki (DIY hand sushi rolls) for weekend lunch , and bringing on a new executive chef to work with chef-owner Hiro.

13. Big Mario’s

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815 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA
(206) 453-5841
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The pies at Big Mario’s made the Eater Seattle list of essential pizza restaurants, mainly for its generous, perfectly greasy New York-style slices. At the Queen Anne location, old school checkered tablecloths and retro photos on the walls help diners feel like Tony Manero. It’s also not a bad place to take the kids for families doing the tourist thing.

14. Ten Sushi

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500 Mercer St
Seattle, WA
(206) 453-3881
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Hidden in plain sight above the QFC at the corner of the Seattle Center, this little haven specializes in conveyor belt sushi that goes beyond the gadgety gimmick. Chef Shinichiro Takahashi mastered the art of sushi-on-the-move for more than 15 years in Japan before tackling Seattle’s scene.

15. Mantra

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2720 4th Ave Apt 116
Seattle, WA
(206) 659-0466
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Loved by locals, Mantra manages to fly under the radar, despite an extensive menu of satisfying curries, noodles, fried rice, and seafood dishes, such as the deep fried trout with mango sauce. The lunch combos are also a bargain: For $10, customers can get pad thai combos with various chicken and vegetable options.

1. Queen Anne Beerhall

203 W Thomas St, Seattle, WA

A dedicated recreation of a German beer hall, this place is big enough to fit a party of any size and has a menu stacked with hearty Eastern European fare (including plenty of brats and schnitzel), along with imported beers delivered in huge steins. All that’s missing is the lederhosen.

203 W Thomas St
Seattle, WA

2. Cafe Goldinblack

1/2, 621 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Cafe Goldinblack recently reopened with the same intriguing menu that has built a cult following since the restaurant’s founding in 2013. The menu draws influences from Korea and beyond, with options like kimchi fried rice, bibimbap, ramen, bulgogi hand rolls, and a handful of sandwiches on Macrina bread with a choice of bulgogi beef, chicken, or garlic-marinated pork. 

1/2, 621 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

3. Toulouse Petit

601 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

The French-Creole legend of Lower Queen Anne is so much more than just its unbelievable happy hour menus. Roughly 10 minutes on foot from the Space Needle, Toulouse features charcuterie, a raw bar, and fried-everything with solid drinks most hours of the day.

601 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA

4. Paju

11 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

This small, modern Korean restaurant on Mercer Street delivers a variety of wonderfully prepared, shareable plates, and is within a short walk of all the attractions at Seattle Center. Standout dishes include a satisfyingly smoky fried rice dish with squid ink and quail egg, and a crispy pancake with some strong okonomiyaki flavors.

11 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109

5. La Marzocco Cafe

472 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA

The KEXP listening space is one of the coolest things to happen to the Seattle Center in a long time, and the addition of the first La Marzocco Cafe from Italy’s espresso-machine expert is the cherry on top. Here, customers can grab a cup of the month’s featured coffee roaster and groove to the sweet sounds of Seattle’s world-famous radio station.

472 1st Ave N
Seattle, WA

6. Triumph Bar

114 Republican St, Seattle, WA

The cocktail list at this Lower Queen Anne spot is fun and polished; the wine list is mostly Italian, curated by a couple of sommelier brothers, and features more than 20 glass pours. On a sunny day, the walls come up, and your perfectly paired plates can be enjoyed outside, overlooking the Seattle Center.

114 Republican St
Seattle, WA

7. Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

124 Republican St, Seattle, WA

It wouldn’t be Seattle without a trip to a Taylor Shellfish oyster bar, one of Eater Seattle’s 38 essential restaurants and an extension of one of the country’s premier oyster farms. A glass of Washington wine alongside an array of local bivalves is a great way to appreciate the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.

124 Republican St
Seattle, WA

8. Plum Bistro

Armory, Seattle, WA 98109

Those looking for vegan options around the Seattle Center may want to check out this popular restaurant’s kiosk inside the Armory. Fan favorites include the lemon dill gyro with seitan on spinach naan and a barbecue pulled mushroom po’ boy with pickled cabbage and ranch aoli. Don’t forget the refreshing smoothie and juice options, such as the Hawaiian Berry Freeze, with pineapple, black and blue berries, and coconut water.

Armory
Seattle, WA 98109

9. Black Bottle

2600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

This is a neighborhood favorite for its fully stocked bar, thoughtful wine list, unfussy food, and patio. There’s even a three-hour happy hour, for those who like a good bargain.

2600 1st Ave
Seattle, WA

10. No Anchor

2505 2nd Ave Ste 105, Seattle, WA

This critically acclaimed geek-meets-chic spot in Belltown is known for wild and wonderful beers, but also wows with its carefully curated food menu. Patrons can devour smoked and pickled mussels, trout purée, ketchup chips, and unbeatable crab rolls alongside brews served at proper temperatures and beer cocktails that actually work (part of why No Anchor was a James Beard Award semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program in 2019).

2505 2nd Ave Ste 105
Seattle, WA

11. Tilikum Place Cafe

407 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121

Despite its proximity to Seattle Center and the Space Needle, this handsome bistro tucked away on Cedar Street is no tourist trap. Those looking for brunch options should note one definitive star on Tilikum’s eclectic menu: the Dutch baby pancake, whose cast iron-baked goodness has earned fame, far and wide, for the restaurant.

407 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121

12. Wa'z Seattle

411 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121

In 2018, chef Hiro Tawara opened this Japanese fine-dining restaurant devoted to the art of kaiseki. The traditional multi-course style features elegantly plated dishes served in a specific sequence to honor the seasons and Japanese culture. Late last year, it started expanding its offerings, adding temaki (DIY hand sushi rolls) for weekend lunch , and bringing on a new executive chef to work with chef-owner Hiro.

411 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121

13. Big Mario’s

815 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA

The pies at Big Mario’s made the Eater Seattle list of essential pizza restaurants, mainly for its generous, perfectly greasy New York-style slices. At the Queen Anne location, old school checkered tablecloths and retro photos on the walls help diners feel like Tony Manero. It’s also not a bad place to take the kids for families doing the tourist thing.

815 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA

14. Ten Sushi

500 Mercer St, Seattle, WA

Hidden in plain sight above the QFC at the corner of the Seattle Center, this little haven specializes in conveyor belt sushi that goes beyond the gadgety gimmick. Chef Shinichiro Takahashi mastered the art of sushi-on-the-move for more than 15 years in Japan before tackling Seattle’s scene.

500 Mercer St
Seattle, WA

15. Mantra

2720 4th Ave Apt 116, Seattle, WA

Loved by locals, Mantra manages to fly under the radar, despite an extensive menu of satisfying curries, noodles, fried rice, and seafood dishes, such as the deep fried trout with mango sauce. The lunch combos are also a bargain: For $10, customers can get pad thai combos with various chicken and vegetable options.

2720 4th Ave Apt 116
Seattle, WA

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