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Mutsuko Soma makes soba from scratch every day at her Fremont restaurant.
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15 Fantastic Restaurants to Check Out in Fremont

With kalbi-marinated short ribs, puffy wood-fired sourdough pizzas, decadent malatang, and more

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Mutsuko Soma makes soba from scratch every day at her Fremont restaurant.
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Even during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fremont hasn’t lost its creative spirit. Whether it’s a soba destination, a high-end sandwich shop with vegan sloppy joes, an all-day diner with a disco hallway, the dining scene in this neighborhood continues to surprise and delight. Here are some favorites from the neighborhood. (For the purposes of this map, restaurants on Stone Way south of 40th Street are considered part of Fremont, not Wallingford.)

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After building a strong following as a pop-up inside Fremont’s Pomerol, the contemporary Indian cuisine specialist Meesha became a full-fledged restaurant in 2020. Among some of the can’t-miss dishes from chef Preeti Agarwal are rarah keema pao with expertly prepared ground lamb, the fried Amritsari fish, and the paneer in tomato sauce with black cardamom. Takeout is still an option, but the lively dining room and patio are also open for business.

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What started as a pop-up in Pike Place Market three years ago is drawing long lines and plenty of buzz for dishes featuring the best in local seafood. The fish sandwiches, like the salmon blt and the seared albacore tuna sandwich are all excellent, while salads loaded with vegetables and grains and rice bowls with pork-and-fish patties and nuoc cham make for satisfying but light lunches.

Rasai, which opened in 2021, is good option for fine dining Indian food in Fremont. It recently got a shot out from J Kenji López-Alt for its green pea soup, ghee-fried cauliflower, goat biryani, and black lentil dal. Dishes on the dinner menu include a Goan black tiger appetizer, fig kofta, and seared black cod with ambotik sauce (a tangy sauce made with tomato and tamarind.)

Dreamland Bar & Diner

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From the owners of acclaimed drinks den Stampede Cocktail Club, comes this diner with a disco ball-packed hallway that serves all-day breakfast and a selection of solid drinks, including guava Moscow mules and vegan grasshopper slushies. It’s always packed, even on weekdays, with friends getting drinks after work, and the dance music is always bumping. Takeout and dine-in service are available, including patio seating.

19 GOLD Taiwanese Restaurant

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This pint-sized Taiwanese restaurant is regularly packed with diners eating dishes like crunchy garlic green beans, flavorful popcorn chicken, and lu rou fan (fatty soy-sauce-braised pork over rice) while sipping on boba tea. Though not strictly Taiwanese, the restaurant also serves several excellent versions of malatang, a spicy Chinese soup bowl with ingredients like lotus root, shell-on shrimp, fish cakes, sliced beef, and other meat, seafood, and vegetables. But the hidden gem of the menu is a cold soft tofu appetizer with preserved egg and a powerfully garlicky sauce with a deep umami flavor.

This Caribbean sandwich shop with locations in Fremont, SoDo, and a new location in Issaquah, has a loyal following for its Famous Caribbean Roast sandwich, a pile of tender marinated roast pork shoulder, aioli, and grilled onions between pieces of bread. The shop also serves cafe Cubano, and various plates and bowls with meat, rice, vegetables, and beans.

Le Coin

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This underrated bistro skews more toward French home cooking than haute cuisine, but all the dishes show refinement. There are multiple grilled meat and vegetable options, including a solid burger, but seafood is the real star, including raw oysters and seared halibut and scallop dishes (don’t forget about the lemon tarts for dessert).

This Fremont restaurant stands out for its sourdough pizzas, baked in a wood-fired oven covered in red tile behind the service counter. The menu offers classic pizzas like marinara, pepperoni, and margherita, as well as a cacio e pepe pie and a burrata soppressata pizza with hot honey and Calabrian chili pepper.

Uneeda Burger

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The burger options at this glorified shack, a sibling to Feed Co. Burgers, are studies in decadence, although beef isn’t necessarily always the way to go. One favorite happens to be the lamb burger, with pickled peppers, manchego, cured lemon, and chermoula sauce.

Crumby Sandwich & Spirits

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This newcomer from 2021 has been wowing diners and local food writers with sandwiches made with the same intentionality normally used at fine-dining tasting menus. Chef Brandon Marie’s sandwiches, like a vegan sloppy joe made with mixed wild mushrooms and an octopus and chorizo sandwich with pickled potatoes, employ the freshest seasonal ingredients. An excellent cocktail list, snacks like beef tartare and charcuterie, and an airy space with floor-to-cieling windows all make the shop just as good for a date night as for a casual week-day lunch.

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Star chef Mutsuko Soma makes soba from scratch every day at this Fremont destination, which was chosen as one of Eater’s Best New Restaurant in America in 2018. Soma serves traditional soba shop dishes like seiro soba (cold with dipping sauce) and super-crunchy tempura but also more creative dishes like soba with oysters and gochujang broth and oreo tempura served with mini toasted marshmallows. Make a full night of it by sampling some sake and snacks at next door sibling bar Hannyatou before heading over to Kamonegi for dinner.

Chopsticks pulling buckwheat soba from a plate of green vegetables.
Mutsuko Soma makes soba from scratch every day at her Fremont restaurant.
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Old Salt at Manolin

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Fremont’s acclaimed Manolin has shifted into a coffee and bagel pop-up, serving breakfast sandwiches with lox and other smoked fish sourced from local purveyors, as well as spreads such as kimchi cream cheese. It regularly sells out of its selections, available for takeout Thursday through Sunday, so diners will have to be quick on those Tock reservations.

Art of the Table

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Fremont’s upscale restaurant on Stone Way has made adjustments during the pandemic, including offering heat-at-home selections and pantry items. It also recently reopened for dine-in service, with a shifting five-course tasting menu that recently included weathervane scallop crudo with smoked trout roe and smoked pork jowl dumplings.

2022 James Beard Award finalists chef Rachel Yang and partner Seif Chirchi offer simple but refined dishes at their Korean-influenced Fremont restaurant, including a smoked mackerel kedgeree and a succulent kalbi short rib over grilled kimchi. Expect inventive dishes too, like smoked tofu with mushrooms or the dash grits, rich with umami and perfect topped with some of bright house-made kimchi. With an inviting, open space and easy-going service, Joule offers a special night out sans pretension. Sit at the bar and watch chefs plating dishes, and sip on one of Joule’s creative cocktails, like the lapsang souchong tequila drink with lime and Thai chili agave. 

The Whale Wins Larder and Cafe

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Chef Renee Erickson’s Fremont restaurant added a pantry selling wine, cheese, and meat (including Carman Ranch ribeye steaks) during the pandemic. But sitting down for dinner at the restaurant and watching the cooks roast meats in the wood-fired oven behind the counter is still a treat. A recent gem on the menu was a shell-on spot prawn dish covered in salsa macha, garnished with cilantro, and drizzled with lime.

The interior of The Whale Wins, with a chef preparing a dish on a counter.
The Whale Wins is one of Renee Erickson’s signature restaurants.
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Meesha

After building a strong following as a pop-up inside Fremont’s Pomerol, the contemporary Indian cuisine specialist Meesha became a full-fledged restaurant in 2020. Among some of the can’t-miss dishes from chef Preeti Agarwal are rarah keema pao with expertly prepared ground lamb, the fried Amritsari fish, and the paneer in tomato sauce with black cardamom. Takeout is still an option, but the lively dining room and patio are also open for business.

Local Tide

What started as a pop-up in Pike Place Market three years ago is drawing long lines and plenty of buzz for dishes featuring the best in local seafood. The fish sandwiches, like the salmon blt and the seared albacore tuna sandwich are all excellent, while salads loaded with vegetables and grains and rice bowls with pork-and-fish patties and nuoc cham make for satisfying but light lunches.

RASAI

Rasai, which opened in 2021, is good option for fine dining Indian food in Fremont. It recently got a shot out from J Kenji López-Alt for its green pea soup, ghee-fried cauliflower, goat biryani, and black lentil dal. Dishes on the dinner menu include a Goan black tiger appetizer, fig kofta, and seared black cod with ambotik sauce (a tangy sauce made with tomato and tamarind.)

Dreamland Bar & Diner

From the owners of acclaimed drinks den Stampede Cocktail Club, comes this diner with a disco ball-packed hallway that serves all-day breakfast and a selection of solid drinks, including guava Moscow mules and vegan grasshopper slushies. It’s always packed, even on weekdays, with friends getting drinks after work, and the dance music is always bumping. Takeout and dine-in service are available, including patio seating.

19 GOLD Taiwanese Restaurant

This pint-sized Taiwanese restaurant is regularly packed with diners eating dishes like crunchy garlic green beans, flavorful popcorn chicken, and lu rou fan (fatty soy-sauce-braised pork over rice) while sipping on boba tea. Though not strictly Taiwanese, the restaurant also serves several excellent versions of malatang, a spicy Chinese soup bowl with ingredients like lotus root, shell-on shrimp, fish cakes, sliced beef, and other meat, seafood, and vegetables. But the hidden gem of the menu is a cold soft tofu appetizer with preserved egg and a powerfully garlicky sauce with a deep umami flavor.

Paseo

This Caribbean sandwich shop with locations in Fremont, SoDo, and a new location in Issaquah, has a loyal following for its Famous Caribbean Roast sandwich, a pile of tender marinated roast pork shoulder, aioli, and grilled onions between pieces of bread. The shop also serves cafe Cubano, and various plates and bowls with meat, rice, vegetables, and beans.

Le Coin

This underrated bistro skews more toward French home cooking than haute cuisine, but all the dishes show refinement. There are multiple grilled meat and vegetable options, including a solid burger, but seafood is the real star, including raw oysters and seared halibut and scallop dishes (don’t forget about the lemon tarts for dessert).

Lupo

This Fremont restaurant stands out for its sourdough pizzas, baked in a wood-fired oven covered in red tile behind the service counter. The menu offers classic pizzas like marinara, pepperoni, and margherita, as well as a cacio e pepe pie and a burrata soppressata pizza with hot honey and Calabrian chili pepper.

Uneeda Burger

The burger options at this glorified shack, a sibling to Feed Co. Burgers, are studies in decadence, although beef isn’t necessarily always the way to go. One favorite happens to be the lamb burger, with pickled peppers, manchego, cured lemon, and chermoula sauce.

Crumby Sandwich & Spirits

This newcomer from 2021 has been wowing diners and local food writers with sandwiches made with the same intentionality normally used at fine-dining tasting menus. Chef Brandon Marie’s sandwiches, like a vegan sloppy joe made with mixed wild mushrooms and an octopus and chorizo sandwich with pickled potatoes, employ the freshest seasonal ingredients. An excellent cocktail list, snacks like beef tartare and charcuterie, and an airy space with floor-to-cieling windows all make the shop just as good for a date night as for a casual week-day lunch.

Kamonegi

Chopsticks pulling buckwheat soba from a plate of green vegetables.
Mutsuko Soma makes soba from scratch every day at her Fremont restaurant.
Kamonegi

Star chef Mutsuko Soma makes soba from scratch every day at this Fremont destination, which was chosen as one of Eater’s Best New Restaurant in America in 2018. Soma serves traditional soba shop dishes like seiro soba (cold with dipping sauce) and super-crunchy tempura but also more creative dishes like soba with oysters and gochujang broth and oreo tempura served with mini toasted marshmallows. Make a full night of it by sampling some sake and snacks at next door sibling bar Hannyatou before heading over to Kamonegi for dinner.

Chopsticks pulling buckwheat soba from a plate of green vegetables.
Mutsuko Soma makes soba from scratch every day at her Fremont restaurant.
Kamonegi

Old Salt at Manolin

Fremont’s acclaimed Manolin has shifted into a coffee and bagel pop-up, serving breakfast sandwiches with lox and other smoked fish sourced from local purveyors, as well as spreads such as kimchi cream cheese. It regularly sells out of its selections, available for takeout Thursday through Sunday, so diners will have to be quick on those Tock reservations.

Art of the Table

Fremont’s upscale restaurant on Stone Way has made adjustments during the pandemic, including offering heat-at-home selections and pantry items. It also recently reopened for dine-in service, with a shifting five-course tasting menu that recently included weathervane scallop crudo with smoked trout roe and smoked pork jowl dumplings.

Joule

2022 James Beard Award finalists chef Rachel Yang and partner Seif Chirchi offer simple but refined dishes at their Korean-influenced Fremont restaurant, including a smoked mackerel kedgeree and a succulent kalbi short rib over grilled kimchi. Expect inventive dishes too, like smoked tofu with mushrooms or the dash grits, rich with umami and perfect topped with some of bright house-made kimchi. With an inviting, open space and easy-going service, Joule offers a special night out sans pretension. Sit at the bar and watch chefs plating dishes, and sip on one of Joule’s creative cocktails, like the lapsang souchong tequila drink with lime and Thai chili agave. 

The Whale Wins Larder and Cafe

The interior of The Whale Wins, with a chef preparing a dish on a counter.
The Whale Wins is one of Renee Erickson’s signature restaurants.
Bill Addison/Eater

Chef Renee Erickson’s Fremont restaurant added a pantry selling wine, cheese, and meat (including Carman Ranch ribeye steaks) during the pandemic. But sitting down for dinner at the restaurant and watching the cooks roast meats in the wood-fired oven behind the counter is still a treat. A recent gem on the menu was a shell-on spot prawn dish covered in salsa macha, garnished with cilantro, and drizzled with lime.

The interior of The Whale Wins, with a chef preparing a dish on a counter.
The Whale Wins is one of Renee Erickson’s signature restaurants.
Bill Addison/Eater

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