Summer is almost here and it’s the perfect time to plan a short getaway. Heading out to the hills — or the peninsula, or one of the islands — is a great opportunity to explore the many standout dining experiences outside of the city. Grab some stellar poke at Hi Life in Bainbridge, enjoy bluefish tuna and wine pairings at the Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, or try the new Banzai Teriyaki from “Top Chef” Shota Nakajima in Cle Elum.
Perfect for pit stops in a larger trip, or as destinations in themselves, these 13 restaurants are worth the drive (or ferry ride). Be sure to check out our guides to the best restaurants in the San Juan Islands, Port Townsend, and Sequim and Port Angeles for related lists.
The restaurants here aren’t ranked; they are listed geographically from west to east.
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