These beautiful restaurants in Seattle need to go on your special-occasion bucket list.
The old adage, “You eat with your eyes first” refers to the appearance of a restaurant’s food and not the restaurant itself. That being said, you can’t deny that being in a beautiful space really elevates a night of dining out. If you have a special occasion coming up or a dinner with someone you’d like to impress, consult our list of the most beautiful restaurants in Seattle. These restaurants not only have top-tier food and drink, but they also went above and beyond to deliver a visually memorable experience and romantic ambiance.
Here are the most beautiful restaurants in Seattle:
1. The George, Downtown
The George is The Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s newly-renovated dining room. In addition to the stunning interior they offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as weekend brunch and a private dining salon that can accommodate groups of 12.
2. The Corson Building, Georgetown
The Corson Building in Georgetown is often used as a wedding and private event venue and it’s easy to see why. This historic house was built in 1910 and became a restaurant in 2008. They’re open for indoor and outdoor dining Thursday through Sunday (for dinner only).
3. The Pink Door, Downtown
You’ll find this semi-hidden Italian restaurant in Pike Place Market, tucked behind a (you guessed it!) pink door. Inside there is flickering candlelight, white tablecloths, chandeliers, and a stunning view of the Great Wheel and the Seattle waterfront.
4. Canlis, Upper Queen Anne
Canlis is pricey and—unlike most of Seattle’s restaurants—has a dress code, but it’s worth it for the sophisticated mid-century modern design and the stunning view of Lake Union.
5. Cafe Flora, Madison Valley
Cafe Flora didn’t have to be this cute, but it went ahead and did it anyway. This vegetarian restaurant in Madison Valley has a bright and colorful interior with floral wallpaper, plus they recently added a covered patio with a romantic fountain and tons of sunlight streaming in.
6. The Walrus and the Carpenter, Ballard
It’s hard to say what is the most beautiful aspect of this oyster bar and restaurant in Ballard. Is it the dramatic chandelier by the entrance? The bright and airy space with pops of color? Honestly, we think it might be the giant bowl of local whipped butter on the counter that greets you as you walk in.
7. The Loupe Lounge, Queen Anne
The Loupe Lounge is beautiful in its own right, but let’s admit it: it’s the 360-degree view of Seattle that does the heavy lifting. After all, this restaurant is located in the top of the Space Needle. Make a reservation for sunset if you can.
8. Smith Tower Observatory & Bar, Downtown
You can enjoy drinks and small bites at this observatory and bar located at the top of Smith Tower in downtown Seattle. The interior has a sleek speakeasy vibe, and the epic view is just the cherry on top.
9. Maximilien Restaurant, Downtown
This French restaurant located in Pike Place Market has idyllic, old-world charm up the wazoo. Whether you’re seated inside or on Maximilien’s patio, you’ll have a beautiful view of the Seattle waterfront.
10. Willmott’s Ghost, Downtown
Not only is the interior design of Willmott’s Ghost irresistibly Instagrammable, it also offers a unique view of a famous Seattle attraction: the Amazon Spheres. The view is so good because this Italian restaurant is actually perched within the Spheres!
Hot tip: they have a great happy hour between 3:00 and 5:00 Monday through Friday.
11. Boat Bar, Capitol Hill
We love going for oysters and cocktails at Boat Bar. Even if the food and drinks weren’t delicious (which they are) the bright and vibrant interior would make us happy all on its own.
12. Oddfellow’s Cafe, Capitol Hill
Oddfellow’s Café + Bar in Capitol Hill has an old-world New York vibe that we can’t get enough of. The romantic worn brick continues in their intimate outdoor patio that has string lights hanging up above.
13. Sabine Cafe, Ballard
A cafe in the daytime and a cocktail bar at night, Sabine in Ballard makes you feel like you’ve left the U.S. completely. Whether you dine in the patio or inside, you’ll be wowed by the chic Mediterranean vibes.
14. Ben Paris, Downtown
You can enjoy craft cocktails and elevated Pacific Northwest fare in this eye-catching restaurant in downtown Seattle. If you tire of looking at the beautiful wallpaper in Ben Paris, you can also look out their massive windows for endless people-watching.
15. RASAI, Fremont
A destination for traditional Indian food with a modern twist, this Seattle restaurant is also a good pick for ambiance. RASAI’s rich jewel tones, mood lighting, and gold chairs all contribute to that special night out feeling.
16. Eden Hill, Queen Anne
This New American restaurant in Upper Queen Anne isn’t as flashy with its design as some of these other restaurants listed, but it’s beautiful in its own quiet way. Eden Hill’s wallpaper, mismatched throw pillows, and soft mood lighting all come together to make you feel like you’re in a cozy European cafe, or perhaps your most stylish friend’s house.
17. Rupee Bar, Ballard
The cocktails and dishes at Rupee Bar are inspired by Sri Lanka and India—and so is the interior design. You’ll feel worlds away from chilly, gray Seattle in this warm and vibrant space.
18. Bateau, Capitol Hill
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you’ll probably best be able to behold Bateau’s beauty if you’re a carnivore. The steakhouse’s cuts of dry aged grass fed beef are visible not only on the chalkboard menu but also through a window. If that’s cool with you, then make this a must-visit for your next date night. Seattleites love Bateau’s chic European aesthetic, romantic atmosphere, and sustainable approach to the meat industry.
19. San Fermo, Ballard
San Fermo is an Italian restaurant inside a charming historical house in Ballard. Mood lighting, lace curtains, and extra seating in a cozy attic-type room upstairs all make this restaurant feel like an experience out of a movie. The homemade pasta is pretty great too.
20. Momji, Capitol Hill
If you’re looking to eat sushi in a beautiful setting in Seattle, head to Momji in Capitol Hill. The minimalist but warm interior design and peaceful view of the Kyoto courtyard will make you feel like you’ve left the hustle and bustle of the city.