We asked Seattleites about the best restaurants in Seattle.
If you could only eat at one Seattle restaurant for the rest of your life, which would it be? That was the question we posed to our Instagram and Facebook followers. We took note of the most commonly-mentioned restaurants and rounded them up here for you in one convenient list. Also feel free to check out the comments on this Instagram post for even more recommendations!
Here are the 20 best restaurants in Seattle according to the people who live here:
1. The Pink Door, Pike Place Market
Many Seattleites called out The Pink Door in Pike Place Market. This is definitely one of Seattle’s most iconic Italian restaurants (and has an equally iconic view to match).
2. San Fermo, Ballard
Another popular Italian restaurant in Seattle is San Fermo in Ballard. It’s located inside a cozy, quaint house.
3. Gordito’s, Greenwood
Home of the “baby burrito,” Gordito’s in Greenwood may be Seattle’s most beloved Mexican restaurant according to the locals.
4. Life On Mars, Capitol Hill
If you’re looking for vegan food in Seattle, many locals nominated Life On Mars as their favorite. It’s a cool bar in Capitol Hill that has a delicious plant-based food menu.
5. Boiling Point, International District
You’ll find this popular Taiwanese hot pot restaurant at 610 5th Ave. South in Seattle, although Boiling Point also has locations in Bellevue, Edmonds, Redmond, and Tukwila.
6. Tat’s Deli, Pioneer Square
Looking for cheesesteaks and deli sandwiches in Seattle? Head to Tat’s Deli in Pioneer Square to see what all the hype is about.
7. Seattle Fish Guys, Central District
This seafood market is also a cafe serving poke, chowder, and more delicious bites. Seattleites in the know go here for lunch all the time.
8. Cafe Flora, Madison Valley
Seattleites love the vegetarian fare and charming interior of Cafe Flora in Madison Valley.
9. Communion, Central District
It’s no surprise that many Seattleites mentioned Communion. This Central District restaurant has garnered lots of buzz for its soul food.
10. Rondo Japanese Kitchen
Many Seattleites love this Japanese restaurant in Capitol Hill. Rondo offers ramen, sushi, bento boxes, and delicious Japanese cocktails.
11. Ben & Esthers Vegan Jewish Deli, Capitol Hill
A favorite among vegan (and non-vegan) Seattleites, this newcomer to Capitol Hill already has a cult following. Head to Ben & Esther’s for all the Jewish deli staples you love with a vegan twist.
12. Le Coin, Fremont
Le Coin is a French restaurant in Fremont that is popular for date nights, oysters, and brunch.
13. Musang, Beacon Hill
Musang in Beacon Hill has gotten a lot of hype for their delicious Filipino food, so it’s not surprising that several Seattleites called this spot out.
14. Assagio, Belltown
Another Italian restaurant in Seattle that locals love is Assaggio. They make their fresh pasta in-house.
15. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Pike Place Market
Beloved by tourists and locals alike, Beecher’s is always a must-stop when you’re in Pike Place Market for a cheesy lunch.
16. Spinasse, Capitol Hill
Rounding out the Italian restaurant recommendations from locals is Spinasse. This charming spot in Capitol Hill is hard to get into but it’s worth the wait.
17. Toulouse Petit, Queen Anne
Seattleites love Toulouse Petit in Lower Queen Anne for its authentic Cajun-Creole fare and its romantic ambiance.
18. Biang Biang Noodles, Capitol Hill
Biang Biang is a popular Chinese noodle house in Capitol Hill that also serves dumplings, wings, and baos.
19. Piroshky Piroshky, Downtown
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the handmade piroshky from this popular Russian bakery in Seattle.
20. Mamnoon, Capitol Hill
Finally, many Seattleites also mentioned Mamnoon in Capitol Hill. We never get sick of this Middle Eastern restaurant’s menu.
Let us know what you think the best restaurants in Seattle are!