Seattle has it all: Scenic views of the waterfront, mountains and city skyline. Why not combine these with exceptional food and drinks? There are outdoor dining options in every Seattle neighborhood to accommodate every taste and budget. We searched high and low for the restaurants with the best views in Seattle. Here you’ll find the best waterfront patios, rooftop bars, and restaurants with a view.
It’s time to make a reservation in any of these Seattle restaurants with a view that will certainly take your breath away:
Cocktail bar, New American cuisine.
Where: 1415 5th Ave
Hours: Tues – Fri 4:00 – 11 PM
Sat 7:30–11AM, 3–11PM
Sun 7:30 – 11:00 AM
Enjoy soaring views of the Seattle skyline at this sleek restaurant and bar located on the roof of Motif Hotel. Order a creative cocktail and live your best life.
Rooftop bar, Middle Eastern–meets-Mediterranean cuisine.
Where: 400 Fairview Ave N 14th Floor
Hours: Sun – Thurs 4:00 – 9 PM
Fri – Sat 4:00 – 10 PM
Sweeping views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle await you at Mbar. Check out their happy hour cocktails and bites from 4:00 to 6:00 Sunday through Thursday.
Seafood, oyster bar.
Where: 2501 N Northlake Way
Hours: Mon – Thurs 4:00 – 9 PM
Friday 12:00 – 9 PM
Sat – Sun 10:00 AM – 9 PM
Seated on the north shore of Lake Union, this nautical New American restaurant offers an outdoor fire pit and a view of the Seattle skyline across the water that lights up at night. They invite you to arrive by foot or by steering your boat or kayak right to their dock.
4. Smith Tower Observatory Bar
Speakeasy-inspired bar, small plates.
Where: 506 2nd Ave #35
Hours: Wed, Thurs, Sun 3:00 – 10 PM
Fri – Sat 3:00 – 11 PM
Closed Mon – Tues
Chances are you’ve noticed the iconic Smith Tower downtown, but did you know the Observatory features a speakeasy-inspired bar? Don’t miss their weekday happy hour from Wednesday to Friday. It’s worth a visit for the 360-degree views of Seattle alone.
Sake, French/Japanese cuisine.
Where: 1421 31st Ave S
Hours: Wed – Thurs 5:00 – 8 PM
Fri – Sat 5:00 – 8:30 PM
Closed Sun – Tues
Sample sake and wine while overlooking a scenic view of the Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline. Iconiq serves up seasonal French cuisine with a unique Japanese twist.
6. The Fisherman’s Restaurant
Casual seafood, cocktails.
Where: 1301 Alaskan Way
Hours: Daily 11:15 AM – 9 PM
Treat yourself to a unique Seattle experience by making a reservation to dine on the Great Wheel. That’s right: The Fisherman’s Restaurant now offers a private dining experience that you can enjoy while riding the ferris wheel. Chow down on classic Pacific Northwest seafood while gazing down at the water and downtown Seattle.
7. The Loupe Lounge
Mixology, small bites.
Where: The Space Needle, 400 Broad St
Hours: Tues – Wed 2:00 – 4 PM
Mon, Thurs – Fri 2:00 – 7 PM
Dining atop the Space Needle may be the most quintessential Seattle experience you can have. The Loupe Lounge serves up craft cocktails and small bites while you peer through the revolving glass floor at the city below.
8. Six Seven Restaurant
Seafood, cocktail bar.
Where: 2411 Alaskan Way Pier 67 Seattle, WA
Hours: Tues – Fri 5:30 am – 10 pm
Sat – Sun 8:00 am – 2 pm
Mon 7:00 – 11 am
Located inside The Edgewater Hotel, Six Seven offers fresh Pacific Northwest cuisine. The views of the Seattle waterfront are gorgeous. The clam chowder is famous all around the city!
9. Ivar’s Acres of Clams
Seafood, fast food.
Where: 1001 Alaskan Way Ste. 102
Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00 – 8:00 pm
The best option if you’re looking for affordable Northwest seafood with perfect portions and taste. This waterfront restaurant offers patio seating with great views of Elliott Bay, so you can watch the ferries and seagulls pass by while you eat.
American food, seafood.
Where: 2576 Aurora Ave N
Hours: Tues-Sat 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Canlis is one of the most famous upscale restaurants in Seattle. Their mid-century modern dining room offers an iconic view of Lake Union and Gasworks Park. If you’re trying to impress someone, this is the place to take them. Just remember that Canlis is one of the few places in Seattle where you are encouraged to dress up for dinner.
11. Mountaineering Club
Cocktail bar, seafood.
Where: 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Hours: Tues – Sat 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sunday brunch 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday 4 pm – 10 pm
Located on Graduate Seattle’s 16th floor, the Mountaineering Club will wow you with panoramic city views. Treat yourself to a craft cocktail or two and grab a bite to eat off their menu full of local seafood. They also offer Sunday brunch!
12. Ray’s Boathouse
Where: 6049 Seaview Ave NW
Hours: Daily 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Perfect for celebratory dinners or a casual business lunch with a spectacular view of the water. Best to visit on sunny days!
13. The Pink Door
Italian food, wine bar.
Where: Pike Place Market
Hours: Sun – Mon Closed
Tues – Sat 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Visit the iconic Pink Door for delicious Italian food with magical views of the city and the bay. Their outdoor seating is covered, so don’t be afraid of the rain.
Featured photo by Six Seven Restaurant.