While Seattle is known for a lot of things—its performing arts scene, its beautiful parks and its many festivals—one of its most defining features is its vibrant foodie culture. From its aromatic coffee bars to its farm-to-table restaurants, the Emerald City is a dream destination for food-lovers around the country.
We’ll go out on a limb and say that you love food (because who doesn’t love food?). If you’ll be anywhere near this beautiful city over the next few months, you’ll definitely want to check out a couple of these restaurants. We feel these are some of the best places to eat in Seattle!
Pike Place Market
Okay, so this first one isn’t technically a restaurant. It’s a bunch of restaurants. It’s also Seattle’s first farmer’s market, having first opened its doors in the late summer of 1907. Here, visitors find artisan foods, regional dishes, and ethnic cuisine. In other words, it’s the place to be if you’re not sure what you’re hungry for. You’ll find tried-and-true award-winning restaurants alongside brand new eateries, all with a mission to provide outstanding, locally sourced and expertly prepared meals. While you’re there, you can also browse through stands filled with fresh and locally grown produce, fresh fish and tons of arts and crafts. To make the most of your visit, not to mention find a parking spot, at Pike Place Market, be sure to get there early.
Claiming to offer the “quintessential Seattle restaurant experience,” the Dahlia Lounge is one of the region’s best-loved eateries. This upscale restaurant is especially known for its complex sauces, smooth purees and of course, its fantastic desserts. It’s owned by Tom Douglas, the culinary genius behind several other well-known Seattle restaurants. An especially strong voice in the farm-to-table movement, Douglas’s restaurants are loved for their fresh, local ingredients.
For authentic French dishes, look no further than Café Campagne. This laid-back bistro has the reputation of being the Emerald City’s foremost classic French restaurant. It’s consistently rated as one of the area’s best restaurants, and it’s noted for both its food and its outstanding wine offerings. It’s conveniently located in Pike Place Market, so after you’re done with your salad nicoise, you can browse through the market’s treasures.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Borrowing its name from the popular Lewis Carroll poem, The Walrus and the Carpenter offers outstanding seafood and wine in a charmingly rustic setting. While it’s best known for the fresh oysters that it serves, it also attracts visitors with its extensive wine list, its fresh garden vegetables, and its whimsical original art.
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