The 38 Essential Restaurants in Seattle

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The 38 Essential Restaurants in Seattle

Shrimp toast, the roackfish banh mi, and a crab roll at Local Tide. | Harry Cheadle

“Where should I eat in Seattle?” Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifer, that question is seemingly simple but the answers are infinitely complex. Some of the main factors to consider are the type of food, price point, neighborhood, and occasion. That’s why Eater’s map of 38 essential Seattle restaurants exists. This curated list of suggestions attempts to capture the diversity of the food scene in the Seattle metro area, from 12-seat fine dining Filipino destinations to mini marts serving incredible fried chicken, from classic French bistros to modern sushi bars, and so much more. Every place on the list has been open for at least six months, proving its merit.

Of course, this list is subjective and Seattle’s dining scene changes constantly, which is why the map updates every quarter — removal from the Eater 38 doesn’t mean a restaurant isn’t still awesome and won’t return in the future. If your favorite isn’t on here, email For the newest places that food obsessives are flocking to, check out the Eater Seattle Heatmap, updated monthly. Note that this map is organized geographically, south to north.

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Eater maps are curated by editors and aim to reflect a diversity of neighborhoods, cuisines, and prices. Learn more about our editorial process. If you buy something or book a reservation from an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

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