We don't see the sun much here in Seatown but when we do we gravitate to the restaurants with outdoor seating like bees to honey.
Come for the progressive oyster happy hour when you can score a bivalve starting at 3 p.m. for as little as 75 cents. Stay for their coconut prawns and fresh from the sea fare.
Outdoor seating is a plus.
Visit this Post Alley classic anytime but especially in the heart of winter for a jolt of Jacquelina’s x-rated Callebaut hot cocoa laced with peppermint schnapps & marshmallows or on a summer day for a refreshing cocktail on the deck. Live entertainment in the lounge is a plus.
Happy hour is a delight in this festive room. Even better is a margarita and the plantain chips with guacamole on the patio.
Situated across the street from the swanky Rainier Club a meal during happy hour here will set you back less than the tip for the valet across the street. Order the burger and fries and know you've made a wise choice on how to spend your pennies.
This classic Seattle room is splendid but why eat in when they have a takeaway counter and a deck where you can watch tourists and locals feed fries to the seagulls of Lake Union.
Enjoy brunch and a cocktail or two with a stunning waterfront view at this Seattle seafood institution. The twice daily happy hour (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) is a great value as brews and full meal deal plates ring up at just $4 - $9.
If beautiful broasted chicken (with a side of fries) or burgers are your thing then this old school bar will be sure to satisfy. Don't miss the generous daily happy hour 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with bevs & bites for $2 - $4 or visit on Mannys Mondays for $3 pints and 50 cent wings.
Pool, pinball and karaoke (Fri-Sat) seal the deal.
Happy hour 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. means 4 Cornoa's can be had for just 5 bucks at this lower QA Mexican joint. Grab a burrito and some fresh guac and chips and head to the sunny back patio.
Chicken tacos and steak fajitas are my go to at this QA hole in the wall. Complimentary chips & salsa and a few outdoor seats are a bonus.
Big, bright, lively and comfortable room great for a quick drink, a long work session or an evening out with friends. The menu has something for everyone and the tiny outdoor courtyard is lovely.
A great room, solid food and a wonderful atrium and deck make this Cap Hill room buzz.
The big sister of Cafe Presse, this lively room serves up first-rate french fare including a roast chicken which is well worth the hour wait.
Get to Chris Keff's seafood institution between 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. daily and you'll be rewarded with 50 cent oysters and $5 snacks like fish tacos and caesar salad.
Great outdoor dining option.
Tacos (cod, catfish and yam) are the tip of the iceberg at the casual Mexican bungalow. Just right posole, chicken mole, orange & almond salad, house made sangria and more attract throngs of fans to this waterfront joint. Perfect spot to satiate your hunger after a row or sail on one of the water toys they rent just below the dining room. Outdoor seating and a Monday - Thursday happy hour 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. seal the deal.
This sleek room serves up first rate, fresh, affordable sushi in a casual setting. Grab a seat at the long sushi bar or the splendid outdoor patio which overlooks Lake Union.
A wide variety of small plates, beer, wine & specialty cocktails ring in at just $4 - $9 daily 2:30 - 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. - close. Weekends bring $5 Blood Mary's.
They also offer special dinners and classes.
This luxe downtown room serves up Northern Italian fare including house made pastas, antipastas and grilled meats. Don't miss the grilled caesar, leg of lamb ragu, Barolo hangar steak or Trinidad cane mojito.
The daily happy hour 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and and 10:00 p.m. - close is a great value. Think 50% off the entire bar menu and $14 bottles of wine.
Outdoor seating is a plus.
$4 lite bites and brews make visiting before 6:30 p.m. a wise choice. Great outdoor seating is available for dinner.
This lively room feels like a little slice of France. Think chocolaut chaud, salad verte, croque madame, ling cod and steak frites.
I loved the first Joule and I love this sleek new Tiffany blue & navy room even more. Outstanding food & cocktails, attentive service, lots of seating options including a communal table and an outdoor fire pit paired with the warm hospitality of chef/owners Seif and Rachel will keep you coming back for more.
This bright and lively room serves a modern take on the thali and is an exceptional value at happy hour when mini thalis, naanwiches and signature cocktails are just $6.
Don't miss checking out the lovely herb garden in the courtyard.
Chicken & Waffles and whiskey (and oddly salads) keep me coming back to this cozy joint. Friendly barkeeps and a large deck make it a perfect stop during the twice daily happy hour 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. - midnight.
Pull into this hub of aloha spirit and grab some sliders, tacos or a torta.
While primarily a takeaway joint for Thai street food (the first dine in area was quite literally a whole in the wall) recently added sidewalk seating makes this charmer even more attractive. Keep an eye out for the special of the day and the whole roasted fish.
Always wanted to get a peek at Dale Chihuly's often spoken of collections? This is your chance as the cafe is loaded with pieces from collections previously displayed in his famed boat house.
Roz and Kamala's beautiful bites now have a view to match at their latest outpost in West Seattle. Outdoor dining, shaved iced, cocktails and arrival by water taxi make this the jewel in their crown.
Great falafel, croque monsieur and cocktails plus their '20 buck schuck' means you can get 12 bivalves Sun - Thu for yep, $20. The large bar and outdoor patio are perfect places to meet friends for happy hour or dinner.
The lamb burgers, gyros, fries and salads are fresh and affordable at this all purpose family owned greek joint with friendly service.
Tucked into the heart of the Central District 'the pit' is crowd pleasing enough that they often run out of slabs before official closing time, so arrive early if you have your heart set on ribs. The soul soundtrack, vintage posters, pulled pork, sauteed greens, sweet potato pie and grape shasta also make a visit well worth the trip. Outdoor seating is a bonus!
Whole trout, pork cheeks, octopus crudo and deviled eggs are just a few of my favorite things to enjoy in this lovely Madison Park Room.
Killer happy hour with a view 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tue - Sat.
Jason (chef/proprietor) and I first bonded over performance art and Grace Jones but the relationship has sustained because he and his team offer up first rate food and cocktails in a comfy and arty environment that feeds the soul. Don't miss the signature Artusi cocktail which looks as good as it tastes.
Earth to plate dishes served in a lively room and even better on a roof top deck. A generous bar area is a plus since you may have a wait for a table.
Bright room with beautiful baked goods sought after by some of the best chefs in town. Nice sandwiches and soups available as well.
You can't go wrong in this lovely room that celebrates the cuisine of Piedmont but that said the tajarin with butter & sage and the hazelnut semifreddo always seem to make their way to my table.
Renee Erickson has done it again. Simple but beautiful food served up thoughtfully in a room to match. Don't miss the bone marrow, trout or sardines on toast. The daily happy hour 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. is a great value with bites just $3 - $7.
Grab some fish and chips (hush puppies too) and stroll along Elliott Bay.