Green Dining: Seattle's Most Eco-Friendly Restaurants

In Seattle--a city where "sustainable," "local" and "organic" have come to be more commonly used menu adjectives than generalities like "sweet" or "salty"--the locavore reigns supreme. Eat well without the guilt at these restaurants, where the menu and business practices both revolve around farm-to-table dining and preserving the Earth. (Photo of Nettletown sandwich by: Valentina Vitols.)

Updated: April 15, 2010

SLO Cooking


1411 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Chef/owner Maria Hines won a James Beard award for her take on New American food using organic and wild ingredients at this essential Seattle eatery.

Mashiko Japanese Restaurant

4725 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Don't fret over farmed vs. wild--just go to this West Seattle spot and know you're eating at the city's first entirely sustainable sushi bar.


2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

This new Eastlake restaurant marries Chef Christina Choi's Swiss and Chinese influences using PNW flavors and foraged ingredients.

Cupcake Royale

2052 Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Not only does this legendary cupcake outlet buy from local farmers and purveyors, they also compost, recycle and deliver via a bio-diesel van.

Fresh Bistro

4725 42nd Ave Sw, Seattle, WA 98116

Herban Feast's West Seattle haunt practices sustainable business practices, and the ingredients you'll find in their creative menu come mainly from local producers.

Chaco Canyon Cafe

4757 12th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105

One of only a few restaurants that are actually certified organic, this U-District cafe serves raw, vegan and vegetarian cuisine that's 90-97% organic throughout the year.

Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club

1303 Ne Boat Street, Seattle, WA 98105

This popular waterfront spot strives to use only sustainable and organic ingredients in their Mexican-inspired menu, plus they rent kayaks so you can work off your lunch.

Cafe Flora

2901 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

The atrium at this Madison Valley joint mirrors the eco-friendly approach taken to preparing its vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu items.

Stumbling Goat Bar & Bistro

Locally grown produce and meat from Washington farmers shows up all over the menu at this slightly upscale Phinney Ridge resto.

Flying Apron Baking Co

3510 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Fremont's sustainable bakery is vegan, gluten-free and all organic; look for delicious treats that are wheat-free, sweetened with maple syrup and packaged in biodegradable wrappers to go.