by Lorna Yee - 28 Reviews - 8 List
Queen Anne isn't just about farmers markets, Victorian homes and stylish moms pushing designer baby strollers?it's also the perfect neighborhood to nab a bite to eat! Whether you're in the mood for a ritzy evening with a view or a laid-back date over a platter of hummus, read on for what we think are the best restaurants in Queen Anne.
Updated: July 08, 2010
For the past 60 years, Canlis has been a fixture in sophisticated dining. (In the words of a fellow diner: ?Whatever kinks Canlis has had, they've been worked out 50 years ago.?) One of the fanciest spots in town, you'll find suited gentlemen and bejeweled ladies tucking into their glorious dry-aged roast duck for two here. Renowned pianist Walt Whitman tickles the ivory with tunes that run the gamut from classical to Lady Gaga in the lounge. Dinner out of your budget? This is also one of our favorite spots in the city to pop in for a weeknight cocktail and an order of truffle fries. Come after sunset, and nab a window seat so you can watch the city lights twinkling over the water.
Looking for a big plate of flaming saganaki? You'll find that here (plus a raucous round of ?OPA!?) at Panos Kleftiko, one of our casual picks for best restaurants in Queen Anne, thanks to hearty braised lamb dishes, and a large assortment of veggie-friendly appetizers. Don't leave without trying the butter beans in tomato sauce, the crisp-shelled spanakopita, and the tangy potato dip skordalia. This laid-back joint is the perfect spot for a weeknight date, or a boisterous night out with your chillest group of friends.
Nobody does Seattle comfort food like Crow, home to what many locals consider the best roast chicken in the city. (The fact that it arrives wrapped in prosciutto might have something to do with it!) The short but sweet menu at this dimly-lit Lower Queen Anne eatery is filled with traditional, full-flavored fare done well. Looking for something heartier? The slow-braised beef cheeks come highly recommended, as do the Kansas City pork ribs.
Shiki is the only restaurant in the area licensed to do fugu, the Japanese pufferfish that becomes deadly poisonous if prepared incorrectly. (Fortunately, if you call ahead and reserve a portion, you'll find yourself in the capable hands of sushi chef Ken Yamamoto here.) The sashimi is fresh, the tonkatsu (breaded and fried pork cutlet) crisp and grease-less. The atmosphere is unpretentious and rather homely, but the agedashi tofu is so good, you'll forget your humble surroundings.
This Euro-chic eatery is where you'll find fresh oysters, pan-roasted ling cod, house-made pate and pickles, and hangar steaks served with a gorgeous beet salad. The food is simple, and the approach is fresh: this award-winning restaurant is so charming, you'll find yourself returning time and time again. A must-order on the menu is their famous Amaretto bread pudding with rum butter sauce'that alone makes this spot worthy of being named one of the best restaurants in Queen Anne.
Chef Ethan Stowell is setting himself up to be quite the local restaurant mogul. His Queen Anne spot is affectionately called ?Wolf? by the locals'the longer name is inspired by a book by legendary food writer M.F.K. Fisher. The food is both Pacific Northwest and Italian-inspired, with dishes like bruschetta with smoked tuna and pickled garlic sharing the spotlight with various seafood crudos simply dressed with seasonal ingredients. All of Stowell's restaurants list a few pasta options: try the pillowy potato gnocchi if it's on the menu.
Looking for good pub grub that goes beyond a greasy burger and flaccid fries? Hilltop Ale House has got the formula down?good food, reasonable prices, but nothing fancy or too frou-frou. The best bet is their award-winning Reuben sandwich with melted Swiss cheese and house-made Thousand Island dressing, though the kale and sausage soup they serve during colder climes deserves a mention, too. Local publications have festooned their breaded and fried garlic chicken breast sandwich as being one of the best sandwiches in the city?and yes, the Stomachs That Be at Citysearch Seattle are in agreement.
Looking for a wine bar that serves both excellent noshables and an inky glass of Barolo? Bricco is ?first and foremost a wine bar?, but also offers a rotating seasonal menu filled with little gems. Cured meats from Salumi, creamy sauced wild mushroom flatbreads, panini, and larger plates like roasted pork belly with braised radicchio ensures that you won't be feeling too buzzed after a little too much wine. Visit their popular Happy Hour (seven days a week!) for great deals on salads, panini, and truffled mac 'n' cheese.
Chef Seth Caswell was an early adopter of the ?eat local? movement in Seattle, and he's brought his ideology to the forefront at Emmer & Rye. The faro fries with spicy peanut sauce have their following, as do the cider braised pork roast. Lighter items for those with more delicate appetite include chilled asparagus soup with morels, and a delicious homemade sausage is freshened by the bright flavor of salsa verde. Situated in a charming old Victorian, this is the perfect restaurant if you want a patio to people-watch on the foot-traffic-heavy Ave.
For classic French in Queen Anne, look no further than Portage, a tastefully appointed cozy little eatery that cooks up the classics: seared foie gras, cassoulet and local steak served a la Perigord. (Vegheads: never fear?intriguing offerings include beet gratin with blue cheese mousse, and sweet potato gnocchi with preserved lemon.) This is the type of restaurant you?d take a lover for a rendezvous'the plush surroundings, candlelight and discreet waitstaff just beg for a bit of illicit behavior.