Restaurants in Ballard

Formerly a dreary home to the city's fishermen and Scandinavian grandmothers, Ballard is now (arguably) the city's hippest, artsiest neighborhood, with (unarguably) the best food. Home chefs flock to the Sunday farmers market, while Seattle's gourmands rush to Ballard's thriving dining scene--our picks for the best restaurants in Ballard below.

Updated: July 26, 2010

Restaurants in Ballard

La Carta De Oaxaca

5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This small joint is every Ballard resident's answer to the complaint, "There's no good Mexican food in Seattle!" Not Cali- or Tex-Mex, the food is authentic Oaxacan, small in portions and absolutely delish.

Senor Moose Cafe

5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Brunch is king at this kitschy cantina, though it's open daily through dinner as well. Expect huge plates of chorizo with potatoes, chilaquiles or sopes with eggs.


1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

This neighborhood darling is worth the wait--the thin-crusted pizzas and swoon-worthy desserts are even better after an hour's worth of anticipation. Don't miss the grey salt chocolate chip cookies.

Lunchbox Laboratory

1253 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98117

Word has it that this cult favorite may be moving out of its Ballard home in the near future, so go now, go often, and revel in the dork (duck + pork = yum) burger and a side of tots.

The Monkey Bridge

1723 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Seattle's got no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants--pho joints in particular--but to find one that offers legit banh mi, grilled meats and noodles outside the ID is a rare occurrence indeed. The pho is better elsewhere, but everything else at Monkey Bridge is tasty and affordable.

Ray's Boathouse

6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

A waterfront staple, this sprawling restaurant is a hit for happy hour (when there's nothing more than $10) on those rare sunny days. Need to impress out-of-town guests? Take them here.


5411 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This quaint Italian restaurant on Ballard Avenue is one of the 'hood's most iconic restaurants--equally suitable for a large party or intimate tete-a-tete over shared plates of pasta and antipasti.

Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

6226 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

There's no signage and few menu options at this pink, beach-side food shack, but enjoying a No. 2 sammie--huge hunks of slow roasted pork and caramelized onions in a perfect baguette--in Golden Gardens is a quintessentially Seattle experience.

Honore Artisan Bakery

1413 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

A bakery rather than restaurant, this petite shop lures in neighbors with morning wafts of freshly baked croissants, quiches and the almighty kouign amann, a salty-sweet pastry that is an absolute necessity during a visit. Take your goodies and coffee to go, or enjoy them on the secluded back patio.

Bastille Restaurant

5307 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

For French fare north of Le Pichet, this dreamy spot does the trick, with a bustling dining room, approachable menu and exclusive back bar perfect for late-night eats.