Top Restaurants in Seattle

There are plenty of reasons to love Seattle, but its superlative restaurants--most inspired by regional ingredients--certainly top the list. It's hard to pick just five of the city's best restaurants, but these Seattle fine dining restaurants are tops when it comes to service, atmosphere, and, of course, food.

Updated: October 21, 2011

Top Restaurants in Seattle

Metropolitan Grill

820 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

This classic steakhouses offers up the hulking portions and hearty sides you expect at a temple of beef. While the steak offerings are impeccable, the seafood and non-beef options are plentiful and prepared with care. This is a reliable and opulent destination for a decadent lunch or dinner ? or a few rounds of drinks.

Canlis Restaurant

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

The 60-year-old granddaddy of Seattle fine dining is also one of the city's most modern restaurants. Chef Jason Franey came to Seattle from Manhattan's Eleven Madison Park, and he puts out inventive, seasonal food on par with any four-star restaurant in the country. The food, service and wine program are the benchmarks by which other restaurants in town are compared.

Mistral Kitchen

2020 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Chef William Belickis runs three concepts in his sprawling space: a lively bar, a memorable restaurant, and the Jewel Box, a fine dining restaurant-within-a-restaurant that has its own dinner and cocktail menu. Multiple kitchens produce pristine crudos and heartier fare, often with subtle modernist flourishes.

Cafe Juanita

9702 NE 120th Pl, Kirkland, WA 98034

Chef Holly Smith's Kirkland restaurant constantly lands on national lists of top restaurants and is well worth the trip from Seattle. Cafe Juanita can even arrange a car service. The menu of rustic Italian fare is shaped by the seasons and Northwest ingredients. The house-made pastas are a thing of beauty.


1433 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Mega-restaurateur and Washington native Michael Mina spent eight years looking for a space to open a restaurant in Seattle. And newcomer RN74 was worth the wait. The well appointed wine bar boasts a lively scene and an upscale dinner menu of French-meets-Northwest fare. The service isn't stuffy, but it's high-caliber.