Top 10 Things to Eat in Seattle

From locally roasted coffee to fresh, simple seafood, our editors reveal the best restaurants and cafes to sample 10 quintessential tastes of Seattle.

Updated: June 06, 2007

The Top 10


The Fairmont Olympic Hotel 411 University St., Seattle, WA 98101

Order a dozen oysters, a pot of local mussels or the expertly prepared catch of the day at this old-style Northwest seafood restaurant.

Cafe Flora

2901 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

In a town full of vegetarian restaurants, this Madison Valley dining room stands out for inventive fare that draws even dedicated carnivores.

Theo Chocolate

3400 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Sample organic bars and truffles in unique flavors (chai tea, peanut butter and jelly) at this free-trade chocolate factory in the heart of funky Fremont.


2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Grab a seat at the sushi bar and watch Seattle's premier sushi chef at work.


309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Pick a sandwich, any sandwich, at this legendary deli. The mole salami is a local favorite; if you want to go the whole hog, so to speak, try the luscious porcetta.

Seattle Coffee Works INC

111 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

This Pike Place Market cafe brews espresso from a number of local roasters, including hometown faves Caffe Umbria, Lighthouse and more.

The Pike Brewing Company

1415 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

It would be a shame to come to Seattle without sampling a local microbrew, and the market-brewed ales at this Pike Place pub are some of the best in town.

Macrina Bakery & Cafe

2408 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

This popular artisan bakery churns out crusty loaves, heavenly pastries and more must-try baked goods from its Belltown ovens.

Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant

418 Eighth Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

This pint-sized spot in the ID serves up some of the city's most traditional, tastiest and cheapest Vietnamese food.

Pike Place CHOWDER

1530 Post Aly Ste 11, Seattle, WA 98101