Seattle

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Seattle benefits from the fresh seafood and bountiful harvests of the Pacific Northwest. Today’s menus go way beyond the surf ‘n turf days of old with young chefs incorporating European and Asian influences alongside their own unique touches. Enjoy Seattle’s cuisine with a glass of Washington’s award winning wines.

Top Restaurants in Seattle

Aqua Verde Paddle Club and Café

Enjoy healthy Mexican food before or after you go for a paddle on Portage Bay. Lunch is served cafeteria style – signature items such as Tacos de la Casa are served all day.

1303 NE Boat St., WA, 206-545-8570, www.aguaverde.com
Tags: family | budget | mexican

Café Presse

This cozy café on lower Capitol Hill serves up simple and delicious French-style food - bibb lettuce salad with hazelnut vinaigrette, chicken liver terrine with dried cherry compote, a gooey Croque Monsieur, steak frites - with carafes of nicely priced wine. Open daily 7 am to 2 am.

1117 12th Ave., WA, 206-709-7674, www.cafepresseseattle.com
Tags: moderate | great value | open late | cafe | french | wi-fi | soccer

Dick's Drive-In Restaurants

Even Bill Gates is known to make a pit stop at this burger joint from 1954. Now with five locations, their burgers, fries, and shakes are legendary.

500 Queen Anne Ave. N, WA, 206-285-5155, www.ddir.com
Tags: family | budget | burgers

Lark

Named 2007 Best Chef – Northwest by the James Beard Foundation, John Sundstrom turns out savory, smallish-plates in this elegantly rustic space. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail next door at his other venture, Licorous.

926 12th Ave., WA, 206-323-5275, www.larkseattle.com
Tags: moderate | notable chef | editor pick | contemporary

Palace Kitchen

Walking distance from downtown hotels, Palace serves fare such as fire-roasted Manila clams, goat cheese and lavender fondue, and an excellent burger. A late-night happy hour offers a breakfast special, such as an asparagus and chèvre omelette. Open daily 5pm to 1am.

2030 Fifth Ave., WA, 206-448-2001, www.tomdouglas.com/restaurants/palace-kitchen
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | open late | new american | cocktails

Sea Garden Restaurant

Enjoy Cantonese-style seafood dishes before or after a Seahawks or Mariners game (the stadiums are nearby). Dim sum is served on the weekends.

509 Seventh Ave. S, WA, 206-623-2100
Tags: family | moderate | chinese

Tavolata

Ethan Stowell has another hit on his hands (Union being the first one) at this Italian eatery. Come for homemade pasta dishes like gnocchi alla Romana served around a large, central communal table.

2323 Second Ave., WA, 206-838-8008, www.tavolata.com
Tags: expensive | italian | communal dining

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