What Are The Best Restaurants in Seattle to Try?

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Answered by: Tami, An Expert in the Restaurants and Bars Category
The Seattle restaurant scene has never been more exciting or more diverse. Whether you've lived here your entire life or are just in for a visit, here are some of the best restaurants in Seattle to choose from.

Il Terrazzo Carmine

Tucked away in downtown's Pioneer Square, Il Terrazzo Carmine has been delighting Seattle natives and visitors alike since this family- owned restaurant first opened their doors in 1984. From fresh made pastas to seafood caught daily, you just can't find a more distinct, delicious Italian restaurant in the Seattle area. Everything from the capelline del mare (capellini with fresh seafood) to the ossobuco (braised veal shank in wine) is spectacular.

The ambiance alone is breathtaking. As you walk through the front door you will feel as if you have magically entered a rustic Italian village. Complete with beautiful linens, gorgeous imported italian glassware and cozy, romantic tables, Il Terrazzo Carmine is truly a treat you won't want to miss.

The Steelhead Diner

Been shopping at Seattle's famous Pike Place Market? Why not take a break for lunch at one of the best diners in the city. Just steps from the market, Steelhead Diner's owner and innovative chef Kevin Davis, has kept people coming back for more. Both the clam chowder and seafood gumbo are two reasons why. Made fresh daily, nothing hits the spot better after a day of shopping in the Seattle rain.

Given Kevin's Louisiana background-it's no wonder his gumbo has been hailed as the city's best. And be sure to try the flash-fried pacific oyster po boy. This chef has definitely not forgotten his roots.


Another one of the best restaurants in Seattle is a relative newcomer. Stateside opened in November of 2014, and has critics and foodies everywhere singing its praises. Described as Vietnamese-French fusion, Stateside is living up to all the hype. With dishes like chili-cumin pork ribs, goat curry and master stock crispy chicken, it's no wonder. And you can't leave Seattle without tasting their crispy duck egg rolls. It will make your entire trip worthwhile.

Toulouse Petit

If you love French food why not try it with a little southern creole thrown in? Toulouse Petit is one of the most innovative, delicious venues Seattle has to offer. Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, (just a short cab ride from downtown), Toulouse had been a staple in Seattle for years. And it was voted one of the five best restaurants in the United States in 2012 by Traveler's Choice. From classic pan-seared duck breast to savory crawfish beignets, this delightful restaurant is certain to surprise and delight visitors and natives alike. The Sunday brunch has also been nominated as one of the best in the city.

Dilettante Mocha Cafe

Dessert anyone? The Dilettante Cafe is the local chocolate place to visit. If it's a mocha you're craving, choose from one of seven types of chocolate that they melt in pots right behind the counter. But you don't need to stop there. They make their own ice cream, eighteen varieties of decadent cakes and even chocolate martinis. And don't forget to grab a one-of-a-kind Dilettante chocolate truffle on your way out.

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