Woodinville is home to about 100 wineries, several distilleries, and recently the beer train has pulled in, too. That’s a lot of booze options and a few noteworthy dining destinations, but one would have to assume that sooner or later the overall number of worthy food choices would catch up. It’s no surprise that more restaurant owners and industry folk are flocking to wine country to help with that cause.
That Joshua Henderson of Skillet Diner is a busy dude. He’s in the midst of opening Westward and Little Gull on Lake Union and plans on making the jump to Woodinville with his soon-to-be-burger and whiskey tavern. The historic tavern space is near the Chateau St. Michelle winery and Januik, making it a prime spot for post–wine tasting munchies.
Heavy restaurant group, the team behind the likes of Purple, Barrio, and Lot No. 3 has opened a new spot right in the middle of the Woodinville wine district. This go-'round is more of a cafe and bar space. The morning shift starts at 6am and is coffee and pastry focused, serving Sightglass espresso and old-fashioned scones and cinnamon rolls. Dinner brings a Northwestern seafood boil, chicken potpie, and other ample dining options, and a varied cocktail selection, from boozy milkshakes to Negronis.
If there's anyone out there who is obsessed with turkey, your time has come. Meaning there’s a somewhat new, casual restaurant serving up various takes on the bird. It’s the brainchild of Adam Gold a longtime Woodinville resident and Food Network alum. He’s serving up hot home-style platters with soups and meatloaf, and on the lighter side there’s a turkey Caesar and hand-carved sandwiches. Either way, you’ve got your options, but you might leave a little drowsy.
The Station Pizzeria
The Betts family has been involved in the industry for almost two decades with their Italian restaurant Italianissimo, and now they’re trying their hands at pizza. With a Wood Stone oven and Northwest ingredients, it all comes together in pies like pork belly, Serrano pepper, and a sunny-side-up egg. Beers on tap, a varied wine selection, a few house cocktails, and happy hour make this a nice neighborhood spot to spend an evening. But no shady, fake Yelp reviews, please.
Le Petit Terroir
Though it opened about a year ago, this Mediterranean-inspired bistro is right in the center of the Hollywood district. Owners Dave and Karen Shoup knew upon their move to Woodinville 10 years ago that the scene was lacking in dining options. With a joint passion for food and wine pairings came the idea for a simple menu geared towards just that: charcuterie, cheese platters, and a mix of spreads. The goal was for excellent small plate options to have with a glass of the local wine. There are dinner selections too, like sweet and savory crepes or even a dry-aged NY steak.