Senior Writer

Seattle native Kathryn Robinson, award-winning restaurant critic and senior writer at Seattle Met, has been anonymously reviewing restaurants for over 30 years—first as editor of the Best Places guidebook series, then as staff critic at Seattle Weekly and contributing critic at The Seattle Times and Seattle magazine. 

Midcareer she spent a year-long sabbatical studying comparative religion as a Knight Fellow at Stanford University where she had been an undergrad 10 years earlier, gaining a knowledge base she now calls upon for her monthly “Back Fence” column on our collective urban existence and the meaning it holds for our personal lives. In her off hours she is a partner and a parent—which means she has no off hours.

Critic's Notebook

Does Restaurant Produce Have to Be Perfect?

A restaurant critic may be changing her mind.

9:00am By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle Restaurants with Live Music

Why don’t more places offer it? It changes up the whole dining experience.

12/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

4 of Seattle's Most Pho-nomenal Pho Spots

And that's the last pho pun in this list of our faves in town. Promise.

11/28/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Look Where Caprial Pence Is Cooking Now

“It couldn’t be more different."

11/23/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Slurrrrp!

13 of Our Favorite Oyster Bars

There’s no better time of year for Seattle’s beloved briny bivalve.

11/22/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

25 Superb Seattle Sandwiches

Winter is coming, folks. You need a sandwich.

11/21/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Sweetest Service in Seattle

You've heard of comfort food? These five spots deliver comfort service.

11/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Review

The Butcher's Table Brings Satisfaction and Steak to Westlake Ave

From the grandiose imagination of Kurt Beecher Dammeier (Bennett’s, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese) comes this big bilevel beef house on happy hour row.

11/16/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Hidden Seattle

There's a Restaurant In There? Seattle's Tucked-Away Dining Spaces

Brick-and-mortar retailers are cranking the allure of their physical spaces by offering food and drink.

11/16/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

White Responses Matter

Because there’s only one group that can end white privilege. The privileged.

11/16/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Dine Beneath the Supermoon Tonight

Ten vegetarian courses at Hitchcock honor the biggest moon in 70 years.

11/14/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle Restaurants Go Nautical

Haven’t seen a naming trend like this in these parts since…maybe ever?

11/10/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

This Dessert Confection Is Suddenly Everywhere

Dang, meringue.

11/07/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Insider’s Guide to Dine Around Seattle, Fall 2016

Starts Sunday, people. Make your plans.

11/03/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

3 Cozy Spots to Spend a Seattle Autumn Afternoon

Because what you want when it’s raining is hot spiked cider, a trio of cheeses on a tray, a macchiato. Or maybe just a fat slice of bourbon butterscotch pie.

10/31/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

A La Bonne Franquette to Close

You still have 10 days to savor the French food of Chef Hamed.

10/26/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Biggest Trend We Found in Compiling Top 100 Seattle Restaurants?

It’s happening all over the country and it’s good for restaurateurs. But is it good for diners?

10/24/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Do You Know How Much Food You Waste?

A survey suggests at least one-third of Americans don’t.

10/20/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

How to Choose the 100 Best Restaurants in Seattle

In 5 easy steps.

10/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Restaurants 2016

Best New Restaurants of 2016: Upper Bar Ferdinand

Matt Dillon demonstrates clever restraint in this gorgeous ode to Northwest abundance.

10/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson