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.

Best Restaurants 2016

Best New Restaurants of 2016: Sushi Kashiba

Seattle’s sushi legend returns triumphant with this Pike Place Market gem.

10/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Restaurants 2016

Best New Restaurants of 2016: Marine Hardware

Ethan Stowell turned his former fish-and-chips bar into an ode to the tasting menu.

10/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Restaurants 2016

Best New Restaurants of 2016: Copine

Shaun McCrain brings short menus and beautiful, precise dishes to his new French restaurant in North Ballard.

10/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Restaurants 2016

Best New Restaurants of 2016: Peloton

Flowing-garden café fare hides inside this Central District bicycle shop.

10/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

Married, But Sleeping in Separate Beds

Can sleeping apart do anything but ruin a marriage?

10/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Restaurants 2016

Seattle's 100 Very Best Restaurants

Truth is, Seattle has easily twice this number of genuinely extraordinary restaurants. But here, including this year’s new standouts, are the most vivid, gracious, straight-up incredible destinations in town.

10/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson and Allecia Vermillion

Critic's Notebook

And Seattle Met's 2016 Restaurant of the Year Is…

(Drumroll, please.)

10/13/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Restaurants 2016

Seattle Met’s Restaurant of the Year: Bateau

Renee Erickson’s latest is also her greatest—for reasons you can taste but may not always see.

10/13/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Best of the City

Seattle’s 100 Best Restaurants

These are the most vivid, gracious, straight-up incredible destinations in town.

10/10/2016 By Kathryn Robinson and Allecia Vermillion

Critic's Notebook

When Is a Restaurant More Than a Restaurant?

When it’s a community. Welcome to Seattle’s next big thing.

10/10/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

A Wine Corkage Deal at Sullivan’s Steakhouse  

If you do this one little thing.

10/06/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Volunteer Park Cafe Launches Happy Hour—and It’s Legal

Pizzas, flatbreads, salads, cider, beer, wine, wine cocktails.

10/03/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Only Thing Slab Sandwiches and Pie Has Been Missing…

…is something it now has. Ladies and gentlemen, have a seat.

09/29/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: October 2016

This month’s favorites: Sandwiches! From Nordic smoked lamb to flatbread that draws a crowd.

09/27/2016 By Kathryn Robinson and Allecia Vermillion

Lunch Literate

A Tour of Seattle's New Bookstore Cafes

We know what restaurants do for bookstores. But what can bookstores do for restaurants? We visit Raconteur, Little Oddfellows, and Ada's Technical Books in pursuit of an answer.

09/27/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

“It’s Supposed to Taste That Way.”

Is it ever okay for a restaurant staffer to say that to a diner?

09/26/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Wow, That’s a Huge…!

Seattle restaurants with enormous decor.

09/22/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle’s Most Endearing Vegetarian Restaurant Turns 25

And what a celebration it will be.

09/19/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Surprise Surprise: Time for the Fourth Annual Seattle Met Secret Supper

Yep, we’ve picked the Restaurant of the Year. Now we want to meet you there for dinner.

09/15/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

Light Rail Is Remaking Seattle. But into What?

Seattle, famously tortured by growth, may be starting to grasp connection. But there are swerves in our learning curve.

09/14/2016 By Kathryn Robinson