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.

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Back Fence

Happy Friendsgiving

Why we’re increasingly choosing to feast with friends over family.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/02/2015

The Restaurant Issue

Memorable Meals in Bars

It’s been years since Seattle’s bars have been just for drinking. But not until 2015 have so many made the critical crossover to genuinely memorable eating, with small plates evoking real places and real cultures.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/30/2015

Critic's Notebook

Who’s the Best Seattle Chef This Year?

(And why’d he switch things up so dramatically?)  

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/29/2015

The Restaurant Issue

Salare and Vendemmia: Destination Neighborhood Restaurants

As the city leaps and bounds, villagelike neighborhoods like Ravenna and Madrona give the city small-town character, potential for additional density—and now, destination restaurants.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/28/2015

The Restaurant Issue

Trend of the Year: Multiple Restaurants Under One Roof

Along with sister spots Bitter/Raw and Slab Sandwiches, Lark embodies the year’s coolest dining concept.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/28/2015

The Restaurant Issue

Jerry Traunfeld Is the 2015 Seattle Chef of the Year

At his Szechuan restaurant, Lionhead, Traunfeld’s greatest achievement is taking Traunfeld out of the food.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/28/2015

The Restaurant Issue

Seattle's Best New Restaurants of 2015

Dramatic rooms and dishes that reimagine Asian traditions, southerly latitudes, and our own Northwest cuisine—these are the restaurants behind the most prodigious dining year in recent memory.

  • By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/28/2015

Critic's Notebook

Okay Frequent Diners: Name Seattle’s Cuisine of the Year

We just did in Seattle Met’s Restaurant Issue. Can you guess?

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/26/2015

The Restaurant Issue

Restaurant Trend of the Year: The Asian Remix

The only trend more rampant right now than restaurants opening on Capitol Hill? Menus taking informed liberties with Asian traditions.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/26/2015

Critic's Notebook

And the Seattle Met 2015 Restaurant of the Year Is…

…a place where 148 lucky diners ate very, very well last night.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/23/2015

The Restaurant Issue

Stateside Is Our 2015 Restaurant of the Year

In a year of impressive newcomers, a subtropically styled dining room on Pike Street delivers the most exuberant experience in town.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/23/2015

Critic's Notebook

Don’t Miss This Dinner at Mamnoon

Jason Stratton’s cooking. One-hundred percent of proceeds to benefit Syrian refugees.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/19/2015

Critic's Notebook

Which Restaurants Belong on a Seahawks Party Barge?

Find out here.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/15/2015

Critic's Notebook

Vegetables Grow Huge in Seattle Restaurants

In this year’s freshman class of new restaurants, plants are taking center stage.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/12/2015

Critic's Notebook

Stateside and Kraken Congee Make Weird Cheesecake

And by “weird” I mean “stunning.”  

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/08/2015

Critic's Notebook

Uber Begins Restaurant Lunch Delivery

Starting Wednesday. Just look from where.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/05/2015

Critic's Notebook

Crab and Sweet Corn Soup at Salted Sea

New Columbia City restaurant nails our biggest fall craving.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/01/2015

Back Fence

The Brave New World of Genderfluidity

You may be confused by nonbinary pronouns. But people under 20 aren’t.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 10/01/2015

Critic's Notebook

15 Great Openings from the Past Year

Yep, right here.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 09/28/2015

Dining Out

Some of Our Favorite Restaurant Arrivals from the Past Year

If you haven't tried these spots yet, make plans now.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 09/24/2015
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