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

What Is Northwest Cuisine, Anyway?

The answer at last.

02/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Eastern Exposure

The Influence of Asian Cuisines on Seattle Chefs Can't Be Overstated

The singularities of Asian cuisine—the umami, the funk, the fermentation—have become the vernacular of Seattle dining.

01/29/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

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.

10/28/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

30 Perfect Day Trips

Old & Important

Bask in greenery, fight old battles, and set sail at a naval shipyard


Critic's Picks

Downtown Restaurants to Stop While You Shop

Because all that holiday shopping makes you hungry.

12/01/2014 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Picks

10 Classic Seattle Restaurants

10 enduring greats that should never fall off the radar.

11/03/2014 By Seattle Met Staff

Get Out of Town

30 Perfect Day Trips

Get out of town with a culinary adventure at Cama Beach State Park, a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Cle Elum, one very unusual form of skydiving at iFly Seattle, or 26 more getaways within 90 minutes or less of Seattle.

09/25/2014 By Allison Williams With Lisa Han, Carey Rose, Abby Tracy, and Matt Pitchford

Critic's Picks

Seasonal Restaurants for Harvest Time

September is the month to dine at these microseasonal gems.


Insider Guide to the San Juans

San Juan Island: What to Do and Where to Eat

The most populated island in the San Juans archipelago is home to the bustling town of Friday Harbor, fine dining, and midnight kayak rides. There's a heavy dose of culture on this hub, but don't stress—it's nothing like the big city.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Critic's Notebook

A Critic’s Guide to Seattle Restaurant Week 2014

How are you going to pick which restaurant deal to go for?

04/07/2014 By Kathryn Robinson

Serious Bar

Serious Pie and Serious Biscuit Expand in South Lake Union

Tom Douglas's house of pizza and biscuits will add a streetside dining room, complete with bar.

10/09/2013 By Allecia Vermillion

Road Trips

Three Food Events Absolutely Worth a Drive

Mark your calendars, keep an eye on ticket sales, and make plans to head north...or south this summer.

03/27/2013 By Allecia Vermillion

Critic's Notebook

Scott Carsberg Dishes on Bisato

In his own words, Seattle’s inscrutable culinary genius reveals his favorite chefs, his own best dishes, the question he asks every prospective waiter…and why the finest cooks in his kitchen were women.

10/15/2012 By Kathryn Robinson


Bisato Will Close October 14

Scott Carsberg won a James Beard award on this corner in Belltown; next month the irascible chef bows out after 19 years.

09/24/2012 By Allecia Vermillion

30 Perfect Day Trips

Weird & Wonderful

Uncover UFOs, visit a (possibly haunted?) cemetery, and slither with snakes at the serpentarium


30 Perfect Day Trips

Out & About

Go indoor skydiving, take a scenic drive through Cle Elum, and witness Washington's flaming geyser


30 Perfect Day Trips

Learn & Do

Tour the Boeing factory, pick your own apples, and learn how to race your own car


30 Perfect Day Trips

Food & Drink

Go crabbing, brew your own beer, and dine out at a Medieval village



Traditional Yakitori Sauce

Recipe by Harold Fields, of Umami Kushi