Any shrewd restaurant hopper knows where you sit is right up there with what you order—not for nothing are backroom banquettes and doorway two-tops empty. And the shrewdest of noshers know that the bar, once the turf of happy hour hangers-on and table-waiters, is now the place to perch.
It’s thanks to the ubiquitous open kitchen—and the cocktail counters overlooking them—that saddling up stool-style is occasion to peep some of this city’s finest culinary maestros in action. We’ve put together a list of 15 Seattle restaurants where that’s the case.
So skip the wait, go barside, and make a new friend—the chef.