In a neighborhood already teeming with bars and restaurants, the past year feels monumental. More than 30 new establishments have popped up since last summer, most inhabiting new (or newly rehabbed) developments. These are but the highlights.


1. Cafe Barjot  A winsome little splash of Euro mod in condoville offers flawless espresso, soups and tartines by day, and a tight new dinner program from a Sitka and Spruce expat.

2.  Single Shot  The elegant neighborhood bar every neighborhood desires, with superb cocktails and sometimes-terrific noshes

3.  coming soon Lionhead  Northwest cuisine whisperer Jerry Traunfeld will interpret Szechuan food in a casual space next door to his extraordinary Poppy. Look for it this summer. 618 Broadway E

Cafe Barjot

4.  Rooster’s Bar and Grill Spicy Tex-Mex and muchas bebidas from the folks who brought us Bing’s

5.  Herb and Bitter Public House The team behind Rocco’s in Belltown transformed a former pho shop into a stylized cocktail bar that’s all about amari and tapas. 516 Broadway E

6.  Nuflours Gluten avoiders adore the variety of breads, cakes, and pastries baked with a special gluten-free flour blend.

7.  Sur 16 Bright new mestizo food spot in the erstwhile Bagel Deli space

8.  coming soon Sugar Plum Vegan genius Makini Howell has turned her old Plum Cafe into a plant-based ice cream and sweet shop.

9.  Neon Taco Chef Monica Dimas subleased the Nacho Borracho kitchen and seriously upgraded the bar food.

10.  Good Citizen Liberty’s long-awaited sibling dispenses cocktails in a pseudo living room. 1720 E Olive Way

11.  coming soon Hot Cakes 2 A second outpost of Ballard’s molten-chocolate-cake emporium

12. Zhu Dang Way-nicer-than-average Chinese food beneath a gorgeous vaulted wood ceiling

13.  coming soon Culture Club Cheese Bar A bar dedicated to the appreciation (and exuberant consumption) of cheese, and sibling to fromagerie Calf and Kid 1806 12th Ave

14.  Outer Planet Brewing The Hill’s first nanobrewery pours good beer in a spare space; bring takeout.

15.  Chavez Durango-born Gabriel Chavez puts a hometown slant on tacos and antojitos.

16.  Omega Ouzeri From the folks behind Vios, a modern Greek taverna with a meze menu and killer zucchini fritters and grilled halloumi.

Nue Hyperglobal food (Romanian sausages, South African curry, yakitori) and communal tables

18.  Gnocchi Bar Chef Lisa Nakamura turned a gelato shop into the permanent location for her ridiculously fluffy gnocchi…and kept the gelato.

19.  Stout The boutique cousin to downtown’s Tap House Grill has 20 taps, straightforward bar food, tons of big screens.

20. Kaisho Boom Noodle’s sceney Asian fusion redo

21.  Suika An upscale Japanese izakaya with a burgeoning reputation serves bar food under a sake bottle chandelier. 

22.  Trove  DIY Korean barbecue in fashionable quarters from the Joule/Revel geniuses. Takeout noodle bar and parfait truck in front round out charms and price points.

23.  Kukai A third Seattle-area location for the crazy-popular Tokyo ramen chain| 

24.  Stateside A transporting tropical Indochine vibe and deep care with Vietnamese classics

25.  Starbucks Roastery/Serious Pie The tony coffee shop and roaster flagship even has its own outlet of Tom Douglas’s Serious Pie. 

26.  coming soon Optimism Brewing A soaring craft brewery unleashes its first brews this summer upon the corner of Broadway and Union (BYO food).

27.  Meat and Bread Overstuffed meat sandwiches, long the toast of Vancouver, now in the beautiful old Central Agency Building.

28.  coming soon Renee Erickson’s Francophile Duo A Normandy-style oyster bar and -adjacent Parisian cafe will join the chef’s nautical empire late this summer.

29.  Ines Patisserie An airy new home for Madison Valley’s longtime croissant hideaway



12th Avenue Arts Building

The Hill’s new performing arts space packs two theaters and a row of streetside eateries.

coming soon Rachel’s Ginger Beer Ginger beer, ginger beer cocktails, and crispy french fries with 15 dipping sauces

Pel’Meni Dumpling Tzar Pre- or posttheater Russian dumplings (those great ones from the Fremont alley by the Lenin statue)

U:Don Hot and cold noodle bowls for a pittance, already a hit in the U District


Chophouse Row 

Once a musician rehearsal space, now the town’s buzziest new food and drink complex 

Amandine After three decades running Le Gourmand with her husband, Sara Naftaly’s finally opening her own bakeshop, filled with macarons and croissantlike viennoiserie.

Chop Shop Volunteer Park Cafe’s new sibling restaurant comes with a sidekick juice and takeaway bar.

Kurt Farm Shop Cheese and uncommon ice cream flavors from farmer-philosopher Kurt Timmermeister (aka the guy who brought us Dinah’s Cheese) 

Bar Ferd’nand 2.0 The second location of Matt Dillon’s wine bar goes way bigger on food.

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