For the past decade, this magazine has made it our mission to find and celebrate the oyster bars, taco walkups, and destination restaurants that put Northwest cuisine in the map. Now we’re taking our dining obsession to the next level. Meet Gastronaut, Seattle Met’s brand new restaurant app.
We’ve put a lot of thought into making Gastronaut an indispensable resource and mobile authority on food culture in Seattle. This isn’t an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink situation; it’s a curated and concentrated list of the city’s best restaurants. You can use it in multiple ways: search for a place nearby, for a particular meal, or in a ton of categories, all driven by our huge bank of impartial editorial reviews.
As a user, you can also weigh in with short reviews—and better yet, emoji reviews—of restaurants you’ve visited. A “Food News” screen connects you to the sort of up-to-the-minute restaurant news that regularly breaks here on Nosh Pit, not to mention updates, reviews, roundups, and more.
Perhaps most useful of all—anyone using Gastronaut can create, track, and share customized wish lists of restaurants they want to visit.
How Gastronaut Works
It’s all pretty intuitive, but here’s a quick tour of Gastronaut’s features.
From the “Discover” screen, use our advanced search to find restaurants based on location, mealtime, cuisine, price point, or other special features like outdoor dining, takeout, or reservations. Already know where you want to go? Just type it in the “Restaurant Search” field at the top and results will autofill as you type.
After you hit the “Discover” button, you’ll see a list of restaurants that match your search filters. Our Editor’s Picks will always populate first, so you can easily browse our favorite spots in town. Tap on any restaurant from this screen to read our full description, make reservations, see articles featuring the restaurant, and read and/or submit reviews.
Want to create a review? Easy. Just use our emoji-based rating system and add comments or photos if you like. Each restaurant listing page will show average customer ratings at the top, with detailed reviews at the bottom.
On the “Try This” screen, you’ll find a handful of restaurant recommendations from Seattle Met, based on your location and the time of day.
The “Food News” screen provides a great snapshot of our food coverage. “Best of Lists” offers a live feed of our various roundups, from new breweries to hidden patios to the best burgers in the city. “Food News” contains our up-to-the minute coverage of openings and closings, chef shakeups, and new obsessions. “While You Wait” serves up Seattle Met’s latest restaurant reviews, features, and longer reads.
Your “Dashboard” screen tracks your own activity within the Gastronaut app. Here, you’ll find the restaurant wish lists you create, and an archive of restaurant reviews you’ve submitted. You can also tap the gear icon to update account settings like your username or zip code. Want to create a new wish list? Just tap that “plus” button, name your wish list, and start exploring (aka eating).