This year’s been quite a ride. Legendary local chefs began new chapters; fresh faces shook up the pizza and sandwich landscape. Restaurants opened—then opened again as something more casual. Suddenly we live in a city of rooftop dining, deeply thoughtful Southern food, and bars whose menus rival destination restaurants. Let’s get to it.  ➤

In This Feature:

The 2017 Restaurant of the Year Is...

In a moment where casual, familiar dining prevails, one chef transforms bison, boar shoulder, and venison into polished plates, served with easygoing grace. All this and a devastatingly stylish dining room? No wonder our restaurant of the year is…

08/11/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

New Views: 2017's Most Scenic Restaurants

Suddenly, superb food and memorable views aren’t mutually exclusive.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants 2017: Adana

In a year of reconcepts, Adana is a lesson in how to loosen up.

08/18/2017 By Rosin Saez

Best Restaurants 2017: Art of the Table

For 10 years, Art of the Table was inside a cozy, squat building covered in weathered, gray wood shingles, with tie-dye colors framing the windows. This year, it grew up.

08/18/2017 By Rosin Saez

Best Restaurants 2017: L'Oursin

The Central District bistro isn’t trying to please everyone. That’s why it’s such a pleasure.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants 2017: Marmite

In a most unexpected next chapter, Bruce Naftaly gives Capitol Hill a relaxed evolution of Le Gourmand.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants 2017: Mean Sandwich

It isn’t fancy—just a few booths, a big walkup counter, and seating that wraps around the ample front windows. But…those sandwiches.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants 2017: Windy City Pie

Dave Lichterman is wowing the city with his deep-dish pies—a soft, almost brioche-like crust, a carefully calibrated meat/cheese/sauce ratio, and that all-important ring of crisply caramelized cheese around the edge.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Why Seattle Went Nuts When JuneBaby Opened

An actual line—a long one—of eager diners waited outside Edouardo Jordan's Southern restaurant at 5pm on day one. Here are 5 reasons it lives up to the hype.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle's Best New Bars That Are Secretly Dining Destinations

Remember when Seattle’s bars and restaurants were kind of indistinguishable? These newcomers are proudly, defiantly drink destinations, two from the same pair of local beverage luminaries. And yet we keep coming back for the food.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Chef Brian Clevenger Is Having an Unusually Big Year

Here's what the rapid-fire restaurateur has been up to in 2017—and what's next.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

From Poke to Pizza, These Are The Best Things We Ate This Year

11 dishes for your dining out to-do list.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez Photography by Sara Marie D’Eugenio