Senior Writer

Seattle native Kathryn Robinson, award-winning restaurant critic and senior writer at Seattle Met, has been anonymously reviewing restaurants for over 30 years—first as editor of the Best Places guidebook series, then as staff critic at Seattle Weekly and contributing critic at The Seattle Times and Seattle magazine. 

Midcareer she spent a year-long sabbatical studying comparative religion as a Knight Fellow at Stanford University where she had been an undergrad 10 years earlier, gaining a knowledge base she now calls upon for her monthly “Back Fence” column on our collective urban existence and the meaning it holds for our personal lives. In her off hours she is a partner and a parent—which means she has no off hours.

The Restaurant Issue

Trend of the Year: Multiple Restaurants Under One Roof

Along with sister spots Bitter/Raw and Slab Sandwiches, Lark embodies the year’s coolest dining concept.

10/28/2015 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

The Restaurant Issue

Seattle's Best New Restaurants of 2015

Dramatic rooms and dishes that reimagine Asian traditions, southerly latitudes, and our own Northwest cuisine—these are the restaurants behind the most prodigious dining year in recent memory.

10/28/2015 By Kathryn Robinson With Allecia Vermillion

Critic's Notebook

Okay Frequent Diners: Name Seattle’s Cuisine of the Year

We just did in Seattle Met’s Restaurant Issue. Can you guess?

10/26/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

The Restaurant Issue

Restaurant Trend of the Year: The Asian Remix

The only trend more rampant right now than restaurants opening on Capitol Hill? Menus taking informed liberties with Asian traditions.

10/26/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

And the Seattle Met 2015 Restaurant of the Year Is…

…a place where 148 lucky diners ate very, very well last night.

10/23/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

The Restaurant Issue

Stateside Is Our 2015 Restaurant of the Year

In a year of impressive newcomers, a subtropically styled dining room on Pike Street delivers the most exuberant experience in town.

10/23/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Don’t Miss This Dinner at Mamnoon

Jason Stratton’s cooking. One-hundred percent of proceeds to benefit Syrian refugees.

10/19/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Which Restaurants Belong on a Seahawks Party Barge?

Find out here.

10/15/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Vegetables Grow Huge in Seattle Restaurants

In this year’s freshman class of new restaurants, plants are taking center stage.

10/12/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Stateside and Kraken Congee Make Weird Cheesecake

And by “weird” I mean “stunning.”  

10/08/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Uber Begins Restaurant Lunch Delivery

Starting Wednesday. Just look from where.

10/05/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Crab and Sweet Corn Soup at Salted Sea

New Columbia City restaurant nails our biggest fall craving.

10/01/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

The Brave New World of Genderfluidity

You may be confused by nonbinary pronouns. But people under 20 aren’t.

10/01/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

15 Great Openings from the Past Year

Yep, right here.

09/28/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Dining Out

Some of Our Favorite Restaurant Arrivals from the Past Year

If you haven't tried these spots yet, make plans now.

09/24/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Is Any Seattle Burger Worth a Month of Showers?

The California drought, the satirical fix…and the Seattle solution.

09/24/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Review

Kraken Congee: Crackin' Comfort Food

Kraken Congee is global, smart, and cozy in the extreme.

09/22/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Like Surprises? You’ll Love Our Third Annual Seattle Met Secret Supper  

Get your tickets now to the highlight of Seattle’s gastronomic year.

09/21/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Review

Just Enough Adventure on the Salted Seas

A Vietnamese restaurateur brings a fish house to Columbia City.

09/21/2015 By Kathryn Robinson