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.

Review

Above All, Mbar

Mamnoon’s burgeoning restaurant empire has a lofty new jewel in its crown.

12/20/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

This Seattle Neighborhood Is Seeing a Restaurant Explosion

Yeah…and it's not Capitol Hill. Or Ballard.

12/15/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

What Restaurant Trends Can We Expect for 2017?

James Beard Foundation released these last week, but how Seattle are they?

12/12/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Does Restaurant Produce Have to Be Perfect?

A restaurant critic may be changing her mind.

12/05/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle Restaurants with Live Music

Why don’t more places offer it? It changes up the whole dining experience.

12/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

4 of Seattle's Most Pho-nomenal Pho Spots

And that's the last pho pun in this list of our faves in town. Promise.

11/28/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Look Where Caprial Pence Is Cooking Now

“It couldn’t be more different."

11/23/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Slurrrrp!

13 of Our Favorite Oyster Bars

There’s no better time of year for Seattle’s beloved briny bivalve.

11/22/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: December 2016

This month’s favorites: Yes, we’re craving ice cream in December. Specifically, a host of new flavors so good they override winter’s chill.

11/22/2016 By Allecia Vermillion, Darren Davis, and Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

25 Superb Seattle Sandwiches

Winter is coming, folks. You need a sandwich.

11/21/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Sweetest Service in Seattle

You've heard of comfort food? These five spots deliver comfort service.

11/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Review

The Butcher's Table Brings Satisfaction and Steak to Westlake Ave

From the grandiose imagination of Kurt Beecher Dammeier (Bennett’s, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese) comes this big bilevel beef house on happy hour row.

11/16/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Hidden Seattle

There's a Restaurant In There? Seattle's Tucked-Away Dining Spaces

Brick-and-mortar retailers are cranking the allure of their physical spaces by offering food and drink.

11/16/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

White Responses Matter

Because there’s only one group that can end white privilege. The privileged.

11/16/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Dine Beneath the Supermoon Tonight

Ten vegetarian courses at Hitchcock honor the biggest moon in 70 years.

11/14/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle Restaurants Go Nautical

Haven’t seen a naming trend like this in these parts since…maybe ever?

11/10/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

This Dessert Confection Is Suddenly Everywhere

Dang, meringue.

11/07/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Insider’s Guide to Dine Around Seattle, Fall 2016

Starts Sunday, people. Make your plans.

11/03/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

A La Bonne Franquette to Close

You still have 10 days to savor the French food of Chef Hamed.

10/26/2016 By Kathryn Robinson