Some of the best in Pacific Northwest fine dining restaurants are participating in Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW) this fall from October 23 to November 5. From Steelhead salmon and clam linguini to decadent Creole-meets-regional inspired dishes like crawfish and creamy grits, SRW brings out some of the best dishes and chef favorites from highly-awarded restaurants.
Best of all, many of these restaurants have several menus at different price points for any budget — a great opportunity to try that lauded restaurant you’ve always heard about.
It’s no secret that pandemic-related setbacks and obstacles all took their toll on our restaurant industry. Small businesses closed, either temporarily or for good — but many more bounced back, a testament to their ingenuity and resilience. When you eat out at these establishments, you’re not only showing your support for these small businesses, but also the farmers, suppliers, and local circular economies that sustain them. You are a key player in helping revitalize our restaurants that are truly the heart and soul of Seattle.
For a full listing of participating restaurants, head to srweek.org.
Not sure where to start? Check out the following list of some exceptional participating restaurants. Grab a friend — or the whole family — and let’s get ready to eat!
Pro tip: it’s a good idea to plan your reservation in advance at SRW’s official OpenTable website.
Husband and wife Chad and Jessi Waldher opened Feast, a modern French brasserie in Kirkland, just before the pandemic forced a temporary closure. Good thing for local foodies, Feast got right back on its feet. The restaurant merges Pacific Northwest ingredients with modern French cuisine — and a sizable list of new and old world wines. For SRW, Feast offers dinner for $50 with options like chicken liver mousse, clam linguini, duck cassoulet, and desserts like chocolate hazelnut pot de crème. Kirkland. Dinner is $50.
There’s a lot to love about this highly-awarded chef-owned restaurant. For starters, James Beard award-winning chef Jason Wilson brings the finest seasonal and locally-sourced fare from farmers, fishermen, and producers to the plate. Lakehouse also extends their holistic approach to everyone on the team. During the pandemic, a time when stress and burnout were at a high point for the restaurant industry, Lakehouse launched a wellness program to support their staff that includes individual and group coaching and weekly check-ins.
For their SRW menu, try items like the miso glazed Alaskan black cod, bacon cheeseburger with grilled dry aged prime grade beef and cheddar fondue. There’s also fantastic dessert options like the salted caramel brioche croissant beignet with Mexican hot chocolate sauce. Bellevue. Lunch at $35. Dinner at $50.
This Tom Douglas restaurant takes its name from Brandi Carlile, the Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter who grew up about 30 miles east of Seattle, and the musical nods are plentiful here. Basking in the glow of the nearby Paramount Theater, The Carlile Room is a groovy cocktail spot and American grill with vintage 60s decor. For SRW, The Carlile Room is offering a three-course dinner menu for $65 that includes a seafood trio of deviled dungeness crab, wild shrimp, and tuna; the Carlile Caesar salad; and a choice of either Skagit valley chicken schnitzel, Snake River Farms flat iron steak, or handmade pasta with Prosser Farm primavera and mozzarella.
Downtown. Dinner is $50.
An elegant atmosphere against views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic mountains, and the Space Needle, AQUA by El Gaucho is a delight for the senses. For those who like a show, their Angus Beef steaks are prepared on an open pit charcoal grill in an exhibition-style kitchen. They source produce from Sound Sustainable Farms, a farm that not only provides food for local restaurants, but utilizes their food waste for compost.
For SRW, AQUA’s special menu is available from Tuesdays through Thursdays, featuring dishes like an ancient grains and fine herbs risotto, or steelhead salmon and beef tenderloin, and desserts like sorbet or chocolate cheesecake. Downtown. Dinner is $65.
Wallingford’s unassuming Japanese-inspired steakhouse specializes in whole-animal butchery, and a focus on other locally farmed and foraged ingredients. Grilling Japanese Wagyu steaks is chef Kaz’s specialty at this lesser-known gem that holds its own compared to other notable steakhouses in town. Sake, cocktails, and inventive seafood pastas are all popular items. Kokkaku’s curated SRW menu includes seaweed crusted salmon carpaccio with dashi shoyu form, American wagyu beef entree options, and desserts like salted vanilla pudding with kuromitsu sauce. Wallingford. Dinner at $35 and $50.
From the same family that brought generational Sicilian classics to Bellevue at Firenze Ristorante, Zio Sal is a Redmond location from Salvatore Lembo (‘uncle Sal’ himself) and his daughter Valentina. For SRW, Zio Sal is offering three-course lunch menus for $20 that include options like calamari, ravioli, lasagna, and desserts like tiramisu and limoncello cake. For $50 the three-course dinner menu includes manicotti, pollo gorgonzola, and other mouthwatering Italian favorites. You can taste the family pride in every bite. Redmond. Lunch at $20 and $35. Dinner at $35 and $50.
It’s a little taste of the French Quarter, right here in Seattle. Named after a street in the Big Easy, Toulouse Petit has a well-deserved reputation for “unique and lusty creole based cuisine” with Pacific Northwest ingredients. Their Uptown space is just as ambitious, with hundreds of candles on the walls that make for a buzzy, intimate late night ambiance. For SRW, Toulouse Petit has curated menus showcasing some of their most exemplary dishes like shrimp and homemade andouille with crawfish and creamy grits, jambalaya, seafood gumbo, and buttermilk beignets. Toulouse Petit typically draws long lines, so it’s a good idea to make a reservation on OpenTable. Uptown. Lunch at $20 and $35. Dinner at $35 and $50.