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Downtown Seattle Restaurants & Dining Spots

Seattle is a melting pot of world cuisine, savory spices and culinary adventures. Whether you crave Pacific Northwest cuisine, fresh seafood, the flavors of France, aged steaks, authentic Italian fare, or our famous Alaskan king crab, the restaurant scene in downtown Seattle is one of a kind.

 

Cafe Campagne

0.45 miles - Elegant, yet unpretentious, Campagne is a French restaurant that goes beyond its country French roots, infusing a seasonally changing menu with the freshest Northwest ingredients. Simple sauces, exotic ingredients and interesting salads are the rule here. Diners enjoy fresh flowers and large windows that look out over Pike Place Market to Elliott Bay. Dinner: Tuesday -Thursday, Saturday & Sunday. $$$. 86 Pine St.; 206-728-2800; www.campagnerestaurant.com.

 

Canlis Restaurant

3 miles - Offering a view of Lake Union and the Cascades, this is one of Seattle's most traditional special occasion restaurants. A Seattle institution since 1950, remodeling gave the restaurant a contemporary look accented with Asian antiques. Enjoy Northwest cuisine, with Asian and Continental influences, including steaks from the copper grill and adventurous menu items like the Grand Marnier dessert soufflé. Canlis features one of the best wine lists in Seattle. Dinner: Mon. - Sat. $$$$. 2576 Aurora Ave. North; 206-283-3313; www.canlis.com.

 

Dahlia Lounge

0.41 miles - This imaginative and inventive restaurant is a Seattle favorite. The Pacific-Rim-influenced menu changes regularly, with a lunch menu featuring some of the same offerings at lower prices. Try the mouthwatering dungeness crab cakes - the house specialty. Dahlia's whimsical and colorful decor provides visitors with a warm and inviting dining experience. Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Fri. $$$. 2001 4th Ave; 206-682-4142; www.tomdouglas.com/restaurants/dahlia-lounge.

 

F.X. McRory's Steak, Chop & Oyster House

0.5 miles - McRory's became an instant Seattle institution when it opened in 1977. Each day, the menu features six varieties of raw oysters from the stand-up oyster bar along with Pacific Northwest seafood, local chicken, aged steaks and chops and the city's finest slow-roasted prime rib. Dark walnut chairs, hardwood floors, linen tablecloths and art provide a period-piece backdrop for enjoying the excellent cuisine. Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Fri. $$-$$$. 419 Occidental Ave S; 206-623-4800; www.fxmcrorys.com.

 

Il Terrazo Carmine

0.92 miles - Tucked in a small courtyard off First Avenue in Pioneer Square, this upscale Italian restaurant is the perfect kitchen to celebrate a special occasion. The menu features wonderful meat and fish dishes, including cioppino, rack of lamb, veal and rabbit, as well as daily specials. From risotto to tiramisu, you'll enjoy Seattle's top Italian restaurant. Lunch: Mon-Friday and Dinner: Mon-Sat. $$. 411 1st Ave. S; 206-467-7797.

 

Ivar's Acres of Clams

0.66 miles - A popular dining spot, Ivar's Acres of Clams is as much a part of the Seattle waterfront as the Puget Sound. Savor fresh Pacific seafood in the large dining room accented in classic dark mahogany. Clam fans will love the "Traditional Acres of Clams" - steamed Manila clams with clam nectar, melted butter and a side of wild rice. If you're not in the mood to wait for a table, the lively fish-n-chips bar is next door. Lunch & Dinner: Daily. $$. 1001 Alaskan Way (Pier 54); 206-624-6852; www.ivars.net/index.php?page=locations_acres-of-clams.

 

Metropolitan Grill

4 blocks - Serving the best steaks in Seattle, the Met is a gathering spot for Seattle's celebrities and businessmen. Enjoy 28-day aged steaks and a mouth-watering cuisine cooked to perfection. This traditional steakhouse serves everything ala carte, and a spectacular wine list. Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Fri. $$$-$$$$. 820 Second Ave; 206-624-3287; www.themetropolitangrill.com.

 

Palomino

1 block - Palomino is an upbeat Seattle restaurant and bar famous for its stylish ambiance and artfully prepared cuisine. Featuring European-inspired and regional American cuisine, including fresh seafood, meat, chicken, pasta, salads, and signature brick oven pizzas, Palomino offers a versatile menu in extraordinary surroundings. Lunch & Dinner: Daily. $$. 1420 5th Ave. # 350; (206) 623-1300; www.palomino.com/index.php?cook=1&locations=seattle.

 

The Pink Door

0.49 miles - With a great rooftop deck and full views of the Sound, this charming Italian trattoria serves delicious food, from roasted garlic and ricotta spread to fresh seafood to classic lasagna, in an interesting atmosphere. At dinner, a twirling trapeze artist may perform in the very high ceiling dining room or a tarot card reader may come by your table to tell your fortune. Follow the address, and open the pink door! Lunch: Tues-Sat. Dinner: Tues-Sun. $$-$$$. 1919 Post Alley; 206-443-3241; www.thepinkdoor.net/.

 

Pyramid Alehouse

0.5 miles - Pyramid Alehouse is a monument to "beeriety." Built to brew and serve tasty beer, this alehouse also offers great food. Enjoy 15 of their original microbrews along with a full menu of classic brew house cuisine, including Kettle-Brewed Soups and Brewer's Plates. Brewery tours and samples are available. Lunch & Dinner: Daily. $-$$. 1201 1st Ave. South; 206-682-3377; www.pyramidbrew.com/alehouses/seattle.

 

Ray's Boathouse

8 miles - Nestled on Ballard's Shilshole Marina, Ray's Boathouse is a Seattle dining institution and "the place" to dine with friends and relatives in Seattle since 1946. The formal downstairs offers a creative Northwest/Pacific Rim seafood menu, including delicious crab cakes. Enjoy spectacular views across Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains, and watch the boats and bald eagles. Upstairs at Ray's is a lively café and lounge with a less expensive menu. Dinner: Daily. $$-$$$. 6049 Seaview Ave. NW; 206-789-3770; www.rays.com.

 

Wild Ginger

0.14 miles - Vietnamese, Thai and Korean dishes are the rage at this popular Seattle restaurant across from Benaroya Hall. Pull up a comfortable stool around the satay grill and watch the cooks grill skewers of chicken, scallops and lamb served with sticky rice and pickled cucumber. Sit at a table and enjoy traditional Pan-Asian cuisine as you have never had it before. Wild Ginger was the recipient of Wine Spectator's "2001 Award of Excellence." Lunch/Dinner: daily. $$$ 1401 Third Ave; 206-623-4450; www.wildginger.net.