25 Noteworthy Restaurants To Try For Fall 2022 Seattle Restaurant Week

19 Gold

This Taiwanese joint merits consideration if your crew craves heart-warming fare on a brisk autumn day. Opt for a $20 midday menu (comprising an appetizer and main course) or a $35 evening spread (encompassing bubble tea or beer, an appetizer, principal dish, and sweet finale) and savor delicacies like popcorn-style chicken, crispy honey-pineapple prawns, slow-cooked duck wings, soupy dumplings, beef noodle soup, and malatang.

  • Fremont
  • Dine-in
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned, women-helmed, family-operated

Bok a Bok

Victors, victors, poultry dinner: This swiftly proliferating crispy chicken franchise, fusing Korean and Southern inspirations and featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, proffers poultry feasts for two or four, replete with a signature salad and one to two accompaniments, across all five outposts.

  • Burien, Capitol Hill, Kirkland, University District, White Center
  • Takeaway, delivery
  • Family-run

Chengdu Taste

Chef and food scribe J. Kenji López-Alt dubbed this chain “America’s paramount Sichuan eatery,” cementing its credibility. Their $35 lunch menu showcases favorites like sliced pork bathed in garlic chili sauce, mapo tofu, lamb skewers, and “guess guess” shrimp.

  • Chinatown-International District
  • Takeaway, dine-in
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned

Crawfish King

Stranger contributor Megan van Huygen mused, “Crawfish King in the International District existed for nigh a decade, on 8th and Lane, up by the highway. Its decor evokes a Sea Galley, specializing in Cajun-style seafood boils. They present all the customary shellfish characters—lobster, sundry crab species, mussels, clams, shrimp (headless and headed), others—allowing one to select preordained shellfish combos or assemble their own, paying per pound. They sauce it all up and dump the marvelous mess on the table (atop a plastic tablecloth), guaranteeing hair and spectacle adornment…We were dazzled by every aspect of this place and shall likely return for lunch, like, tomorrow.”

  • Chinatown-International District
  • Takeaway, dine-in
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned

Dumpling the Noodle

Chart your own gastronomic voyage at this purveyor of hand-pulled noodles and dumplings: the “Comfort Afternoon” (a $50 repast for two comprising bulgogi beef dumplings, sweet chili fried chicken, kale in sesame dressing, crispy chicken wontons, beef pancake rolls, and chili beef “lamen”), the “Beer Partner” (a $65 meal for three with pork onion buns, pork chive shrimp dumplings, pork wontons bathed in spicy sauce, sweet chili fried chicken, sweet and sour cucumbers, beef pancake rolls, and chili beef “lamen”), or the “Vegan Explorer” (vegan dumplings, crispy vegan wontons, kale in sesame dressing, bok choy mushroom dumplings, tofu pancake rolls, and chili garlic tofu “lamen”).

  • Greenlake, Wallingford
  • Takeaway, dine-in
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned

Gold Coast Ghal Kitchen

Tina Fahnbulleh, born in Liberia and raised in Ghana, launched this catering venture in 2016 after failing to find the West African fare she adored in Seattle. Her Restaurant Week menu comprises lemongrass crab cakes, kelewele (spicy fried plantains), banku (fermented corn and cassava dough) accompanied by grilled tilapia, cabbage stew with five-spice duck, and kala “puff-puffs” paired with ginger clove ice cream.

  • Capitol Hill, Central District
  • Takeaway, dine-in
  • Black-owned, women-helmed

Grayseas Pies

Thanks to recent changes, pop-ups can now participate in SRW, an opportunity we wholeheartedly welcome. This business, baker Gracie Santos’ lockdown-born stress salve, shall sling savory Filipino-influenced baked goods, including a chicken adobo pot pie and a giniling-inspired shepherd’s pie, plus two optional (but adorable) pocket-sized apple pies.

  • Beacon Hill
  • Takeaway
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned, women-helmed

HaiDiLao

Come primed for dinner and a spectacle at this wildly popular hot pot chain: The brand earns renown for its outstanding customer service and complimentary entertainment, including “noodle dancers,” who perform a stunning dance as they stretch dough into 10-foot-long, ribbon-like swathes. The $50 Restaurant Week package comprises a soup base of one’s choosing, meat and/or vegetable combos for cooking, an appetizer, and a beverage.

  • Downtown, Bellevue
  • Dine-in
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned

How to Cook a Wolf

This popular restaurant within Ethan Stowell’s acclaimed upscale Italianate empire bears the title of an M.F.K. Fisher book, and the rustic cuisine showcases local/seasonal/delicious fare. The Madison Park and Queen Anne locations shall each serve their own $50 menus, with dishes such as burrata, chicken liver mousse, pappardelle, risotto, veal gnocchi, New York steak, and chocolate amaretto cake.

  • Madison Park, Queen Anne
  • Takeaway, dine-in

Itsumono

Since its early 2021 opening, this hidden gem garnered a loyal following for its modern, inventive small plates. For Restaurant Week, they’ll be serving starters like hamachi crudo and yuzu cauliflower karaage, main dishes akin to tikka tonkatsu curry and mapo tofu “lasagna,” and bananas foster andagi (Japanese deep-fried buns reminiscent of doughnuts). An especial Averna Manhattan cocktail appears for $13.

  • Chinatown-International District
  • Dine-in
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned

King Leroy

If one hasn’t had the opportunity to visit famed chef and restaurateur Renee Erickson’s newest establishment, here’s the chance. The eatery, which donates proceeds to fund culinary school scholarships at Seattle Central Community College, pays homage to classic Northwest dives with simple bar snacks and libations. During Restaurant Week, one can try specials like taco salad, a fried bologna sandwich, grilled cheese, tater tots, black-eyed pea salad, and more. For a limited time, $20 shall procure a main dish and a side dish with a complimentary Snoqualmie Root Beer.

  • South Lake Union
  • Takeaway, dine-in
  • Woman-owned

Koku Cafe + Market

Surely, one has heard of umami, but what about kokumi? Kokumi signifies the elusive “sixth taste” that describes a “rich flavor” or mouthfeel found in fats, and it also inspired this Japanese cafe and market in Queen Anne. For $20, choose from a selection of rice bowls (including gochujang-brewed pork, mirin-soaked chicken, ginger koji tofu, Japanese curry, or tamago gohan), along with miso soup and the drink of one’s choosing (beer, wine, sake, or a house-made tonic).

  • Queen Anne
  • Takeaway, dine-in

Mamnoon and Mamnoon Street

Mamnoon and its more casual South Lake Union sibling Mamnoon Street serve upscale, bold, and perfectly seasoned Lebanese/Syrian food, including a selection of freshly baked flat and leavened breads. Mamnoon’s $20 lunch menu features labneh with house-made pita, a half-order of harra frites, and a choice of chicken shawarma or falafel, while Mamnoon Street offers a $35 lunch and dinner menu with mushroom baba ghanoush, “baharat-coa” (a Middle Eastern take on barbacoa with a baharat spice blend), and “saf-flan” (a flan with saffron milk custard).

  • Capitol Hill, South Lake Union
  • Takeaway
  • Family-operated, women-helmed

Money Frog

This “no-frills” pan-Asian bar and brunch spot from Hangry Panda LIKE LIST owners Joe and Lucy Ye and Taurus Ox LIKE LIST co-owner Khampaeng “KP” Panyathong serves fun, reimagined bar food. A $20 happy hour menu permits one to pick two side dishes, such as chicken-fried frog legs, condensed milk prawns, soft-shell chili crab, or a jaew bong bacon cheeseburger, paired with a drink, like the cheeky “Pineapple Pizza” (tequila reposado and pineapple juice, with a togarashi rim and a pepperoni slice garnish). If hungrier, opt for the $50 dinner deal, which comes with a drink, a side dish, and a main dish, like duck carbonara or steelhead red curry.

  • Capitol Hill
  • Dine-in, delivery
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned, family-operated

Nirmal’s

Former Stranger editor-in-chief Tricia Romano selected Nirmal’s as one of the best Indian restaurants in Seattle, writing, “There exists a dearth of good Indian food in Seattle; after eight years in New York, I was spoiled. But Nirmal’s in Pioneer Square proves nearly as good as what one finds in the Big Apple, maybe better…The food swerves left—there are dishes I’d never heard of (prawn phalnaire, goat roghni), most have strong distinct flavors, and the heat doesn’t drown out the dish, only enhances it. Costly, but worth it.” The establishment’s SRW menu features starters like samosas and murgh angare (grilled chicken leg meat marinated in chilis), curries like vegetable masala and nizami goat curry, and desserts like ras malai (soft chhena cheese patties with pistachios and spiced cardamom milk) and gulab jamun.

  • Pioneer Square
  • Takeaway, dine-in
  • Women-owned, family-operated

Osteria La Spiga

Chef Sabrina Tinsley’s cozy Capitol Hill osteria represents a time-honored standby for northern Italian cuisine. They’ll have a $35 three-course dinner menu and a $50 four-course dinner menu for Restaurant Week, with options like tagliatelle, gnocchi, lasagna, panna cotta, and tiramisu.

  • Capitol Hill
  • Dine-in
  • Black-owned, Indigenous-owned, women-helmed, family-operated

Raccolto

Brian Clevenger’s West Seattle restaurant garnered acclaim for its fresh handmade pasta and pure, simple vegetable and protein dishes. During Restaurant Week, they’re offering a $35 three-course meal with choices such as focaccia, oysters with champagne mignonette, kale salad, roasted Brussels sprouts, burrata, chanterelle spaghetti, ling cod risotto, pork loin, maple panna cotta, and olive oil cake.

  • West Seattle
  • Takeaway, dine-in

Revel

Husband-and-wife team Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi earned many James Beard Award nominations for Revel, their hip Korean-French street food destination. This makes them a no-brainer for Restaurant Week. Their $35 menu, available for takeout or dine-in, includes a snack (sweet chicory salad or short rib wonton), a main dish (albacore rice tuna bowl or spicy miso pork), and a dessert (poached pear or black rice pudding).

  • Fremont
  • Takeaway, delivery, dine-in
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned, women-helmed

Rondo Japanese Kitchen

This bustling Capitol Hill izakaya gained popularity for its Japanese mazemen (brothless ramen), ramen, teishoku (panko-breaded pork loin cutlets), bento boxes, and other delights. During SRW, step up one’s lunch game with their $20 set, which comes with two kinds of seasonal sashimi, sweet shrimp chirashi, spicy miso salmon poké salad, age-dashi tofu with ginger mushroom dashi sauce, cream cheese panna cotta topped with pumpkin cinnamon sauce, an Angus beef potato croquette, and negi-shio kalbi don.

  • Capitol Hill
  • Takeaway, dine-in
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned

Samara

Chef Eric Anderson’s neighborhood bistro Samara serves simple, seasonal wood-fired fare in Ballard’s Sunset Hill neighborhood. A sample $65 SRW menu (subject to change) features dishes like grilled radicchio salad, charred Mission figs, oven-roasted carrots, buttered Dungeness crab, almond-crusted halibut, toasted s’more cake, and blackberries and nectarines with pistachio olive oil cake.

  • Ballard
  • Dine-in
  • Family-operated

Spice Waala

The popular Indian street food spot Spice Waala, which began its life as a farmers market stand, shall serve a $20 takeout menu with papdi chaat (AKA “Indian nachos”), butter chicken, and basmati rice at both its Ballard and Capitol Hill locations.

  • Ballard, Capitol Hill
  • Takeaway
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned, family-operated, women-helmed

Tavolàta

The Stranger named this classic Ethan Stowell spot one of the best Italian restaurants in Seattle in 2017. The Belltown, Capitol Hill, and Stone Way locations offer a $50 menu for SRW, with choices like marinated olives, salumi, bruschetta, burrata, tonarelli, pappardelle, truffled risotto, and buttermilk panna cotta.

  • Belltown, Capitol Hill, Stone Way
  • Takeaway, dine-in

Theary Cambodian Foods

Located inside Tukwila’s global food hall Spice Bridge, this stall from chef Theary Ngeth serves hard-to-find Cambodian food to keep the culture’s culinary tradition alive. For SRW, they’ll serve kar-khun-touy-go jia-mouy kievv (braised, roasted oxtail with steamed meat roll, cassava roots, and baby carrots, served with a turkey-beef blend, baby bean sprouts, chopped herbs, lime, fried garlic, and chili oil and a Chinese donut). Get the whole thing for $35, or spend $65 and get enough for two, plus two beef curry pastries.

  • Tukwila
  • Takeaway, dine-in
  • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander-owned

Toulouse Petit

The Stranger’s former managing editor Leilani Polk wrote, “Seattle’s other noteworthy Cajun-Creole restaurant has a more extensive menu than what one finds at French Quarter Kitchen, minus the absinthe, and plenty of what one finds on it proves delicious (try the jambalaya)…After dark proves a fine time to visit—the candles placed on the walls all around the room are lit, filling the place with a dreamy, flickering orange glow.” The spot shall offer two-course $20 and $35 lunch and dinner menus for Restaurant Week, featuring options like fried chicken and andouille gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, buttermilk beignets, and more, as well as three-course $35, $50, and $65 dinner menus with choices such as oysters, pan-seared sea scallops, Creole blackened wild Alaskan king salmon, Wagyu sirloin steak, and pear and walnut bread pudding.

  • Queen Anne
  • Dine-in
  • Family-operated

Tutta Bella

In search of an affordable but romantic date night? This Neapolitan pizzeria chain has you covered with a four-course dine-in menu that includes burrata peperonata, Caesar salad, one’s choice of two pizzettas, and tiramisu, all for $65.

  • Various locations
  • Dine-in

The Best Spots for Local, Noteworthy, and Hidden Gem Restaurants

Seattle is a culinary paradise, offering diverse dining experiences that cater to every taste and preference. From iconic Seattle bites to trendy hotspots, the city’s restaurant scene never fails to impress. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, here’s a guide to help you navigate the culinary landscape and discover the best local restaurants, noteworthy gems, and hidden treasures in Seattle.

Fall Flavors: Seattle Restaurant Week Highlights

One of the most exciting events in the Seattle food calendar is the Seattle Restaurant Week, held twice a year. During this culinary extravaganza, participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus at various price points, allowing diners to explore new flavors and indulge in exceptional cuisine. Some of the standout restaurants to try during this event include:

  • Money Frog: This pan-Asian bar and brunch spot serves reimagined bar food with a twist, offering a $20 happy hour menu and a $50 dinner deal with dishes like duck carbonara and steelhead red curry.
  • Chengdu Taste: Hailed as “the best Sichuan restaurant in America” by J. Kenji López-Alt, this chain offers a $35 lunch menu featuring favorites like sliced pork with garlic chili sauce and mapo tofu.
  • Toulouse Petit: This Cajun-Creole restaurant offers two-course $20 and $35 lunch and dinner menus, featuring options like fried chicken and andouille gumbo, jambalaya, and po’ boys.

Seattle’s Essential Eats: Top Restaurants

Beyond the Restaurant Week festivities, Seattle boasts a wealth of essential dining destinations that should be on every food lover’s radar. Eater Seattle has curated a list of the city’s 38 essential restaurants, showcasing the best of the best. Some noteworthy spots include:

  • May Kitchen and Bar: This upscale Thai restaurant offers a contemporary take on traditional flavors, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  • El Cabrito: This beloved Mexican restaurant in Capitol Hill’s heart is renowned for its authentic and flavorful dishes, including its signature goat tacos.
  • Tomo: Offering a unique blend of Japanese and Pacific Northwest flavors, Tomo is a must-visit for sushi lovers and those seeking innovative culinary experiences.

Hidden Gems and Local Favorites

While iconic and acclaimed restaurants have their place, Seattle’s charm lies in its abundance of hidden gems and local favorites that often fly under the radar. Seattle Met has compiled a list of the city’s 100 best restaurants, including some lesser-known spots that are worth exploring:

  • Raccolto: This West Seattle gem is acclaimed for its fresh handmade pasta and simple, yet flavorful, vegetable and protein dishes.
  • Osteria La Spiga: This cozy Capitol Hill osteria is a time-honored standby for northern Italian cuisine, offering a $35 and $50 dinner menu during Restaurant Week.
  • Grayseas Pies: This Filipino-influenced pop-up offers savory baked goods like chicken adobo pot pie and a giniling-inspired shepherd’s pie, perfect for takeout.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Seattle Restaurant Week?

Seattle Restaurant Week is a bi-annual event where participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus at various prices, allowing diners to explore new flavors and indulge in exceptional cuisine.

How can I find the best local restaurants in Seattle?

You can consult reputable food guides like Eater Seattle, Seattle Met, and The Stranger’s recommendations to discover the best local restaurants. Additionally, word-of-mouth and local recommendations can lead you to hidden gems and neighborhood favorites.

Are there any must-try iconic Seattle dishes or restaurants?

Absolutely! Some iconic Seattle bites include cheese from Beecher’s, Uli’s Famous Sausage, fish from the Seattle Fish Guys, Seattle Dogs, chocolates from Theo or Fran’s, and more. Restaurants like Canlis, Dahlia Lounge, and Pike Place Chowder are also considered must-try iconic spots in the city.

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