If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Seattle, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we’ve checked out a spot, we’ll add a note if it makes it onto our Hit List.
A massive pasta and pizza spot downtown, from the team behind Bar Cotto, Tavolata, Anchovies And Olives (RIP), and Red Cow. Expect pies similar to Bar Cotto’s and pasta similar to Tavolata’s.
Miri’s used to be a roadside trailer in Ballard, but they’ve moved to become the concession stand at Golden Gardens (still in Ballard). You’ll find kebab sandwiches, acai bowls, slushies, and poffertjes (mini Dutch baby pancakes), among other snacks.
We checked out Miri’s Snack Shack and put it on our Hit List.
A new bar in Fremont (replacing The Helm) that serves dumplings from Little Ting’s, and drinks ranging from a blueberry vodka cocktail to a gin Old Fashioned. Decorations include a taxidermy dinosaur head. No, not a real dinosaur.
Junkichi is a new Japanese restaurant in Capitol Hill. They specialize in izakaya food (specifically things made on a robata grill). And they have a little robot that can apparently recognize your face on repeat visits.
Little Neon Taco is the new fast-casual offshoot of Neon Taco, a dark dive bar on Broadway in Capitol Hill. The menu here is made up of aguas frescas and horchata, appetizers like guacamole and queso, and a la carte street tacos on homemade tortillas.
What used to be a food truck is now a brick and mortar location in Mt. Baker serving traditional Hawaiian plate lunches as well as Thai staples like pad thai and curry.
A new Wine Bar in Wallingford from the team behind Barrio, Purple, Pablo Y Pablo, and Meet The Moon. Expect cheese and charcuterie, small plates like fancy fries and toasts, fish, coq au vin, and of course, a chopped salad.
Wa’z is a Japanese restaurant specializing in kaiseki tasting menus, with two options - one for $100, and one for $60.
One of our favorite BBQ spots in the city, Wood Shop BBQ, has taken over the trailer in Georgetown where Hallava Falafel used to be. We’ll miss the hummus fries and pita sandwiches, but we’re pretty excited for more smoked brisket and hot links.
General Porpoise now has a location in Pioneer Square - so there’s one more place in town to pick up some of their delicious donuts.
Pasta Casalinga is a casual Tuesday-Friday spot in Pike Place Market serving handmade pasta. Their menu rotates based on what fresh ingredients they have from the “ocean,” “garden,” and “farm.” We’re pretty excited to have a new option for a reasonably priced bowl of carbs downtown at lunchtime.
We checked out Pasta Casalinga and put it on our Hit List.
This food truck now has a permanent Fremont spot in a vintage space. The menu is full of homemade biscuit sandwiches, from breakfast-type creations with fried chicken to something more like a banh mi. Other Southern dishes here include shrimp and grits and tomato stew with okra - and yes, they come with a biscuit.
Another Chicago-style deep dish spot from the people behind Windy City Pie. This one is located inside a new bar called Clock-Out Lounge.
We checked out Breezy Town Pizza and put it on our Hit List.
This cocktail spot used to be in Eastlake, but closed for a while and is now open where Kushibar used to be in Belltown. Expect a menu of extremely varied semi-upscale things like gnocchi, ceviche, fish and chips, chickpea fries, and halibut brandade.
A counter-service deli in Fremont serving Italian panini along with some salads, soups, and sides. Something tells us we’re going to be all over the harissa-spiced lamb sandwich with mint aioli.
Jiaozi! Dumpling House is an all-day addition to the dim sum scene in the International District - with 12 varieties of dumplings, ranging from pork and cabbage to egg and chive to barbecued cuttlefish. For a small upcharge, you can get any of these as potstickers.
A slick cocktail spot in South Lake Union with shiny pineapple tchotchkes, a disco ball, and all kinds of tropical-ish drinks from margaritas to pisco punch to a rotating alcoholic slushie. Latin-American bar food like empanadas, yucca fries, and tacos comes from Oro Kitchen next door.
This sibling spot to Gold Bar provides nighttime snacks next door while acting as a fast-casual Latin American lunch spot by day.
The original RPM didn’t serve great pizza, and closed pretty soon after it opened. But now there’s a new owner who’s changed the recipes and reopened in the same space.
An all-day New York-style pie and slice spot smack in the middle of the SoDo winery and brewery district.
We checked out Nine Pies and put it on our Hit List.
A new French restaurant in Madison Valley. The menu is broken up into categories based on different elements of nature - land (meat), sea (seafood), earth (vegetarian), and heaven (dessert).
RIP, World Of Beer and 500 East: A Social Club. Tamari Bar takes over that space on the corner of Pine and Summit in Capitol Hill with Japanese izakaya food and sushi (the menu includes aburi pressed-style sushi, schezwan peppercorn poutine, and marinated wagyu beef you cook yourself).
We checked out Tamari Bar and put it on our Hit List.