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.
Lucky Santo is a new counter service spot in Ballard that serves allergen-free food - so the entire menu does its best to avoid gluten, dairy, grains, legumes, refined sugar, soy, and canola oil. We don’t know what’s left after that, but we’re going to try it.
Pioneer Square D&E (which stands for drinks and eats) has replaced Radici. We’re certainly most interested in the $10 fried chicken sandwich that comes with steak fries and a can of Rainier, but there are also other options, like pasta and crudo.
From the team behind The Independent Pizzeria (one of our favorite pizza places in town) comes an Eastern European restaurant open for breakfast and lunch daily. Expect things like Georgian bread pizzas, Russian pelmeni dumplings, brisket, borscht, and more.
This is a new farm-to-table restaurant that overlooks Pike Place and seems like the kind of restaurant where you wouldn’t feel like a fool if you dress up. Dinner here will be expensive, and will involve items like pastrami-spiced short ribs and honeynut squash ravioli.
85 C Bakery Cafe comes from Taiwan, and specializes in cakes, bread, and coffee infused with sea salted cream.
This new brewery in White Center focuses on seven different types of beer that range from pale ale to barleywine. There’s no food onsite for now, but outside snacks are allowed.
Moon Tree is a stylish restaurant in Queen Anne that serves sushi and izakaya-style Japanese food.
One of the best banh mi shops in the city now has a location downtown.
From the same team behind Junebaby (one of our favorite new restaurants from 2017) comes Lucinda Grain Bar. It’s a semi-casual restaurant that specializes in a wide spectrum of ancient grains for dinner, from buckwheat bucatini with pork ragu to einkorn ice cream with sorghum porridge.
Meg’s is an old school-style burger joint in Pioneer Square that serves burgers, fries, fishwiches, and hot dogs.
There are a couple restaurants in Seattle where you have to pay for your meal in advance online like an Odesza concert. Archipelago is an upscale Filipino spot in Hillman City that has joined that club. For a price tag of $126, you can reserve a 10-12-course tasting menu featuring local ingredients.
There are many Thai restaurants in Cap Hill. Here’s another one. Bites Of Bangkok is a bright spot that serves classics like fresh rolls, satay, fried rice, stir-fry, and curries.
Ada’s specializes in Italian, Greek, and Turkish food all at once - expect things like pasta, baklava, shakshuka, and large plates of roasted chicken and seared fish.
Adding to the lineup of Central District spots is a sushi bar called Migoto. They have a ton of specialty rolls, donburi bowls, udon, and teriyaki.
Sunset Fried Chicken was a takeout window that served mediocre chicken sandwiches but delicious fries. They’re no longer inside Rachel’s Ginger Beer and are now being served at Queer/Bar.
This Japanese dessert chain has opened its first continental U.S. location in the Denny Triangle. Expect baked things like cookies and muffins infused with matcha, as well as massive loaded sundaes and matcha floats made with soft serve.
Seaplane is an aviation-themed restaurant, which is fitting considering it’s right near Kenmore Air. It’s from the same team behind Stoneburner, so you can expect great wood-fired pizzas. They also have a lineup of pasta, salads, small plates, and soft serve ice cream.
This is the second location of Bounty Kitchen, an all-day cafe with salads, grain bowls, toasts, and sandwiches. The original location is in Queen Anne, and this one’s in the Denny Triangle and will probably be a useful spot for everyone who works in the area.
By Tae is a new permanent location of a sushi spot at Chophouse Row in Capitol Hill that used to be a pop-up. It’s a counter that specializes in hand rolls and sake.
Sushi I is another sushi spot. They serve a bunch of bunch of different types of specialty rolls.
Bopbox is a casual Korean restaurant in Georgetown that serves lunch and dinner consisting of bowls and skillets.
The Sunset Fried Chicken takeout window at the Capitol Hill Rachel’s Ginger Beer has been replaced with Ma’Ono, making it their third official location. This is great news, because Sunset’s sandwiches weren’t really that good.
Seoul Zip is a Korean espresso bar in Belltown that serves bulgogi inside of burritos, bowls, and sandwiches.
There aren’t a ton of Italian places in Queen Anne, which means a pizza spot like Coltiva is just what the doctor ordered. Expect small pies, salads, appetizers, and a full bar.
One of the best bakeries in Seattle now has a location in Wedgewood - they have the same breads, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and soups as the other Grand Central Bakeries.
Menya Musashi is the first Seattle location of a Tokyo-based chain that specializes in tsukemen (dip ramen). It replaced Tentenyu Ramen in Capitol Hill.
[The Hart And The Hunter] (https://www.theinfatuation.com/los-angeles/reviews/the-hart-and-the-hunter) is a hotel restaurant at the Palihotel in Los Angeles. And the second location is now open in Seattle. Expect an all-day menu of upscale Southern food as well as homemade biscuits that our LA team is pretty crazy about.
Bad Bishop is a new Downtown cocktail bar that serves creative drinks alongside bar food like mac and cheese and homemade corn dogs.
The newest restaurant from the Sea Creatures team is a swanky all-day Italian spot in The Amazon Spheres. They serve Roman-style square pizza and fried snacks like arancini.
The same team behind Le Messe and Raccolto opened G.H. Pasta Co. in South Lake Union’s Denny Triangle. They serve pasta for lunch every day from 11am-4pm, so you can expect things like bolognese, pesto, amatriciana, and cacio e pepe. Also, they have garlic bread covered in parmesan cheese.
The best fast-casual taco spot in Seattle has now expanded to a space at the bottom of an apartment complex in the Central District.
Cinnaholic is a cinnamon bun franchise in Capitol Hill that was featured on Shark Tank. It’s like Cinnabon, only with more topping options and 100% vegan ingredients. It seems like the best part is that you don’t even have to step foot in a mall food court to get it.
To no one’s surprise, another restaurant has opened in South Lake Union. This one’s a big Korean spot that serves banchan, tofu soup, chicken wings, and bibimbap.
Corte Fino is a new Mexican spot in Beacon Hill where you can find tacos, enchiladas, and other Mexican staples. The whole operation is Halal, so there’s no pork on the menu.
We’re not sure what Noren is. Sure, there’s an extensive sushi menu, but they also have cheeseburgers, pasta, tacos, and po’boys. We’re curious to check this one out.
This is a new vegan spot that exclusively serves baked potatoes topped with plant-based things like non-dairy queso and vegetables.
Hanok, which is Korean for “traditional home, is a sit-down restaurant in Madison Park that serves bulgogi and bibimbap, but also some Japanese dishes like udon and katsu.
You probably already knew that Shake Shack (the fast-casual burger chain from NYC) is now open in South Lake Union. We hope you’re ready for cheeseburgers, crinkle fries, concretes, and a lot of waiting in line.
Alcove Dining Room is a nice Brazilian restaurant where your reservation involves purchasing a ticket in advance. You can choose from a standard prix fixe menu, an a la carte tapas menu on Fridays, or a Sunday Feijoada dinner.
Turns out, Salt & Straw isn’t the only Portland spot coming to its senses and heading north. Burger mini-chain Little Big Burger is now open in Wallingford. The menu is super small (it reads something like: cheeseburger, hamburger, veggie burger, truffle fries), but you can still decide whether or not to add bacon. You should probably add bacon.
The old Chinapie space in Fremont closed, and the same team has now opened Petosky’s in the same space. There’s still pizza, but you can also expect bar food like wings, cheese curds, and a Juicy Lucy burger.
You used to just go to Hillcrest Market for Gatorade and toilet paper, but now you can get street tacos on homemade tortillas filled with al pastor, carne asada, or chorizo.
Robots making lattes sounds like it’s straight out of a Black Mirror episode, but it’s a very real thing being done at Ada’s Discovery Cafe, a 24-hour coffee shop that doubles as an AT&T-branded lounge.
I5 Pho is a Vietnamese spot in Tacoma that opened a second location in Seattle. They’re best known for their banh mi dip, which is a brisket, pate, and grilled onion sandwich that comes with a side bowl of pho broth for dipping.
A modern espresso bar with baked goods, sandwiches, and a lot of white marble.
A Chinese restaurant in the University District with things like potstickers, garlic pork belly, and noodles. Also important: every order comes with free soup.
At first glance, Footprint looks like a taphouse. And it technically is - but the taps all contain wine. It seems like the total antithesis of a pretentious wine bar.
Replacing Sun Liquor’s Pike Street location, East Trading Co. is a cocktail spot that serves horoscope-themed drinks and bar snacks like kalbi short ribs and Taiwanese popcorn chicken. If you’re a Libra, good luck deciding between all of the options.
Queen City has now reopened in the same location that used to be the iconic Queen City Grill, and is owned by the same people behind Oddfellows and Smith. Expect a neighborhood feel, cocktails, and classic American food like burgers and roasted chicken.
Homer is a semi-upscale Mediterranean spot. They not only have soft serve in-house, but a window where you can take said soft serve to-go.
We checked out Homer and added it to our Hit List.
You can now get pastrami, corned beef, tuna, and egg salad sandwiches from a takeout window in Capitol Hill. Here’s hoping the pastrami is good enough to justify the $18 price tag.
The new bar from the team behind The Walrus And The Carpenter looks like an underground grotto, if grottos served classy cocktails and hot dogs topped with salmon roe.
A diner in Eastlake that has a bar and lighting fixtures made from records, vintage tschotskes on shelves, and an all-day menu of usual diner suspects.
Macrina is one of the more popular bakeries in the city. (Many of our favorite sandwiches across the city use Macrina bread.) And they just opened a cafe in Capitol Hill on 19th Ave., replacing a Tully’s.
If you like meat, it might be worth checking out this Argentine breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant at the bottom of the Charter Hotel downtown. They specialize in steaks, fish, and other things cooked on an open-fire grill.
Also in the Charter hotel is The Fog Room, a rooftop bar and lounge for cocktail-drinking and appetizer-eating. The entire space is indoors, so you can come here even if it’s raining buckets when summer ends.
This is a donut spot in a White Center strip mall that also serves coffee and ice cream. Donut-wise, you’ll find usual suspects like glazed cake, apple fritters, and cinnamon twists.
Anju Bar is a Korean spot in White Center with a full bar and drinking food like kimchi poutine, kimchi mac and cheese balls, kimchi quesadillas, kimchi pancakes, and kimchi fried rice. You should probably check it out if you like kimchi.
Replacing Octo Sushi is Dao Tai House, a full-service Chinese spot with stir fry, noodles, and rice dishes.
La Cocina Oaxaquena (our favorite Mexican spot in Seattle) has opened a new restaurant with a very similar name and menu, with specialties like mole and shrimp ceviche. You can also expect new dishes like fajitas and wet burritos.
This is a new Chinese cafe in the University District that serves dumplings, scallion pancakes, rice plates, and bubble tea.
This Japanese spot opened a block from Northgate Mall, so if you hate shopping, but are in the market for loafers and also like ramen, keep it in mind.
This space in Capitol Hill used to be a restaurant, then it was an event venue, and now it’s a gay bar in Capitol Hill. They serve cocktails and bar food like sandwiches, burgers, salads, and appetizers.
Replacing the space that was formerly Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen is Sawyer, a nice American restaurant. Expect interesting riffs on classic dishes - like bone marrow matzo ball soup in pho broth, oxtail nachos, and reuben tartines. Also important: they have classed-up homemade Choco Tacos and Dilly Bars.
We checked out Sawyer and added it to our Hit List.
Princi is a bakery chain in Italy known for its pizza that already had a location inside the Starbucks Reserve, but has now opened a standalone location in South Lake Union.
Magnuson Cafe & Brewing serves beer from Mollusk Brewing, and there’s also a kitchen with typical bar food like fried cheese curds and burgers. They have a patio, which you can enjoy while the weather’s still nice.
The third location of this mini-golf bar Flatstick Pub has opened in Amazon territory, and they’re serving pizzas and bar snacks from Ethan Stowell Restaurants. In other news, the cost of rent in South Lake Union continues to skyrocket.
Replacing a wine bar inside Melrose Market is Marseille, a different wine bar inside Melrose Market. They have French small plates at night and brunch with mimosas on the weekends.
Seven Beef Steakhouse in the Central District has rebranded as Central Smoke - and now they’re doing barbecue instead of straightforward steaks. There’s a Friday smoked brisket special that we anticipate selling out early every day - since getting to a restaurant the second it opens is this town’s style.
We’ve all been there - wanting to barrel roll off your bike mid-trail ride to grab a beer. Now that Burke-Gilman Brewing is in the picture in Laurelhurst, this is something you can do now. There’s no kitchen, but you can bring food in.
Armistice Coffee Roaster in Eastlake looks like the lobby of a swanky executive-level condo building, only with baristas. There are sofas, a live plant wall, and seats made from tree trunks. Oh, and coffee.
This spot doesn’t leave a ton to the imagination - it is a place that makes cheese platters. It also is a cafe with tapas like feta dip, empanadas, and albondigas, as well as homemade pastries.
Birch is an upscale American restaurant overlooking Lake Union where you can choose between a $50 three-course menu or a $70 seven-course menu. The food and dining room seem kind of like what would happen if Canlis mellowed out a little bit.
Le Coin is a new French spot with a focus on seafood that has taken over the old Roux space in Fremont. The menu has things like poached salmon, steak frites, and a dish with four different types of legumes.
Whether or not this city needed another banh mi shop, Oh’s has opened in West Seattle. Expect sandwiches, bubble tea, and pastries.
Celest is an allergen-free cafe with an entirely vegan and gluten-free menu containing things known as “high-vibrational foods.” In other words, you won’t find bacon cheeseburgers here.
Another restaurant finally took over the former Anchovies & Olives space in Capitol Hill, and it’s a Chinese spot called Plenty Of Clouds. Expect classic dishes both large and small like spicy cucumbers, dumplings, noodles, and fried rice.
The original Machine House Brewery is located in Georgetown, but they have a new tasting room in the Central District where they’re serving homemade beer ranging from IPAs to fresh oyster-infused stouts.
A new pizzeria in White Center specializing in New York-style pies, salads, and homemade mozzarella sticks.
Dandylion is a Spanish bar in Queen Anne serving tapas, wine, and cocktails.
This former pop-up now has a brick and mortar location. It sells donuts in a variety of flavors, from plain glazed to ube coconut.
A new Madison Valley restaurant that’s open for lunch and dinner, and specializes in Thai street food.
The fifth Katsu Burger in Seattle (this one’s in Ballard) has the usual panko-breaded burgers and nori fries, but it’s also the first location to be full-service. In addition to the burgers, you’ll find sushi (yes, some rolls are fried) and bento boxes. There’s even an omakase option that starts at $22 for eight pieces.
A Georgetown spot from the team behind Central District Ice Cream Company, serving homemade donuts and soft serve you can customize with mix-ins.
A new farm-to-table restaurant from the team that owns By The Pound Delicatessen and Alchemy.
Bao House is a fast-casual spot in the International District with bubble tea and snacks like bao and chicken karaage.
Siam Bistro is a new casual Thai restaurant in Haller Lake.
Yes Siam is a Thai spot in Wedgewood that has noodles, curries, and rice dishes, as well as a full bar.
What used to be a pancake restaurant is now a burger spot. Ironic because of that thing with IHOP(B), we know.
Meaty Johnson’s is a Capitol Hill spot with homemade barbecue plus sides like cornbread and mac and cheese. Even though they open at 11am every day, they’ve been selling out by 2pm sometimes, so try to check it out early.
A Scandinavian cafe inside the Nordic Museum in Ballard. Expect things like Danish open-faced sandwiches, charcuterie boards, soups, and salads.
A new vegan spot in the U District. The menu includes avocado toast, dairy-free yogurt bowls, barbecued jackfruit sandwiches, meatless burgers, grain bowls, smoothies, and espresso.
Tribeca Kitchen & Bar is a new Italian restaurant at the bottom of the Olivian apartment building downtown. You’ll find homemade pasta, pizza, entrees like osso bucco, and appetizers like arancini.
Tapas Lab is a Spanish restaurant replacing a coffee shop in Green Lake. Expect small plates like chorizo meatballs and bulgogi crostini.
We checked out Tapas Lab and added it to our Hit List.
A new fast-casual banh mi shop in a bright space complete with a record player.
We checked out Mr. Saigon and added it to our Hit List.
A South Park pizza spot with pies ranging from classic pepperoni to one with pastrami on an everything bagel-spiced crust.
We checked out South Town Pie and added it to our Hit List.
Brother Joe is a new Georgetown coffee shop that serves homemade baked goods and a brunch menu with things like eggs benedict and biscuits and gravy.
Super Bueno is a Mexican restaurant from the team behind Bar Cotto, Tavolata, Anchovies And Olives (RIP), and Red Cow. You’ll find things like guacamole and nachos, tacos, and margaritas (frozen and on the rocks) - and there’s also a cafe doing espresso and grab-and-go meals like breakfast burritos and salads.
This bakery used to be part of the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, but now they have their own brick and mortar cake shop. You can buy whole layer cakes there (in flavors like Earl Grey with mascarpone filling and dark chocolate salted caramel) as well as slices and cupcakes.
A new cocktail bar in Ballard with appetizers and snacks like deviled eggs, tacos, and Creole mac and cheese.
A massive pasta and pizza spot downtown, also from the team behind Bar Cotto et al. 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.
We checked out Stampede Cocktail Club and put it on our Hit List.
The Six is actually a South Lake Union yoga studio, but there’s an adjoining cafe that sells juice, smoothies, acai bowls, and toasts.
Located in a SoDo hotel, Zephyr Bar is a cocktail spot with American small plates.
In Bocca Al Lupo recently took over the Fremont location of Via Tribunali, but you can expect very similar Neapolitan-style pizza.
We checked out In Bocca Al Lupo and put it on our Hit List.
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.
We checked out Junkichi and added it to our Hit List.
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.
We checked out Buddha Bruddah and added it to our Hit List.
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 that serves kaiseki tasting menus, with two options - one for $100, and one for $60.
We checked out Wa’z and added it to our Hit List.
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.
We checked out Seattle Biscuit Company and put it on our Hit List.
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.
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.
We checked out Gold Bar and put it on our Hit List.
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.
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.