If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Seattle, your head might spin. 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.
This Queen Anne bakery is an all-day operation that serves pastries like roasted shallot scones with thyme and parmesan, cinnamon rolls made with mashed potato, cardamom butterhorns, and various cookies, cakes, and fresh bread. If you’re looking for something more than a quick snack, you can go with one of their topped toasts, sandwiches, salads, and charcuterie boards—which you can pair with espresso (or a bottle of natural wine to bring home).
This new spot in Pioneer Square used to be a perpetually sold-out pop-up, and now they have a permanent location to serve their Peruvian food featuring plenty of Nikkei dishes. The menu offerings here range from lomo saltado and ceviche to acevichado sushi rolls and mashed potato cakes topped with tuna tartare and sesame oil.
Dos Chamucos Taqueria
Dos Chamucos is a new taqueria in Queen Anne that has one thing in common with Will & Grace: there are four stars of the show. You can choose between carne asada, al pastor, achiote grilled chicken, and roasted poblano, and all of those proteins are available to fill tacos, burritos, rice bowls, quesadillas, and more. Plus, there are six flavors of margaritas available, from strawberry to jalapeño.
A new Korean chicken joint has popped up in Kirkland. Yeon’s serves fried wings as well as boneless chicken, gizzards, cheesy rice cakes, udon, beef dumplings, and crispy sides like sweet potato fries and onion rings.
Ba Bar Green
Ba Bar is a Seattle Vietnamese classic with locations in the CD, University District, and SLU. Their South Lake Union outpost now has a takeout window exclusively serving vegan dishes. At Ba Bar Green, expect things like bánh mì with soy-braised tofu, sweet potato laksa, Beyond Meat dan dan noodles, and coffee sweetened with coconut-based condensed milk.
We use fresh Sea Wolf Bakers bread for cold cut sandwiches all the time (especially on boat jaunts), and now there’s a place in town that has caught on. At Stumbletown, their schtick is Italian creations like caprese with sundried tomato, prosciutto with fontina, and spicy sheep cheese with coppa ham and sweet peppers, all with homemade sauces/spreads on Sea Wolf ciabatta and served with sides like olives and/or parmesan truffle potato chips. Note that they’re only open from 11am-7pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (a.k.a. prime boating days).
Behind a ritzy bookcase at the back of the bar in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is a reservation-only speakeasy called Founders Club. You’ll find a secluded lounge full of squishy sofas, cocktails that cost $35 on average, and a menu of “Exquisite Spirits” that entails a long list of liquors that you’ll read and decide how much a shot of fermented grain is worth to you. If you’re really looking for an experience, there’s “The Locker List,” a shorter lineup of rare spirits that cost as much as large kitchen appliances.
From the team behind Oola Distillery comes a bar and restaurant that focuses on European-meets-Pacific Northwest dishes, with a new menu to come soon. You can also expect Oola spirits front and center, either as shooters or mixed into cocktails.
Someone decided that the world didn’t have enough wrestling-themed bars, and thus, Lariat Bar in White Center was born. It’s complete with pub snacks like nachos and hot dogs, booths made from bleachers, thematic pinball machines, and a miniature wrestling ring.
Theoretically, you could pour yourself an ounce of wine from five different bottles while on your couch, but you could also do it at Chez Phinney. This new cozy bar is a self-service operation that allows you to order wines by the ounce, which will prevent you from being stuck with a huge glug of syrah that you didn’t know you’d hate. And for snacking on the side, there’s a lineup of cheeses, nuts, savory dips, and chocolate.
Nekter Juice Bar
This juice bar has a few locations across the state, and their first Seattle outpost happens to be at the newly-constructed Capitol Hill light rail station—in case you want to be slurping liquified celery on the train. Among the blended fruit concoctions are bowls, smoothies, and “cleanses” (a.k.a. like 18 bottles of juice).
Gyro Saj is a new Middle Eastern spot in First Hill that serves gyros, shawarma, falafel, fries loaded with toppings like feta and garlic sauce, and homemade hummus. For dessert, you can anticipate a surplus of baklava, both traditional and drizzled with chocolate.
This new cafe taking the place of the Capitol Hill Cupcake Royale specializes in coffee infused with various types of mushroom, like chaga, reishi, and lion’s mane. In addition to the lineup of funghi-forward espresso drinks, there are sandwiches, grain bowls, soups, salads, and toasts (and yes, some of them have mushrooms, too). And on the off chance that you find yourself here but aren’t a funghi enthusiast, the menu specifically denotes dishes that contain mushrooms.
Replacing the shuttered Gather in Ballard comes a Vietnamese spot with a menu dominated by bánh mì, broken rice/vermicelli bowls, salad, and fresh (or fried) rolls. Among the protein options are grilled spicy lemongrass tofu, pork chop, smoky chicken, and short rib.
Cookie’s Country Chicken
This former pop-up has set up shop in Ballard permanently, and here you’ll find an abundance of crunchy breaded chicken in the form of tenders, sandwiches, buckets, and poutine-style bowls. And if you don’t eat chicken, they also serve various southern sides (like collard greens and mashed potatoes) as well as vegan country-fried cauliflower.
Buddha Bruddah’s Kenmore location is officially open. You can expect them to have the same menu as they do at their spot on Rainier: Hawaiian-style plate lunches, pad Thai, loco moco, katsu, and cream pies (banana and coconut).
The Roll Pod
Former food truck The Roll Pod now has a permanent location in White Center. They serve kathi rolls filled with things like chicken masala, achari fish, and paneer. On the side are chutneys, lassi, and kulfi.
We were sad to lose Opus Co. in 2021, but now the cozy Greenwood space belongs to a former member of the team who unveiled this Filipino fried chicken spot. For those that don’t mess with gluten, The Chicken Supply’s entire menu is celiac-friendly. The chicken has a gluten-free dredge (made from a blend of tapioca, rice flour, and potato flour) and is cooked in a dedicated fryer. Plus, they have a bunch of sides, like coconut collard greens or cold pancit topped with lemony breadcrumbs, that don’t contain any gluten either.
32 Bar & Grill
This is the official restaurant of the Seattle Kraken. It was supposed to have been called Kraken Bar & Grill, but that plan was foiled when Kraken Bar & Lounge (an already-existing U-District bar) sued them. It’s probably for the best - that would have confused the entire city anyway. Expect a huge dining room that overlooks the Kraken’s Northgate practice rink, pub food, hockey memorabilia, and crowds on game days.
Big Max Burger Co.
Formerly known as Eden Hill Provisions (the Eden Hill team’s casual offshoot), Big Max Burger Co. focuses on what Eden Hill Provisions did best: burgers. In addition to a small variety of their beef-and-bacon patties, you’ll find fried chicken sandwiches, a pastrami-spiced celery root sandwich, milkshakes, herb-dusted fries, chicken nuggets, and bake-at-home cookie dough.
Pelicana is a South Korean fried chicken chain that made its way to Seattle, taking over the Bill’s On Broadway space. You’ll find wings, bone-in chicken, and boneless nuggets with a bunch of sauces to choose from, be it hot chili or soy, not to mention sides like fries and onion rings.
The Splintered Wand
This witch-and-wizard-themed bar in Ballard is already pretty impossible to get into. To experience The Splintered Wand, you’ll have to either make a reservation around four months in advance, sign up for their waitlist, or toss on an invisibility cloak as you walk inside and hope that works. Expect pub food with names like “snizort shank” and “blackened cocktrice leg,” absinthe cocktails, and Potterheads everywhere.
Pike Place now has a tortilleria. Maíz serves freshly-made nixtamal tortillas as well as dishes made with said tortillas - like tacos, tamales, chilaquiles, and sopes. Plus, they serve beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages like horchata lattes, agua frescas, and atole. You can find them at their location right next to the “first” Starbucks.
Made In House
Made In House is a new Korean deli in Fremont from the same team behind Bopbox. They serve lunches like bibimbop, kimbop, stone pot bop, and a full lineup of espresso drinks featuring plant “mylks.”
Kricket Club is an upscale Indian restaurant in Ravenna from the chef behind former pop-up Meesha, and their dishes draw inspiration from both street food classics and royal recipes - think vada pao sliders with beetroot croquettes, fish steamed in banana leaf, fennel-y mussels in a coconut broth, goat dum biryani, and more. More being, an entire section of the menu devoted to bread, from roti to stuffed kulcha.
Outpouring Bottle Shop
Hey, a new Ballard bar that isn’t a brewery. Outpouring Bottle Shop has 24 taps that serve craft beer, hard seltzer, and spiked kombucha, not to mention you can order natural wine and bar snacks.
This Westlake corner spot that was formerly home to Pasta Freska is now an Indian restaurant called MotherIndia. You can expect a lineup of both northern and southern Indian specialties, from tandoor-fired dishes to dum biryani.
Seattle is home to a bunch of firsts - REI’s flagship store, the first U.S. team to ever win the Stanley Cup, and now, America’s premier Hokkaido-style soft serve shop. Indigo Cow is a takeout window next door to sister restaurant and ramen staple Yoroshiku that serves ice cream churned from dairy from Hokkaido, Japan. The end result is a subtly sweet ice cream that’s paired with toppings like nutty roasted soybean powder and brown sugar syrup or a Theo’s dark chocolate shell. Just prepare to wait in a substantially-sized line for this stuff.
Phởcific Standard Time
The cocktails were already superb at Phở Bắc Sup Shop. And now they went and opened a bar on the second floor of their newest Downtown location, calling it Phởcific Standard Time. Here, you’ll find a dimly-lit speakeasy, drinks mixed with Vietnamese ingredients from pandan to salted egg yolk, a natural wine list, and bar snacks ranging from a pate trio alongside crackers to styrofoam cups of phở. Phở makes its way into the cocktails too, including the “Khoa Was Here.” It’s a phở fat-washed shot of Jameson chased with broth, in honor of Khoa Pham, a Phở Bắc co-owner who passed away in 2020.
Replacing the shuttered RN74 comes a similarly-extravagant steakhouse from the same team, just in time for fancy Downtown client-schmoozing to become a thing again. Expect a large assortment of chilled shellfish platters, slabs of top-tier beef, cream-based side dishes, and a slightly foreboding darkness in the dining room.
This Korean coffee shop with locations in NYC and Jersey City just opened their third spot in Bellevue. They serve lattes and scrambled egg-filled toasted brioche sandwiches, plus a lineup of bingsoo topped with sweet things like fruit, mochi, red bean, and flavored mascarpone.
Now you can get Rubinstein Bagels on Capitol Hill - this is their second location since first opening up shop Downtown. You can count on the same bagels that come in flavors ranging from everything-spiced to cacio e pepe, various schmears and other toppings, and sandwiches. Plus, they’ve got a full espresso bar and serve duck fat-infused matzo ball soup.
Meridian newcomer Restaurant Christine serves a wide variety of dishes like beet salad, chicken milanese, a burger, risotto, pastas, and steak. Also important: Restaurant Christine joins the club of Seattle restaurants that serve frog legs. It’s not a very large club, so consider our interest piqued.
If you have a mutual love for sushi and burritos, listen up. This new University District grab-and-go spot is open for lunch and dinner and serves nori wraps loaded with sashimi or poke, sushi rice, and vegetable add-ins like avocado and edamame. You’ll also find fried appetizers like gyoza, takoyaki, karaage, and spring rolls.
In case you missed it, Canlis has a new executive chef. Where did the previous one go? Great question. He went right ahead and opened Tomo in White Center. Tomo, which is Japanese for “friend,” is already shaping up to be one of the hardest reservations in town to get - bookings open up on the 1st of the month for the following month and they go quick. If you make it in for one of the $68-per-person seatings, you can choose between an omnivore or vegetarian tasting menu featuring a bounty of seasonal ingredients. They also serve an a la carte lunch on Saturdays and Sundays involving dishes like a pork chop for two and shiso chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches. If planning a month in advance for a table doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, Tomo always has six counter seats available at the bar, first come, first served.
Bale Breaker x Yonder Taproom
Yonder still has their Phinney Ridge garage space for to-go purchases, but now you can drink their cider at their new Ballard taproom shared with Bale Breaker Brewing, both of them together in pure wheat and apple harmony. Alongside all of the pints, there’s a schedule of rotating food trucks and pop-ups that visit the pub, like Falafel Salam, Oskar’s Pizza, and Rough Draft Burgers.
Papá Changó Café
We couldn’t be much farther from Miami geographically, but with the opening of Papá Changó, we’ve never been closer in spirit now. This small corner counter is located in the back of a boutique in Ballard (it’s called September, and you’ll find plenty of cafecitos, cafe bombom, cortaditos, and cafe con horchata. Plus, look for pastelitos, semitas, and other sweets baked from the team at Raiz.
The MAR•KET Fishmonger & Eatery
There’s a seafood spot in Edmonds that’s known for its lobster roll. That’s The Market, and now you can get the same buttery, Internet-famous, shellfish-topped bun at a new Downtown location inside the Seattle Art Museum. We’re not too thrilled about the inevitable confusion that will go down in casual conversations since “The Market Downtown” typically refers to Pike Place, but we are excited for all of the lemongrass shrimp and grits, fried soft shell crab, cioppino, salmon bánh mì, chowder, fish and chips, and (naturally) lobster rolls that we’ll consume soon.
Oaky's Tex Mex
If this name sounds familiar, it’s because Oaky’s Tex Mex used to be the in-house food situation at Batch 206 Distillery for a bit in 2019. Now housed in a permanent location on Jackson across the street from their sister spot Wood Shop BBQ, you can anticipate tacos filled with hearty smoked meats, a nice amount of vegetarian options, and Texas-style queso.
If you’re interested in eating a Bavarian pretzel topped with crab, bulgogi tacos, Buffalo wings, and mushroom lasagna in the same place, you could have a pal run to four different restaurants and bring them to your home. But that’s a lot to ask from someone. Instead, there’s Station 18 - a new pub located in Ballard’s historic Hi-Life Building. In addition to the mix of bar snacks and pastas, they also serve a weekend brunch with scrambles, pancakes, breakfast burritos, and more.
Kobuta & Ookami Katsu and Sake House
This Japanese spot on Capitol Hill specializes in many different preparations of katsu, from chicken cutlet filled with pickled plum paste and shiso leaf, to crispy pork tenderloin with a tomato miso sauce and grated parmesan. Plus, they’ve got an extensive sake menu.
Feed Co Burgers
With Little Big Burger vacating this Green Lake space, they’ve made way for more burgers and fries from Feed Co. This is the burger spot’s second Seattle location, and you should know there are also a bunch of tacos, salads, fried snacks, shakes, and floats on the menu.
Now you can get a Fuku fried chicken sandwich without going to a Mariners game. Currently only open for delivery, they’re operating out of a ghost kitchen in Westlake. Expect crunchy habanero-brined chicken on a bun, tossed in a sauce, and available as tenders.
Tidal+ is a new spot at the bottom of the Hyatt at Olive 8 that serves the usual suspects of a seafood-focused hotel restaurant in Seattle: fish and chips, lobster mac and cheese (made with Beecher’s flagship of course), freshly-shucked oysters, chowder, ceviche, and crab dip (also, made with Beecher’s).
Tony T’s Sports Lounge
This is a tremendously luxe sports bar in SoDo that seems designed for people who like the Seahawks, Mariners, and frequenting Las Vegas. Onion rings are $12, they serve dishes like short rib stroganoff and ahi tuna tartare, and you’re forced to say silly sports phrases when ordering appetizers (we see you, “pass the pig skin” potato wedges and “the pop-fly jalapeño poppers”). We don’t know who Tony T. is, but we kinda want to spend an afternoon with him.
Yomie's Rice X Yogurt
Yomie’s is an Australian-based cafe now open in Bellevue that serves what they describe as “chewy drinking yogurt.” You can expect a menu full of these sweetened yogurt smoothies studded with soft rice, oats, and fruit, as well as thick milk drinks with add-ins like coconut, red bean, and glutinous taro.
This Wedgwood spot specializes in tacos, mulitas, tamales, pupusas, and tortas filled with everything from barbacoa and chorizo to chipilin, a legume native to Southern Mexico.
Pizzeria La Rocca
Greenwood’s newest pizzeria serves crackly and thin wood-fired pies, meatballs, pastas, Italian wine, and a full espresso bar. Try it all in a casual space complete with a not-so-casual mosaic-tiled pizza oven.
Bok A Bok
Bok A Bok’s Korean fried chicken empire grows with their fifth location, this time in Kirkland. You can count on the same shatteringly-crunchy, rice-dredged chicken wings dunked in umami BBQ, kimchi mac and cheese, and tater tots.
It’s been a while since a new Ethan Stowell restaurant materialized out of thin air. Well, here comes Victor Tavern. It’s across from the Amazon Spheres inside Via6, and has a menu that isn’t too far off from what we normally see from an ESR spot: bar food for the corporate crowd, a.k.a. beef tartare with bagel chips, polenta fries, truffle smashburgers, and a roasted half-chicken. The space also has a pool table and shuffleboard.
We’ll miss enjoying the mini chicken pot pie and braised brisket by candlelight at the original Volunteer Park Cafe, but we have high hopes for its brand new iteration. With two Canlis alums at the helm, this corner market on 17th Avenue East is a bottle shop, espresso bar, bakery, and low-key wine bar. Expect pastries, sandwiches (for breakfast and lunch), and glass pours featuring everything from Oregonian orange wines to organic Chardonnay.
One Pot was a Korean restaurant in the ID, and taking its place is a Chinese restaurant that’s keeping the name. They specialize in stews, from pork bone with soybean paste to braised goose. Alongside all of the stewed meats are stir fries and a short menu of vegetable and pork appetizers.
Due Cucina Italiana
This quick pasta operation now has a location in Roosevelt, and you can expect the same menu as their Capitol Hill and Kirkland spots. Their lineup includes cacio e pepe, carbonara, kale pesto, bolognese, and more tossed with your choice of housemade fresh pasta.
Seattle Dumpling Co
For a long time, Mee Sum Pastry had no competition as Pike Place’s best dumplings, but alas, a challenger approaches. Seattle Dumpling Co. has taken over Country Dough’s former space (coincidentally another dumpling place at the market), and serves dumplings with fillings like beef and onion, pork and fennel, carrot and napa cabbage, chive and shrimp, and more. You can also grab noodles, soup, and/or frozen dumplings to bring home.
65th Street Cafe
65th St. Cafe & Restaurant is a new all-day diner in Green Lake that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, as well as Taco Tuesday specials. Plus, they make fresh biscuits on the daily.
Lazy Susan in Queen Anne has gone through a rebirth with a new owner and a new name: Szn. The menu is relatively unchanged, with Korean- and Mexican-inspired dishes like loaded bulgogi fries, sweet and spicy wings, burritos/tacos, and kimchi mac and cheese.
Shoreline has a new Cuban takeout sandwich shop. Sure, you could grab a classic Cubano here stacked with roasted pork, ham, pickles, swiss, and tangy yellow mustard, but they also serve versions with genoa salami, bistec, pollo, or spicy albacore, along with sides like macaroni salad, moros, or corn tamales stuffed with pork. And to top it all off, their Cuban bread is shipped in fresh from Florida.
Natalie's On Alki
Among the row of ice cream shops and burger spots on Alki comes a cafe specializing in drinks made from pressed sugarcane, as well as Vietnamese street food dishes. You can expect juices, lemonades, smoothies, rice dishes, spring rolls, papaya salad, barbecued pork belly, and cajun lemongrass crawfish.
Aspara Palace is a new Cambodian restaurant in White Center that also features some Khmer and Chinese dishes. On the menu you’ll find a generous assortment of meat skewers, stews, stir fries, fried rice, and noodle soups.
Ballard butcher shop Beast & Cleaver organized some tasting menu dinners pre-pandemic, but now, they’re back to doing them on a regular basis under the name The Peasant. Their five-course chef’s tastings are every Friday and Saturday, cost $130 per person, and include wine, beer, and sake pairings.
Thaprachan Thai Cuisine
New to Seattle’s Thai restaurant scene is Thaprachan in Roosevelt. Here you’ll find a plethora of noodles, stir fries, fried rice, soups like tom yum and khao soi, and other staples like pad krapraw, skewered fish balls, and roasted duck curry with pineapple and cherry tomato.
Urban Dinner Market
Urban Dinner Market is a new food hall in the University District where you can mix and match dishes from seven different restaurants, even when ordering for delivery. Choose from Tacos De La Noche, Vessel (which serves sandwiches), Meg’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, PNW Fish Fry, Pete’s Cheesesteaks, Gimme Poke, Grabbit Rabbit (which serves salads), and Yo Stoney, a convenience store with the munchies in mind.
The General Harvest universe (Vendemmia, Raccolto, GH Pasta Co., East Anchor Seafood, Haymaker) expands with their latest Phinney Ridge restaurant, Autumn. Expect a similar menu format as their other sit-down spots: some starters including a crudo and some vegetables, housemade pastas, and a handful of larger entrees like a pork chop or a Nice Piece Of Fish.
This new sit-down sandwich spot in Fremont focuses on putting fun combinations of ingredients between sliced bread - like a trio of salumi with smoked gouda and pesto pasta salad, baba ganoush with leeks, zucchini, and salt and vinegar potato chips, and pork with brussels sprouts, pear mostarda, and Calabrian chile honey. Rounding out Crumby’s day-and-night menu are salads, deviled eggs, and charcuterie boards.
Tra Due Leoni
Due Leoni means “two lions,” which is funny because you probably couldn’t fit two full-sized jungle cats inside this narrow, dimly-lit Downtown bar. They exclusively serve Italian wines by the glass, and it doubles as a bottle shop as well. For food, they serve things like focaccia and charcuterie plates.
Cakes And Trees
The same team behind Good Day Donuts opened up a Capitol Hill bakery exclusively serving cake by the slice, with varieties like Detroit-style bumpy cake (chocolate cake with globs of vanilla buttercream piped on top and then coated in ganache), peanut butter Texas sheet cake, Caribbean rum cake, and more. As if that wasn’t enough of a serotonin booster, the whole place also doubles as a plant shop.
The Dressing Room
Can Can is a dinner theater and cabaret at Pike Place, and after recently moving locations, they debuted a new restaurant as well. The Dressing Room Bistro and Bar is a reservation-only spot inspired by, you guessed it, the dressing room of Can Can’s performers. In addition to their indoor dining room, they have a patio that overlooks Post Alley, so you can look at a brick wall while eating some pan-seared salmon.
Ltd. Edition is a takeout sushi operation that delivers omakase boxes to your home - a service that is much appreciated after we now are accustomed to eating chutoro in bed. Note that they’ve since taken a short hiatus, and plan to announce what’s next on their website.
This nautical-themed bar just next door to sister spot Rumba is a speakeasy designed to be an underwater-like, immersive experience. You’ll see faux tentacles dangling from the ceiling in lieu of a chandelier (this is Kiki the sea monster), get to eat snacks like spam sliders and coconut shrimp, and drink a ton of tropical cocktails. There are classics like hurricanes and blue Hawaiis, drinks that pay homage to influential mixologists (like “The Four Boys,” which is an ube and rice milk-spiked rum drink named for the quartet of Filipino bartenders who invented the original “Rhum Rapsodies” at Don The Beachcomber) and drinks that poke fun at a certain large tech company (the “Amazombie” is served on top of a replica Prime shipping box).
This longtime University District cafe closed during the pandemic, and has reopened on Capitol Hill inside the former Barca space. Expect cocktails and a lot of live music.
Seatango used to be a vendor at Spice Bridge in Tukwila, and now has a permanent location in Lake City. They serve empanadas, grilled meats, milanesa sandwiches, and sweet pastries like alfajores, lattice tarts, and crepes. You can also grab a coffee here, too.
Nickelodeon children of the 90’s, don’t get your hopes up. This is not a Good Burger-themed restaurant - it’s just another burger spot that just happens to be called Good Burger. Here, you’ll find charbroiled patties, chicken sandwiches, fried seafood, milkshakes, and mozzarella sticks.
Now you can sip the best phở in Seattle Downtown. Phở Bắc’s newest location serves the same Vietnamese noodle soup you know and love, as well as bánh mì filled with everything from phở-fat-infused banana leaf pork to tomato-marinated meatballs with salted egg yolk.
One of the best pop-ups in Seattle has graduated from temporary status and opened a permanent location on Capitol Hill, replacing wine shop Glinda. Their Pakistan-meets-Texas menu remains more or less identical to their pop-up, featuring aloo sliders with tamarind BBQ sauce, salad with fenugreek ranch, chana masala, tadka dal, quite possibly the greatest chai latte on the planet, a natural wine list, and our favorite thing to endlessly crunch on - the “Molten Gold” snack mix.
The International District has a new sushi option. Sushi Ave. specializes in rectangular pressed torch sushi (small bricks of rice topped with various fish and sauces before promptly getting blowtorched), and you can expect a medley of types, from spicy salmon to wasabi-brushed tuna. If you prefer your sushi not set on fire, they also serve maki rolls, nigiri, don, and bento boxes.
Trade Winds Tavern
Trade Winds Tavern is the newest installment from the Navy Strength/Vinnie’s Wine Bar team, and a complete redux of No Anchor - their bar that served sophisticated partytime beers and pub snacks. Similarly, Trade Winds Tavern has a distinct upscale sports bar vibe, with drinks like frozen prickly pear margaritas and on-tap disco slings, and food like fried pickles with “fancy ranch,” cheesesteak wontons, salt-crusted potatoes with pulled short rib and beer cheese, burgers, and chicken tendies (we promise, they’re spelled that way on the menu).
This former (excellent) pop-up has opened a permanent pizzeria on Capitol Hill, where they serve those same delightfully-blistery pies topped with everything from amatriciana ingredients to lemon cream, kale, and toasty breadcrumbs. Plus, they have a natural wine list, bottle shop, pantry market, and slices available on Saturdays.
This classic spot for crispy fried catfish and southern side dishes had closed in 2018, and has made a comeback in a new Central District space. Expect a bunch of seafood options, sandwiches, burgers, and sweet tea.
Creamy Cone Cafe
Creamy Cone Cafe is a new ice cream spot with 12 rotating flavors (including vegan and gluten-free options), espresso for affogato and coffee drinks, and floats. You can check it out at their location in Rainier Beach.
In The Heart Speakeasy Bar
You might have thought that the only place you could grab a cocktail while shopping for shoes was Nordstrom, but now you have In The Heart. This speakeasy, located inside the Lika Love clothing boutique in West Seattle, is inspired by owner Malika Siddiq’s parents’ New Orleans roots. Which means you’ll find NOLA-themed drinks and snacks in a space decked out with crystal chandeliers and framed art.
Tukwila is home to a new Mexican spot with a menu full of birria: tacos, cheese tacos, tortas, crunchwraps, loaded baked potatoes, ramen, and more. Bring on the consomme.
Take It Easy There Big Sandwich
The name of this restaurant could certainly be a line from an imaginary thriller where Keanu Reeves is calmly trying to talk a crazed BLT out of doing something rash. In reality, Take It Easy There Big Sandwich is a sandwich spot in SoDo that serves...big sandwiches. Think fried pork loin with breakfast gravy, hash browns, and an egg, or a chicken parm hero with spaghetti and caesar salad between the bread.
Fan Tang Asian Cafe
Fan Tang is a new spot in Kirkland that serves Hunan-style dishes, like pork belly with dry-pickled mustard, Hunan beef, and beef mala tang soup. They’re open for lunch and dinner.
This brand new Korean fried chicken shop has opened in the International District. Among all of the crunchy dredged thighs, wings, tenders, and filets for sandwiches, you can also get Korean-style hot dogs (both sausage-based and mozzarella-based), sausages coated in diced potato, and dukbokki.
Yangguofu(杨国福) Ygf Malatang
This is a purchase-by-weight situation in the University District where you can assemble your own malatang by choosing different meats, vegetables, and other toppings to toss inside your hot and spicy soup. Broth-wise, YangGuoFu offers both beef and a vegetarian tomato.
Taku briefly opened in March 2020 with a katsu-dominated menu, but after their pandemic-prompted pause, they decided to reopen as a karaage spot. You can choose between flavors like salt and pepper, bonito and soy, curry, teriyaki, and more - plus, lots of sides like furikake fries, watermelon salad with miso honey and feta, and kewpie mayo-spiked macaroni salad. Keep in mind that their indoor dining room is limited to people over 21.
Taking over Central Smoke in the Central District is Honeyhole’s second installment. Anticipate the same tasty sandwiches, superb french fries, and cocktails, only in a space that seems roughly five times the size of their Capitol Hill location.
Finch & Pine
Finch & Pine is an all-day cafe and cocktail bar on an otherwise quiet strip of Capitol Hill. Their menu is full of fancified breakfast and lunch dishes, like tartines, homemade granola with cashew yogurt, strata, and poached egg sandwiches on savory scones. Plus, there’s wine, beer, and espresso to go around.
Cedar + Elm
At St. Edward State Park in Kenmore, there’s a brand new hotel with a new restaurant. Cedar And Elm is an upscale spot that serves dishes with seasonality at the forefront, especially when that involves harvesting produce and/or honey from their own garden. Expect a menu with things like truffles, salmon, and endive in the limelight.
The Tonsorium Bar
This is The Lodge at St. Edward Park’s bar. With an underground speakeasy mood, the name “Tonsorium,” which translates to “barbershop” in Latin, is a nod to the fact that the space used to literally be a seminary barbershop. And you don’t have to be a hotel guest to drink here.
Bombay Burger is a new burger joint on Capitol Hill that serves classic cheeseburgers and fries, along with Indian-inspired sandwiches like grilled paneer/aloo tikki on buns, and appetizers like samosa chaat and vada pav.
Our beloved Porkchop & Co. pivoted to selling bagels and burritos in the same space, renaming the whole thing Rachel’s Bagels & Burritos. You don’t need us to tell you what’s served here, but you might appreciate knowing that their bagel flavors range from sesame and poppy to za’atar and togarashi, and they have biscuit sandwiches too. And, if you are really missing Porkchop’s menu like we are, you can still get the pork belly hash (yes, with the soft-poached egg).
South Lake Union is where a lot of restaurants end up dropping a second location, thus, cramming a sizable portion of the entire city’s food scene into one neighborhood. This applies to Momiji as well. It’s a sushi staple originally on Capitol Hill that serves a large variety of intricately stuffed (and topped) special rolls.
Cycle Dogs was first a veggie dog food truck that hung out in the backyard at Peddler Brewing Company. Now, they’ve moved into the former No Bones Beach Club space for a more permanent way to serve the same 100% plant-based hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken sandwiches (sans poultry), mac and no cheese, and breakfast burritos and sandwiches for weekend brunch. And if you love their ranch as much as we do, they do have it available by the tub for purchase.
This new cafe and bakery (with a nice-sized patio) on the University District side of Portage Bay looks like it could be a boat house in a remote waterfront village. But instead of being filled with buoys and barnacles, there are sandwiches and pastries ahoy. Among the lineup are croissants, turnovers, and melonpan, a Japanese bun that’s topped with a thin layer of sugar cookie dough before baking.
Matcha Man Ice Cream & Taiyaki
Matchaman’s permanent location is finally here. This former pop-up that we’ve been known to plan entire days around has a shop in Georgetown where they churn out velvety green tea-infused soft serve. With their new space, you can expect more ice cream flavors, from black sesame and Thai tea to watermelon and mango sorbet - all in a cone, cup, or their homemade taiyaki fish cakes.
This pizza pop-up that we love for their pepperoni pie topped with sweet, sweet confit garlic now has residency at Batch 206 Distillery. Expect the same New York-style pizzas as well as the occasional Grandma pies.
If you don’t feel like driving to Renton for a rich, earthy berbere mocha, one of our favorite coffee shops in the city now has a Central District location. If you don’t know about Boon Boona, you should. They exclusively source their beans from Africa, roast them in-house, and brew them in combination with (or without) excellent homemade add-ins, like rose cardamom syrup or the aforementioned berbere mocha mix.
Shewa-Ber Bar & Restaurant
Shewa-Ber is a new Ethiopian restaurant in the Central District. Here you’ll find a variety of sambusas, tibs, shiro and miser wat, plenty of combination options, and coffee imported from Ethiopia and roasted in-house.
Niku Niku Japanese Barbecue
Niku Niku is a Japanese BBQ spot in Northgate inside the lobby of the fantastic Asian Family Market. And if you’d like to cook your own dinner without shopping for ingredients next door, Niku Niku serves a bunch of different cuts of meat to grill tableside, like American or Japanese wagyu, kurobuta pork, duck breast, salted chicken cartilage, or steak that comes soaking in a bowl of sticky marinade. If decisions are tough for you (shoutout to the Libras), Niku Niku offers a tasting set with their greatest hits.
One of the greatest taco spots in town now has an outpost in the Central District. In addition to tacos on homemade tortillas loaded with things like al pastor or their campechano with ground chorizo and potatoes, you’ll also find quesobirria, escabeche, and cinnamon churros.
Aki Kushiyaki is a Capitol Hill spot devoted to omakase-style dinners consisting of grilled meats and vegetables seared on a binchotan, or a high-carbon charcoal grill that relies on mostly infrared heat. Each seating lasts two hours, costs $129 per person, and typically ends with grilled ice cream.
Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen
Isarn Thai is a Thai spot with locations in Lynnwood and Kirkland, and they opened a third one in Ravenna. They specialize in dishes from both northern and southern Thailand, from sausage infused with spices originating from the north to a southern Thai fried chicken scattered with crispy shallots and garlic. Plus, you’ll find noodles, curries, and noodles submerged in curry.
Open only on the weekends, Flight Wine & Chocolate is an aviation-themed tasting room that serves Washington wines alongside handmade chocolates that each look like they could be stacked in a glass case at the SAM. And if your sweet teeth didn’t get the memo, they also serve a homemade snack mix and cheese/charcuterie boards. The tasting room is open for reservation-only seatings at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm from Friday through Sunday, and there are wine club options as well if you want to keep the party going at home.
You can pretend to be a Seattle tourist by doing these three things: holding an umbrella, boldly (and incorrectly) calling Pike Place Market “Pike’s Place,” and lastly, walking around the waterfront. Hopefully Pub 70 will be a solid addition to the area - named after Pier 70 where it’s located, they serve standard bar food on first glance, like nachos, wings, and fish and chips, with some fun stuff thrown in like root beer-glazed pork short ribs, a burger slicked with fig jam, and buttermilk-dredged portobello fries.
Rasai means “entrance, opening, and passage” in Urdu, and here you’ll find an elegant dining space with golden chairs, Indian dishes that range from lamb biryani to tandoori king salmon, and weekend brunch.
Koo Hoo Thai Street
Taking over the former Brunswick & Hunt space comes Koo Hoo Thai Street. It’s a spot with street food like moo ping and deep-fried beef jerky, Happy Hour buckets of Singha, the occasional special of shrimp with stinky beans (that’s the name of the bean), and plenty of curries and stir fries.
Kitanda Espresso & Açaí
Our favorite açaí bowl in the city comes from Kitanda, a Brazilian cafe in Green Lake that also has a location in Kirkland. Now there’s a Capitol Hill Kitanda on Broadway, where you can get the same smoothie bowls that scoop like sorbet, chewy tapioca cheese bread, and excellent pumpkin seed granola.
Three 9 Lounge
Three 9 Lounge is a new tiki bar connected to West Seattle Bowl. You’ll find classic cocktails like painkillers and jungle birds, as well as bites like lumpia, kahlua pork sliders, karaage, and malasadas - all things that work well for celebrating a heavy ball knocking down some pins.
If you’re familiar with Eastern Europe or geography in general, you probably know that Moldova is a country in-between Romania and Ukraine. And Me Dor has opened as Seattle’s first Moldovan restaurant. The menu has some dishes that you can find at other Eastern European spots in town, like dressed herring salad and meat dumplings, along with things like sour soup with cured meat and olives, pan-fried bread pies stuffed with cheese, cabbage, or potato, and Queen Of The Table, a dish that features roasted pork shoulder with caramelized carrots, polenta, pickled tomatoes, feta, and sour cream.
Kamakura Japanese Cuisine And Sushi
Vegan sushi options tend to go a little heavy on the avocado and tempura-enrobed vegetable sticks. Kamakura is here to change that. This Fremont Japanese spot is not 100% plant-based, but their vegan menu stretches far beyond just asparagus and shiso - they offer tofu-based spicy crab, fishless tuna made from marinated tomato, and a wide variety of complex special rolls.
Melo is a new juice bar and bakery in the Central District where you can grab fresh-pressed juice, espresso drinks, pastries, and homemade waffles topped with everything from praline pecans and sea salt to fresh fruit.
You might have read about Local 360 in our Closings guide since they announced their permanent closure. Good news: that was short-lived, and they’re back in the same location with dinner and weekend brunch. Local Vegan, their vegan offshoot next door, has not returned though. Neither have their peanut butter and jelly bonbons.
Tacontainer is a literal shipping container with a short-but-sweet menu: tacos with a choice between asada, pollo, or wild mushroom. You also have the option to add avocado, grilled jalapeño, and/or a drizzle of truffle oil if you need something a little extra that day.
RoJo used to have a pop-up at Melrose Market, but now sells their fresh juices (like the “Flo,” with pineapple, beet, mint, and lemon) out of Corner Produce at Pike Place. You can find all of the liquid fruit as well as cold brew blended with housemade pepita seed milk, ras el hanout, dates, and maple from Wednesdays to Sundays, 9:30am-6pm.
Sushi Blossom is a new, takeout-only Japanese spot in Lower Queen Anne (erm, Uptown) that keeps their menu of fish relatively simple. You can find just a few types of nigiri (both a la carte and in sets), sashimi, maki rolls, and a couple of donburi bowls.
The original Martino’s closed a while ago, and now they’re back in a new Greenwood location. This sit-down sandwich restaurant most known for their red oak-smoked Santa Maria tri-tip steak sandwich with chimichurri on a French roll also serves Italian grinders, smashburgers, and hearty breakfast sandwiches available on Sunday mornings from 10am-Noon.
Boca Restobar & Grill
This Argentenian steakhouse on Capitol Hill now has a Belltown location - their menu features tapas like empanadas and homemade chorizo, pastas, and many different cuts of meat to pick from depending on what kind of mood you’re in.
Meet Moto. It’s the pizzeria with a two-month waiting period despite the fact it’s in West Seattle and the bridge construction isn’t done yet. It’s located in a little retrofitted house that looks like the one from Up - they even have multicolored balloons jutting out of the chimney. Among the classic Detroit-style square pie toppings like pepperoni and mozzarella are other combinations ranging from the “Mr. Pig” (Filipino pork belly, spicy sausage, calamansi lime sauce) to a clam chowder-inspired pizza full of manila clams, bacon, potato, truffle bechamel, and chili oil crunch. For dessert, they serve flavor-twisted soft serve inside homemade Transylvanian pastry cones.
Just north of Green Lake is a new spot serving Laotian hotpot in personal bowls among other dishes like fried rice, noodles, coconut chili soups, wontons, larb, meat skewers, stir fries, and plenty of tomato jiew to go around.
Tanoor is a new Lebanese street food restaurant in South Lake Union. Here you’ll find mezze, mana’eesh, pita sandwiches filled with shawarma or falafel, and an absolute surplus of grilled meat.
Spice Waala is an Indian counter spot on Capitol Hill that we already like for tasty kathi rolls and fries dunked in a green chutney. Their brand new location in Ballard is here with the same menu as their Cap Hill location, and they now have soft serve in seasonal flavors like pistachio cardamom and mango.
The Flora Bakehouse
Cafe Flora is one of our favorite vegetarian restaurants in town (and SeaTac Airport). And now they’ve opened a facility specifically for their baked goods. Enter Flora Bakehouse on Beacon Hill where you’ll find six different croissants, various scones, coffee cakes, and cookies, as well as breakfast sandwiches, hand pies, and savory tartines. You can also expect a full espresso bar and a decent amount of vegan options.
Is liking chocolate your personality? If so, Rey Amargo is a great place to check off your list. It’s a cafe that serves homemade Mexican chocolate, both in bar and drinkable form. There are a bunch of hot chocolate variations, iced chocolate, and sacks of ground chocolate available to purchase and take home. If you aren’t into the nib, they also have coffee, tea, smoothies, and griddled sandwiches.
Drunken Chicken specializes in all things Hainan chicken and rice. What makes the chicken “drunken” is a long plunge in a rice wine marinade, but they also have classic khao mun gai sans wine. Alongside the varying states of the chicken, you can add dipping sauces (like spicy herb or ginger scallion), cucumber salad, and Thai iced tea.
Bagel and lox pop-up Loxsmith can now be found every day at Nacho Borracho. Known as the “Bagel Bodega,” they serve bagels with flavors ranging from egg everything to gluten-free, smoked fish (like belly lox or black cod) by the pound, and lots of sandwiches. Some of those include the “K-Town,” which has gochujang pastrami, fried kimchi, egg, and American cheese on a nori sesame bagel, and the “Loxsmith,” complete with scallion cream cheese, lox, capers, tomato, and red onion on an everything bagel.
Tá Jóia in Bothell makes comforting bowls filled with kalbi beef, soy sauce-marinated chicken thigh, slow-cooked brisket, pork, and sausage with Spanish rice and pico de gallo. Also on the menu is Korean poke called hwae dup bap, fried rice, and noodle dishes.
Hello Em Việt Coffee & Roastery
Hello Em is a new cafe that specializes in beans strictly from Vietnam, incorporating their in-house-roasted espresso with other ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, egg creme, and coconut. Food-wise, they have a small lineup of bánh mì and Vietnamese pastries.
Bánh Mì Đeluxe
Bánh Mì Đeluxe is a Vietnamese spot in Hillman City where you can grab bánh mì filled with everything from crispy pork belly to lemongrass tofu, as well as egg rolls, spring rolls, or an entire suckling pig for a party (advance notice is required). They also have a huge list of milk tea in flavors like matcha oreo and winter melon, all under the separate entity, “Boss Tea.”
This new West Seattle all-day cafe focuses on sustainably-sourced ingredients and plant-based dishes, like carrot lox benedicts to mushroom bolognese. The menu is primarily vegan, but they’re going to serve local eggs, oysters, and mussels soon as well.