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Seattle’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.

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.

July 2022

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Kamp Social House

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KampReplacing the shuttered Luc space comes Kamp Social House, a restaurant and bar that serves a variety of dishes with the occasional Caribbean twist. We’re talking about things like green plantain tostadas topped with shrimp, jerk-spiced confit duck leg, and chicken wings with a pineapple rum glaze. Rounding out the menu are finger foods like sliders, egg rolls filled with homemade boudin sausage, and salted cod potato croquettes. Plus, there’s homemade soft serve for dessert, and Kamp seems to give just as much attention to their cocktails as they do to their mocktails.

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Aroom Coffee

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From the team behind Urban Nail Box (yes, this is a nail salon in Ballard) comes a Vietnamese coffee shop in Fremont specializing in phin-dripped iced coffee. Drinks range from black sesame or salted cream-topped lattes to a coconut affogato with homemade ice cream, and if you’re hungry, they also serve bites like sticky rice with Chinese sausage or quail egg, and griddled house cakes filled with cheese or pork floss.

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Good Voyage

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Left Bank is our favorite wine bar in town, and now they’ve opened another one just next door. Good Voyage is a coffee shop complete with Sea Wolf pastries, pantry items, and the occasional Bean’s Bagels pop-up during the day. By night, they serve natural wine, beer, and snacks.

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The Admiral Benbow Room

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West Seattle lost a legend the moment Ma’ono closed, but the team has taken over the long-gone Admiral Benbow Room, restoring the interior and revamping the cocktail menu. Expect frozen drinks a la New Luck Toy and Supreme, hot dogs with various toppings, and nightly events, from Tuesday karaoke to live DJ sets.

Parlour Wines

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This bottle shop focusing primarily on organic Italian wines opened in 2021, but now they’re operating as a wine bar, too. Consider it the next time you’re looking to split a bottle with a friend. There’s currently no food available, but you can bring your own in, like a clam pie from The Independent or a turkey club from Madison Kitchen.

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Noi Thai Cuisine

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This is the second Noi Thai in Seattle following their original Downtown location (as well as one in Bend and Honolulu). You can expect the same lineup of curries, fried rice, and stir-fry dishes in a dining room that’s way nicer than the former Jak’s Alehouse that inhabited the space.

Yoyo & Coco

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Indigo Cow is no longer the only soft serve spot in Wallingford. This brand new dessert shop has swirls with flavors like taro and vegan coconut available in cones or piped directly into a cup. If you’re not an ice cream fan, Yoyo & Coco also serves frozen yogurt cubes with mix-ins like Oreos, sea salt, and almonds.

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The Sushi Samurai

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Sushi Samurai has been around for over a decade, but their menu is now entirely vegan, so it’s practically a whole new restaurant. The small plates, rolls, and nigiri rely heavily on faux seafood, so you’ll find fishless dupes like tempura-battered konjac shrimp, imitation salmon sashimi, and spicy “tuna.”

Persephone

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La Medusa, the Columbia City Italian restaurant, just opened a sister bar next door. They serve wine, aperitifs, and antipasti like roasted potatoes with artichokes or gorgonzola arancini, as well as bottles of wine, pantry items, and fresh pasta for sale.

Toast Mi

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This casual Vietnamese spot originally in Tacoma has opened a second location in Green Lake. At Toast Mi, you can expect bánh mì, rice bowls, salad, and an array of icy milk tea drinks.

If you like outdoor murals of giant angel wings that you can pose in front of, Sparrow in Kirkland might just be your place. They seem to be going for an upscale pub feel, and the menu includes birria lamb tacos, spicy tuna tartare, steak frites with truffle butter, pastas like capellini carbonara or creamy sausage rigatoni, and seared halibut with shishitos.


June 2022

This new Vietnamese cafe in Georgetown mostly serves phin-dripped coffee drinks infused with things like cinnamon or condensed milk. If you’re hungry, they also serve a few different types of bánh mì with fillings that range from sausage patties to coconut curry tofu.

The CoupWhat happens when a shuttered Beacon Hill travel agency gets gutted to become a champagne bar? We’re about to find out. The Coupe & Flute serves a massive lineup of bubbles along with snacks like cheese plates, crispy shrimp tossed in tamarind BBQ sauce, fries with Sichuan mayo, homemade gnocchi with pesto, and clam dip with potato chips. There’s also a weekend brunch complete with benedicts, tempura-battered cream puffs, frittata, and more. And there are plenty of fizzy cocktails, too, like french 75s, amaro spritzes, and kir royales if you want something more jazzed up than a glass of bubbly.

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Victor Tavern

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We’re convinced that Flux Pavilion’s “I Can’t Stop” was actually composed from the perspective of Ethan Stowell when he thinks about opening another restaurant. The Victor Tavern is an upscale Downtown pub that happens to be ESR’s 20th spot—and the second location following the first Victor Tavern, which is in Denny Triangle. You can expect everything from chickpea fries and everything bagel-spiced pretzels with stout cheese dip to fancy burgers and whole rotisserie chickens, all in a space featuring shuffleboard and pool tables.

Boca Argentine Bakery & Pizzeria

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Just a few doors down from its sister spot Boca Restobar & Grill comes Boca Argentine Bakery & Pizza. It’s an all-day cafe featuring fresh pastries like alfajor de maizena, churros, coquitos, and other treats, sandwiches filled with everything from steak milanesa to prosciutto and goat cheese, pizzas, and a lineup of cakes.

Maria Sabina

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This new Mexican spot called Maria Sabina has taken over the Cask & Trotter Space on South Lake Union. It features starters like guacamole and sauteed grasshoppers, street tacos, burritos, and enchiladas.

The team behind Sichuan spot Plenty Of Clouds has opened a noodle-focused restaurant in South Lake Union. Noodle/Bar features housemade buckwheat noodles, egg noodles, and more with toppings like braised pork, pickled mustard greens, sesame dressing, and various broths. If you’re not a noodle fan, not all hope is lost—they also serve dumplings and rice bowls.

From the team behind Elliott’s Oyster House comes a new Italian restaurant on the waterfront. Salt District is located on Pier 55, and you can expect a menu full of bruschetta, antipasti boards, pastas like short rib pappardelle ($30) and strozzapreti with prawns ($29), and larger plates like cioppino ($40) and osso bucco ($48). You can also expect to spend a lot of money. (This is the waterfront after all).

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Chiho Bistro

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There’s a real dumpling deficit in Belltown, and Chiho Bistro is here to change that. Expect xiao long bao with fillings like truffle pork or mala, wontons in chili oil, and chive pork potstickers, along with larger plates like dan dan mian, honey walnut prawns, Hong Kong braised beef, and more.


Pipa Mountain Hot Pot

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There’s a new hot pot spot in the ID. Pipa Mountain Hot Pot serves various bubbling broths (like Chinese herbal or pork bone) along with mix-ins like seafood, poultry, red meat. You can also order extras like potato slices, shrimp paste infused with dragonfruit, and more.

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Seabird

Bainbridge Island’s newest seafood restaurant has arrived from the same team as Hitchcock—and housed in their former BurgerHaus space. Seabird’s replacing smashed beef patties and french fries with wood-fired halibut and potatoes baked in their own soil, and rounding out the seafood-heavy menu is a natural-leaning wine list and tons of raw oysters.

The team behind The Walrus And The Carpenter, Westward, and other popular places where you can slurp copious amounts of oysters has opened a bar in South Lake Union. At King Leroy, you’ll find snacks like buttermilk-brined chicken wings, Bateau beef jerky, sandwiches filled with things like fried bologna or blackened cod, and lots of tater tots. They’re only open Monday through Friday, but that makes perfect sense for Amazon territory.

Métier Brewing Company Taproom

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Métier already had a location in Woodinville, and now their second taproom is open in the Central District. Expect the same great homemade beer that comes in varieties ranging from strawberry gose to coconut porter.

Alki Phở & Bar

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Alki Avenue is loaded with beachy spots that serve tacos, burgers, and ice cream, but now there’s a restaurant that actually makes sense for a beach in Seattle: one that serves soup. For those gray drizzly days, Alki Phở & Bar is here with copious amounts of phở with toppings like meatball, brisket, chicken, and oxtail. If you’re not feeling soup, there are also rice bowls and stir-fried noodles.

May 2022

One of the most exciting openings of the year is finally upon us—MariPili Tapas Bar has opened in Cafe Presse’s former space on Capitol Hill. This Spanish spot serves a wide variety of tapas ranging from jamón and cheeses by the half-ounce to paella in the style of tahdig.


This new Montlake bakery is from the team behind Sea Wolf, and they specialize in fresh bagels, schmear, and pastries. They're open from 7am-3pm on Wednesday through Sunday, but it looks like the early bird gets the worm (bagel) here.

This new restaurant in Belltown focuses on Southwestern cuisine, mainly dishes that feature the hatch chile. Expect dishes like tacos, Christmas-style wet burritos, queso fundido, and a cheeseburger—all of which are completely loaded with the smoky green pepper in question. You can have those alongside cocktails like grapefruit-squeezed Aperol spritzes, ancho chile sangria, and blood orange margaritas.

Gangnam Seattle

The International District has a new Korean restaurant. Gangnam is one for your personal radar if you’re a fried chicken enthusiast, as they serve crispy tenders, wings, sandwiches, and boneless thighs—with or without sauces like gochujang or soy-garlic. Rounding out the menu are potato-crusted hot dogs, bibimbap, kimchi fried rice, and more.

Fire Tacos De Birria

If you thought that West Seattle could use more birria, your wish came true now that Fire Tacos has their first brick and mortar location (though their flagship truck in Kent will still be operational). They serve refreshing agua frescas, tortas, tacos, ramen, and more, starring a lot of stewed beef, goat, and lamb. Except for the agua frescas, which contain no meat.

April 2022

Lotus Pond is a Vietnamese restaurant in Haller Lake with a pretty massive menu involving 16 different categories, spam and egg bánh mì, provincial noodle soups, and steamed rice rolls. But let’s be frank—they had us at fries with phở gravy.


The Fairmont Olympic Hotel has a new in-house restaurant. The George’s construction was part of a $25 million renovation of the hotel, which becomes abundantly clear when you see the space that looks like it was plucked from a Sex And The City brunch scene. The upscale menu has a lineup of raw bar dishes like oysters and geoduck, fresh pasta, predictable local fish like king salmon and halibut, and large-format dishes for sharing, like an entire roasted chicken, or a 32-ounce ribeye with black truffle jus and cipollini onion rings.


Rochambeau is a new cocktail bar just north of the Space Needle—an area that truthfully needs more places to grab a decent drink after paying $35 to ride an elevator. Their walls are full of framed art, their beverages are full of things like honeydew-infused pisco and oloroso sherry, and their food menu is full of bites like tartines, salt-roasted potatoes, carrot salads, and cheese plates.


March 2022


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Hi Life

The team at Tamari Bar knows their way around quality sashimi, and they’ve now set up shop on Bainbridge Island with Hi Life, a new restaurant focused around poke. It’s served by the pound, in bowls, and as bento samplers, with sauces that range from classic soy to truffled yuzu aioli. And, much like Tamari Bar, the toki whiskey highballs flow on tap.


Uminori

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From the Kisaku team comes a new Japanese spot on Madison that specializes in handrolls. You’ll find classic temaki like negi toro and California options, but also they have toppings like rock shrimp tempura, or if you’re fancy but also enjoy carnivals, foie gras with caramel sauce and cotton candy.

Otter On The Rocks

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This new bar is more than just a place to sip cocktails in West Seattle—they also have live jazz on Tuesdays, as well as the occasional open mic night. Drink-wise, there are classics like French 75s and Singapore slings, along with homemade creations involving things like basil-infused vodka and grapefruit cordials.


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Salima Specialties

This halal Pan-Asian spot opened in Skyway, and they serve a menu of small plates, curries, and bánh mì alongside sauces ranging from truffle aioli to peanut as well as beverages like lassi, milk tea, and rose-infused bandung.


This Capitol Hill restaurant, spearheaded in collaboration by the teams behind Taurus Ox and Hangry Panda, has replaced Vios Cafe on 19th. Right now they aren’t serving alcohol, but you can sip on tamarind soda in the meantime. Their menu is made up of casual but creative dishes like fried green beans tossed in sambal honey mustard, chicken-fried frog legs, yakisoba cacio e pepe, and many vegan options, from fries topped with Impossible doubanjiang chili and dairy-free nacho cheese to tahini noodles.


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Wero

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Back in October 2020, The Gerald (a cocktail bar in Ballard) switched gears, and went from serving American bar snacks to a 100% Korean menu. Now, they’ve renamed the spot Wero (which means “comfort”). You’ll find things like ssam platters, salmon jorim, jjajang dupbop, and fried chicken wings—as well as Korean cocktails and makgeolli.


Shama, a Moroccan restaurant, is the newest addition to Pike Place Market. You can expect dishes like eggplant zaalouk, tagines, mechoui, couscous, and more, all inside a covered glass atrium.

February 2022

Bunsoy in Ballard is the newest Filipino spot in northern Seattle—and the newest spot to have a really cool Dozfy mural. A bit more casual than south Seattle sensations Musang and Archipelago, Bunsoy serves snacks like cheesy pork lumpia, housemade spiced ham with rice wrapped in nori, and grilled skewers of meat alongside cocktails like creamy ube painkillers and pandan Old Fashioneds. Larger dishes like oxtail kare kare, duck confit adobo, and a whole Dungeness crab in banaw sauce are available, too.


Sugo Hand Roll Bar is a new Pike Place spot that doesn’t leave much to the imagination—it’s a restaurant that serves hand rolls, with a bunch of filling options that range from chopped toro to torched eel with cucumber. But the imagination is there in the form of other dishes and drinks on the menu, like spicy tuna dip with tonkatsu-flavored ramen chips, nori nachos, and cocktails with popsicles plunged inside.


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Garzón

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Formerly a frequent pop-up at Fair Aisle Brewing, Garzón has officially set up shop at Black Cat in Belltown. They serve Latinx street food from 5-10pm on Wednesday-Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. You’ll find drinking snacks like steak pinchos, or crinkle fries tossed in hot sauce with chimichurri aioli. For when you need more substantial options after a bunch of mint julep slushies, they serve chicken milanesa sandwiches, mojo pork fried rice, and soba noodle saltado.


Slices

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This national mini-chain that serves Sicilian pizza has locations in Texas and California. Now you can get these square slices and pies Downtown. All of their equipment is imported from Italy, down to every last custom-built Venetian oven, but the toppings are thoroughly American (we see you, chicken bacon ranch). Options like margherita or sausage and broccolini are available, too.


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Bar Miriam

Bar Miriam is Queen Anne’s newest cocktail bar. Their cocktails trend more complicated, with most involving over four ingredients. We’re talking about things like brennevin, apple-infused highside gin, chateau laubade blanche armagnac, singani 63, mole bitters, and wilderton lustre. For the record, those aren’t all in the same drink. You’ll also find a full food menu with plates ranging on the smaller side, like olives or Asian pear with guanciale to larger ones like harissa-charred pork collar or Kentucky-fried soft shell crab.

Korean Tofu House Express

Korean Tofu House Express in the University District serves a lineup of tofu soups made with beef broth, hot pot, bibimbap, and other Korean specialties like kimchi fried rice and tteokbokki. The whole operation is mostly takeout, but there are a few tables for UW students to fuel up with lots of kalbi before guzzling turquoise-colored slushies at Earl’s.


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Bigfoot Long's

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Operating from inside Alki Beach Pub & Eatery in West Seattle is a pop-up that specializes in hot dogs (and poutine) with fun topping combinations, like an Italian Chili Cheese dog with bolognese and parmesan on garlic bread, or the Friendship Frank, a spam-based creation with mango chutney, chili crisp, furikake, and pull-apart rolls—meant for sharing with loved ones who also appreciate canned meat. You can also expect pints of homemade ice cream in flavors ranging from honey latte churned with cubes of Texas sheet cake to cream cheese with chunks of birthday cookies.


January 2022

Sankaku Onigiri Cafe & Bar

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2022 is becoming the year of pop-ups that turn permanent, and we love to see it. Sankaku is a Japanese snacks-and-drinks bar at Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market. They serve onigiri and side dishes like potato salad and burdock root alongside sake and cocktails.


This vegan bakery replaced the shuttered Old School Frozen Custard, and specializes in 100% plant-based donuts every Thursday to Sunday. You’ll find a wide range of fillings, glazes, and toppings on the yeast-raised rounds, like mango con chile, birthday cake, french toast, cookies and cream, s’mores, sour watermelon, and a glittery rainbow Pride donut in honor of the shop’s queer owners. To wash down all of the dough-based joy, they serve espresso drinks featuring oat milk—as the default option. Oat milk, you did it.


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Muriel's All Day Eats

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The team behind Zylberschtein’s Delicatessen has opened Muriel’s All Day Eats, a breakfast and lunch-focused cafe located inside Third Place Books in Seward Park. The entire menu is kosher dairy/pareve—so you won’t find any meat. But you can expect noshes like bagels with schmear and lox, bialys, carrot fritters with dukkah sauce, avocado toast on challah with za’atar and feta, and brioche donuts.


Freya Bakery & Cafe

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This new Pike Place bakery (next to JarrBar) serves Scandinavian pastries as well as savory brunches like quiche, sandwiches, salmon mousse, and avocado toast. They also have a full espresso bar.

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