Beacon Hill is a big hill that stretches all the way from Mt. Baker to Rainier Valley and everything west of MLK Jr. Way, south of I-90, and east of I-5. If that sounded like random words to you, just know that this neighborhood is pretty massive. Beacon Hill has a great mix of residential areas, parks, and most importantly - restaurants and bars. Here are our top 17 spots, from a bodega that serves Mexican street corn to one of the best places in town to eat Neapolitan pizza.
Bar Del Corso doesn’t take reservations, and you’ll need to get there early in order to secure a table quickly (the closer to 5pm, the better). But it’s worth your trouble for this insanely good Neapolitan pizza with perfect black crust bubbles and toppings like buffalo mozzarella, goat horn peppers, and fennel sausage. There are also lots of small plates like burrata and fried risotto balls, and salads that make us sad when there’s none left on the plate. And, you get to cut the pizza with a personal pair of shears, just in case that’s something you’ve always wanted to do. Always end things with an affogato starring their homemade gelato.
We hope you know that Hidden Valley is not a real place. But if it were, Homer would be where the parents go for date night after feeding their children a bottle of ranch dressing and sending them off to bed. It’s a Mediterranean restaurant that makes vegetables taste amazing, from burnt cabbage with stracciatella cheese and peanuts to charred carrots with a sauce that makes BBQ kind of look bad. The space (complete with baked pita smells and ostrich-printed wallpaper) is homey and cool at the same time, making it ideal for a date. And if you’re a meat-eater, never fear - the roasted chicken with fruit sauce is incredible.
At Carnitas Michoacan, they pull pork off of a huge, freshly cooked hunk and chop it to order. The result is delicious tacos and burritos on homemade tortillas topped with any of their tasty salsas. While you definitely want the carnitas in some form or another, the carne asada is also great.
The interior of Oak looks like it could pass as a Pacific Northwest-themed hiking supply store. We’re glad it doesn’t, because it would be super weird to tear into a burger and a beer next to a display of bungee cords and a cardboard cutout of someone on top of a cliff inhaling mountain air and holding an uneaten Nature Valley bar. This pub specializes in burgers, but also has mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, salads, and a ridiculously good fried chicken sandwich. Mostly everything can be made vegan and/or gluten free, so it’s really a perfect place for everyone, even kids.
This counter-service restaurant on Beacon Hill is a pleasant space that we like for lunch. We tend to alternate between the ginger chicken, garlicky shrimp, and spicy pork, all of which come with a tangy slaw and some macaroni salad on the side. There’s also a very good pad thai, and a DIY hot sauce bar - which reminds us, be sure to add a Thai iced tea and a slice of coconut cream pie to counteract your personal mouth fire.
Perihelion is our favorite place for beer south of I-90, and as an added perk, their food is the perfect accompaniment to pints of apricot sour. We’re talking rigatoni mac and cheese with gorgonzola, salty shoestring fries, soft pretzels, and a cheeseburger topped with melty pork belly and chile aioli. The staff is very friendly, there’s an outdoor firepit, and it’s 325 feet away from the Beacon Hill light rail station. The only negative thing we can find is that they’re closed on Mondays.
There aren’t many Vietnamese restaurants in the neighborhood, but there is Wicked Chopstix. They serve lots of different types of pho, as well as bun cha and a steak and egg plate that comes to the table in a sizzling skillet. The real sleeper hit here though is the pork sausage spring roll. Dip it very liberally in the sweet shallot-y sauce on the side.
For some people, happiness is a bath bomb and a glass of red. For us, it’s a pile of house tacos at Tacos Chukis, where marinated pork gets all mixed up with cheese, grilled pineapple, and avocado salsa. You can keep your tub full of glitter and rosehips. Just give us the Tacos Chukis.
The lesser known (but possibly better) type of Chicago-style pizza is called pan pizza. It’s still thick, but is layered like a traditional pie complete with crispy, caramelized edges. You can find it in Seattle at Breezy Town inside Clock Out Lounge. While everyone else in the house is doing Monday night karaoke, you can be eating these sourdough pies with toppings like pepperoni and Beecher’s cheese curds. There are rotating slice specials, too (though we recommend doing a full fresh pie), and a couple salads. Add a side of caramel and cheesy popcorn and a cold beer, and you’ll be set.
We wish we could walk into any convenience store and come out with a cob of Mexican street corn. La Tienda Mexicana El Oaxaque is a tiny bodega with hand-painted signs and a big rainbow umbrella that sells mostly groceries and dried grasshoppers, but they have a cart in the front where you can order elotes on a stick or in a cup. It’s $3, incredibly satisfying, and goes perfectly with a few slices of fresh mango topped with chile, which you can also get here.
This is the first mobile New York-style pizza oven we’ve seen in Seattle. Outsider is a slice cart that someone stuck on the side of the road at Beacon Hill Station, and it’s great. The best part is that when your pie comes out, the owner himself showers it with fresh pecorino romano using one of those hand graters you’d get at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Allow us to introduce you to some incredible tamales. Cafetal Quilombo is a counter service Mexican restaurant, and while you could tacos or a burrito, you’re here for the tamales - especially the green chicken one doused in homemade salsa. This place also doubles as a coffee shop, so a creamy iced horchata latte is a thing that you can (and absolutely should) order along with your tamales.
The takeout operation in here is really fast, but we prefer sitting down at Nikos at a table with a covering that looks like fine blue china. They make some excellent avgolemono (chicken and rice stew), and it’s even better with a squeeze of lemon. We like to order it alongside the lamb gyro sandwich stuffed with tzatziki and feta.
We found a potsticker filling so juicy and perfect that it doesn’t even need a dunk in soy sauce. You can find them at Dim Sum House, a small white-tablecloth Chinese restaurant with a ton of options from wontons to stir frys. Not everything’s a hit here, so make sure the aforementioned potstickers make an appearance at your table as well as the delicious siu mai.
We like Fresh Flours best for hanging out and getting work done over a cappuccino while sunlight shines through the window (or, if it’s winter, when we pretend that it does). The Japanese baked goods are particularly tasty here - our favorites are the mini red bean pastry bars, and the matcha macarons that give the French bakeries in town a run for their money.
Tippe And Drague is the chill Beacon Hill neighborhood hangout where you can grab a pint of beer and a plate of nachos. The staff here is really friendly, and whether or not you’re eating a full meal, you’ll get a free bowl of popcorn fresh from the popper. We highly suggest ordering the stout burger if it’s on special, and the beer mac and cheese if it’s not.
Every neighborhood needs a reliable sit-down Mexican spot. Baja Bistro is Beacon Hill’s. The chips and salsa are addictive, the fish tacos have a very tasty batter, and the homemade tortillas are super fluffy without being too thick. Pop in anytime for a margarita and chicken enchiladas.