Impressing Out of Towners
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North Star Diner & Shanghai Room
North Star Diner & Shanghai Room in Greenwood is the coolest diner in the city.
Proper Fish is a Bainbridge Island seafood spot that specializes in British-style fish and chips.
Affordable Places To Impress An Out-Of-Towner
The best restaurants where you can impress out-of-towners without spending too much money.
Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is touristy, but the waterfront patio and abundance of oysters means it’s still a decent place to hang downtown.
Kamonegi is an excellent Japanese restaurant in Fremont that serves homemade soba and tempura.
Oriental Mart is a Filipino institution at Pike Place Market that serves phenomenal longanisa and adobo, among other things.
Mariscos Mexico is a Mexican stall at Pike Place Market that serves seafood tacos.
Dough Zone Dumpling House
Dough Zone Dumpling House is a great spot for Chinese dumplings and noodles in the International District.
Skillet Diner is a modern diner on Capitol Hill serving updated versions of classic dishes.
Phở Bắc Sup Shop
Phở Bắc Sup Shop is a Vietnamese spot in the International District serving some seriously great phở and bar snacks.
Pane Pane Sandwiches
Pane Pane is a tiny shop downtown serving great baguette sandwiches. Get the teriyaki meatball bánh mì.
Marination Ma Kai
Marination is a waterfront Hawaiian restaurant in West Seattle that serves great tacos - and happens to have the best view in town.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a downtown staple in Pike Place Market with great mac and cheese and panini sandwiches.
Dino’s Tomato Pie
Dino’s is one of few places in Seattle that knows how to do Grandma-style pizza. It’s one of our favorite spots on Capitol Hill for dinner and drinks.
Shiro’s in Belltown will serve you some seriously great sushi—with no pretense, and no distractions.
Monster Dog is a hot dog cart on Capitol Hill with a chaotic line on the weekends and one of the best Seattle dogs in town.
Deep Dive is an underwater-themed bar in South Lake Union that has excellent cocktails and fancy small plates.
Ray’s doesn’t have the best seafood in Seattle (or even Ballard), but when the sun comes out, the patio here is where you want to be.
Archipelago is an outstanding Filipino restaurant in Hillman City that serves a ten-course tasting menu.