Duke’s is a Seattle institution on the water, and it’s a great escape from the sounds of construction jackhammers in SLU. If you’re sitting with hot bowls of their tasty, inexpensive chowder (six ounces is around $10) and some hearty crab cakes while overlooking the boats on Lake Union, you’ll probably forget that you’re in one of the most industrial neighborhoods of the city.
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Willmott’s Ghost is a modern Italian spot in South Lake Union that works well for a business lunch.
G.H. Pasta Co.
G.H. Pasta Co. is an excellent Italian lunchtime spot that serves inexpensive bowls of delicious pasta.
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Pennyroyal Bar is a hotel bar in Belltown with a regal speakeasy feel and great small plates.
The Whale Wins
The Whale Wins isn’t the best spot in Wallingford, but the veggie-focused menu is good for something light. And the patio is highly charming.
El Sirenito is a tequila bar in Georgetown with somewhat mediocre Mexican food but good drinks.
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Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
There aren’t many places you can drink froze while sitting on a swing in a rooftop bar, but M Bar in South Lake Union is one of them.
2120 is an upscale restaurant in Belltown with an American menu and giant punch bowl cocktails.
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