‘Best of 2020’ Readers Choice Survey Results

Amid the chaos of 2020, your favorite Seattle staples still shined through

By Seattle magazine staff November 30, 2020


This article originally appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Your Seattle favorites have managed to shine through the chaos of 2020. From the best nail salons to the yummiest doughnuts, here are the results of the “Best of 2020” Readers’ Choice poll. 

Food & Drink

Best New Restaurant

Best Neighborhood Restaurant

Best Takeout
Ba Bar 

Best Bakery
Tie: Bakery Nouveau & Sea Wolf

Best Seafood Restaurant
Ray’s Boathouse

Best Food Truck
Sunny Up

Best Pizza Place
Via Tribunali

Best Burger Joint
Red Mill Burgers

Best Cheap Lunch
Loretta’s Northwesterner

Best Sushi Restaurant
Umi Sake House

Best Dim Sum
Din Tai Fung

Best Ramen
Ramen Danbo

Best Pho Restaurant
Pho Bac

Best Coffee Shop
Caffe Ladro

Best Farmers Market
Ballard Farmers Market

Best Outdoor Dining

Best Ice Cream Shop
Molly Moon’s  Homemade Ice Cream

Best Cake/Cupcake Shop
Cupcake Royale

Best Doughnut Shop
Tie: Top Pot Doughnuts & Mighty-O Donuts

Best Pop-up Restaurant
Ethan Stowell Pop-up, Ballard 

Best Grocery Store
Metropolitan Market

Best Cocktail Bar

Best Rooftop Bar

Best Brewpub
Two Beers Brewing Co.

Best Brewery
Urban Family Brewing Co. 

Best Winebar

Best Wine-tasting Distillery
Tie: Eight Bells Winery & DeLille Cellars

Best Local Distillery
OOLA Distillery

Best Happy Hour

Best Gay Bar
The Cuff Complex

Arts & Entertainment

Best Museum
Seattle Art Museum

Best Gallery
Winston Wächter Fine Art

Best (Virtual) Theater Company
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT)

Best (Virtual) Dance Ensemble
Pacific Northwest Ballet

Best Art Walk
Pioneer Square


Best Northwest Resort
Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Best In-City Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Best Boutique Hotel

Best Mountain/Ski Resort
Crystal Mountain Resort

Best Northwest Beach Town
Tie: Seabrook, WA & Cannon Beach, OR

Best Wine Country Resort
Willows Lodge

Best Northwest Wine-tasting Region
Walla Walla

Best San Juan Islands Resort
Roche Harbor Resort

Best Day Trip Outside the City
Whidbey Island

Best Northwest Golf Course
Tie: West Seattle Golf Course & Aldarra Golf Club

Best Casino
Tulalip Resort Casino


Best Boutique
Tie: Les Amis Fashion & Lika Love Boutique

Best Local Designer
Tie: Luly Yang & KFly

Best Shoe Store

Best Shopping Center
University Village

Best Jewelry Shop

Best Optical Shop
Eyes on Fremont

Best Luxury Shop

Best Sale Rack
Nordstrom Rack

Best Consignment Store
Ballard Consignment

Best Kids Clothing Store
Tie: Sugarlump & The Original Childrens Shop

Best Children’s Toy Shop
Snapdoodle Toys & Games

Best Gardening Store
Swansons Nursery 

Best Book Store
The Elliott Bay Book Co.

Best Record Store
Easy Street Records

Best Housewares Store
Ace Hardware

Best Gift and Card Shop
: Watson Kennedy & Ugly Baby

Best Furniture Store

Best Place to Get Your Fan Gear
Seattle Kraken Team Store

Best Outdoor Clothing Store
REI Co-op



Best Blowout
Tie: Fix Salon &  Gary Manuel Salon 

Best Salon for Color
Gene Juarez

Best Salon for Cuts
Gary Manuel

Best Brow Bar/Lash Extensions
Kailash Beauty

Best Waxing/Sugaring
Sugar Plum: The Sugaring Experts

Best Men’s Salon
Rudy’s Barbershop

Best Pedicure
Varnish Seattle

Best Spa
Jill Bucy Skincare

Outdoor Recreation

Best Bike Shop
Gregg’s Cycles

Best Park
Discovery Park

Best Hike
Heather – Maple Pass Loop

Best Outdoor/Sporting Goods Store
REI Co-op

Best Local Ski Area
Crystal Mountain


Best Doggy Daycare
House of Ruff

Best Dog Groomer
Tie: Dogiessimo &  The Painted Pooch

Best Veterinary Clinic
Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center

Best Pet Shop
Mud Bay Pet Supplies

Best Dog Park
Marymoor Park

Best Pet Boarding
House of Ruff & Seattle Dogworks

Best Dog-Friendly Bar/Restaurant
Optimism Brewing

Want to see previous winners? Check out 2019 and 2018

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