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Readers’ Choice: Best Restaurants in Seattle

Our annual readers’ poll received a record number of responses this year. See all the winners here

By Chelsea Lin and Daria Kroupoderova August 28, 2018


This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print as the cover story of the September 2018 issue. Read more from the Best of the Best Restaurants feature story hereClick here to subscribe.

Best New Restaurant
Pho Bac Sup Shop
Chinatown–International District;

Best Neighborhood Restaurant
Ma‘ono Fried Chicken & Whiskey
West Seattle;

Best Pop-up Restaurant

Best Eastside Restaurant
Cafe Juanita

Best Cheap-eats Place
Mr. Gyros
Multiple locations;

Best Gluten-free Dining Options
Cafe Flora
Madison Park;

Best Vegetarian Dining Options
Cafe Flora
Madison Park;

Best Juice/Smoothie Bar
Pressed Juicery
Multiple locations;

Best Brunch
Portage Bay Cafe
Multiple locations;

Best Independent Coffee Shop
Caffe Vita 
Multiple locations;

Best View
Ray’s Boathouse 

Best Place for Outdoor Dining
Lake Union;

Best Place to Dine Alone
Capitol Hill;

Best Restaurant for Kids
Tutta Bella 
Multiple locations;

Best Late-night Dining
13 Coins 
Multiple locations;

Best Diner
Hattie’s Hat 

Best Splurge Restaurant
Queen Anne;

Best Tasting Menu
The Herbfarm

Best Sandwich
HoneyHole Sandwiches
Capitol Hill;

Best Salads
Multiple locations;

Best Takeout
Biscuit Bitch 
Multiple locations;

Best Burgers
Dick’s Drive-In 
Multiple locations;

Best Barbecue
Jack’s BBQ 

Best Pizza
Serious Pie 
Downtown and South Lake Union;

Best Oyster Bar
The Walrus and the Carpenter 

Best Seafood 
RockCreek Seafood and Spirits

Best Sushi
Shiro’s Sushi 

Best Poke/Hawaiian
45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar
Wallingford; Facebook, “45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar”

Best Steak
Metropolitan Grill 

Best Korean Food
South Lake Union;

Best Chinese Food
Din Tai Fung 
Multiple locations;

Best Ramen
Kizuki Ramen 
Multiple locations;

Best Pho
Pho Bac 
Multiple locations;

Best Thai Food
Thai Tom 
University District; Facebook, “Thai Tom”

Best Indian Food
Pioneer Square;

Best Middle Eastern Food
Capitol Hill;

Best Vietnamese Food
Ba Bar 
Multiple locations;

Best French Food
Le Pichet 

Best Italian Food
Capitol Hill;

Best Mexican Food
La Carta de Oaxaca 

Best Food Truck
El Camión 
Multiple locations;

Best Ice Cream/Gelato Shop
Molly Moon’s 
Multiple locations;

Baked Goods: A twice-baked almond croissant from Bakery Nouveau is an essential Seattle treat. Photo by Alex Crook

Best Bakery
Bakery Nouveau 
Multiple locations;

Best Doughnut Shop
Top Pot 
Multiple locations;

Best Dessert
Hot Cakes 
Ballard and Capitol Hill;

Best Cupcakes
Cupcake Royale 
Multiple locations;

Best Cookies
Hello Robin 
Capitol Hill;

Best Cocktail Bar
Capitol Hill;

Best Happy Hour
Toulouse Petit
Lower Queen Anne;

Best Neighborhood Pub
Chuck’s Hop Shop 
Central District and Greenwood;

Best Dive Bar
Linda’s Tavern 
Capitol Hill;

Best Sports Bar
Rhein Haus 
Capitol Hill;

Best Local Brewery/Tasting Room
Fremont Brewing Company 

Best Local Winery/Tasting Room
Chateau Ste. Michelle 

Best Local Distillery/Tasting Room
Woodinville Whiskey Co.

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