This restaurant in the famous Edgewater Hotel has an amazing floor-to-ceiling Puget Sound view and a menu emphasizing pricey, not-quite-amazing seafood. The bar is where you want to be; it's all post-modern Twin Peaks–style, with metal-and-wood tree sculptures, a bar made of glass-encased split logs, and a bank of television screens showing a sylvan waterfall. Also: the best damn gin and tonic on land or sea—the "star-tender" who created the cocktail menu for Thomas Keller's Per Se in Manhattan revamped the drinks here, and the G&T is made with a dash of quinine powder. Happy hour is when normal people can best enjoy the swankery; the beer-battered true cod atop a pile of fries in a stylish wire basket is one of the best five dollars you'll ever spend. (And enjoying seafood at the Edgewater is a long-standing tradition—google "Led Zeppelin shark episode.")
2411 Alaskan Way,
Hours: Daily 6:30 am-2 pm, 5:30-9:30 pm
Air Conditioning, Bar/Happy Hour, Breakfast/Brunch, Good for Groups, Outdoor Seating
New American, Seafood
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Snacks Available, Outdoor Seating, Air Conditioning
Cocktail Lounge, Hotel Bar
Mon-Thu, Sun 3-6 pm ($6-$9 food items, $5-$10 drinks, $8 cocktails, $5 draft, $6 wine).