Restaurant Week is a great chance to catch these normally high-end, well-established restaurants for a reasonable price.
Though their names may not be as recognizable as some other Seattle institutions, these restaurants are underrated gems and rising stars, and they're well worth your time.
Note: We have done our best to make this list as comprehensive as possible but may not have listed all of the applicable restaurants. If you know of a participating restaurant that should be on this list, please let us know and we’ll update it as soon as we can!
Adana (Shota Nakajima)
Bai Tong Thai Cafe (Jantana Chaiseeha)
Chan (Heong Soon Park)
Chavez (Gabriel Chavez)
Chiso Sushi (Taichi Kitamura)
Crawfish King (Torrey Le)
Girin (Steven Han)
Kisaku Sushi (Kyu Bum Han)
Kokkaku (Yuta Sugimoto)
Ma'ono (Mark Fuller and Marjorie Chang Fuller)
Marjorie (Donna Moodie)
Moksha (Lakshmi and Padma Thanhu)
Nirmal’s (Oliver and Gita Bangera)
Pomerol (Vuong and Tricia Loc)
Quinn’s Pub (Charles and Peter Kim)
Soi (Yuie Helseth)
Sushi Kappo Tamura (Taichi Kitamura)
Tamari Bar (Makoto Kimoto)
Trove (Rachel Yang)
Yoroshiku (Keisuke Kobayashi)
Note: Some of these restaurants may be co-owned by men. We have done our best to make this list as comprehensive as possible but may not have listed all of the applicable restaurants. If you know of a participating restaurant that should be on this list, please let us know and we’ll update it as soon as we can!
Capitol Cider (Julie Tall)
Eve Fremont (Debra Russell and Jill Buchanan)
Harvest Vine (Carolin Messier)
Lark (JM Enos and Kelly Ronan)
Lecosho (Jill Buchanan)
Marjorie (Donna Moodie)
Moksha (Padma Thanu)
Nirmal’s (Gita Bangera)
Pomerol (Tricia Loc)
Revolve True Food & Wine Bar (Dr. Dusty DuBois)
Soi (Yuie Helseth)
Terra Plata (Tamara Murphy)
The London Plane (Katherine Anderson)
The Tin Table (Hallie Kuperman)
Trove (Rachel Yang)
These restaurants have received positive reviews from Stranger staffers past and present.
Tobias Coughlin-Bogue wrote, "The menu is simple and to the point, and sticks to the French classics. They offer pâté sandwiches served cold on tiny pastry-puff buns; a slider version of their excellent lamb burger; moules marinière; those addictive beef skewers from their yearly Bastille Day fete; and socca, a perfectly pliant chickpea pancake slathered in salty, piquant black olive tapenade. There's a reason this place has earned the city's undying adoration."
Megan van Huygen wrote, "Crawfish King in the International District has been around for almost a decade, on 8th and Lane, up by the freeway. It’s been carefully decorated to look like a Sea Galley, and their main thing is Cajun-style seafood boils. They offer all the usual shellfish characters—lobster, a few species of crab, mussels, clams, headless and headful shrimp, others—and you can pick one of their preordained shellfish combos or just assemble your own and pay per pound. They sauce it all up and dump it on the table (on a plastic tablecloth) and it’s a giant marvelous mess and will get in your hair and behind your glasses...We were dazzled by every single thing about this place and will probably be back for lunch, like, tomorrow."
Charles Mudede wrote, "Girin does classical Korean cuisine well, but if you love meat, and you have not been to this Sodo area joint, I really feel sorry for you. You don’t know what you’re missing. If money is on your mind, then hit the happy hour to do some grazing. If not, then go all out for the 10 ounce hanger steak on the dinner menu. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Worth every penny. The restaurant’s decor is a bit much, true, but the food here is world-class."
Corina Zappia wrote, “If only all visits to Madison Valley felt like a trip to Basque country. This restaurant may look small when you first enter, from the tiny tapas bar to the cluster of tables near the windows, but head down the stairs and sit amid the gorgeous stone walls lined with wine bottles and you’ll feel like you’ve left Seattle behind. All dishes are served to share, from the anchovy-stuffed olives to the gambas al ajillo. Order the Columbia City bread with the olive oil tasting—you know you’re going down that road anyway—and save room for desserts like the Tarta de Santiago, a moist, dense olive-oil cake.”
Charles Mudede wrote, "More recently, I stopped by Lecosho on my birthday. I wanted to eat there all by myself. That is how much I dig this place. I thought that the best way to commemorate the day I was born was not with other people talking about this and that but in the silence of consuming this restaurant's rich foods and wines."
Tobias Coughlin-Bogue wrote, "One of the original outposts in Seattle restaurant overlord Tom Douglas's galactic empire, Belltown's Lola continues to stand the test of time. The theme is Greek, although significantly upscaled from your average neighborhood gyro joint. Think squid kebabs, spendy tagines, a savagely good lamb burger, and martinis with feta-stuffed olives. Their happy hour makes said martinis accessibly priced and also offers deep discounts on the kebabs. In a fun nod to neighborhood joint theatrics, your server pours a shot of ouzo over whichever kebab you order, although they thankfully do not put on a big, fake smile and shout 'Opa!'"
Ma’ono Chicken & Whiskey
Bethany Jean Clement wrote, "Yes, the fried chicken is really, really good. If it's not the best fried chicken you've ever had, you're a very lucky individual. It's burnished brown, with a thick, crunchy crust and lush, flavorful flesh... While Spring Hill is missed, the good news is that Ma'ono's food is just as impeccably sourced, and maybe even more unlike anything else in town."
Bethany Jean Clement wrote, "Monsoon's elegant Pacific Northwest/Vietnamese food is as good as ever—that is, very, very good. Standards like beef la lot and imperial rolls are elevated by great ingredients and great care; the la lot leaves are greener, fresher, and stuffed with Painted Hills flank steak plus a stick of pickled jicama for punch, while the bumpy-crispiness of the imperial rolls is extraordinary, and they're full of Carlton Farms pork and wild-caught shrimp."
Tricia Romano wrote, "There's a dearth of good Indian food in Seattle; after eight years in New York, I was spoiled. But Nirmal's in Pioneer Square is nearly as good as what you find in the Big Apple, maybe better, even if the service can be a touch too friendly and the high ceilings make it a very loud experience (you'll be shouting at your fellow diner to be heard). While you can get your usuals (tandoori chicken, palak paneer), they don't taste like the usual thanks to namesake head chef Nirmal Monteiro. The food swerves left—there are dishes I'd never heard of (prawn phalnaire, goat roghni), most have strong distinct flavors, and the heat doesn't drown out the dish, only enhances it. Costly, but worth it."
Rich Smith wrote, "I had some laudable toast points at Omega a few months ago. Besides that, this bright, casual spot on Capitol Hill offers up refreshing, semi-pricey Greek fare. The servers will non-pretentiously offer useful information about anise-spiked clear spirits that anchor their bar program, and the octopus is truly great. Go there with a friend, share a couple small plates and an entrée, and leave half-loopy in an ouzo cloud."
Megan Seling wrote, "[Poppy's thali] is quite possibly the best dessert experience in all of Seattle...My first dessert thali—you'll want to read this slowly and think about every part—consisted of chocolate terrine with ginger, salted sesame, and cumin cashews; hot date cake with banana ice cream and butterscotch; a chocolate malt ice cream sundae; a small bowl of candied cumin cashews; two squares of nutter butter cake; two salted caramel truffles; two sugary rectangles of passion fruit gelee; and, as the server said, a small bowl of 'Dana's famous caramel corn.' That's eight items total—and every single item was absolutely delicious...It's an indecisive dessert freak's dream come true."
Leilani Polk wrote, "Specializing in the spicier, more aromatic flavors of the Northeastern Isaan region of Thailand, SOI has a rather intriguing menu of unexpectedly delectable offerings. But you want to hit the Capitol Hill restaurant during happy hour—when you can get a $6 tamarind whiskey sour or lemongrass rickey with your meal—or brunch. The brunch menu features dishes like the kai grata (two over-easy eggs served in a skillet with slices of pork belly, sweet Chinese sausage, green onions, tomato, and spinach) and cheat-on-your-GF-diet-worthy roti (the flatbread pastry seducer in my case was the phaya thai—made with banana and peanut butter, and topped with hazelnut whipped cream)."
Rich Smith wrote, "Entering Suika, you're hit with an explosion of color and energy. Bartenders stick straws into wild watermelon cocktails. Servers mix bowls of pork-belly bibimbap for customers who don't know how to press the rice to the stone so that it forms an amazing crust...I cannot stress enough how good those chicken wings are. The sauce is made from yuzu and two kinds of miso, a combination that tricks your brain into thinking you can eat 47 thousand chicken wings without injury."
Angela Garbes wrote, "It was pouring rain the day I visited Yoroshiku, and as I slurped my way through a bowl of spicy miso ramen ($13), I couldn't think of anything I'd rather be eating. Every spoonful of broth—salty, nutty, and just a little bit funky—was also fiery, but in a smoldering kind of way, building as I worked my way through the dish. Rich, buttery slices of chashu (braised pork belly) offset the heat, as did sweet yellow-corn kernels and a scattering of crunchy sesame seeds."
JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNERS
These restaurants are associated with James Beard award-winning chefs.
Jason Wilson (Best Chef Northwest, 2010)
Thierry Rautureau (Best Chef Northwest, 1998)
John Sundstrom (Best Chef Northwest, 2007)
Matt Dillon (Best Chef Northwest, 2011 and 2012)
The London Plane
Tamara Murphy (Best American Chef, Northwest and Hawaii, 1995)
These restaurants have all opened in the last year or so.