The author Chelsea Booker posing with a famous Seattle food, hotdog in a bun on the side of the street

Seattle Food Guide (A Local’s 33 Best Dishes & Experiences)

I’m a Seattle local here to guide you to every must-try Seattle food! This round-up includes regional specialties and dishes from some of the best restaurants in Seattle.

Seafood straight from Puget Sound, perfectly roasted coffee, flavorful noodle soups, and organic, fair-trade chocolate await Rain City visitors. I’ll point you to these classic Seattle food experiences, as well as a few personal favorites you won’t want to miss. 

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33 Best Seattle Food Experiences


The number one fish to try when you visit Seattle.

Lots of Salmon are displayed in the local market in Seattle
There’s no shortage of salmon in the market (photo: Allen.G / Shutterstock)

🍽️ Where to Find Salmon: Mutual Fish Co (Rainier Valley), Ray’s Boathouse (Ballard)

Salmon is the fish most associated with Seattle. You’ll have the best of Sockeye, King, Coho, and Chinook salmon when in the city. Try it grilled, baked, smoked, panfried, and a myriad of other ways.

You can get fresh or smoked from several great spots in Pike Place Market including Pure Food Fish Market and Pike Place Fish Market. Venture to Mutual Fish in Rainier Valley for more high-quality options. Most locals prefer to cook it themselves, but if you want to go out for salmon, Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard does it right.

👉 Don’t Miss: If you’re visiting Seattle, you may be overwhelmed by the number of options at Pike Place Market. Book a guided tour so you don’t miss any of the best vendors! 


Coffee is everywhere in the Coffee Capital of the USA.

A cup of coffee on the wooden table inside a café in Seattle
A delicious latte from one of my favorite local coffee shops

🍽️ Where to Find Coffee: Herkimer Coffee (Phinney Ridge), Sound and Fog (West Seattle)

If salmon is Seattle’s favorite fish, then coffee is Seattle’s favorite drink. You can find great coffee anywhere in the Emerald City. 

Seattle is the birthplace of the worldwide coffee chain, Starbucks. The Starbucks most worth visiting in Seattle is the Starbucks Roastery Reserve. Here, you can take tours, try new blends, and sip coffee cocktails.

However, my number one coffee-related tip is to go beyond Starbucks coffee. Visit the myriad of local coffee shops throughout the city to understand Seattle’s coffee culture. Herkimer Coffee, Sound and Fog, and Elm Coffee Roasters are just a few spots where you can expect a top-tier drink. 


There’s no better place to have this seafood dish than the Emerald City.

Oysters with a slice of lemon on the top of the ice and different drinks on the side
Tasty oysters and (of course) a rainier beer to wash it all down

🍽️ Where to Find Oysters: The Walrus and the Carpenter (Ballard), Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar (Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square)

Oyster fans probably already have Seattle on their radar because the Pacific Northwest has some of the best oysters in the country.

Honestly, you can find great Washington oysters at a plethora of seafood restaurants in Seattle, but there are two you should begin with. Go to Walrus and Carpenter for oysters and other seafood specialties like shrimp toast. Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar is another excellent option if you’re searching for the best Seattle restaurants for oysters.

For the absolute freshest oysters, take a weekend getaway to the Hood Canal or Coupeville and go oyster farming yourself!

Seattle Dog

Cream cheese and grilled onions are the main ingredients in this Seattle street food classic.

Two hotdogs in a bun wrapped in an aluminum foil
My husband and I had to get Seattle dogs before heading into T-Mobile Park on opening day

🍽️ Where to Find a Seattle Dog: Street Vendors (Capitol Hill, SoDo, Waterfront)

Late nights spent bar crawling through Capitol Hill usually end with a Seattle dog. You can also count on grabbing one from a street vendor outside of T-Mobile Park or Lumen Field on game days.

A Seattle-style hotdog is a beef frank smothered with cream cheese and topped with grilled onions. Some vendors add grilled peppers, and some people like to polish theirs off with sriracha. 

The uninitiated may raise a brow at this seemingly strange combo, but it’s a Seattle food staple that you should try at least once.

📚 Related Reading: 52 Best Things to Do in Seattle (A Local’s 2023 List)


A comforting Japanese meat and rice dish found all over the city.

A disposable container with rice topped with teriyaki-katsu combo and vegetables
This teriyaki-katsu combo was just as delicious as it looks

🍽️ Where to Find Teriyaki: Toshi’s Teryaki (Various locations), Nikko Teriyaki (West Seattle)

Many people are surprised to learn that Seattle is considered the teriyaki capital of the United States. Seattlelites love their teriyaki and have local chain Toshi’s Teriyaki to thank for that. Toshi’s brought western-style teriyaki to Seattle in 1976, and it’s only increased in popularity since then.

You can get it practically everywhere throughout the city, but Nikko Teriyaki in West Seattle is one of my favorites. The menus at most places are extensive and usually include much more than teriyaki. Still, I suggest sticking with the classic chicken teriyaki (with regular or spicy sauce) for a guaranteed hit.

Rainier Beer

The Seattle beer standard.

A cold can of Rainier Beer with a gloomy sky in the background
Rain or shine, this local lager hits the spot

🍽️ Where to Find Rainier Beer: Any grocery store or bar

Rainier Beer is typically the cheapest beer you can get in bars, pubs, and restaurants. It’s the beer that most Seattleites will reach for before many of the other well-known American brands.

Created in 1878, it was brewed right in Seattle’s Georgetown and SoDo neighborhoods for years. You can still see the old brewery in SoDo, identifiable by the iconic ‘R’ at the top.

You can get Rainier Beer at grocery stores and nearly anywhere else in the city. It tastes best while watching a ball game or after completing one of the best Seattle hikes


This strange-looking clam is a tasty surprise in a variety of dishes.

A plate of geoduck dish
When prepared in a dish, geoduck doesn’t look nearly as strange!

🍽️ Where to Find Geoduck: Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar (Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square), Sushi Kashiba (Downtown)

Geoduck (pronounced “gooey duck”) doesn’t look particularly appealing. When cooked, though, this funky-looking clam becomes deliciously meaty and tender. It’s harvested throughout Washington state and makes a tasty appearance in plenty of dishes at various restaurants. 

Try the geoduck sashimi or crudo at Taylor Shellfish Farms, or order sauteed geoduck at Sushi Kashiba.

👉 Pro Tip: If you only have one day in Seattle, you’ll want to get some seafood! Check out my article for a rundown of other places to eat and see if you only have 24 hours in the city. 

Clam Chowder

A creamy soup loaded with chewy clams perfect for rainy days.

View of a bread bowl clam chowder with fries on the side
A hearty lunch from Pike Place Chowder (photo: Trina Barnes / Shutterstock)

🍽️ Where to Find Clam Chowder: Pike Place Chowder (Downtown), Ivars (Downtown Waterfront)

New Englanders aren’t the only ones obsessed with this creamy, seafood soup! A delicious, thick chowder is the perfect meal for cold and rainy days. Find it easily at Pike Place Market and on the waterfront. 

Try some of the award-winning chowders from Pike Place Chowder and say yes to having it in a bread bowl. You can also visit the local chain Ivar’s for another spin on this delicious soup.


This savory Vietnamese noodle soup is a Seattle comfort food.

A bowl of beef pho with sauces and vegetables on the side
A steamy bowl of beef pho

🍽️ Where to Find Pho: Pho Bac Sup Shop (International District/Central District), Rainier Restaurant and BBQ (Rainier Valley)

Pho is another dish you can’t go wrong with in Seattle. Find this comforting noodle soup at various Vietnamese restaurants throughout the city. One of the best restaurants in Seattle for pho is Pho Bac Sup Shop. Fair warning: it may ruin you for any other pho because it’s that good. 

Don’t skip out on Rainier Restaurant and BBQ either. It’s another spot that serves incredible pho among other tasty Vietnamese dishes.

Craft Beer

Get ready for a brewery crawl through the Emerald City.

The author Chelsea Booker holding a glass of beer
Me with a beer at one of my favorite breweries

🍽️ Where to Find Craft Beer: Georgetown Brewing (Georgetown), Lucky Envelope Brewing (Ballard)

Craft beer is an art in Seattle, and it’s not hard to find amazing beer throughout the city. It makes sense, given that around 70% of hops in the country are grown in Washington state! 

There are so many great breweries in Seattle that a beer crawl is a must. Go to the brewery district in Ballard to find some of Seattle’s most innovative beer spots in a walkable district. Or visit Georgetown Brewing to try Manny’s Pale Ale and Bodhizafa IPA, the unofficial Washington pale ale and IPA.

🍺 Love Beer? Considering joining one of Seattle’s top brewery tours


An abundance of fresh fish equals a ton of great sushi.

Closeup view of the handrolled sushi

🍽️ Where to Find Sushi: Sushi Kashiba (Downtown), Musashi’s (Wallingford, International District)

Since Seattle has so much fresh seafood, sushi fans have a wealth of great options in the city. You’ll find all the well-loved classics in addition to the Seattle roll, which has salmon, cream cheese, and avocado.

It’s not hard to find a good sushi restaurant, but one of the absolute best is Sushi Kashiba, known for its edomae-style sushi. For a more budget-friendly (but still tasty) sushi option, go to Musashi’s.


Cheap, quick, greasy, and delicious.

View of the Dick's Drive-In signage from the street on a rainy night
Dick’s Drive-In is a Seattle staple (photo: Cascade Creatives / Shutterstock)

🍽️ Where to Find Burgers: Dick’s Drive-In (Wallingford, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill), Rain City Burgers (Roosevelt)

Every city has its beloved greasy burger restaurants with quick service, late hours, and budget-friendly prices. If that’s what you’re looking for, go to Dick’s. 

No one will argue that Dick’s Drive-In serves the best food in the city, but this old-school joint is a classic Seattle spot. The menu is simple. Order a burger, fries, and your choice of a vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry milkshake.

For a burger joint with a wider selection, go to Rain City Burgers in the Roosevelt neighborhood. You can get chicken, beef, or vegetarian patties, sweet potato fries, and choose between a dozen delicious milkshakes.

Beecher’s Cheese

Cheese lovers, this one’s for you.

The author Chelsea Booker with her friend with Beecher’s Cheese samples
Me and a friend with Beecher’s Cheese samples from a Pike Place Market food tour

🍽️ Where to Find Beecher’s Cheese: Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (Pike Place Market), Various Grocery Stores

If you like cheese, you’ll like this Pike Place Market shop. Beecher’s has been around for two decades and its cheese is a Seattle food staple. Plenty of restaurants in the city use it in their dishes. 

You can find Beecher’s cheese in grocery stores, but visit the market location to get the full experience. At the brick-and-mortar shop, you can get prepared food, too. Any of the mac and cheese or grilled cheese options are winners. 

Don’t leave without a pack of cheese curds or the famous flagship cheese to munch on later. Make sure you peek in the windows of the on-site factory where you can watch the cheese-making process in real-time.

Dutch Baby

A delightful brunch must-have.

A pan of Dutch baby pancake with berries, apples and cinnamon
Where better to try this brunch favorite than in the city it was invented?

🍽️ Where to Find Dutch Baby: Tilikum Place Cafe (Belltown)

Delightfully fluffy and crispy, a Dutch baby is a must-eat dish in Seattle, especially if you’ve got at least 3 days in Seattle. The Dutch baby was first invented in Seattle at a family-owned restaurant called Manca Cafe.  Manca’s Cafe is no longer open, but one particular restaurant is known for serving up these delicious German-inspired pancakes.

Go to Tilikum Place Cafe to enjoy sweet and savory Dutch babies. They’re only available for weekend brunch, and reservations are required. Plan ahead if you want to get a taste of this mouthwatering Seattle food.


These meaty hand pies have been a Seattle baked goods staple since 1992.

Closeup look at the Piroshkies pastry
After one bite, I knew I had to take a picture to commemorate this pastry 

🍽️ Where to Find Piroshkies: Piroshky Piroshky (Various Downtown Locations)

Piroshky Piroshky brought these delicious Eastern European pastries to Seattle’s food scene in the ‘90s. They’ve been going strong ever since. The flavor and quality of these hand pies have stayed consistently amazing. The lines to grab them are long for a reason!

I highly suggest trying the bacon, hashbrown, egg, and cheese for early-morning munchies. The beef and cheese are perfect for early afternoons, and there are vegan options, too. Take some sweet pastries to go for dessert (if you can resist eating them on the spot).

📚 Related Reading: There are so many tasty Seattle food spots in Pike Place Market. If you want to check them all out, stay at a nearby hotel like Inn at The Market. For other options on where to stay in Seattle, bookmark this article to read next! 

Ice Cream

With flavors this good, you’ll crave ice cream even on the rainiest days.

Ice cream on a cone with a spoon from Molly Moon’s
Enjoying an ice cream outside of Molly Moon’s

🍽️ Where to Find Ice Cream: Molly Moon’s Ice Cream (Various neighborhoods), Frankie and Jo’s (Ballard, Capitol Hill)

As a self-proclaimed sweets connoisseur, I can assure you Seattle’s ice cream scene is a great one. 

Molly Moon’s Ice Cream is a Seattle institution that serves some of the best ice cream in the city. The stand-out, always-available flavors are salted caramel, honey lavender, and scout mint, but you can’t go wrong with anything here.

My favorite ice cream spot is Frankie and Jos, which serves vegan ice cream. Try the chocolate tahini supercookie, strawberry beet rose, or salted caramel ash. They’ll easily convince you that plant-based ice cream is just as good as dairy. 

Dungeness Crab

From crab cakes to whole crab, this versatile shellfish is a citywide favorite.

A plate of Dungeness Crab with butter and lemon

🍽️ Where to Find Dungeness Crab: Duke’s Seafood and Chowder (South Lake Union, West Seattle, Greenlake), Cutter’s Crabhouse (Downtown)

Dungeness crab is a Pacific Northwest delicacy. There are plenty of places to eat this big, sweet, and delicate crab. Every restaurant puts its own spin on it. 

Have the Dungeness crab noodle at Revel, or the crab cakes, crab dip, and crab deviled eggs at Duke’s Seafood and Chowder. For the whole crab, look no further than Cutter’s Crabhouse.

Doro Wat

Visit the Central District for tons of options for this Ethiopian dish.

A Doro Wat meat combo sampler at Café Salem
We always try to get the meat combo sampler at Cafe Salem because it’s filling and comes with all the good stuff

🍽️ Where to Find Doro Wat: Cafe Salem (Central District), Delish Ethiopian Cuisine (Hillman City)

Ethiopian food is super easy to find in Seattle, and if you’re craving doro wat, you’re in luck! This well-spiced, meaty stew served with injera is available at tons of Ethiopian restaurants all over the city. Don’t miss out on other dishes like beef tibs, miser wot, and kaye siir either. 

Go to the Central District and South Seattle to find the goods. Cafe Salem is one hole-in-the-wall place that’s also one of the best restaurants for Ethiopian home cooking. Delish Ethiopian Cuisine is another option in Hillman City with mouthwatering food in a pretty dining room.

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Banh Mi

An irresistibly tasty Vietnamese sandwich.

Closeup look at the Bahn Mi sandwich

🍽️ Where to Find Banh Mi: Saigon Deli (International District), Q Bakery (Hillman City)

Another Vietnamese dish Seattlelites love is banh mi sandwiches. You can find these crunchy, meaty, and pickly sandwiches for great prices. 

Go to Saigon Deli in the International District to get one of the best banh mis in the city.  If you’re further south, the bahn mis in Q Bakery are indisputably excellent in price, quality, and value.

Theo Chocolate

This popular organic and fair-trade chocolate brand originates in Seattle.

Closeup look at the chocolate sample in Theo Factory
A chocolate sample from the Theo Factory Tour

🍽️ Where to Find Theo Chocolate: Theo Chocolate Factory (Fremont), Nearly any grocery store

Theo Chocolate is in stores all over the country and has its origins in Seattle. The brand made a name for itself by committing to organic and fair-trade practices. Not to mention, they make some amazing chocolate in innovative, tasty flavors.

If you’re unfamiliar with Theo, I recommend getting introduced to this brand via its factory tour in Fremont. It’s inexpensive, informative, and you get tons of samples and a discount on chocolates you buy at the retail shop. I’ve sampled tons of different flavors but the ones I always recommend are the bread and chocolate, cinnamon horchata, and turmeric spice.

Hom Bows

Don’t leave the market without snagging some of these coveted pastries.

🍽️ Where to Find Hom Bows: Mee Sum Pastry (Pike Place Market)

When it comes hom bows, there’s one place in Seattle that stands above the rest. Mee Sum Pastry is known for its deliciously sweet and savory (and giant) Chinese hom bows and other takeaway dim sum bites. The BBQ pork and beef curry hom bows are both must-haves, with a slightly sweet, crunchy topping, fluffy bread, and succulent, savory center.


Perfectly sweet treats for any occasion.

Closeup look at the cupcake on a pink plate from Cupcake Royale
A tasty treat from Cupcake Royale

🍽️ Where to Find Cupcakes: Cupcake Royale (Ballard, Madrona, West Seattle, Downtown), Trophy Cupcakes (Queen Anne, Wallingford, U-District)

For something really sweet, go to one of these local bakeries with positively indulgent cupcakes.

Cupcake Royale’s pillowy soft cakes with buttercream frosting are made fresh daily, and you can’t go wrong with the salted caramel. Enjoy these top-heavy cakes by separating the top and bottom and sticking them together with the frosting in the middle. This guarantees frosting in every bite of your cupcake “sandwich.” 

Don’t miss Trophy Cupcakes either. The cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat but so worth the sugar rush.


A classic Italian dish, elevated.

A pan with sliced classic lasagna with tomato sauce

🍽️ Where to Find Lasagna: Pink Door (Pike Place Market)

Another Italian dish Seattle has down is lasagna. You can find it on the menu at many Italian restaurants, but try it at The Pink Door first. This is a lovely fine dining restaurant tucked away in the market, and the Lasagna Pink Door has a cult following. 

The lasagna alone explains why it’s one of the best restaurants in Seattle. The tuna crudo, braised lamb shank, and the extensive wine list further confirm it. 

Uli’s Famous Sausage

Authentic and delicious German sausages in the heart of Pike Place Market.

Closeup view of the wide  selection of sausages at Uli’s Famous Sausage
Choose from a wide selection at Uli’s Famous Sausage (photo: The Image Party / Shutterstock)

🍽️ Where to Find Uli’s Sausage: Uli’s Famous Sausage (Pike Place Market), Various grocery stores

Since 2000, Uli’s Sausage has been serving the community authentic German sausages that are musts for meat lovers. Located in Pike Place Market, you can buy sausages to take home or sit down for a meal at the restaurant. 

Get a bratwurst, merguez, currywurst, and more in a sandwich or on a sample platter. Served with a side of fries, it’s an utterly delicious meal. If you can’t make it out to the market location, you can also find these sausages in local grocery stores throughout the city.


Creamy yogurt in a variety of delicious flavors.

Different flavors of yogurt displayed on a shelf
So many tasty options to choose from!

🍽️ Where to Find Yogurt: Ellenos Yogurt (Pike Place Market), Various Grocery Stores

Even if you’re not a big yogurt fan, give Ellenos Yogurt a try. This Seattle-based brand is in stores throughout the country, but getting a cup of yogurt from its Pike Place Market location is a must. 

While the main storefront is currently closed, you can find its yogurt pop-up cart near the Market Sundeck in the warmer months. Lemon curd and marionberry are some popular choices, but sample as many as you can to find your fav.

Ginger Beer

A tangy drink to keep you cool and refreshed.

Bottles of different flavors of Rachel’s Ginger Beer displayed on a shelf
Rachel’s Ginger Beer sells crowlers of several flavors (photo: The Image Party / Shutterstock)

🍽️ Where to Find Ginger Beer: Rachel’s Ginger Beer (Pike Place Market – Post Alley, South Lake Union, U-District)

Take a single sip of ginger beer on a hot summer day, and you’ll be hooked. Rachel’s Ginger Beer is the Seattle standard when it comes to this tangy drink.

Choose from multiple flavors. Pink guava, cucumber tarragon, and spicy pineapple are my staples, but I’ve never been disappointed by anything I’ve tried. Rachel’s Ginger Beer also serves ginger beer cocktails that are just as tasty and refreshing as they sound.

The flagship location in Post Alley is 21+ only, but all other locations are family-friendly.

📚 Related Reading: Best Time to Visit Seattle in 2023 (By a Local)

Fried Chicken

Quick and crispy fried chicken and tasty sides.

Closeup view of a basket of fried chicken tenders

🍽️ Where to Find Fried Chicken: Ezell’s Famous Chicken (Central District, Wallingford, Rainier Valley), Sisters and Brothers (Interbay)

Craving fried chicken? There are some great spots for this popular Seattle food. 

Ezell’s Famous Chicken has made crispy and juicy fried chicken for the community for nearly 40 years. If you’re near one, you’ll be able to smell it from blocks away. Let that smell lure you in and order the spicy chicken, potato salad, and extra rolls for a winning combo.

If you love spice, head to Interbay to visit another popular fried chicken restaurant. Sisters and Brothers serve Nashville-style hot chicken with an emphasis on the hot. Order some smoked gouda mac and cheese or fried okra to complete the meal.

Fran’s Chocolate

A nationwide chocolate brand with roots in Seattle.

🍽️ Where to Find Fran’s Chocolate: Fran’s Stores (Georgetown, U-District, Downtown), Specialty grocery stores

Fran Bigelow started Fran’s Chocolates in Seattle in 1982. Since then, the brand has grown and you can find its chocolates, caramels, and more all over the country. Former president Barack Obama even claimed that Fran’s made his favorite chocolate caramels.

Because of this notoriety, it’s easy to find Fran’s Chocolates in specialty stores throughout Seattle. Visit the boutique locations in Georgetown, Downtown Seattle, and the University District. This way, you’ll get the widest selection of chocolate treats.

Just make sure you try the bestselling salted caramel chocolate that the brand is so well known for. 

Rainier Cherries

The best cherries in the West (and possibly the world).

Boxes of freshly picked Rainier cherries at the farmers market

🍽️ Where to Find Rainier Cherries: Ballard Farmers Market (Ballard), Various Grocery Stores

In the summer, Rainier cherries draw many to local farmer’s markets. They’re some of the best free things to do in Seattle, though these yellow-red cherries often come at a hefty price. But the taste more than makes up for it. They’re so sweet and refreshing that it’s easy to eat a ton of them at once! 

Grab a bag from farmer’s markets or grocery stores when they’re in season (June-August) to try Seattle’s favorite summertime fruit.


Braised or grilled, Seattle chefs have mastered the preparation of this seafood dish.

Closeup look at the grilled octopus
Grilled octopus is the star of many local seafood dishes

🍽️ Where to Find Octopus: Matt’s In the Market (Pike Place Market), Lola (Belltown)

Octopus is another wonderful seafood option in Seattle, and several restaurants manage to bring this dish to life. Matt’s in the Market is known for its grilled octopus. Its simple yet flavorful take on this dish makes it a popular choice. 

For another option, go to Lola’s for brunch and try the octopus hash. With braised octopus, delicata squash, and garlic yogurt, it’s an unusual yet delicious creation. 

Kimchi Fried Rice

A fun spin on a tasty dish.

A bowl of kimchi fried rice topped with sunny side-up egg
Order this with a sunny side-up egg or many other proteins

🍽️ Where to Find Kimchi Fried Rice: Marination Ma Kai (West Seattle), Kimchi House (City or Neighborhood)

If you already like fried rice, then you’ll love kimchi fried rice. You can find this popular Seattle food at Marination Ma Kai, which serves many variations. Get it with kalbi beef, spicy pork, ginger miso chicken, and more. 

Another place to try it is Kimchi House, a delightful and unassuming Korean restaurant. It specializes in this dish and countless others like bulgogi, bibimbap, and japchae.

Handmade Pastas

Carefully crafted by expert chefs.

View of the hands making handmade pastas

🍽️ Where to Find Handmade Pasta: Spinasse (Capitol Hill), La Rustica (West Seattle)

There’s no shortage of Italian restaurants in the city, which means handmade pasta is not hard to find. Spinasse, run by renowned chef Stuart Lane, is the place to go if you’re craving some of the freshest handmade pasta in Seattle. If you come here, try the tasting menu where you’ll be able to get small plates of every single dish on the menu.

La Rustica is a hidden gem, tucked away in a waterfront neighborhood. It just so happens to serve some of the most delicious pasta in Seattle, so you’re in for a treat if you venture here. The restaurant is also quaint and cozy, making it one of the city’s best date night spots

Roast Chicken

Slow-roasted and delicious, classic Parisian fare.

A plate of roasted chicken legs

🍽️ Where to Find Roasted Chicken: Le Pichet (Downtown), Cafe Campagne (Pike Place Market)

For some delicious roasted chicken in Seattle, there are two French restaurants you don’t want to miss. Le Pichet is known for this dish. It slow roasts the chicken to order, creating a mouth-wateringly good meal that serves two. Be sure to call ahead or plan a leisurely dinner for this option. It takes an hour to prepare, but it’s worth it.

It’s up for debate whether Cafe Campagne’s roast chicken or steak frites is its best dish. Either way, if you order its poulet roti, you won’t leave disappointed.

FAQs About Food in Seattle

Is Seattle a good foodie city? 

Seattle is a good foodie city, especially if you like seafood and a variety of cuisines from different Asian countries.

What foods is Seattle famous for?

The foods Seattle is most famous for are salmon, oysters, and coffee. The city is also known for having a wide range of Asian cuisines and for being the birthplace of the Dutch baby.

What are the top foodie experiences in Seattle?

The top foodie experiences in Seattle are taking a Pike Place Market food tour and tasting lots of perfectly roasted coffee. Beer lovers will want to go on a beer crawl in the Ballard Brewery District. Visitors should also sample as much seafood as they can, and dine at some of the great restaurants in the International District.


And there you have it! Seattle food is as unique as the city itself. One thing is certain: you’ll dine well in the Emerald City. Enjoy your food tour through the many Seattle neighborhoods

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  1. This was so helpful! Youtube tends to only have Seattle’s most expensive places to eat. I’m visiting my daughter at UW after a 3-year separation and can’t wait to try some of your picks. I’m on a budget so this was super great!

  2. While in Seattle, can I pay with the credit/debit card when pursing something or going out for lunch/dinner? Or should I carry cash?

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