Seattle Restaurants

Below is a list of Seattle restaurants compiled by the Kois Center staff. These are the places we go when we go out. The places we recommend to our friends and family. We are fortunate to have participants from all over the world attending our courses. Many are coming to Seattle or the United States for the first time. There are many very good Seattle restaurants and when participants are here they always ask us “What’s good here?” The best answer is we have quite a few places that are more then good, we think they are great! We are not food critics but when we go out we want to go someplace that has great food, great service, and a great atmosphere that we can share with our friends and family. Enjoy!

Seattle Restaurants

We love to try new places! Tell the Course Managers when you are here if we are missing your favorite Seattle restaurant. Even better, send us your pictures and review so we add it to our list and let the rest of the Tribe know where you like to go to eat when you are in town. Tell the restaurant that you are here for a course! If you are making a reservation ahead of time, the best days to go out would be after the cocktail reception on the first day of a course, or Thursdays and Fridays for 5 day courses and Saturday for 3 day courses.

Contemporary American/Farm-to-table

Birch – The Kois Center’s own Executive Chef Jeffrey Kessenich’s new restaurant!
Web: https://www.restaurantbirch.com/
Phone: 206-774-1948
Address: 1001 Fairview Ave. N, STE 2250, Seattle, WA 98109

What do we think?

$$ The Kois Center’s Executive Chef Jeffrey is known among Kois Center students who have been enjoying his lunches and dinners for a few years but now he is open for dinner Fridays and Saturdays. I had a fantastic meal here! There are two options. A prix fixe menu with three courses or a 7 course tasting menu. The menu changes weekly depending on what is available from local vendors. I had the tasting menu that featured a heirloom tomato salad with house made mozzarella, wild caught salmon tartar, seared tuna, sable fish, Waygu beef, house made pasta, and a chocolate tort. The Sommelier changes the wines to match the changing menus and the wines recommend matched perfectly. I am looking forward to going back to see what’s new!

-Johnny Kois
CEO
8/03/2018

Terra Plata
Web: http://terraplata.com
Phone: (206) 325-1501
Address: 1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

What do we think?

$$$ Terra Plata offers a casual but elegant dinning experience, whether you choose to dine on the rooftop or inside the main dining area. Terra Plata is located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, just an 8 minute drive from the Kois Center. This restaurant is known for its “earth to plate” cuisine and is committed to sourcing ingredients from local growers & artisan producers who practice organic, sustainable farming. We began our meal with two small plates, Albacore Crudo and Mussels & Clams. Though both were good choices, we definitely favored the Mussels & Clams soaked in the roasted fennel & tomato broth, saffron butter, white wine, scallions and rooftop herbs. When it came time for entrees, my husband and I both chose from ‘Land & Sea’ Menu as opposed to selecting from the ‘Earth’ menu. I had the Cod Fish and he thoroughly enjoyed Terra Plata’s signature dish, the Roast Pig accompanied by manila clams, chorizo, sofrito, hot smoked paprika, bay scented potato & chicharron. Needless to say, the pork was our favorite dish of the night and I would highly recommend it to any meat lover! We concluded the meal with dessert churros & carrot cake. Looking back, we would forgo the desserts and order more wine! Overall, we had an excellent rooftop dinning experience and look forward to going back on a Monday night to experience Paella night with Spanish wine flights & live music.

-Heather Privette
Registration & Marketing Manager
9/28/18

Local 360 
Website:  http://www.local360.org
Phone: (206) 441-9360
Address: 2234 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

What do we think?

$$ Local 360- Rustic comfort-food located in the heart of Belltown-just a 13 min drive from the Center

Conscientious about where their ingredients come from and how they are produced, Local 360’s menu highlights their passion for local sourcing and sustainability. 90% of their raw ingredients fall within a 360 mile radius of Seattle. All of the meat & poultry served are always sourced from the most humane farms. The dairy utilized in Local 360’s kitchen contains no growth hormones and all eggs come from cage-free, pastured hens. Even the beer and wine served here are 100% local. I highly recommend the fresh Pacific Oysters or the creamy Deviled Eggs topped with Dungeness Crab for starters.The Beecher’s Mac n’ Cheese is a delicious and gooey must-add to any entree.This no-fuss restaurant reminds us that simplicity can be decadent. Enjoy!

-Heather Privette
Registration & Marketing Manager
08/2/2019

$$ Eight Row-Pan American Cuisine located near Green Lake. The name of the restaurant refers to the largest cherry size found on a standard cherry gauge.
Website:  https://www.eightrow.com/
Phone: (206) 294-3178
Address: 7102 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

What do we think?

Eight Row is a fantastic farm-to-table restaurant created by chef David Nichols. Opened in September 2019, the restaurant showcases the ingredients, influences, and aesthetics from the Wenatchee, WA, orchards that Nichols’s family owns and operates. The walls of this contemporary restaurant are lined with jars containing various pickles and ferments that are used in many of their signature dishes. My sister and I started our night with the Dungeness Crab Salad which was refreshing and full of flavor. I could eat it every day. Seriously! Next was the Seared Calamari with chorizo stuffing, a wonderful blend of textures and spiciness. For the main courses, we shared the Okanogan Ribeye and Smoked Pork Shoulder. The ribeye was juicy and delicious while the pork shoulder was really memorable, good portion size and priced reasonably. For desserts, we opted for Mascarpone Honey Crème Brûlée and Olive Oil Fudge Brownie. Both were tasty, but I felt the brownie was a tad bit overcooked. The restaurant also has extensive wine and cocktail lists. With their friendly staff and wonderful ambiance, my sister and I had a great experience at Eight Row. Next time you’re in Seattle, give this new restaurant a try!

-Achara Supaphakorn
Senior Graphic Designer
11/16/19

$$ Portage Bay Cafe – South Lake Union – Favorite local brunch spot
Web: http://www.portagebaycafe.com/south-lake-union
Phone: (206) 462-6400
Address: 391 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

What do we think?

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and at Portage Bay Café in South Lake Union, they do breakfast right! Portage Bay Café is one of the more beloved brunch spots in Seattle. Well-known for its focus on local, sustainable, and organic food, Portage Bay Café is the perfect spot for a comforting meal. We recommend making a reservation ahead of time due to the popularity of the restaurant. This restaurant is less than a mile away from the Center, which makes for a leisurely stroll on a morning before you need to leave for an afternoon flight. We started with the West Coast Benedict. This particular egg benedict had two perfectly poached eggs atop tomato slices, spinach, house-made English muffins and was smothered in salsa-guacamole and hollandaise sauce. The breakfast bar was a blast to experience. Order one of their popular items such as French toast or pancakes and then head over to the breakfast bar which is full of fresh fruits, nuts, and various toppings to fully customize your meal. The servings generously portioned. The restaurant was a bit loud so keep that in mind when you are considering the type of environment you’d prefer to enjoy brunch in. Even though the restaurant was busy, we were still well attended to by our waiter. It was very meaningful to see the list of farms where our food came from, especially since it was all locally sourced. Instead of waking up to another continental breakfast at your hotel, consider heading over to Portage Bay Café.

Heather Button
Clinical Course Manager
2/15/2020

Seattle Celebrity Chef Ethan Stowell

Goldfinch Tavern
Web: http://www.goldfinchtavern.com/
Phone: (206) 749-7070
Address: 99 Union St., Seattle, WA 98101

What do we think?

$$ Goldfinch Tavern – Named for the state bird of Washington, the American Goldfinch

Ethan Stowell’s Goldfinch Tavern offers not only the best waterfront view in downtown Seattle but also the finest seasonal and regional ingredients in every dish. Their modest clam chowder was unbelievably creamy, flavorful and chock full of clams, while the butternut squash soup was unpretentious, comforting and delicious. The gigantic portion of prime New York strip steak, sourcing them from Northwest beef, was rich-tasting and full of flavor. Thanks to a layer of fat, their seared duck breast was tender and moist. The lobster masher was the best mashed potato we’ve ever eaten! Very decadent, lots of butter, big chunks of lobster and not low calorie, that’s for sure. Another fabulous side dish that we tried was roasted mushrooms. It was perfectly seasoned and absolutely fantastic! Dining at Goldfinch Tavern is a unique experience. My husband and I had a wonderful evening and exceptional service. Please check out the Goldfinch Tavern next time you are in Seattle. You will not regret the visit!

-Achara Supaphakorn
Senior Graphic Designer
01/26/2020

Bar Cotto
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/bar-cotto/
Phone: 206-838-8081
Address: 1546 15th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Bramling Cross
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/bramling-cross/
Phone: 206-420-8192
Address: 5205 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA

Cortina
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/cortina/
Phone: 206-736-7888
Address: 621 Union St., Seattle, WA 98101

How to Cook a Wolf
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/how-to-cook-a-wolf/
Phone: 206-838-8090
Address: 2208 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle WA 98109

What do we think?

$$$ How To Cook A Wolf- Less than a 10 minute drive from the Center, featuring sophisticated
Italian-Mediterranean fare.

My new favorite eatery, How To Cook A Wolf is one of fourteen restaurants owned & operated by Seattle Celebrity Chef Ethan Stowell. This restaurant appeases appetites of all kinds with it’s wide-variety of flavorful small plates and generous portions of homemade pastas. My husband and I tried the Cassareccia Pasta with short rib, carrot sofrito & ricotta salata & the Ricotta Gnudi Pasta with chanterelle mushrooms, allium butter & brodo. These two dishes are a must try for when you go, check out the bottom right photo featuring the Ricotta Gnudi. The perfectly cooked Al dente pasta was better than some I’ve eaten in Italy! The other half of the menu at How To Cook A Wolf features Mediterranean style tapas. Pictured below are three of the fifteen small plates to select from. Featured in the top, left corner are the Polenta Fritters which were fluffy on the inside and lightly crisp on the outside, served hot on top of a sweet ricotta base with hints of sage. Featured in the top, right corner is the Beef Carpaccio, accompanied by chanterelles and fresh capers with lemon aioli. In the bottom, left corner is the Smoked salmon bruschetta garnished with pickled shallot & herbs. For a quaint & intimate neighborhood bistro, this restaurant sure lives up to it’s big reputation! But don’t listen to me, go taste it for yourself!

-Heather Privette
Registration & Marketing Manager
9/3/2019

Marine Hardware
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/marine-hardware/
Phone: 206-257-4390
Address: 4741 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

MKT
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/mkt/
Phone: 206-812-1580
Address: 2108 N 55th St., Seattle, WA 98103

Red Cow
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/red-cow/
Phone: 206-454-7932
Address: 1423 34th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Rione XIII
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/rione-xiii/
Phone: 206-838-2878
Address: 401 15th Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98112

Staple & Fancy
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/staple-fancy/
Phone: 206-789-1200
Address: 4739 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Super Bueno
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/super-bueno/
Phone: 206-456-2666
Address: 3627 Stone Way N., Seattle, WA 98103

Tavolata – Belltown
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/tavolata-belltown/
Phone: 206-838-8008
Address: 2323 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

Tavolata – Capital Hill
Web: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/tavolata-capitol-hill/
Phone: 206-420-8355
Address: 501 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122

 

Seattle Celebrity Chef Tom Douglas

Palace Kitchen – Restaurant and bar serving Northwest cuisine
Web: https://www.palacekitchen.com/
Phone: (206) 448-2001
Address: 2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

$$$ Dahlia Lounge – Asian-infused Pacific Northwest cuisine known for its coconut cream pie.
Web: https://www.dahlialounge.com/
Phone: (206) 682-4142
Address: 2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

What do we think?

You’ve likely heard of Celebrity Chef Tom Douglas if you’ve dined in the Seattle area- he’s created a name for himself by opening 13 fine dining restaurants in the Seattle area throughout the past 30 years. Dahlia Lounge was the first of Chef Douglas’s restaurants to open back in 1989-and it still remains a quintessential part of local dining. We began our meal with two appetizers: a dozen local oysters accompanied with a cucumber mignonette sauce & tomato-ricotta stuffed agnolotti with garlic butter & bread crumbs. The cucumber added a pop of brightness to the fresh oysters and the pasta was served perfectly warm so the ricotta just melted in your mouth. For my entree, I ordered the Applewood grilled coho salmon garnished with sweet peppers, fennel & castelvetrano olives. The salmon was so tender & flaky- I would definitely order it again! My husband ordered the 16oz prime ribeye steak, topped with crispy walla walla onion rings & braised greens which were drizzled with red wine jus sauce. For dessert, we ordered the famous triple coconut cream pie topped with white chocolate & toasted coconut. I’m not much of a pie person and even I was taken aback with how scrumptious this pie was! It was just the right amount of sweetness yet so light & fluffy at the same time! It’s no wonder the pie was amazing-it’s straight from Dahlia Bakery located just around the corner from the restaurant. One thing is for certain, after our experience at Dahlia Lounge we are excited to try the other 12 Tom Douglas restaurants!

-Heather Privette
Registration & Marketing Manager
8/28/19

Lola – Greek cuisine
Web: https://www.lolaseattle.com/
Phone: (206) 441-1430
Address: 2000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Serious Pie & Biscuit – Not so traditional pizza
Web: www.seriouspiewestlake.com
Phone: (206) 436-0050
Address: 401 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Brave Horse Tavern – American inspired pub food & brewery
Web: www.bravehorsetavern.com
Phone: (206) 971-0717
Address: 310 Terry Avenue North Seattle WA 98109

Cuoco – Locally inspired Italian
Web: www.cuoco-seattle.com
Phone: (206) 971-0710
Address: 310 Terry Avenue North Seattle WA 98109

What do we think?

$$ From the moment you walk into Cuoco you are surrounded by a warm, welcoming ambiance. Cuoco falls in the famous Tom Douglas family of restaurants in the area, known for “serving delicious food graciously”. The wait staff are incredible friendly and knowledgeable and many of the cocktails are named after creations the staff designed! The pasta is made in-house, and it is some of the best pasta in the city. You can immediately tell the attention to detail and care the restaurant puts into their dishes. The servings are just the right size with flavors that compliment the pasta without taking away from the homemade feel. The dishes were indulgent and delightful, leaving you wanting to plan a return trip to dine here again. Our favorites included the rigatoni with spicy pork sausage ragu and the cappelletti with parmesan fonduta and cherry tomato. We concluded our evening with two decadent desserts—tiramisu and the pear crostada. As we left the intimate and relaxed space, we walked by the pasta makers actively preparing for a busy evening ahead. It was such a treat to see the pasta being made in-house. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for some of the most flavorful pasta in the city in an upscale atmosphere. Make time to go while you’re visiting Seattle—you won’t regret it!

-Heather Button
Course Manager
9/4/2018

Northwest/Seafood

$$$ Shuckers – One of Seattle’s oldest oyster bars featuring a seafood-focused menu, wine, cocktails and craft microbrews
Web: https://www.shuckersseattle.com/
Phone: (206) 621-1984
Address: 411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

What do we think?

My husband and I recently dined at Shuckers. It has an old-fashioned restaurant vibe with beautifully carved oak paneling and unique tin ceiling. This location once was a men’s upscale clothing store in the 1930s. We went there on a Sunday night and it was pleasantly busy. Their menu features a selection of fresh fish and seafood, as well as local artisan microbrews. Three types of oysters we chose (Rock Point, Fanny Bay, and Kumamoto) were very fresh and the Louie salad was delicious, with ample amount of Dungeness crab and shrimp. My sablefish accompanied by roasted corn, heirloom tomato and pancetta, was amazing! My husband had a wonderful wagyu steak from Snake River Farms. The fries and salad balanced really well with herb butter on the steak. Our chocolate fudge cake was three layers served with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. The wedge of the cake was so large that we couldn’t finish it and had to take some home. My husband and I both agreed that everything at Shuckers was fantastic and exceeded expectations. We got there early, when they opened, and really enjoyed top rate service. It was such a great experience. Shuckers is now one of our favorite places in Seattle and we hope to return soon.

-Achara Supaphakorn
Senior Graphic Designer
12/22/19

The White Swan Public House – Buzzy dockside joint with a patio, serving sustainable seafood, local brews & craft cocktails
Web: http://whiteswanpublichouse.com
Phone: (206) 588-2680
Address: 1001 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Flying Fish – Four star seafood with relaxed outdoor patio dining
Web: http://flyingfishseattle.com/
Phone: (206) 728-8595
Address: 300 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Matt’s in the Market – Spectacular food primarily sourced from Pike Place Market, feature incredible views of Elliot Bay & Pike Place Market
Web: www.mattsinthemarket.com
Phone: (206) 467-7909
Address: 94 Pike St # 32 Seattle, WA 98101

Elliott’s Oyster House – A Seattle institution for seafood featuring a 21-foot-long oyster bar
Web: http://www.elliottsoysterhouse.com/
Phone: (206) 623-4340
Address: 1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 (Pier 56)

What do we think?

$$$ As the name implies, Elliott’s Oyster House is famous for its large, amazing selections of fresh oysters. Located on the waterfront, it’s just a 13 min. drive or a streetcar ride from the Kois Center to downtown Seattle. Going to this restaurant is like walking in oyster paradise! All of the oysters served here come directly from the cold, pure waters of the Pacific Northwest and are expertly shucked right at the oyster bar. Our server was great and helped us choose oysters from 15 different regions; each of the oysters had a unique and different delicate flavor! I normally don’t eat raw sea food, but I polished them off quickly. They were amazing! As an appetizer, we had Pesto Clams with Bread; it had a bit of strong, salty flavor. As the main dish, we ate Grilled Alaskan Halibut. The halibut sat on top of green chili creamed corn, surrounded by red chili sauce. It looked fantastic and had a firm, very meaty texture. I would also recommend the scallops. The Hokkaido Scallops are the best I ever had – very tender and moist. In addition, the Roasted Pumpkin Mushroom Risotto surprised me; the garlic herb butter and mustard beurre blanc sauce was delicious! Our perfect ending for Halloween was the Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel dessert. My first bite was complete heaven; it melted in my mouth! If you enjoy fresh seafood & the smell of the sea in the air, I highly recommending visiting Pier 56 to give Elliott’s Oyster House a try!

-Maggie Wang
Senior Bookkeeper
10/31/2019

Palisade – Delicious seafood preparations, indoor saltwater fish ponds, truly an unforgettable experience
Web: http://palisaderestaurant.com/
Phone: (206) 285-1000
Address: 2601 West Marina Place, Seattle, WA 98199

Shaker & Spear 
Web: shakerandspear.com
Phone:206.826.1700
Address: 2000 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

$$$ Chic seafood located in a great Seattle neighborhood just a 15-minute drive or streetcar ride from the Kois Center to Belltown

What do we think?

One of the award-winning restaurants that you can find in Belltown is Shaker and Spear, located in The Kimpton Palladian Hotel. This historic 1910 building opens up into an intimate, modern restaurant with a quirky flair. The main focus of the restaurant is the open kitchen where diners are welcomed to watch Chef Carolynn Spence and her team work their magic. When I walked into Shaker & Spear, I had an overwhelming feeling that I was in for a treat! As soon as we sat down, we were welcomed by the friendliest person I’d ever met. Her name was Rose and right away she made us feel special. She quickly told us a little about Shaker & Spear, describing the restaurant as “Seafood-forward paired with refined comfort food.” She gave us a few recommendations and then took our drink orders. The glass of GL Boen Pinot Nior I tried had a bright cherry taste with a hint of dark chocolate and smoke. My friend tried the Ginger Beer which was bubbly and fresh. With the help of Rose’s recommendations, we chose a variety of small dishes to share in addition to each of our entrees. We ordered the following: Rosemary popovers with whipped butter and black sesame seeds, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, and the Beet and Chevre salad. Each dish had so much flavor! I really liked the popovers bites which were crispy on the outside and soft inside. The saltiness of the whipped sesame butter complimented the smooth texture. The Brussel sprouts had the perfect amount of crunch and the beet salad especially stood out with the addition of the acidic red onion & creamy cheese. For our entrees, we ordered the Arctic Char and Scallops over Risotto. The first dish was filled with a variety of flavors and textures. The Yukon potatoes married seamlessly with the flaky Arctic Char. For dessert we had the Pistachio Cake with ice cream and a Pie Sundae, both were decadent! Overall, I was so happy with our choices for the evening and cannot wait to go back! If you have time, I would recommend trying their brunch menu too, it won’t disappoint! Enjoy!

-Liz Fry
Clinical Course Manager
November 1, 2019

Steaks

$$$ Miller’s Guild – Wood-fired craft cooking inside Seattle’s Hotel Max
Webhttps://www.millersguild.com/
Phone: (206) 443-3663
Address:
612 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101

What do we think?

Miller’s Guild is famous for dry-aged beef and flavorful vegetables that are cooked over a nine-foot-long, wood-fired grill. The high ceilings, rough cement walls, and the flames emanating from the kitchen all lent an industrial flair to this unique venue. After a recommendation from our waiter, we chose a few small plates to begin our meal. The first to come out were lobster and potato cakes resting on ashed leeks, finely diced chives and a sweet creme fraiche. The cakes were fried golden brown, cut easily with a fork and the creme fraiche kept them soft and creamy. The pan seared scallops came next, with golden raisin pesto, hazelnuts, red pepper coulis and pickled red onions on top of a balsamic reduction. Both the presentation and the delicious mix of sweet and savory flavors has us wishing for a much bigger portion of scallops! For our main dish, we both chose the extended dry-aged beef, another exceptional recommendation by our waiter. I had the New York and my husband chose the Rib Chop. Both were cooked perfectly and came out on large wooden platters with green chimichurri and reduced corn dipping sauces that were the perfect accompaniments. Each steak was served with two sides; I chose sauteed maitake mushrooms and grilled broccolini with garlic marinade, parmesan and smoked bacon. The other sides were fried brussel sprouts with harissa aioli and charred lemon and hand cut beef fat kennebec fries. For dessert we chose the peanut butter and chocolate bar with espresso whipped cream and peanut butter powder. The dessert was finished with a salted chocolate ganache, goat milk carmel sauce and a graham cracker crust. This is a restaurant that serves unforgettable food, and we already look forward to another visit! Our only recommendation is that while the small plates are small, the sides accompanying the steaks are huge! Come with a big appetite if you want to sample the menu in one sitting!

-Molly Watts
Operations Manager
2/7/20

$$$ The Butcher’s Table – Sleek steakhouse offering classic preparations & prime Wagyu cuts
Web: http://www.thebutcherstable.com/
Phone: 206.209.5990
Address:
2121 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121  (Valet parking available)

What do we think?

I could teach a one-day course about this dining experience, but it is best for you to come and see you’re yourself. Beloved by various Kois family members this welcoming and friendly dining hot spot is a must for anyone who loves good food. Known for beef, the Butcher’s Table is by no means limited by what they have to offer. Our meal started with a Beecher’s Flagship cheese (that you might have seen brewing at the Pike Place market) blended into an extremely flavorful biscuit. There are several fish and vegetarian options that tempt even the most dedicated carnivore. The green beans for example are gathered from the owner’s residence on Mercer Island! A delightful touch to a scrumptious side dish. The Albacore Tuna Tostadas are a must try! More of an amuse-bouche with only 3 bites of Tostada, but the perfectly balanced flavor and texture make these tasty treats worth the trip to Seattle alone. As this is called the Butcher’s Table you might have guessed it specializes in beef. Unique local beef, that can be bought from the delightfully located Butcher’s Counter in the restaurant. This beef spectrum can be experienced in your favorite cuts of beef, or all in one extravagant “Flight of Steaks”. This “Flight of Steaks” takes you from the western best of the best Angus beef, to Japanese Wagyu in one entree. Each four-ounce steak is cooked to your preference, though I highly recommend rare to get the tender most experience. From the leaner 4 star Angus to the marbled Ultra Wagyu, you get to compare side by side what each exceptional style has to offer. If that is not your style you can choose from a variety of cuts and levels of steak for your tailored beef experience. There is a lot exceptional sides to choose from, my personal favorite side dish was the Beef Fat Fries. Fries that are too big to be fries, but sit proudly holding their own next to a “Flight of Steaks”. The wine selection is exceptional, cocktails are better than they look, and the mocktails are so good you’ll be raving about them for days. On the whole I give this restaurant the coveted 5 out of 5 Dr. Kois bobble heads.

-Rebecca Bourassa
Course Manager
August 17, 2018


Daniels Broiler – Very close to the Kois Center, fabulous food, great patio, wonderful view of Lake Union
Web: https://www.schwartzbros.com/locations/daniels-broiler-lake-union/
Phone: (206) 621-8262
Address: 809 Fairview Place North, Seattle, WA 98109

Zane+Wylie’s Seattle Steakhouse
Web: http://zaneandwylies.com/
Phone: 206-397-4287
Address:624 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101

What do we think?

$$ This is a new steak house from the same owners of Blueacre Seafood (Symposium favorite) and Orfeo. The atmosphere is casual and a great dinner choice for an impromptu date night in the middle of the week. The service was excellent. They are known for their steaks but we would also recommend a seafood dish here and for a different type of appetizer, go for the Caviar pie! The dress code here is business casual. You get a lively happy hour crowd that is different then the Tech (Amazon) crowd seen around South Lake Union. The bar is in the middle of the restaurant with seating all the way around. Oh and don’t forget to order a whole loaf of Warm Molasses Seed Bread!

-Johnny Kois
CEO
November, 29 2018

El Gaucho – The premier steakhouse, 100% certified Angus beef, tableside Caesar salads, elegant ambiance
Web: http://elgaucho.com/dine/seattle/
Phone: (206) 728-1337
Address: 2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (corner of 1st and Wall)

The Metropolitan Grill – Well-known steakhouses locally and nationally, 28-day aged prime beef grilled
Web: http://www.themetropolitangrill.com/
Phone: (206) 624-3287
Address: 820 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Bateau
Web: https://www.restaurantbateau.com/
Phone: (206) 900-8699
Address: 1040 E. Union St. Seattle, WA 98122

What do we think?

$$$$ Bateau [ba-toh] – Contemporary Steakhouse located in Capital Hill

Making America’s Essential Restaurants 2018 list of top 38 restaurants in America, Bateau, will surely satisfy any carnivore. Beef at Bateau is butchered and dry aged in-house. Iconic to this steakhouse are the chalkboard menus on the walls that maintain a nightly running list of steaks. As the steaks are ordered, the selections are crossed off by servers. For starters we first tried the Veal Sweetbreads, cooked in buerre blanc, unripe elderberries & elderflower and the Roasted Mushrooms with toasted garlic, marjoram & egg yolk, both were full of opulent flavor and each dish outdid the previous with clever combinations of flavor profiles. Bateau’s version of buttery mashed potatoes was unlike anything I have ever had. The consistency of the potatoes was similar to that of a custard. Owner, Chef Renee Erickson, serves a special side of Kale Gratin with cream, nutmeg and aged cheddar. Living up to its reputation, the 20 oz Ribeye, medium rare, served with your choice of butter-bone marrow, preserved lemon, brown butter or anchovy, delivered incredibly rich flavor. Twice cooked frites and iconic cocktails were also among our dinner table this evening. Not a meat-lover? Try one of many of Bateau’s sister restaurants! Bar Melusine, a nod to the French Atlantic is even connected to Bateau. Bon Appetit!

-Heather Privette
Registration & Marketing Manager
11/10/18

Italian

$$$ San Fermo –A charming Italian restaurant in the heart of Ballard
Webhttp://www.sanfermoseattle.com/
Phone: (206) 342-1530
Address:
5341 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

What do we think?

If you’re looking for delicious Italian food in a unique setting go no further than San Fermo, located inside one of Seattle’s oldest residential houses. Originally built in the International District in the 1850’s, the house was moved to Ballard 30 years ago. As soon as we stepped onto the front porch and opened the door, we were transported into an Italian farmhouse in the country. We sat by a window with lace curtains and the hardwood floors, mismatched china and white-washed walls enhanced the homey and rustic atmosphere. A small plate of Macrina almonds and sweet, green Castelvetrano olives appeared while we reviewed the menu. We started the meal with roasted red beets served chilled and quartered on top of a tangy leek and mint-garlic aioli with red amaranth and saffron. Next came the Burrata, an Italian cow-milk cheese surrounded by a fan of crostini. The outer shell was made with firm mozzarella and had a soft and creamy center. Fried shallots, belly button hedgehog mushrooms, microgreens and sweet baby corn shoots decorated the bowl. For our main course we had the Tagliatelle Bolognese and the Sage and Parsley Pappardelle. Both dishes had soft, buttery pasta that was freshly-made only moments before arriving at our table. The Tagliatelle was served with an incredible mix of pork and veal, flavored with fennel and topped with parmigiano reggiano. The Pappardelle had a rich short rib ragu, an abundance of creamy whatcom blue cheese, and small sprigs of rosemary and sage. For dessert, we ended on a sweet note with a scoop of vanilla gelato paired with an herb-infused liquor reminiscent of spiced cider, clove, all-spice and bitters.

-Molly Watts
Operations Manager
1/30/20

Serafina & Cicchetti – “Country” Italian food that is to die for! Little neighborhood spot with a cozy and romantic feel. Cicchetti is the new kitchen & bar connected to the back side of Serafina
Web: http://www.serafinaseattle.com & http://cicchettiseattle.com/
Phone: Serafina: (206) 323-0807 Cicchetti: (206) 859-4155
Address: 2043 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

What do we think?

$$ Cicchetti (Chi-KET-ee) a South Lake Union gem, is just a 15 min walk from the Kois Center (or a 5 min drive).

The word Cicchetti translates to small plates, think Tapas, only Venetian inspired. This Mediterranean restaurant won’t disappoint no matter what you are craving! The ambiance of the outdoor patio seating makes you feel as if you have stepped right into the Secret Garden with the luscious greenery surrounding you and the dim lights strung above you. If you are in the mood for seafood, try the Wood fired whole fish, [seasonal] the night I was there it was Branzino or European Bass, cooked to perfection. And you can’t go wrong with any of the small plates, but one of my favorites were the Risotto & Crimini Mushroom Fritters.To complete your meal I recommend the Apricot almond cake garnished with stone fruit compote, whipped créme fraîche, & lemon. It’s the perfect light and refreshing bite to a decadent meal.

-Heather Privette
Registration & Marketing Manager
8/15/2018

-chocolate chunk cookie, chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce -hazelnut spice cookie, coffee ice cream, caramel -lemon cookie, cherry ice cream, Frangelico anglaise  1. Lamb kibbeh, stone fruit, shishito pepper, Aleppo cilantro, tahini yogurt, feta 2. Wood fired whole fish, white bean, Jordanian za’atar, charred citrus, sauce gribiche, fried shallot 1. White bean purée, preserved lemon, sumac, flatbread Sicilian baby octopus, tomato, pine nut, green olive, sultana, Israeli couscous Lamb dolmas, pine nut, golden raisin, saffron aioli 2. Risotto & Crimini Mushroom Fritters-HH Menu

Le Messe – A light and modern environment where conversations thrive and the food is as delicious as it is beautiful.
Web: https://www.lemesseseattle.com/
Phone: 206.402.6106
Address:
1903 Yale Pl E, Seattle, WA 98102

What do we think?

$$$ Le Messe, located a half mile from the Kois Center, captures the elegance of modern industrial with the warmth of a lake side café. Thoughtfully punned cocktails are a true delight. My husband enjoyed his “Don’t call me Shirly Temple” immensely and our bartender talked with us about its creation and the process. Everyone at Le Messe are welcoming and terrific conversationalists. The whole menu reads so amazing it is hard to decide. I recommend experiencing all that Le Messe has to offer with the 4-course tasting menu. Chef Brian Clevenger’s choice as he guides you through the foods he is excited about that day. He carefully creates a variety of items in the open kitchen where you can watch and guess what is coming your way next. There is a variety of small plates, a pasta plate, an entree, and a dessert. They are happily able to work with any dietary or allergy restrictions. Each mouthwatering plate had textures and flavors, that worked together making each bite perfect. From the first bite of the stuffed fried squash blossoms to the seasonal and fresh strawberry short cake every dish and every moment was outstanding. The steak tartar is some of the best I have ever had, and the heirloom salad was refreshing- the peaches brought a light sweetness that complemented the vinaigrette.

-Rebecca Bourassa
Course Manager
9/14/2018

Tutta Bella – Delicious Neopolitan pizzeria
Web: www.tuttabellapizza.com
Phone: (206) 624-4422
Address: 2200 Westlake Ave, STE 112, Seattle, WA 98121

$$$ Pink Door – Homespun Italian food served along the quaint Post Alley of Seattle’s Pike Place Market
Web: http://thepinkdoor.net
Phone: (206) 443-3241
Address: 1919 Post Alley, Pike Place Market Seattle, WA 98101

What do we think?

Prepare to be transported to an Art Deco inspired Italian restaurant in the historical Post Alley. The Pink Door looks deceiving from the outside because the entrance is, in fact, a humble, pink door.  When we approached the bar, we were stunned by an aerialist spinning on a hanging hoop with ribbons suspended over a vintage stage. Our table was in the main dining room where we could view the pier, the infamous Pike Place Market and the Ferris Wheel alongside Elliot Bay.
We began our meal with two of their seasonal hand-crafted cocktails: “The Old Fashioned Apple Pie” and the “Hot Aperol & Pear Toddy.” The Old Fashioned was comprised of Applejack brandy, cinnamon & clove syrup & bitters, while the Hot Toddy consisted of Aperol, Clear Creek Pear Brandy and lemon & honey-dram syrup. They were both well balanced and had a classic taste. For appetizers, we couldn’t pass up the Half Dozen Local Oysters with pink ice and the beet salad.
For our entrees, I ordered the Clams and Mussels in a white wine broth and my Husband ordered the Halibut with Yukon Gold potatoes, microgreens, broccoli and mushrooms. While the clams and mussels were very fresh & delicious, I ended up helping myself to a few extra bites of my Husband’s dish. The flavors of the perfectly cooked halibut, the velvety potatoes and other locally sourced vegetables were the perfect bite! 
We completed our fabulous meal with a few desserts: Bread Pudding and Butterscotch Budino. The decadent Bread Pudding had a caramelized topping similar to a crème brulee but the Butterscotch Budino was my favorite! The sweet Italian custard completely melted in my mouth, and to make things even sweeter, it was topped with a caramel-dipped almond cookie.
The Pink Door perfectly embodies the fresh, local, and in-season flavors of the Pacific Northwest and thoughtfully uses the ingredients in classic and homey Italian-American recipes. I hope you enjoy your meal at The Pink Door as much as we did. Cheers!
*You can visit the schedule for the Pink Door events here.

-Liz Fry
Clinical Course Manager
09/04/19

Osteria La Spiga – Authentic Italian food experience from the Romagna region
Web: www.laspiga.com
Phone: (206) 323-8881
Address: 1429 12th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122

Cascina Spinasse – Traditional Italian food from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy
Web: www.spinasse.com
Phone: (206) 251-7673
Address: 1531 14th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122

What do we think?

$$$ We think Spinasse and The Pink Door are tied for the best Italian food in Seattle! Spinasse is located on the edges of Capital Hill just before First Hill. The attire is business casual and has the feel of a neighborhood hang out. All of the pasta is made from scratch in house. If you are lucky enough to get a seat at the bar, you will have a nice view of the open kitchen. This is one of the best value tasting menus in town Why? It’s a lot of food! Served family style, you get all the starters, all the pasta dishes and all the main dishes! The servers can help you choose a wine or cocktail to go with your courses as well. Try one of their Vermut cocktails to start your meal.

-Johnny Kois
CEO
November 29, 2018

$$$$ Altura- noun, Italian. Achieving a great depth or height
Website: https://alturarestaurant.com/
Phone: (206) 402-6749
Address: 617 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

What do we think?

Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Altura offers upscale Italian cuisine accompanied by wine pairings & daily tasting menus. There are two wine pairing options to choose from on the menu, a classic and a modern. The classic wine pairing emphasizes rare & distinctive Italian wines and the modern beverage pairing includes ciders, ports and Sherry. The daily tasting menu typically consists of 8 to 10 courses and is ever changing in order to highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients. Be sure to come hungry, as several small bites or ‘Stuzzichini’ appear before your 10 course tasting even begins!  One of our favorite dishes of the night was a small bite of grassfed beef crudo with Parmesan fondutta and pickled vegetables, topped with a cured goose egg. We also really enjoyed indulging in the buttery, melt-in-your-mouth Hokkaido A5 Wagyu my husband ordered. The Wagyu was served with Chanterelle & Porcini mushrooms and Walla Walla sweet onions. I ordered the Duck, an off-menu option the chef served special that night, which was incredibly tender and juicy! Lastly, the dessert course featured a Baba Au Rhum a small cake saturated in syrup. This night, it was made with Amaro liquor, topped with candied fennel & orange zest gelato and a cup of aerated hot chocolate! The dessert was decadent but not overly sweet. If you haven’t dined at Altura, you haven’t lived!

-Heather Privette
Registration & Marketing Manager
10/11/2019

 

French

$$$$$ Canlis – Iconic Seattle Restaurent
Website: https://canlis.com/
Phone: (206) 283-3313
Address: 2576 Aurora Ave, Seattle, WA 98109

What do we think?

If you’re looking to indulge in exceptional, contemporary Pacific Northwest fare during your stay in Seattle, look no further than Canlis. Located just nine minutes from the Center, this iconic restaurant will surely transform your evening into a night of luxury. Superior guest service, an extensive international wine list, an elegant piano bar & floor to ceiling waterfront & sunset views are just some of the lavish advantages to dining at Canlis. The New York Times calls Canlis “Seattle’s fanciest, finest restaurant for over 60 years.” It’s imperative that you dress your best while dining here as they strictly adhere to their dressy attire requirement; gentlemen, wear a suit or sport coat if possible. No casual or athletic wear is permitted. Canlis’s four-course menu was carefully prepared by James Beard Award-wining Chef Brady Williams. The Pork accompanied by blue hubbard squash, cranberry & black truffle and the decadent soufflé, baked with orange curaçao and crème anglaise, served along side warm madeleines, were among my favorites of the courses. Be sure to make your reservation prior to your trip as Canlis typically books out two months in advance for evening times.

-Heather Privette
Registrations Manager
07/24/2019

Copine – American cuisine with a French twist
Website:  https://www.copineseattle.com/
Phone: (206) 258-2467
Address: 6460 24th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA. 98107

What do we think?

$$$ Maggie and I were looking for a good French restaurant in Seattle when we came across Copine (pronounced ko-PEEN). The name is French for pal or girlfriend. Located in the ground-floor corner space in the Ballard Public Lofts and Market, Copine runs by the husband and wife team, Chef Shaun McCrain and Manager Jill Kinney (formerly of Book Bindery in Seattle and Per Se in New York). The interior of the restaurant was industrial-modern, with poured concrete floors, lots of windows, and features a semi-open kitchen. It has a comfortable atmosphere with minimalist and elegant feeling. Our amuse-bouches, complementary bite-sized hors d’œuvre, arrived not long after we placed our order. Maggie got a fig, crème fraiche, walnut with honey glazed and I got a citrus-cured salmon tempura with salmon row, crème fraîche and chive. Both were little bites of delight before our meal began. For starters, we shared the Hudson Valley foie gras terrine, beautifully plated with local strawberries, young turnips, almond butter, strawberry-sauternes gelée, and Hamachi crudo, served with pickled shiitake mushrooms, radish, grapefruit, and avocado mousse. The foie gras was delicious and rich. And the crudo was truly refreshing. For our main course, Maggie had caramelized sea scallops with sweet corn, chanterelle mushrooms, and brown butter emulsion. The scallops were perfectly seared on the outside but tender inside. I ordered pan seared Alaskan halibut with house falafel, tomato raisins, yogurt, garden mint, and smoked tomato broth. It was cooked and presented perfectly. The desserts we had were lovely. The flavors and textures of coconut tapioca, lime-scented mango, candied macadamia nuts, and coconut sorbet worked beautifully together. The chocolate crêpes cake with fresh raspberries and hazelnut sorbet was rich and tasty. Every plate at Copine was thoughtfully presented and visually appealing. All the staff were attentive. Our server was informative, and provided the right amount of care and space. Prices are appropriate for the quality. Since Copine is not in the main downtown area of Ballard, parking was easy. Overall, our experience was nothing short of fantastic. We look forward to returning when they change their menu later in the season.

-Achara Supaphakorn
Senior Graphic Designer
09/11/19

L’Oursin
Website: http://www.loursinseattle.com/
Phone: (206) 485-7173
Address: 1315 E. Jefferson St. (At 14th Ave), Seattle, WA 98122

What do we think?

$$$ L’Oursin, a sustainable French restaurant quietly nestled in the Central District, is a mere 12-minute drive from the Kois Center.

L’Oursin, meaning “Urchin” in French, is listed in “The 38 Essential Seattle Restaurants, Fall 2019.” The intimate restaurant has a large bar that transitions into an open kitchen and innumerable wine bottles and leafy plants circle the walls. After deciding upon the Tasting Menu with wine pairings, we were served glasses of sparkling Chenin Blanc, both tart and dry, followed by a “gift from the kitchen.”  This “gift” consisted of soft, triangular rye crackers with a rich chicken liver mousse, a generous smear of concord grape jelly, and an edible blue and white borage flower that bristled your tongue while chewing. The appetizers were wild Alaskan scallops, fresh urchin, tarragon leaves and bright orange salmon roe. The scallops were tender to cut and had a smattering of salt and the slightly sweet urchin dissolved onto the tongue like creamy butter. The tarragon tasted of licorice and anise with sweet vanilla undertones and the roe popped in our mouth with each bite. Eaten all together, this completely raw plate indulged all our senses. Next, a natural rosé wine from a 40-year-old vineyard came accompanied by the main dish, a kabocha squash and carrot soup with yogurt, pickled apples and lightly fried brussel sprout leaves. When mixed deeply in the bowl, the velvety yogurt changed both the taste and color to a much lighter and sweeter concoction. The tart apples blended smoothly with the earthy flavors to create one of our favorite dishes of the night. For dessert, we were first served brandy shooters in delicate, miniature glasses. The cognac had fruit and honey aftertones and begged to be savored. Our last dish of the night was a milk chocolate mousse oozing with carmel and covered in hazelnuts. Each decadent bite began with soft, luscious chocolate, a hearty crunch of nuts and ended with a sweet and sticky carmel finish. L’Oursin has built up a reputation for having unique, raw seafood dishes, natural wine, and changes their menu frequently to provide a continuously fresh and exciting menu with local PNW ingredients. Visit them now and visit them again later for a completely different experience!

-Molly Watts
Operations Manager
10/30/19

RN74 – Rustic atmosphere featuring French cuisine
Website:  https://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/seattle/rn74-seattle/
Phone: (206) 456-7474
Address: 1433 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

What do we think?

$$$ RN74 features French-inspired cuisine with a substantial wine list. The staff is well-versed in their extensive wine list and can help guide you to your new favorite pairing. RN74 prides itself on locally-sourced cuisine including steaks and seafood. We enjoyed the smoked bone marrow appetizer and duck fat fries. The fries were impeccable and came with pickled ketchup, homemade tartar sauce, and dijonaise as dipping options. For our main course we found the Ora king salmon to be one of the best salmon dishes we’ve had in the city. The salmon was flawlessly seared on the outside and was left medium rare on the inside, leaving the dish perfectly moist and full of flavor. The salmon was presented on a bed of truffled lentils, crispy sunchokes, and fines herbes. Another main course we tried was the Bellwether Farms Ricotta Cavatelli. This pasta dish included diced winter squash swirled together with parmesan fonduta and prunes aux cognac. To wrap up your evening, we highly recommend ordering the Citrus Pavlova. This traditional Austrian dessert melts in your mouth with flavors of blood orange, Meyer lemon curd, crème Chantilly, and mint. The airy dessert was the perfect end to our rich and satisfying meal. RN74 strives to promote a sophisticated atmosphere with elegant wine selections, making any experience a unique mix of refinement and comfort.

-Heather Button
Course Manager
3/20/2019

Mediterranean

$$$ Harvest Vine- a Spanish Tour of Basque Tapas
Website: https://www.harvestvine.com/
Phone: (206) 320-9771
Address: 2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

What do we think?
Have you ever wanted to taste the cuisine from Northern Spain without traveling abroad? If so, look no further than Harvest Vine; an intimate Basque restaurant serving small plates bursting with bold flavors. We started our meal with “Remolachas;” oven-roasted red and golden beets sliced paper-thin and drizzled with sherry vinegar, olive oil and garlic. After the first savory bite, we ordered a side of “pan” to soak up every drop- a necessary order that we would make several more times throughout the meal. Our next dish was “Lubina;” pan-roasted Mediterannean sea bass served with a creamy piperade and alioli. The traditional, mild piperade sauce made with sautéd onions, green peppers and tomatoes allowed the golden-brown sea bass to shine. From the crispy outer skin to the flaky, tender meat inside, each bite was better than the last. “Almejas” came out afterwards; a heaping bowl full of steamed clams with smoky chorizo sausage, tomato and flavored with pimentón- a rich Spanish paprika. After the last order of bread we were almost too full for dessert! We slowly savored our wine and then selected the “Tarte de Músico.” This unusual-sounding, Five nut and fig-date puree tart paired perfectly with a generous drizzle of amber-colored caramel sauce and a large dollop of whipped cream, thus ending the night with another incredible dish. To take full advantage of what Harvest Vine offers, dine upstairs to watch the bright, bustling kitchen perfect their craft or go downstairs for a more relaxing and quiet meal in the subdued atmosphere below.

-Molly Watts
Operations Manager
12/30/19

$$$ Westward – Seattle in a bite.
Website: https://www.westwardseattle.com/
Phone: (206) 552-8215
Address: 2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103

What do we think?

Pull up your anchor and sail on over to the North Shore of South Lake Union to enjoy a top-notch experience at this iconic and charming Mediterranean-style restaurant, Westward. This modern and nautical-inspired restaurant has a spectacular view of the Space Needle accompanied with the sight of sailboats gliding across the calm waters of South Lake Union. The beautiful lakeside view is paired perfectly with the smell of fresh seafood, the sound of throwback hip-hop music, a buzz of cheerful conversation and a stylish, friendly and helpful wait-staff. We started the meal off with some refreshing and bright cocktails and locally caught oysters. Next, the dinner entrees: a colorful, wood-oven roasted rainbow trout accompanied with spring pea salsa verde, smoked almonds and mint. The trout was so moist and delicious, and what a fun surprise to watch our waiter fillet the whole fish table-side. The other entree we tried was the pan-seared halibut paired with a grain salad which included green harissa, mint, watermelon radish and pistachio. The flavors came together as a perfect bite with the crunch of the pistachio, the brightness of the mint and watermelon radish and the smokey flavor of the green harissa sauce.
For dessert, we shared a deliciously moist sweet corn cake topped with peaches, honey, mint and locally-made vanilla ice cream. I savored each decadent bite. Overall, I would recommend Westward to anyone that is a fan of fresh Seafood and complementary Mediterranean flavors who is also looking to experience the best of Seattle. Westward seemed such a perfect embodiment of Seattle – from the ambiance to the impressive and innovative menu items created by the Seattle-native chef. Additionally, while you’re in the neighborhood, you can make it a full tourist experience and stop by to see the iconic Fremont Troll and Gas Works Park.

-Liz Fry
Course Manager
11/2/18

$$ Tilikum Place Café- a European-inspired restaurant serving brunch, lunch and dinner
Website: http://tilikumplacecafe.com
Phone: (206) 282-4830
Address: 407 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121

What do we think?

If you’re looking for unforgettable dishes that will linger in your memories long after you’ve left, don’t forget to make a reservation at The Tilikum Place Café! My husband and I started the meal with an accompaniment of thickly sliced Bacon Wrapped Dates- both salty and sweet- stuffed with blue cheese and walnuts and mouth-watering goat, sheep and cow cheeses. Buttery macrina almonds, fresh apple chutney and crisp apple slices were also served alongside crostini and freshly-baked crackers made from oat, buckwheat, sesame and rye. Next, we had one of the most unusual and delicious salads we’d ever tasted; Persimmon and grapefruit wedges with Belgian endives, ricotta, toasted farro and ginger vinaigrette. The two different fruits- both sweet and tart mixed deliciously with the creamy ricotta and sharp ginger while the toasted farro had a surprising texture reminiscent of popcorn kernels. For our main dish we both chose duck. I had Pan-Seared Duck Breast with kuri squash knodel, red cabbage and micro greens. The duck was cooked perfectly; crispy skin and medium-rare tender meat balanced on top of spicy pumpkin bread and braised cabbage while baby beets and mustard greens swirled in the rich duck jus sauce that encircled the dish. Alex had Duck Crepinettes- intensely flavored sausage incorporated with hazelnuts and cranberries with parsnip puree, fire roasted acorn squash, fennel bulb and Asian pear which lead to a unique but flavorful flavor combination. The caramelization of the pear matched with the bitterness of the fennel while the bold flavor of the duck mellowed with the sweetness of the squash. Both dishes left us with a “no two bites are the same” experience. For dessert we shared vanilla cream-filled Chai Profiteroles with a side of Balsamic Cherry ice cream. The decadent puff pastries were covered in thick, gooey caramel sauce that evened out the tart ice cream when eaten all together, ending on a dish just as memorable as the rest of the meal. The next time you’re in Seattle, treat yourself to an inspiring dinner that you’ll relive again and again, but don’t be surprised when you find yourself going back every time you’re in town!

-Molly Watts
Operations Manager
11/15/19
   

 

Mexican

El Camino – Quality modern Mexican food, margaritas and lively night life
Web: http://www.elcaminorestaurant.com
Phone: (206) 632-7303
Address: 607 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Cross Street: Evanston Avenue North)

Cactus – Known for its unique take on traditional Southwest, Mexican & Spanish cuisine
Web: http://cactusrestaurants.com/south-lake-union
Phone: (206) 913-2250
Address: 350 Terry Ave N Seattle, WA 98109

 

Asian/Fusion

$$ Japonessa Sushi Cocina
Web: http://japonessa.com/seattle/
Phone: (206) 971-7979
Address: 1400 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

What do we think?

Japonessa Sushi Cocina is a fun fusion restaurant that blends Mexican and Japanese cuisine!  It’s located near Pike Place Market, a great area to visit for locals and tourists alike, and it is only a 10-minute drive or 20-minute bus ride from the Kois Center.  When we arrived for dinner, the place was packed. It is highly recommended to make a reservation. However, the service was still exceptional; they continually checked on our table and could even store luggage! As an appetizer, we started with the Pulpits Carpaccio, a thinly sliced octopus served with tomato lime mignonette. It was tasty but the pieces could have been sliced even thinner. Next, we ordered two rolls – the Orange Crush and the Emperor Roll. They were both so amazing in their own way; the former had a crisp, fresh taste while the latter was served with delicious teriyaki-BBQ-like sauce. Both dishes were so flavorful and paired with such great sauces that it was not necessary to dip them in soy sauce. I could have kept ordering the rolls again and again! After that, we ordered the Chef’s Choice Sashimi Omakase – it is a must try. It melted in my mouth! The flavor is extremely fresh and a bit salty. Nothing beats it.  For dessert, we ordered the Tempura Fried Cheesecake served with strawberries. This innovative dish was beyond delicious and one of the most unique things we’d ever tasted. It was the perfect way to wrap up a lovely evening. For drinks, Japonessa Sushi Cocina features an impressive selection of sakes, wines, and finely crafted cocktails, as well as the best happy hour in the town! If you’re craving a unique seafood fusion experience, Japonessa Sushi Cocina is a must-visit during your time in Seattle.

-Maggie Wang
Senior Bookkeeper
1/30/2020

Siam on Eastlake – Delicious Thai that is a great treat for the palate
Web: www.siamthairestaurants.com
Phone: (206) 322-6174
Address: 1629 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

$$ Dough Zone Dumpling House – Casual Chinese eatery preparing soup dumplings, noodle bowls & Dim sum
Web: https://www.doughzonedumplinghouse.com/
Phone: (206) 285-9999
Address: 504 5th Ave S #109, Seattle, WA 98104

What do we think?

With five different locations across the Greater Puget Sound area, Dough Zone Dumpling House is an excellent place for dim sum or a taste of shanghai!
One of my favorite dishes here is the Pan fried bun, traditionally known as the Sheng Jian Bao, a special Q-bao originally from the famous Shanghai. This bao or bun, is filled with moist pork and wrapped with fluffy and crisp dough, definitely a must-have dish for my family.
Another dish I recommend are the onion pancakes, they are made with freshly chopped scallions and infused oil.
These pancakes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside which is what makes them my son’s all-time favorite. Perhaps the most well-known Chinese soup dumpling is the Xiao Long Bao. Here at Dough Zone Dumpling House, you will have an excellent and traditional experience with their Xiao Long Bao dumpling.
Each filling is created with the highest quality ingredients ranging from pork and vegetables, to seafood. Each dumpling is masterfully assembled with paper-thin dough and is carefully pinched to encapsulate the present inside…the iconic soup! Once steamed, the filling releases its juices creating the iconic Xiao Long Bao. Oh, don’t forget to dip your dumpling in the thinly sliced ginger and vinegar/soy sauce, it makes the dumpling even more delicious! Dough Zone’s dumplings, bao (buns) & noodles are freshly made each day and there are a variety of each of them on the menu to try. Plus, if you aren’t sure how to pronounce something, the menu is full of pictures to make ordering easy! Enjoy!

– Maggie Wang
Senior Bookkeeper
11/14/2018

$$$$ Wa’z (wahz) Japanese fine-dining, located just ten minutes from the Kois Center, in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.
Web: https://www.wazseattle.com/
Phone: (206) 441-7119
Address: 411 Cedar St., Seattle, WA 98181

What do we think?

Chef Hiro Tawara has brought the art of Kaiseki back to the Northwest here at Wa’z. His modern take on beautiful, seasonal dishes devoted to the art of Kaiseki are what make this restaurant so unique. Kaiseki is the traditional multi-course style of dining that features elegantly plated dishes served in a specific sequence to honor the seasons and Japanese culture. Requesting a spot at the Chefs Counter, is the optimal way to enhance your dining experience as you have a front row seat to observe the skills and techniques of all chefs at Wa’z. Chef Hiro Tawara’s clever inspirations are especially highlighted in his nine course tasting menu of which I highly recommend trying. The first of our nine-courses began with Sakizuke, an appetizer comprised of Sesame Tofu, Sea Urchin and Caviar. Our next course was Hassun, which is an assortment of appetizers: Jerusalem Atrichoke with Miso, King Crab and Salmon Sushi, and Lotus Root Croquette. The Croquette was by far one of my favorite dishes of the night! After the appetizers, we enjoyed a soup dish called Suimono made with Black Cod, Leeks and seasonal Mushrooms. Sashimi is a must at any Japanese restaurant and Wa’z is no exception; the garnish of pomegranates added a pop of freshness to the delicately sliced fish. The dessert course was appropriately themed for December; a snowman shaped Strawberry Daifuku Mochi with Mascarpone was served with Salted ice cream. Delicious! What does one order to drink at this restaurant you may ask? Sake of course! The Sake Pairings at Wa’z is an option that should not be missed as several of the featured Sake’s are a rarity outside of Japan. If you’re ready to be transformed into an authentic Japanese dining experience, do not miss this restaurant!

-Heather Privette
Registration & Marketing Manager
12/31/18

Vegetarian/Vegan

Café Flora – Seattle’s most glamorous vegetarian & vegan restaurant boasting inventive fare
Web: http://www.cafeflora.com
Phone: (206) 325-9100
Address: 2901 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Plum Bistro – Organic, sustainable vegan dishes featuring seitan & tofu in an industrial-chic space
Web: http://plumbistro.com/
Phone: (206) 838-5333
Address: 1429 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122

Kid Friendly

Lunchbox Laboratory – Childhood favorites such as burgers & corn dogs get an upgrade at this fun, industrial-chic eatery
Web: http://lunchboxlaboratory.com/
Phone: (206) 621-1090
Address: 1253 Thomas St, Seattle, WA

What do we think?

$$ Looking for an entertaining atmosphere and unique burgers? Lunchbox Laboratory is the place to go! Lunchbox Laboratory specializes in customizable burgers and delicious sides that satisfy the inner kid in all of us! Choose from simple yet classic appetizers like fried pickles, mini corndogs, and chicharrones. The cocktails are served in glass science beakers, which makes for a unique and humorous photo opportunity for social media! We tried the Classic ‘Merican burger and the Faux Real (vegetarian) burger. Both were absolutely wonderful! Lunchbox Laboratory knows how to satisfy a hankering for an indulgent treat, whether you are craving a burger or a milkshake. Be prepared for slightly slow service, however. There are options to eat inside and enjoy the kitschy décor or enjoy your meal outside around a fire pit. The options for customizable burgers and boozy milkshakes are endless. Lunchbox Laboratory is a great fit for families and whenever you need to get away and indulge in an eccentric burger or shake!

-Heather Button
Course Manager
8/24/2018

Johnny Rockets – A neon-lit trip back to the Eisenhower era comes with burgers, shakes and fries
Web: www.johnnyrockets.com
Phone: (206) 749-9803
Address: 600 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Red Robin – Colorful, chaotic restaurant promises loaded burgers and endless fries with waterfront dining
Web: www.redrobin.com
Phone: (206) 623-1942
Address: 1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 (Pier 55 on Waterfront)

$ Shug’s Soda Fountain – Classic ice cream treats with a modern flair
Website:  http://shugssodafountain.com/shugs
Phone: (206) 602-6420
Address: 1525 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

What do we think?

If you’re craving a nostalgic atmosphere and ice cream, Shug’s Soda Fountain is the place to go! Shug’s Soda Fountain is located in the famous Pike Place Market has all the delicious, creamy treats you could imagine. The ice cream itself is incredibly smooth and full of flavor. They create ice cream cocktails that mingle the flavors of childhood with champagne or other adult beverages. There truly is something for everyone—if an item on their menu doesn’t suit your fancy you can make your own sundae. Not in the mood for ice cream but your family is? They also have a coffee bar should you choose. We enjoyed the S’mores sundae, which had rich, creamy chocolate syrup down every side of the old-fashioned glass, filled with crushed graham crackers and velvety vanilla ice cream. The best part? The S’mores sundae is topped with homemade marshmallows that you can choose to have roasted right in front of you! We also enjoyed the Crescent Moon sundae, which had Masala chai sauce swirled together with salted caramel ice cream and topped with cinnamon toast brioche croutons. We also tried some of their sodas—the cherry soda and a Shugsicle. What we liked about the sodas is they aren’t too sugary sweet and nicely complimented the sweet ice cream we were enjoying.  The Shugsicle arrived as an orange soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream perfectly hugging the rim of the glass! This allowed you to taste the soda first and then decide how much ice cream you did or didn’t want in the Shugsicle itself. The staff was friendly and helped us choose from the diverse and extensive menu. If you’re visiting with family or looking for a sweet treat after a walk around Pike Place Market, Shug’s is sure to please all who visit.

– Heather Button
Course Manager
2/24/2019