Posted by randfish
Many, many folks in the technology, startup and marketing fields come to visit Seattle each year for big events like SMX, Mozcon, SIC and Techstars Demo Day. And in the past, plenty of you have emailed members of our staff asking a critically important question: "Where should I go to eat and drink?"
Being craft-cocktail-hipster Northwest foodie snobs, many of the Mozzers are obsessed with dining and boozing to the very best of our ability. We have weekly beer nights, take out tons of visitors to restaurants and bars across the city and are constantly trying the latest and greatest of what Seattle has to offer. If you follow any of the Mozzer FourSquare accounts (e.g. Jamie, Aaron, myself), you'll see what I mean. Hence, it's our solemn duty to make sure you eat phenomenally well while in the Emerald City. To do that, I've assembled this guide.
A few caveats - since most visitors to Seattle stay in the urban, downtown core, I've tried to keep everything in walking (or very short cab-ride) distance. From the downtown hotels, nearly everything on this list is within a 25 minute walk, and much is under 15. From the waterfront (where SMX is held), the distance is a bit greater for the Capitol Hill locations, but still do-able (and so worthwhile). Below is the Google Map I've created, featuring all the restaurants and bars along with some personal notations on each.
View Moz's Seattle Food & Drink Guide in a larger map
Note that you can click on each location and get a brief description, too.
I'll also list each of the restaurants/bars, with a link to Urbanspoon so you can see more. These will be roughly (but not precisely) in order of how much I like them, so if you trust me completely and need to narrow down your selections, you can just pick from the top few :-)
Let's start with the downtown core & Pike Place Market:
And then go up to Capitol Hill, which is a slight bit more of a walk, but features many of my favorites:
I also wanted to provide a few places NOT to go in the downtown area, because they're sadly overhyped/overpriced and not worth it (or, in some cases, they're just not "special," e.g. you can find something like Met Grill anywhere in the US) - Canlis, Wild Ginger, McCormick & Schmick's, Metropolitan Grill, Steelhead Diner, the "Original" Starbucks (which, FYI, is not the original, just the oldest one still around), Palomino, Blueacre Seafood, Icon Grill, Lowell's (unless you're just going to get a beer upstairs and for the nostalgia of Sleepless in Seattle).
And finally, if you're willing to travel a bit outside Downtown/Cap Hill for something special, here's my top 10 (note: these aren't on the map; sorry):
There you have it! My personal recommendations on where to eat and drink while in the downtown Seattle core. If you visit any of these (or anything else you love), please tweet at me (@randfish) and let me know how it goes!
p.s. This list doesn't include a ton of amazing places I LOVE in all sorts of other Seattle neighborhoods. Maybe I'll assemble something like that in the future. It also probably isn't exhaustive in the area I did cover and it reflects my personal taste, so if you like Applebee's, this list is almost certainly not for you. :-)
p.p.s. Please feel free to add your own favorites below (and don't feel constrained to keep it to the downtown core, but do provide location links so others can see where they'd need to go). Thanks!
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