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Eating in Seattle - from the farm and the sea to your table


The "Fresh" fish-shaped sign near City Fish reminds visitors of Seattle's seafood culture
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Nestled next to Puget Sound, it’s not surprising that the seafood in Seattle is fresh and expertly prepared. Beyond just seafood, the Pacific Northwest is an agricultural wonderland, with a wide variety of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables available year-round – a stroll through the Pike Place Market will let you witness the freshness first-hand.

With this great focus on freshness, no matter what type of food tempts your taste buds, Seattle has something to satisfy your cravings. Local seafood is always an excellent choice to pair with your Washington wines, but cuisines from around the world are well represented across the city: Italian, Chinese, Korean and Ethiopian are just some of the international flavors to be found, plus the many brewpubs serving local beers to complement their menus.

Some of Seattle’s most popular restaurants are located on the waterfront with beautiful views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, and each of Seattle’s unique neighborhoods have restaurant options for any time of day.

Seattle has a growing number of fine dining options which focus on the fresh, local fare of our region:

Canlis, one of Seattle’s oldest restaurants, is situated in a landmark location just north of the city center and is known as one of the best dining experiences in town. Canlis considers itself to be the birthplace of Northwest cuisine, and the food and the view overlooking Lake Union and the Cascade Mountains are truly unforgettable.

If you venture north to Woodinville, the Herbfarm Restaurant provides a unique, 9-course dining experience, including six matched wines, in a single nightly seating. The menus change seasonally, and much of the produce served in the restaurant is grown in their own kitchen garden. If you arrive early for your dinner seating, don’t miss the outdoor hosted garden tour and the Wine Cellar Open House.

Another world-class dining option just outside of the city is The Dining Room at Salish Lodge. Perched above the dramatic Snoqualmie Falls, The Dining Room at Salish Lodge specializes in Northwest cuisine using the freshest seasonal ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. It’s truly an unmatched dining experience amongst luxury resorts in the Pacific Northwest.

For a more intimate dining experience in Seattle, Art of the Table provides communal dining tables and focuses on local foods. They also host a special, reservation-only Weekend Supper Club for a dinner party experience featuring a special menu created by chef Dustin Ronspies.

One of the more unusual neighborhood fine dining experiences in Seattle is provided by Elemental, which describes itself as “an eclectic culinary endeavor.” Elemental serves local, seasonal and organic fare on a set menu which changes each week. With only five tables, the restaurant has an air of exclusivity, and adventurous eaters will not be disappointed by Elemental’s inventive cooking.