Seattle Restaurant Week Is Back! Here's Our Guide to the Fall 2020 Edition

October 19, 2020
Ethan Stowell's recently launched pop-up Pinchy Bois, which serves fresh Maine lobster and lobster rolls inside Bramling Cross, is participating in Seattle Restaurant Week this year. (Ethan Stowell Restaurants)

This year's spring Seattle Restaurant Week, originally scheduled to start March 29, was one of the first events to be canceled due to COVID-19. For the fall edition, though, it's back and bigger than ever: To give the restaurant industry a much-needed boost, Seattle Restaurant Week is featuring more dining options and is extending the event to last an entire month (Oct 25–Nov 21). Like usual, restaurants will create a variety of special meal offerings as $20 lunches and/or $35 dinners, but this time, those will take the form of make-at-home meal kits, food and cocktail takeout packages, in-house three-course meals, and more. It's a great opportunity to both support local restaurants and break out of your Postmates rut, as well as to try places that might normally be out of your price range. SRW will also be partnering with Plate of Nations this time around, an event run by the MLK Business Association to highlight southeast Seattle businesses. So far, there are nearly 150 restaurants participating, but if you're overwhelmed by the long list, don't worry: We've rounded up our suggestions below, including great choices for takeout and delivery, indoor dining, and outdoor dining, as well as restaurants that have received raves from Stranger staffers and contributors. For more inspiration, check out EverOut's complete Seattle food and drink guide.


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TAKEOUT & DELIVERY

These restaurants are available for takeout and/or delivery and would make for a great at-home dining experience.

Cafe Munir
Naomi Tomky once wrote, "Tucked away in a residential corner of Ballard, this Lebanese restaurant makes diners rethink ordinary ingredients. Hummus takes a star turn with the addition of lamb sizzled in butter, pears grab attention when mixed with tahini, pomegranate, and parsley, and simply grilled chicken skewers are the signature dish (though partial credit goes to the debaucherously garlicky sauce that comes with it). The lengthy menu of mezzes—small plates—highlights local, in-season vegetables with Middle Eastern flavors like baby onions preserved in Lebanese wine and honey with fresh cheese, and winter greens with Aleppo chili. And almost everything goes well with the traditional Lebanese spirit, arak, available plentifully here."
Ballard
Takeout
Family-owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegetarian options

Damoori Kitchen
This Lebanese restaurant run by chef Andrea Ryan and her husband Conor is inspired by the home-cooked Lebanese food Andrea ate growing up. Their Seattle Restaurant Week meal is a three-course dinner for two, including djaj kosobra (marinated chicken thighs with chickpeas, tomatoes, and cilantro) served over pearl couscous, za'atar fries, hummus, walnut baklava, Lebanese pita bread, and a bottle of Spanish wine, all for $70.
Magnolia
Takeout only
Family-owned, woman-owned

Hoang Lan (Plate of Nations)
This beloved Vietnamese spot is participating in Plate of Nations for the first time this year and will be serving a $20 combo with shrimp and pork springs rolls and a choice of bún bò huế (a spicy aromatic soup with rice vermicelli and beef), pho, or quảng (a noodle dish). There's also a $35 option with an eggroll, bun thit nuong cha gio (vermicelli noodles with egg rolls and grilled pork), and com suon bi cha (broken rice with grilled pork, shredded pork, and egg loaf).
Rainier Valley
Takeout, delivery
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander Owned, family-owned

Humble Pie
This pizzeria feels like it was beamed via satellite from Portlandia—it's more of a pizza gathering space than a restaurant, with two attractively repurposed shipping containers serving as the buildings, nearly all outdoor seating, and a garden and live chickens providing some of the ingredients.
North Rainier
Onsite and outdoor dining, takeout, delivery
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander Owned
Vegan/vegetarian options

Little Chengdu (Plate of Nations)
This Sichuan noodle house is offering a $20 lunch combo and a $35 dinner combo, with options like mapo tofu, wife and husband beef, cucumber and chili garlic sauce, garlic dumplings, and pork belly.
Mount Baker
Takeout, delivery
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander Owned, family-owned

Pel Meni Dumpling Tzar
The comforting dumpling restaurant will have a $20 lunch combo for two with regular-sized dumplings and a choice of appetizer or dessert, plus a $35 dinner for two with large-sized dumplings, a salad, and dessert.
Capitol Hill and Fremont
Takeout, delivery
Family-owned

Pinchy Bois
Chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell has launched the cheekily named pop-up "Pinchy Bois," a celebration of lobster, inside Bramling Cross. For Restaurant Week, you can dine on fresh Maine lobster in rolls or by itself, with a choice of Little Gem lettuce salad or Old Bay fries, plus nostalgic Oreo dirt cups topped with gummy worms for dessert.
Ballard
Outdoor dining, takeout, delivery

Rondo
This Capitol Hill izakaya is a favorite for its Japanese maze-men (brothless ramen), ramen, teishoku (panko-breaded pork loin cutlets), bento boxes, and other delights.
Capitol Hill
Onsite dining, takeout
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander Owned

Shiro's Sushi
Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to sample some rolls from this high-end sushi restaurant named for the famed sushi master Shiro Kashiba.
Belltown
Takeout only
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander Owned

Spice Waala
This popular Indian street food restaurant is known for its kathi rolls stuffed with fillings like chicken tikka and paneer masala.
Capitol Hill
Takeout, delivery
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander owned, family-owned, woman-owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegan/vegetarian options

Staple & Fancy
The Ethan Stowell steakhouse is offering a three-course meal with choices like roasted wild mushrooms, Wagyu hanger steak, and New York cheesecake.
Ballard
Onsite and outdoor dining, takeout, delivery
Locally sourced

Tacos Chukis (Plate of Nations)
The taco staple will be offering a $20 meal for two with three of their house tacos, a mulita asada, a quesadilla pollo, and two drinks or aguas frescas, plus a $35 meal with three house tacos, a mulita asada, a quesadilla pollo, a torta adobada, and two drinks or aguas frescas.
Beacon Hill location only
Onsite and outdoor dining, takeout, delivery
Latinx owned, locally sourced

Taco Street (Plate of Nations)
This Othello taco shop will have a $20 lunch with two carnitas tacos, two tamales, two barbacoa tacos, and rice and pinto beans, as well as a $35 dinner with a California burrito, carne asada fries, four barbacoa tacos, and rice and pinto beans.
Rainier Valley
Takeout or delivery
Latinx owned, woman-owned

Tamari Bar
Rich Smith has endorsed this laidback Japanese izakaya.
Capitol Hill
Onsite dining, takeout
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander Owned

Teinei
This underrated South Lake Union sushi and ramen spot, whose name refers to a Japanese sense of care and hospitality, serves ramen, sushi, udon, curries, skewers, and more.
South Lake Union
Onsite dining, takeout
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander Owned
Gluten-free options, vegetarian options

DINE-IN (INDOORS)

You'll find a pleasant atmosphere and/or stunning views for a socially distanced meal at these restaurants.

Art of the Table
Chef Dustin Ronspies’s dishes at this Wallingford classic are carefully balanced, well executed, and absolutely delicious.
Wallingford
Onsite dining, takeout
Family-owned, women-owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegetarian options

Chinook's at Salmon Bay
The classic fish bar located at the Fishermen's Terminal offers a prime view of the waterfront.
Interbay
Onsite dining
Family-owned

Eve Fremont
Eve, with its gigantic mural of a nude woman resting on her side (presumably the original Eve), serves a clean food and drink menu with a focus on whole and unrefined foods.
Fremont
Onsite dining, takeout
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander owned, woman-owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegan options

IL Bistro
At Il Bistro, hidden under Pike Place Market, the old-fashioned-ness is marvelous—the ceilings are low, the arches are original, the bar is marble, and the roses are red. The bar at Il Bistro is famous, and rightfully so; it’s a bartenders’ bar—witness the 30-plus kinds of Scotch lined up tantalizingly all along it. The lighting at the bar is perfect—not too bright, not too dim, bathing everyone in a 62-percent-more-attractive pinky-gold.
Downtown
Onsite dining, takeout
Family-owned

Lecosho
Charles Mudede once wrote, "More recently, I stopped by Lecosho on my birthday. I wanted to eat there all by myself. That is how much I dig this place. I thought that the best way to commemorate the day I was born was not with other people talking about this and that but in the silence of consuming this restaurant's rich foods and wines."
Downtown
Onsite dining, takeout, delivery
Woman-owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegetarian options

Luc Bistro
Thierry Rautureau, the James Beard Award-winning "Chef in the Hat," runs this French-American bistro.
Madison Valley
Onsite dining, takeout
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegan/vegetarian options

Maximilien
A few steps past the fish-throwing insanity at Pike Place Market, you’re greeted in French in a dim, quiet room, its walls covered in antique mirrors, its view of beautiful Puget Sound. Upstairs is a snug, shiplike garret of a bar, all dark wood; the terrace is lovely, too.
Downtown
Onsite dining, takeout

Meekong Bar
This modern Vietnamese fusion spot (a sister restaurant to Mekong Village and the newer Mala & Satay) serves steaming bowls of pho and banh mi-inspired burgers. Its Restaurant Week dinner menu includes options like crispy crab wontons, "Granny's pork belly bao," satay pho, lemongrass rice noodles bowls, coconut curry, banh mi burgers, tiramisu, Vietnamese coffee, and lychee or mango lemonade.
Belltown
Onsite dining
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander owned, family-owned, LGBTQ owned, women-owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegan/vegetarian options

Meesha
This Fremont restaurant from Indian chef Preeti Agarwal specializes in contemporary Indian fare made with local and seasonal Pacific Northwest ingredients.
Fremont
Onsite dining
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander owned, women-owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegan/vegetarian options

Omega Ouzeri
Rich Smith once wrote, "I had some laudable toast points at Omega a few months ago. Besides that, this bright, casual spot on Capitol Hill offers up refreshing, semi-pricey Greek fare. The servers will non-pretentiously offer useful information about anise-spiked clear spirits that anchor their bar program, and the octopus is truly great. Go there with a friend and leave half-loopy in an ouzo cloud."
Capitol Hill
Onsite and outdoor dining, takeout
Family and woman owned
Gluten-free options, vegan/vegetarian options

Osteria La Spiga
Chef Sabrina Tinsley's warm osteria is offering a $35 three-course dinner with luxurious choices like fried gnocchi, tagliatelle with white alba truffle butter, and house-made tiramisu.
Capitol Hill
Onsite dining, takeout
Black-owned, family-owned, indigenous, woman owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegan/vegetarian options

Rione XIII
Ethan Stowell's Rome-inspired Italian spot is a lovely setting for a meal, with soaring ceilings, giant beams, worn brick. 
Capitol Hill

Onsite and outdoor dining, takeout, delivery
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegan/vegetarian options

Sawyer
Former Lark chef de cuisine (and two-time Cochon555 winner) Mitch Mayers' restaurant is named in tribute to the building's previous life as a sawmill and offers an extensive menu with a playful, elevated-casual take on new American comfort fare.
Ballard
Onsite dining and takeout
Family-owned
Locally sourced

Tavolàta
Slurp up some freshly extruded pasta for discounted prices at Ethan Stowell's ever-popular Italian spot.
Belltown, Capitol Hill, and Fremont
Onsite and outdoor dining, takeout, delivery
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegan/vegetarian options

Toulouse Petit
Leilani Polk once wrote, "Seattle's other noteworthy Cajun-Creole restaurant has a more extensive menu than what you find at French Quarter Kitchen, minus the absinthe, and plenty of what you find on it is delicious (try the jambalaya). But their breakfast and brunch is where it's at: pork cheeks confit hash (which was featured on the Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate), the Bayou Fisherman's Breakfast (shrimp, fish, crawfish, and tasso, served in a mini-skillet with grits and a fried egg on top), and Cajun meatloaf and eggs are just a few of the savory options. After dark is also a fine time to visit—the candles placed on the walls all around the room are lit, filling the place with a dreamy, flickering orange glow." Alas, breakfast and brunch won't be available for Restaurant Week, but Toulouse Petit will be offering a two-course lunch menu for $20, with options like French onion soup, fried chicken with homemade andouille gumbo, authentic po' boy sandwiches, and Creole prawn and tasso linguine, as well as a $35 three-course dinner menu, with dishes like beet salad, pan-seared rockfish, jambalaya, and buttermilk beignets. There's also a selection of bottles of wine priced under $50.
Queen Anne
Onsite dining, takeout, delivery
Family owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegan/vegetarian options

Vendemmia
Chef Brian Clevenger's modern Italian restaurant features handmade pastas, with a heavy emphasis on seasonal vegetables (the restaurant takes its name from the Italian word meaning harvest).
Madrona
Onsite dining and takeout

Water's Table
The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington's restaurant, Water's Table, is indeed very close to the water and boasts prime views. 
Renton
Onsite dining

DINE-IN (OUTDOORS)

Enjoy the last sunny days while we have them (or just bundle up!) and dine at these restaurants' outdoor patios and dining areas.

Agrodolce
Chef Thomas Litrenta's southern Italian-style trattoria will have a $35 three-course dinner menu that includes choices like focaccia, roasted beet salad, chestnut rigatoni, squash risotto, and limoncello tiramisu.
Fremont
Onsite and outdoor dining, takeout, delivery
Family-owned, woman-owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options

Anthony's Bell Street Diner
The classic local seafood chain is perched right on the waterfront and offers an exceptional view.
Downtown
Onsite dining
Family-owned

Duke's Seafood
The seafood standby is offering a two-course lunch with a selection of chowders and salads, plus a three-course dinner with chowder, salad, and entrees.
Alki, Bellevue, Greenlake, Kent, South Lake Union, Tukwila, Tacoma
Onsite and outdoor dining
Locally sourced, gluten-options

Eight Row
The locally inspired Greenlake restaurant's current lunch menu highlights the fall harvest with dishes like charred broccoli, fried eggplant, and the "No Longer a Secret" bison burger.
Greenlake
Onsite and outdoor dining, takeout
Family-owned
Locally sourced

Frelard Pizza Co.
Ethan Stowell's pizzeria has a spacious patio festooned with glowing string lights. 
Fremont
Outdoor dining, takeout, delivery
Vegan/vegetarian options

Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails
Five stories up in the Motif Seattle hotel, Frolik has downtown Seattle's largest outdoor patio at 4,000 square feet.
Downtown
Outdoor dining, takeout, delivery
Vegan/vegetarian options

Haymaker
Like chef Brian Clevenger's other restaurants, Haymaker features a mix of handmade pasta and local seafood and vegetables, but it also adds some more typical American dishes like a burger and a grilled prime New York steak.
Eastlake and West Seattle
Onsite and outdoor dining, takeout, delivery
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegetarian options

Ocho
The dark, cozy tapas bar has a $35 three-course dinner menu with options like flamenquin (chorizo in puff pastry with roasted peppers, sweet onions, and smoked gouda queso), dumplings, grilled bavette steak skewers, and chocolate churro truffles.
Ballard
Onsite and outdoor dining, takeout, delivery
Family-owned, indigenous owned
Locally sourced, gluten-free options, vegan/vegetarian options