Springtime in the Pacific Northwest means many things: film festivals, art fairs, baseball, popping tulips, and — hopefully — the retreat of gray, dreary winter days. It’s also the harbinger for Seattle’s largest dining celebration, held for 12 days each April across the metropolis and its surrounding neighborhoods.
In this spring’s edition of Seattle Restaurant Week (happening April 7-18), more than 165 establishments will participate, each one presenting their finest fare through multi-course pre-fixe lunch and dinner menus. But with so many tempting options, deciding where to eat can pose a challenge for even the most decisive of diners.
To help guide you in the right direction, here are some of the best spots offering Seattle Restaurant Week (or SRW) menus. Make some time to explore these eight culinary treasures scattered throughout the area (when you’re not dining at The Woodmark’s signature restaurants on Carilion Point, of course).
Photo: Tankard & Tun
Stationed in a corner of the legendary Pike Brewing Company, this Pike Place Market seafood spot specializes in pairing locally sourced food with — what else? — house-brewed craft beer.
From the street, Tankard & Tun can be easy to miss, but those who step inside this Emerald City gem will discover a lively eatery complete with an oyster bar, fermentation cellar, and daily “Hoppy Hour” set to views of the Puget Sound.
In addition to a variety of culinary offerings curated by Chef Gabe Spiel, Tankard & Tun’s SRW menu features fan favorites like Penn Cove Select steamed mussels, Pike Place Ale-battered fish and chips with a heavenly tartar sauce, and stout chocolate gelato for dessert.
Photo: Wild Ginger
This revered establishment has been a Seattle staple since 1989, when a husband-and-wife team decided to open a fusion restaurant featuring the flavors they experienced while traveling Southeast Asia. In the years that followed, Wild Ginger became a wild success, and in 2000, the restaurant moved into a larger space on the corner of 3rd and Union. The goal was to open a live music venue in the basement, where a vaudeville theatre formerly held residence.
Today, patrons from near and far visit the stylish restaurant not just for its delicious family-style takes on traditional Asian cuisine, but to also experience The Triple Door, the nationally-acclaimed music and performance venue one floor below. Shows are on the menu nearly every night of SRW, along with dishes including prawn and sesame dim sum, Panang beef curry, and Malay cake with coconut palm sugar sauce.
Nestled on the peaceful Eastside lakeshore, this cozy Kirkland mainstay serves up an array of comfort food inspired by the flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Blending its pleasant bustle with cheery top-notch service, Beach Café is a refreshing example of a restaurant’s busy atmosphere actually adding to the dining experience.
Whether posting up at the bar, sliding into a beach-themed booth, or grabbing a patio seat to savor a Lake Washington sunset, you can’t go wrong with the café’s selection of treats and mixologist-crafted drinks. SRW menu options include garlic fries, seafood mac & cheese, and a coconut mousse with blackberry gelée, whipped up by in-house Pastry Chef Nichole Hillis.
Photo: JOEY Restaurants
Casual ambiance meets upscale vibes at JOEY’s vibrant location in Bellevue Place. Featuring eclectic twists on global cuisine, there’s something flavorful on the menu to satisfy every type of palate. Late eaters rejoice — both the spacious dining room and dazzling bar area are open daily until 2am. (There’s free underground parking after 8pm, and JOEY also validates parking for three hours).
Choose from SRW menu offerings like seared salmon sushi, Spaghetti Pomodoro with fresh basil and whipped ricotta, and warm Italian doughnuts with vanilla and mascarpone cream.
Photo: Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
In the 17 years since its inception, Chef John Howie’s seafood spot has garnered award-winning acclaim for its vast of fresh-caught and expertly prepared dishes. Classy yet welcoming to casual diners, this Bellevue restaurant features a spacious eating area and a buzzy raw bar (which prepares artful renditions of sashimi, maki, and Dungeness crab).
With SRW options like calamari ceviche, Parmigiano Reggiano-crusted tilapia, and vanilla bean crème brûlée, guests will have an opportunity to taste the whole gambit.
To find delightful French dishes in a romantic setting, make some time for Bastille. Reminiscent of a Parisian café, this elegant bistro may cause its guests to forget they’re dining in the trendy heart of Ballard.
From the iconic Paris metro clock hanging in the café to the radiant chandelier crowning the “Back Bar,” you can admire the establishment’s various antiques over a glass of fine French wine and charcuterie (while the restaurant’s SRW offerings haven’t been announced, their meat and cheese selection won’t lead you astray). Bon appetit!
Photo: Staple & Fancy
As its name hints at, this Old Ballard icon breaks its Italian-inspired fare into two menus. Choose between innovative staples available à la cart or a fancy multi-course feast of seasonal dishes (complete with optional wine pairings). A resident of the historic Kolstrand Building on Ballard Avenue, Staple & Fancy’s rustic yet warm and inviting atmosphere is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the culinary creations of Chef Ethan Stowell.
During SRW, try the buffalo mozzarella with nettle pesto, pappardelle with pork and beef ragu, and the lemon ricotta cheesecake with rhubarb.
Photo: Daniel's Broiler
Set in a historic Lake Washington marina in a converted boathouse from 1919, this storied steakhouse sets a romantic tone with spectacular views of the waterfront and the Cascade Mountains. Add that to its flavorful steakhouse classics and a Wine Spectator-approved list of reds, whites, and bubbles, and it’s not hard to see why the Leschi lake spot holds top marks for locals and visitors alike.
Available on the SRW list are enticing courses like the creamy Northwest-style chowder, Daniel’s filet medallions, and a cobbler crafted from local apples and drizzled in caramel.
Featured Photo: Tankard & Tun
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