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Top 5 Restaurants in Seattle: From Decade-Perfected Fine Dining to Contemporary Steakhouses

The Pacific Northwest has so much to offer – from some of the most beautiful nature and wildlife in the country to thriving cities that are becoming increasingly more desirable for people to move to. In Seattle, it’s easy to see why people become so enthralled with the largest city in Washington State. It is so full of life, character, and ever-changing cultural and dining scenery. As more and more new places appear above the surface, few can create as much buzz as the restaurants that have been dominating the fine-dining scene for years. Those that do, are perfectly on par with the bigger players despite their smaller size – it’s the punch that they pack in service and the truly awe-inspiring carousel of flavors that matters.

Lark

Style, sophistication, and refined approach to small plates and artisanal dining define Lark, the luxuriously chic establishment on East Seneca Street. A place equally suited for romantic dinners as it is for impressing your investors over some of the best culinary creations in the city, courtesy of John Sundstrom. Working with local artisans, farmers, and foragers, Sundstrom and his team have created their own unique take on small plates, encouraging communal dining and sharing as waves of courses arrive at the table allowing you to enjoy a selection of cheese, charcuterie, vegetables, grains, fish, and meats. Enjoy Criollo octopus with zesty lime and creamy avocado, and Foie gras terrine with an unexpected yet so well-balanced kumquat vanilla bean preserve, before moving on to the freshest market fish which changes daily, dressed in toasted garlic dashi vinaigrette. Or, instead you may choose the most tended Wagyu hanger steak on these parts of the Pacific.

Eden Hill Restaurant

With a mere 24 seats in the whole restaurant, Eden Hill is all about an intimate dining experience. Quickly, after opening in 2015, Eden Hill became a highly sought-after dinner location for locals and visitors alike. With a small team of nine people, Maximillian Petty, the owner and executive chef of Eden Hill, has been able to achieve a lot in a small time period, gaining attention from renowned food critics and publications. The creativity, wit, and impeccable ability to refine the most delicate flavors and make them work together is what has gained Eden Hill so much praise. Served on heavy earthenware plates and slates, the dishes impress from the very moment you lay your eyes on them. An unbelievably fresh-looking assortment of colors and textures not only look good but delight the senses with delicate nuances. Choose between two tasting menus of off-menu dishes or the a la carte menu, and don’t pass on the beverage pairings – it’s worth it!

RockCreek Seafood & Spirits

When talking about dining on the Pacific Northwest, you cannot overlook the significant role seafood continues to play. While most Seattle restaurants offer some good options, none are as thorough in their seafood scope as RockCreek Seafood & Spirits. Located in the Fremont neighborhood, RockCreek centers its menu around locally and globally-sourced seafood – from crab, oysters, and mussels, to tropical fish like Kona Kampachi or Hawaiian Ono, and East Coast staples like Striped Bass. Only the freshest seafood arriving daily are used in the dishes that range in size, flavor, and presentation. Arctic Char served with caramelized onion jam and pickled leek, oven-roasted Barron Point oysters with toasted fennel, and Neah Bay rockfish served with soft butter-cooked chanterelles are only some of the star players on the fantastically elaborate menu.

Canlis

For nearly seven decades, Canlis dominates Seattle’s fine dining scene from its mid-century modern location perched above the surrounding landscape. The family-run restaurant is not only one of the most highly-acclaimed in Seattle, but the whole of Northwest in fact, with The New York Times and Gourmet Magazine singing it praise together with hundreds of inspired patrons. While the rest of the city may celebrate a more laid-back vibe to dining, at Canlis, dinner is an occasion that you can’t overdress for. Lightly poached oysters and foie gras, rabbit and lamb, guinea hen and rib eye – each dish has been refined to absolute perfection, flavors as timeless as the place itself.

Bateau

Each bustling city needs a handful of timeless steakhouses; that’s just the way it is. In Seattle, you’d have to look hard to find a better steakhouse than Bateau. With its contemporary take both on the look and feel of the place, it’s a much needed refreshing take on a traditional steakhouse. What’s more is that in 2014 Bateau purchased land on Whidbey Island to raise heritage cattle breeds, poultry, and lamb to grow their own fresh produce. Everything from butchering to dry-aging takes place in-house at Bateau. The reimagined steakhouse takes pride in its fresher approach to steak dining and the result is astounding. The restaurant offers a daily selection of limited beef cuts selected by the in-house butcher, or you can choose a tasting menu of 5 courses. A choice of various kinds of butter is available for the steaks – our recommendation is the bone marrow butter. The crisp black and white interior with a beautiful parquet floor is the perfect finishing touch for a truly unique and contemporary steakhouse look.

Lauma Breeze

Ever since reading In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne in her childhood, Lauma has been fascinated by all things travel. From sailing as well as exploring nature inland to continuously being fascinated by cities and cultures worldwide, she conveys her passion and inquisitive nature in writing.

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