3 Best Restaurants in Green Lake, Seattle

Bongos Cafe


Welcome to the year-round beach party at this Caribbean barbecue and sandwich shop located in an old gas station—even though the water is only Green Lake and its across a six-lane highway. The neon-green building with hot pink and blue graffiti sets the tone and the sand-covered floor drives the message home that no matter the weather in Seattle, Bongos brings the island sunshine. The menu of sandwiches and casual plates includes Jamaican, Cuban, and Trinidadian flavors, like the Desi with citrus braised pork and caramelized onions, or the shrimp po'boy with chili sauce and mango slaw, while plantains and yuca fries are must-order sides. Make sure you dress appropriately: this beach party is all outdoors and the partial cover doesn't offer much protection from the elements.



This outstanding sushi restaurant quietly nestled in Green Lake brings diners in droves. Fresh sushi is the mainstay, along with signature rolls such as the Green Lake variety, with salmon, flying fish eggs, asparagus, avocado, and marinated seaweed, or the Wallingford, with yellowtail, green onion, cucumber, radish, sprouts, and flying fish eggs. Definitely spring for the omakase (chef's menu), which can include anything from fatty tuna, shrimp, octopus, and albacore to salmon, yellow tail, hammer jack, and unagi. Straightforward decor and ambiance make it easy to concentrate on the delicious food in front of you. Regulars swear by the agedashi tofu. Non-sushi entrées are also available, including teriyaki and a tempura dinner with prawns. 

2101 N. 55th St., Seattle, 98103, USA
Known For
  • omakase (chef's menu)
  • family-friendly
  • signature sushi rolls
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations recommended; reserve online for dinner, or by phone for lunch

Toast Mi


This Green Lake sandwich shop is as cute and modern as the illustrations on the menu board hanging over its counter. The Vietnamese sandwiches on offer get fun new names like the Mekong (grilled pork) and Sapa (sauteed tofu) but stay true to the flavor of classic banh mi, stacked with jalapenos, pickled carrots and daikon, and basil-cilantro aioli. They also offer similar ingredients in bowl form, as well as a wide variety of customizable bubble tea options. Food and drinks come out quickly, and the Green Lake adjacent location makes it an excellent stop for picking up a picnic to take to the park.

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