9 Best Restaurants in Queen Anne, Seattle

Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

$$ Fodor's choice
When the family behind a fifth-generation shellfish farm decides to open a restaurant devoted to their signature products, the result is a temple to those oysters, mussels, and clams. Cool colors, a metal bar, and big windows give the urban restaurant a distinctly beachy feel, which seems appropriate for digging into dozens of the region's acclaimed bivalves. Start with the raw oysters and a few other types of chilled seafood for the most pure taste of the Pacific Northwest, but know there's plenty of chowder and steamed mussels to warm you up afterwards.

wa'z

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Art meets seasonal ingredients in the traditional multi-course kaiseki meal, and here, it also intersects with the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Eight courses of local seafood, premium meat, and foraged treasures show off the chef's mastery of various techniques. Look for fresh nigiri, grilled Wagyu beef, and refreshing broths, served at the chef's counter or the tables, in a minimalist setting that keeps the focus on the quite attractive plates. 

Canlis Restaurant

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Canlis has been setting the standard for opulent dining in Seattle since the 1950s, and the food, wine, practically clairvoyant service, and views overlooking Lake Union are still remarkable. Executive chef Aisha Ibrahim draws on local flavors and her own experience at Asia's top restaurants to flavor the finest meat and freshest produce. The prix fixe menu offers a choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert, but includes many more courses and plenty of surprises. Men are requested to wear a suit or sport coat and casual or athletic attire is not permitted.  If the dining room seems too formal, the bar menu is more wallet-friendly and you don't need a reservation.

2576 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, 98109, USA
206-283–3313
Known For
  • stunning views
  • impeccable service
  • unbeatable entrées
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch, Reservations essential, Jacket required

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Dick's Drive-In

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You won't find a quicker or more affordable snack than a few burgers and a milkshake at this Seattle classic. The only location of the local chain (dating back to 1954) that offers indoor dining, its bargain-basement prices and late-night hours make it an enduring favorite. 

500 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle, 98109, USA
206-285–5155
Known For
  • fair pay for employees
  • Seattle institution
  • beloved burgers (even if they're not the best in town)

Eden Hill

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This tiny, 24-seat restaurant quietly turns out exciting and innovative food in the form of visually stunning small plates. Tables are seated beside wide windows overlooking the serene side of Queen Anne. Along with the a la carte menu, a five-course chef's tasting menu is always available and includes special local ingredients like geoduck (giant clam). The beautiful dishes always feature intriguing local ingredients and products such as licorice mint and black garlic maple butter. The chef’s signature dessert, “lick the bowl,” is an unmissable riff on cake batter made with foie gras.

If you're looking for something more casual, head to the kid-friendly sister restaurant, Big Max Burger Co., a block away.

2209 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle, 98109, USA
206-708–6836
Known For
  • signature dessert "lick the bowl" made with foie gras
  • grand tasting menu requires reservations
  • daily changing menus
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Reservations recommended

How to Cook a Wolf

$$$

This sleek eatery features fresh, artisanal ingredients. Starters run the gamut from cured-meat platters to roasted almonds, pork terrine, chicken-liver mousse, and arugula salad, while tasty mains focus on simple handmade pastas, like orecchiette with sausage, garlic, and ricotta.

Paju

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This small restaurant brings together the flavors and techniques of Korean cuisine and cutting-edge global style to create a unique, innovative combination. The concise menu features intriguing combinations such as pistachio cream and lettuce, along with new spins on comforting classics, like the beloved house fried rice with squid ink. Though portions are on the light side, that just makes it easier to order everything you want to try, and all of the dishes come to the table looking like works of art.

11 Mercer St., Seattle, 98109, USA
206-829–8215
Known For
  • beautiful presentation
  • pairs well with beer
  • progressive Korean cuisine
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch weekdays, Reservations recommended

Queen Cà Phê

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Quick and sleek, this bubble tea and banh mi shop makes it easy to pop in for a customized beverage or flavorful sandwich. The screen menu shows the extensive tea and coffee options, including pink salt cheese crema. The food menu also includes vermicelli bowls, pho, and a few small bites if you're sticking around at the indoor tables or the parking lot patio.

Seattle Center Armory

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A complete remodel changed the Seattle Center food court from an only-if-you're-desperate stop into a quick-bite destination. Several local restaurant groups have erected walk-up windows or shops here, from skillet burgers to Seattle fudge. The space, redesigned by Graham Baba Architects (responsible for several of the sleekest historic remodels around town), harkens back to the building's original use as a wartime armory, revealing big steel columns but opening up more light and space to enjoy your meal.