The Olympic Peninsula and Washington Coast Restaurants

Port Townsend reigns as the foodie capital of the Olympic Peninsula, where Pacific Northwest coastal cuisine prevails. For a small town, it features an impressive collection of casual yet upscale dining options, some with sweeping bay views. Influences include Mediterranean, Latin, and Southern American cooking. Many restaurants
Port Townsend reigns as the foodie capital of the Olympic Peninsula, where Pacific Northwest coastal cuisine prevails. For a small town, it features an impressive collection of casual yet upscale dining options, some with sweeping bay views. Influences include Mediterra
Port Townsend reigns as the foodie capital of the Olympic Peninsula, where Pacific Northwest coastal cuisine prevails. F

Port Townsend reigns as the foodie capital of the Olympic Peninsula, where Pacific Northwest coastal cuisine prevails. For a small town, it features an impressive collection of casual yet upscale dining options, some with sweeping bay views. Influences include Mediterranean, Latin, and Southern American cooking. Many restaurants and pubs offer straight-from-the-farm organic herbs and vegetables as well as locally crafted artisanal breads and cheeses and, of course, shellfish and salmon from local waters.

The entire Olympic Culinary Loop—from Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles, and Forks to the Long Beach Peninsula(www.olympicculinaryloop.com)—is best known for its seafood, fresh from local bays and inlets or wild caught in the Pacific Ocean by local fishermen. Many restaurants along the route feature fish-and-chips, chowders, oyster or salmon burgers, crab cakes, cioppino, clams, and mussels. The peninsula also offers many family-friendly and down-home eateries, from hearty burger and breakfast joints to authentic Thai, Japanese, and Mexican restaurants.

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  • 1. 42nd Street Cafe and Bistro

    $$ | American

    Inspired and creative yet unpretentious, this cozy, cheerful place serves gourmet comfort food at its best. Look for small plates such as fried...Read More

  • 2. Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar

    $$$ | Eclectic

    This upscale eatery overlooking Haller Fountain offers a blend of Italian, Spanish, and French favorites alongside Pacific Northwest fare, including...Read More

  • 3. Oak Table Café

    $ | American

    Carefully crafted breakfasts and lunches are the focus of this well-run, family-friendly eatery, a Sequim institution since 1981. Breakfast...Read More

  • 4. Sweet Laurette Café and Bistro

    $$$ | French

    Paris meets the Pacific Northwest in this Uptown bistro, where classic French bistro fare meets contemporary, farm-to-table flair. Chef-owner...Read More

  • 5. 8th Street Ale House

    $ | American

    Comforting Pacific Northwest pub fare abounds at this long, narrow, and dimly lit eatery, with an ample selection of regional beer on tap and...Read More

  • 6. Alder Wood Bistro

    $$ | Eclectic

    An inventive menu of local and organic dishes makes this one of the most popular restaurants in Sequim. Pizzas from the wood-fired oven include...Read More

  • 7. Amoré Pizza and Pasta

    $ | Italian

    Pizza comes in three sizes—small, medium, and large—at this Italian eatery across the street from the historic D&R Theatre in the heart...Read More

  • 8. Bennett's Fish Shack

    $ | Seafood

    This is unfussy, family-friendly, casual coastal dining. Look for crowd-pleasers like the crab cakes, clam chowder, hand-breaded halibut, and...Read More

  • 9. Billy's

    $ | American

    This bar and grill used to be the most popular saloon and brothel in town, and the restaurant has a collection of prints recalling those bawdy...Read More

  • 10. Blue Moose Cafe

    $ | American

    Comfortable, cozy, and a bit off-the-wall, this is one of the best places in Port Townsend to go for a generous, hearty, and unfussy breakfast...Read More

  • 11. Breakwater Restaurant

    $ | American

    This restaurant above the Strait of San Juan de Fuca claims to be the most northwesterly dining establishment in the continental United States...Read More

  • 12. C'est Si Bon

    $$$$ | French

    The interior design as well as the food is far more Euro-savvy than is typical on the Olympic Peninsula. A fanciful dining room is done up in...Read More

  • 13. Cellar Door

    $ | Contemporary

    The entrance to this subterranean space can be difficult to spot—at the bottom of a Tyler Street staircase. There you'll find a sophisticated...Read More

  • 14. Courtyard Café

    $ | American

    This homey mom-and-pop coffee-and-baked-goods shop sells thick-crusted, overstuffed, house-made berry and fruit pies, cinnamon rolls, muffins...Read More

  • 15. Dockside Grill

    $$ | American

    With tremendous views of John Wayne Marina and Sequim Bay, this is a fun place to watch boats placidly sail by. The casual yet elegant menu...Read More

  • 16. Dooger's Seafood and Grill

    $$ | Seafood

    Locals will urge you to eat here—listen to them. The ample portions of all kinds of seafood come with potatoes, shrimp-topped salad, and garlic...Read More

  • 17. Dupuis Restaurant

    $$ | Seafood

    This kitschy little log cabin, painted a cheery yellow, served as a tavern in the 1920s and still evokes the feeling of a bygone era. Seafood...Read More

  • 18. Elevated Ice Cream Company

    $ | Café

    Proprietors Julie and David McCulloch started serving their homemade ice cream from an antique Victorian elevator cage (the shop motto is "Lift...Read More

  • 19. Forks Coffee Shop

    $ | American

    This modest diner on the highway in downtown Forks serves home-style, classic American fare—from giant pancakes and Sol Duc scrambles (eggs...Read More

  • 20. Fountain Café

    $$ | Eclectic

    Artwork lines the walls of the small, eclectic café tucked inside a historic clapboard building a block off the main drag, where seafood and...Read More

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