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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Green Lantern Tavern

    $ | American

    The Copalis River flows beside this rustic, cedar-shake-covered local favorite, in business since the 1930s. Breakfasts, BLTs, burgers, grilled...Read More

  • 11. Jimella and Nanci's Market Café

    $$$ | American

    The focus here is on local, organic, and sustainable foodstuffs with a distinct Pacific Northwest flavor. Start with crab cakes with shallot...Read More

  • 12. Mariah's Restaurant and Lounge

    $$ | American

    You can walk to this restaurant at the Polynesian Resort from the adjacent beach so it's no surprise the focus here is on local seafood, with...Read More

  • 13. Mill 109 Restaurant and Pub

    $$ | American

    A perch atop a hillside in the master-planned beach community of Seabrook is the setting for Pacific Northwest entrées and contemporary American...Read More

  • 14. Nourish

    $$ | American

    The greenhouse-enclosed restaurant and patio café overlook one of the region's oldest lavender and herb farms and feature an ever-evolving,...Read More

  • 15. Ocean Beach Roasters

    $ | American

    Espresso, beer, and a variety of sweet baked goods—including memorable cinnamon rolls and lemon bars—are available; for lunch, there are soups...Read More

  • 16. Owl Sprit Cafe

    $$ | American

    Tucked into a small space on a side street on the edge of downtown, this cozy and eclectic little gem uses locally sourced, organic ingredients...Read More

  • 17. Portside Café

    $ | American

    This local favorite, painted the color of sea glass and located two blocks from the dock and boat launch, is known for its big breakfasts and...Read More

  • 18. Rediviva

    $$ | American

    Rediviva means renewed or revived, and much of the material—wood, metal, and glass—in the interior has been repurposed for an effect that is...Read More

  • 19. Silverwater Cafe

    $$$ | American

    On the first floor of the 1889 Elks' Lodge building, this established restaurant—opened a hundred years after the Lodge in 1989—pairs elegant...Read More

  • 20. The Ark

    $$ | American

    This rambling restaurant has views of the oyster beds and cordgrass meadows that line Willapa Bay. Seafood, meat, and vegetarian entrées are...Read More

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