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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Galway Bay Irish Restaurant, Pub and Gifts

    $$ | Irish

    Steak and traditional Irish fare are served at this dimly lit eatery, anchored by a corner fireplace and decorated with old church pews. The...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Hanazono Asian Noodle

    $ | Japanese

    The regular menu at this small, long, thin, authentic Japanese noodle house includes three types of egg noodles—ramen, yakisoba , and champon...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Khu Larb Thai

    $ | Thai

    This unassuming eatery offers recipes that reflect Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian influences on traditional Thai fare, such as savory soups...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Mike's Steak and Seafood Restaurant

    $$ | Seafood

    Wander through the small, roadside seafood stand out front to see what's cooking at this humble-looking must-stop before sitting down in the...Read More

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