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 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(—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

    $$ | Pacific Northwest

    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. 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

  • 3. Dockside Grill

    $$ | Pacific Northwest

    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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Lanza's Ristorante

    $$ | Italian

    Intimate and romantic, this small Uptown eatery has been a local institution for 30 years and exudes the warmth of Italy with welcoming and...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Mill 109 Restaurant and Pub

    $$ | Pacific Northwest

    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

  • 12. Nourish

    $$ | Pacific Northwest

    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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Rediviva

    $$ | Pacific Northwest

    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

  • 15. Waterfront Pizza

    $$ | Pizza

    This popular longtime pizza place is a Port Townsend institution known for its sourdough crust, generously covered with all kinds of toppings...Read More

  • 16. The Ark

    $$ | Pacific Northwest

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

  • 17. The Bushwhacker

    $$ | Pacific Northwest

    More than three decades of excellent surf-and-turf keep the locals coming back to this big, friendly Northwest-style place just east of the...Read More

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