Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Restaurants

Olympia and especially Tacoma have increasingly hip and sophisticated dining scenes, with everything from laid-back cafés to seasonally driven restaurants with water views. After those cities, Gig Harbor and Bellingham have the best food scenes—they’re not terribly big, but support fine little crops of notable restaurants. You’ll also find good brewpubs and indie coffeehouses in most of the larger towns in the area. Edmonds also has a growing bounty of exceptional eateries.

On the road, refueling takes place at country-style cafés, farm stands, and kitschy or specialty shops like the ’50s-style sweets shops of Port Gamble and Snoqualmie or the Norwegian bakeries of Poulsbo. None of these is in short supply, and many eateries, however small, pride themselves on using local ingredients.

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  • 1. Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

    $ | American

    Long a top venue in downtown Bellingham, both for sampling distinctive, well-crafted microbrews and enjoying big portions of delicious pub fare...Read More

  • 2. Brix 25

    $$$ | Modern American

    Simple seafood dishes and classic European fare are beautifully presented in this cozy, glass-fronted setting at the base of Harborview Drive...Read More

  • 3. Butcher & Baker Provisions

    $$ | Sandwiches

    You'll find everything from thoughtfully curated aritsanal groceries and prepared foods to a selection of creative contemporary American and...Read More

  • 4. Copper Creek Restaurant

    $$ | American

    This good old-fashioned roadhouse, with rough-hewn fir floors and knotty-pine walls, is nestled beneath soaring pine trees along the main road...Read More

  • 5. Duke's Chowder House

    $$$ | Seafood

    One of several popular seafood restaurants along Ruston Way, overlooking Tacoma's picturesque Commencement Bay, Duke's is part of a regional...Read More

  • 6. Epulo Bistro

    $$ | Mediterranean

    Darkly lighted, smartly furnished, and urbane, this hip spot in the heart of downtown serves seasonally driven Mediterranean food with plenty...Read More

  • 7. Fork at Agate Bay

    $$$ | Pacific Northwest

    It's a scenic 20-minute drive east from downtown to reach this intimate but lively contemporary bistro near the north shore of Lake Whatcom...Read More

  • 8. Homeskillet

    $ | American

    This decidedly offbeat breakfast and lunch spot in a quiet neighborhood just north of downtown stands out both for its prodigious portions of...Read More

  • 9. Indochine

    $$ | Asian

    The elegant, pan-Asian conglomeration of sounds, scents, and sights takes place in a sleekly modern yet darkly cozy space. The taste-dazzling...Read More

  • 10. La Tarasca

    $ | Mexican

    Fans of Michoacán-style Mexican food have been known to schedule their Portland–Seattle road trips to hit this festive but unfussy family-run...Read More

  • 11. Mackinaw's Restaurant

    $$ | Pacific Northwest

    In a vintage redbrick building in downtown Chehalis, a 10-minute drive south of Centralia, you'll find the region's most sophisticated restaurant...Read More

  • 12. Our Table

    $ | Modern American

    Locally sourced, sustainable ingredients take center stage in the artfully plated dishes at this otherwise simple-looking downtown restaurant...Read More

  • 13. Oyster Bar

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Above the shore on a steep, wooded bluff, this intimate restaurant in the village of Bow is regionally famous for what may be the best marine...Read More

  • 14. Red Hot

    $ | Hot Dog

    The first thing you notice upon walking inside this bustling tavern and hot-dog joint are the dozens of beer taps hanging from the ceiling,...Read More

  • 15. Rexville Grocery

    $ | American

    From local artisanal chocolates to local microbrews, Rexville is one well-stocked country store, with a great mix of everyday and gourmet snacks...Read More

  • 16. Southern Kitchen

    $ | American

    Sure, it's awfully far north to be specializing in down-home Southern cooking, but this bustling, casual spot on Tacoma's north side, a little...Read More

  • 17. The Oyster and Thistle

    $$ | Pacific Northwest

    A couple of blocks from the river on a bluff with expansive views of the village, this homey restaurant with a rustic dark-wood interior serves...Read More

  • 18. Anthem Coffee & Tea

    $ | Café

    Drop by this spacious, modern café to kick off the day with a well-crafted espresso drink and breakfast sandwich, or linger later in the day...Read More

  • 19. Anthony's Homeport

    $$$ | Seafood

    Tucked into chic Marina Village, this elegant waterfront outlet of a popular Washington-based seafood chain has large windows opening to a panorama...Read More

  • 20. Arnie's in Edmonds

    $$$ | Seafood

    Directly across from the sound, this classic, reasonably priced seafood house (with another branch in Mukilteo) has expansive views of the water...Read More

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