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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

    $ | American

    Even if you're not a beer aficionado, this spacious, chatter-filled brewpub in a modern industrial building near Whatcom Creek and the Maritime...Read More

  • 12. Chuckanut Manor

    $$$ | American

    The old-fashioned, glassed-in dining room and bar overlook the mouth of the Samish River, Samish Bay, and the mudflats, where great blue herons...Read More

  • 13. Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar

    $$$ | Pacific Northwest

    The marina views are only part of the appeal of this bright, modern bistro overlooking West Bay. It's the innovative, beautifully presented...Read More

  • 14. Fish Tale BrewPub

    $ | American

    This long-running microbrewery and tavern in a slightly industrial section of downtown has a bustling, open dining room with mounted fish on...Read More

  • 15. JW

    $$ | Pacific Northwest

    This elegant yet unfussy downtown bistro is one of Gig Harbor's top picks for memorable dinners. The kitchen turns out creative, seasonally...Read More

  • 16. New Moon Cafe

    $ | American

    This cheery, simple downtown breakfast and lunch spot renowned for its house-made blackberry jam and funky vibe is a cooperative, owned entirely...Read More

  • 17. Over The Moon Cafe

    $$$ | Pacific Northwest

    Tucked down an alley near Wright Park, the theater district, and several popular antiques shops, this quirky and cozy neighborhood bistro serves...Read More

  • 18. Pacific Grill

    $$$ | Modern American

    With its clubby interior, huge wine list, and proximity to downtown hotels and attractions, it's easy to see how this flashy restaurant is a...Read More

  • 19. Patty's Place at 19 Mile House

    $ | American

    For a memorable meal midway up Spirit Lake Highway, drop by this rustic roadhouse with a veranda overlooking the North Fork Toutle River—be...Read More

  • 20. Snoqualmie Taproom & Brewery

    $ | American

    This bustling, spacious Old Town brewpub and casual restaurant is renowned for its craft beers, including a much-acclaimed Steam Train Porter...Read More

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