Spending all day, every day in our apartments can make time feel meaningless. Saturdays blend into Wednesdays, consistent sleep schedules are a distant memory, and everyone says “it’s five o’clock somewhere” when it’s quite literally five o’clock nowhere. But the fact of the matter is anniversaries, birthdays, and conclusions of sh*tty weeks are still happening. When you feel like having a dinner that properly acknowledges those occasions, order takeout or delivery from any of the 20 spots on this guide.
Cascina Spinasse is our highest-rated restaurant on our website, so the fact that they’re offering takeout (in partnership with their sister bar Artusi) is like the equivalent of Lin Manuel Miranda making himself available to narrate your day in song/rap form. You can order a spread of delicious things like aged prosciutto, cavatelli with mushrooms, their iconic tajarin al ragu, and tiramisu.
If you got a chance to eat at Musang before restaurants became takeout-only, you might have thought it was so cozy in the dining room that it was almost like you were eating at home. So the fact that you can now eat the same incredible Filipino food actually at house is a great thing. They’re offering a contactless carryout menu from Wednesday to Saturday, 4-8pm, and it would be a fantastic way to celebrate anything. To place an order in advance, head to their website.
Bateau serves the best burger in the city, and for $30, they’re selling a kit that has everything you need to make two glorious Bateau burgers at home - including a pound of ground beef, caramelized onion jam, aioli, and a couple of homemade buns. Open a bottle of red wine, cut up a potato and throw it in the oven, and you basically have Bateau in your dining room. Just without the giant chalkboard and back display window of raw meat.
If you’ve always wanted to go to Canlis but never made it there, you can now get a family dinner delivered to you for around $60 per person. Sure, you’ll miss out on the generous hospitality and Lake Union views, but you’ll still get a meal full of dishes like braised wagyu short rib, herb-crusted leg of lamb, duck cassoulet, and of course, the delicious Canlis salad with cheese and bacon. If you want it to really seem like a night at the restaurant, you could request a family member or roommate to press your tablecloth with a portable iron.
A big night in doesn’t need to be complicated - it can be swiping some warm pita in a bunch of different dips, or a perfectly-cooked roast chicken. And Homer has both of these things on their “Homer At Home” menu. It’s full of mezze like hummus and creamy labneh, homemade breads from their big oven, sandwiches filled with braised lamb and tahini, and the aforementioned roast chicken. Preorder online, drive to the restaurant to pick it all up, and don’t forget a cup of soft serve to pop into your freezer until dessert.
To order Kamonegi for delivery, it has to be a special occasion - because there’s a $75 minimum during the week (and $120 on weekends). A lot of the individual items are reasonably priced, though, like onigiri and katsu sandos to creamy duck dipping soba and Korean-inspired cioppino. If you’re looking to order a couple more things to hit the minimum, some nori fries, jammy eggs, and tempura shrimp are all great options.
Seattle’s oldest Japanese restaurant is pretty hard to get into if you don’t plan ahead. But now they have online ordering, which means it’s easier than ever to get a huge spread of fried snacks like croquette and gyoza, plenty of raw fish, teriyaki, and their very tasty beef sukiyaki. And since you’ll probably eat your meal in socks, it’ll (almost) be like sitting in one of Maneki’s private tatami rooms.
Ordering pizza already means you’re going to have a good night, but Delancey’s pizzas are some of the best in town. Their pies have an excellent char, with topping combinations like ricotta and garlic or fennel sausage and grana padano. Add a bottle of wine and an appetizer like burrata with onion jam or wood-fired brussels sprouts with anchovy and crispy shallots and there’s no way your friends on Zoom won’t be jealous of you dinner spread.
Sometimes, an occasion calls for you to put your takeout on nice plates and pour your beer in a frosted glass instead of drinking it from the growler again. The kind-of-upscale Vietnamese and Thai dishes from Reckless Noodle House are perfect for a night like that. We’re talking about things like braised beef cheek noodles with Szechuan peppercorns and pickled mustard greens, coconut fried rice with chili jam and pastrami, vermicelli curry bowls, and wok-seared turmeric rockfish. Just don’t forget to add their crispy duck rolls on the side.
If you live in Bellevue and it’s your anniversary, or your pet’s gotcha day, you want to celebrate right. Allow us to direct you to Seastar, our favorite upscale place on the Eastside. A three-course meal involving Dungeness crab bisque, filet mignon, and handmade artisanal chocolate truffles can be a reality with their curbside pickup. While you’re at it, all bottles of wine under $150 are 50% off.
Ordering a couple of Taurus Ox’s stupendous Lao burgers will make it feel like your birthday, or at least like a celebratory “I made it to Tuesday” night. But in addition to the double smashburger completely covered in spicy pork mayo, jowl bacon, and provolone, the menu at this Laotian counter has a ton of other great dishes. From noodle stir-fries topped with crispy chicken cracklings to the best beef jerky we’ve ever had, a meal from Taurus Ox can make any night feel special.
Asadero, the Mexican steakhouse we go to when we want both filet mignon and tacos, is selling a steak and wine dinner for two. It comes with a choice of some extremely high-quality cuts of meat (ultra or A5 wagyu steak), rice, guacamole, Nutella flan, and a bottle of red wine. It’s $139 or $189 based on the cut of beef you pick - call the restaurant at 206-659-4499 to place an order.
The only thing that makes us happier than Little Duck offering delivery is the fact that social distancing has been doing good things for the environment. This U-District Chinese spot serves incredibly comforting dishes like eggplant in garlic sauce, buttered corn and pine nuts, pork and pickled cabbage dumplings, caramelized sugar sweet potatoes, and double-cooked pork slices in sweet and sour sauce. It’s a little pricier than other Chinese restaurants in town, which is why it’s the perfect splurge for a special night.
Copine’s weekly Sunday Supper (a takeout spread you bring home as a family-style meal) has transitioned to a Thursday-Sunday Supper - the meal consists of an entree like buttermilk fried chicken or braised pork belly, and then a bunch of side dishes. You’ll also get their delicious thyme challah rolls for you to completely overload with butter in the privacy of your own home.
If a reasonably-priced French meal sounds up your alley, Pair is there for you. Their takeout menu is a condensed version of their regular dinner menu, so you can expect dishes like butter lettuce salad with chevre toast, moules frites, Parisian gnocchi, thyme-roasted chicken, and potato leek gratin.
We live in a world where you can eat an omakase dinner from Sushi Kappo Tamura in the same space where you do yoga workout videos. In addition to the omakase, you can order a whole bunch of nigiri a la carte, whether that’s fatty tuna, king salmon belly, scallop seared with yuzu, geoduck, otoro, and even uni.
They say that you shouldn’t judge people based on their possessions, but if you have a pile of chicken tenders, kimchi mac and cheese, curried bacon fried rice, and maybe some spicy fried chicken on the side, we’d say you’re rolling in riches. Get all of this from Ma’Ono either for pickup or delivery online.
If you just want a fantastic farm-to-table meal full of food that makes you feel good, order from Deru in Kirkland. Building a dinner involving their farm greens with roasted carrots, feta, and herbs, a couple of wood-fired pizzas, and definitely an order of rosemary parmesan fries is one of the best things you can get right now. Don’t forget to add on some focaccia and a couple slices of their incredible layer cakes.
Paju serves some of the best Korean food in town. And the squid ink fried rice with bacon and smoked quail egg, the seafood pancake topped with a tonkatsu drizzle and bonito flakes, steak bulgogi, and fried chicken wings, are going to change the way you feel about your couch. It won’t be “the place where you watch TV” anymore - it’s now going to be “the place where you can eat an amazing meal from Paju.”
This upscale Italian restaurant in Kirkland has transformed into an online market full of pantry items like parmesan crackers and sourdough bread, as well as kits to make a phenomenal meal for one at home - from goat cheese nettle ravioli with mint butter to fresh tagliatelle and containers of lamb sugo. There are no wrong answers unless you don’t add a pint of their delicious hazelnut gelato.