If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Seattle, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
Editor’s Note 7/28: All restaurants listed below are currently open for carryout, delivery, or outdoor dining.
Local Tide is a seafood spot in Fremont with a pretty simple menu - shrimp toast to start, six different sandwiches (rockfish, salmon, fried fish, a smashburger, a vegetarian option, or a weekend-only crab roll), salad, plus some pie for dessert. They’re open daily from 12-7pm.
It’s been a while since the “secret Starbucks” of Capitol Hill (a.k.a. Roy Street Coffee & Tea) closed forever. Now it’s a bar called Rapport, and they’re serving wine, beer, bottled cocktails, and a food menu of tartines, sandwiches, and salads. They open at 7am every day, but that’s because Rapport also doubles as a coffee shop. You can order takeout online, or eat at one of their patio tables.
Replacing Bar Ciudad in Georgetown is Mezzanotte, an Italian spot open for takeout and dine-in service. Their menu is full of appetizers like burrata, focaccia, and fried pickled chicken, but they specialize in fresh pasta, from rigatoni carbonara to tajarin with sausage and butter. For more information, you can check out their Instagram.
This sister spot to Homer on Beacon Hill is officially open from 12-8pm Wednesday-Sunday, serving fried chicken (or portobello) sandwiches with toppings that range from pickles and mayo to hot honey and ham. You’ll also find soft serve with dips, mozzarella sticks, and waffle fries with a bunch of dipping sauces like green aioli and whipped garlic.
South Park has a new cafe that serves breakfast and lunch for dine-in service or takeout. They have everything from a breakfast burrito to an heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with ricotta. You can find out more on their website
This great burger joint on Capitol Hill has a brand new location in Pioneer Square. You can expect the same tasty burgers, fries, and hoppy garlic mayo, plus, if you’re not in the mood for beef, Two Doors Down has veggie, Impossible, and Beyond patty options, too.
Fogon Cocina’s new sister spot, La Josie, is a tequila bar that took over the former East Trading Company space on Pike. They have a huge lineup of margaritas made with infused tequilas (like watermelon and hibiscus) as well as a short food menu of tacos, tortas, salsas and chips, and tostadas. Plus, their sidewalk patio is open for dine-in service.
Pik-N-Move is a new Indian spot right off 99 near Green Lake, and they specialize in pizza, cake, snacks like pakora and samosas, and kathi rolls. They’re open for takeout and delivery only.
The best vegan ice cream in town has opened their third location at University Village, and their excellent plant-based scoops and pints are available for carryout.
This new diner in Fremont has things like fried chicken and Hong Kong-style bubble waffles, pineapple French toast, fish tacos, and a full bar menu of cocktails, beer, and spiked vegan grasshopper slushies. They’re open from 10am-10pm, and they also have Happy Hour from 2-5pm.
The Jack’s BBQ team has set up a fried chicken window at their SLU location. You can purchase quarter pound chicken tenders, sandwiches, and sides for takeout or delivery.
The team behind Brimmer & Heeltap opened a coffee shop in their Ballard garden patio space, where seating is available. Red Arrow serves Caffe Umbria espresso and a food menu full of breakfast sandwiches, snacks, and Brimmer & Heeltap’s signature thick-cut toasts.
Sai is an omakase-only, reservation-only sushi restaurant in Queen Anne with a preset tasting for $135 per person. The meal starts with a few appetizers, then moves on to 11 pieces of nigiri, a handroll, miso soup, and dessert.
Sazon D’la Baja’s second location in Queen Anne has seven different types of ceviche, including smoked salmon, in case you’re craving raw fish on a patio this summer. You can also get tacos, tortas, espresso, and dishes like chilaquiles and shrimp omelettes with chorizo sauce.
This Xi’an spot on Capitol Hill is open for dine-in service with a menu of spicy hand-pulled noodles, dumplings, soup, sauerkraut boiled fish, and crispy bao filled with things like fried chicken or tofu.
Taking the place of Carnivore is a new farm-to-table restaurant called The Ballard Cut, where you can find fresh seafood, homemade pasta, and a bunch of cocktails with Japanese whiskey. They are serving takeout, but you can also make a dine-in reservation here.
The team behind Lionhead has opened another Sichuan restaurant, this time in Queen Anne. Their menu has everything from pork dumplings in chili oil and rice cakes with bacon to five-spice duck and chili cumin beef, and they’re open for limited seating dine-in service as well as takeout and delivery.
This Capitol Hill restaurant specializes in Thai/Malaysian food with some European influences, like pad cha made with squid ink linguine, steak with rosemary truffle oil and tamarind, and an Italian basil burger with sticky rice for buns. They’re also open for dine-in service.
The Spot is a new coffee shop in West Seattle that serves a full menu of espresso drinks as well as breakfast sandwiches and homemade waffles with toppings ranging from syrup and cinnamon to berries and Nutella.
Susu used to be at various farmers’ markets around the area selling rolled ice cream, and now they have a curbside pickup operation in the International District. They stopped doing ice cream during the pandemic, but they’re serving beautiful homemade pastries, coffee, wine, and beer to go.
The Stoneburner team has opened a second pizza spot in Sunset Hill serving both round and thick Detroit-style pies. You can also find burgers, waffle fries, salads, and roasted chicken.
This farm-to-table restaurant on Capitol Hill is open for dine-in service on their patio, serving a preset tasting menu on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as takeout packages involving different meats for grilling. You can find out more information at their website.
Donburi Station is the sister spot to Fremont Bowl, and the menu is pretty similar, featuring sashimi bowls, katsu, sukiyaki, and appetizers like gyoza and edamame.
Last year, the Hitchcock Deli team sold the deli, only to move back into the space again in March and make it a pizza shop. Panino Taglio is the Georgetown offshoot of Bar Taglio, specializing in thick Roman-style pies topped with everything from fresh mozzarella and basil to potatoes and mangalitsa pancetta. You can also buy pantry staples and par-baked pizzas to cook at home.
El Buho is a Mexican spot in White Center that’s open for dine-in service on their patio from 4-10pm daily. You’ll find things here like tacos, burritos, fried chicken sandwiches, quesadillas, carne asada fries, and a cocktail menu featuring a lot of tequila and mezcal.
This casual counter-service, takeout-only spot in West Seattle has a menu of teriyaki, Hawaiian lunch plates, fried vegetables, chicken sandwiches, and noodles.
Something is finally open in the old Trove space - Meet Korean BBQ is from the same team behind Chan and serves meats to grill like gochujang pork belly, wagyu beef, honey-marinated skirt steak, and short rib. They have other plates on their menu, too, like bibimbap, chili-caramel chicken wings, and a bulgogi, corn, and cheese appetizer.
Niles Peacock in Wallingford is a new bar that serves classic cocktails like gin rickeys and Manhattans. They also have bar snacks and pizzas topped with everything from nutella and blue cheese to capicola and mushrooms.
Taking the place of Yummy Space in Lake City is a casual sit-down dumpling spot called Mount & Bao. The menu’s full of different wontons, potstickers, bao, noodles, and stir-fried vegetables.
This is a new wine bar on Beacon Hill from the same team behind Vif. They serve exclusively-natural wine as well as French snacks like chicken liver mousse and ham tartines.
Revel is finally back in Fremont. The Korean restaurant and one of our Greatest Hits was temporarily located in South Lake Union while their permanent location finished renovations. They’re serving the same menu of rice bowls, kimchi pancakes, dumplings, salads, and noodles, but their liquor license is still pending.
This is the third restaurant from the same team behind Suika and Tamari Bar. And while those other two spots specialize in small plates and drinking snacks, Rondo is all about larger entrees, like mazemen, ramen, rice bowls topped with sashimi or katsu, and bento boxes. Plus, it’s also open for lunch.
Musang used to be a pop-up, but now this Filipino restaurant has a permanent location inside of a renovated house on Beacon Hill. Everything on the menu, from pork sinigang to whole grilled fish, is less than $25. You can also expect a bunch of desserts like chocolate goat milk pudding and leche flan.
Broadway Grill was a huge diner that closed in 2013. The space was never cleaned out, so you’d walk past and still see tables with (probably haunted) pepper shakers on them. Olmstead is now open in the space serving an upscale diner menu of things like sandwiches, poutine, toasts, brunch, and cocktails.
Cafe Hagen is a new Scanadavian all-day cafe in South Lake Union that serves sandwiches, avocado toast, and “tasting flights,” aka steamed milk and espresso served separately and together along with a cup of chocolate.
Zaika is a new Indian restaurant on Capitol Hill where Tango used to be. This big, colorful spot is already open for both lunch and dinner serving dishes like fried paneer sticks, apricot chicken kebabs, tacos, and burrata.
This new takeout-only spot in Mount Baker specializes in xi’an-style food like cumin lamb noodles, stewed pork burgers, and dumplings. The most expensive thing on the menu is a dumpling/burger/soda combo for $14.
Replacing Little Uncle on Capitol Hill is Taurus Ox, a place that specializes in Laotian food like homemade sausage, khao soi, laap (which is similar to larb), and even a smash burger with provolone and taro.
Rice hot dogs (picture a corn dog but with crispy rice wrapped around it instead of cornmeal batter) have arrived in the ID, and they’re so popular that lines are already out the door at Chung Chun. You can choose between types of sausages (or even a vegetarian option full of mozzarella) and toppings (like fried sweet potato, crushed ramen noodles, or cheddar).
We’re still sad that the Other Coast Cafe on Capitol Hill closed. But La Dive, a natural wine bar serving frozen Beaujolais slushies and pork pelmeni, replaced it and we suddenly feel hopeful.
Schmaltzy’s is Jewish deli that serves pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, matzo ball soup, smoked fish salad, and latkes. They’re only open for breakfast and lunch, from 8am to 2pm.
If you ever had trouble deciding between New York-style and Chicago-style pizza, now you can go to Johnny Mo’s and order both. This pizzeria in Portage Bay serves everything from thin pies topped with vodka sauce and peas, to deep-dish ones filled with sausage and pepperoni.
It can be hard to find a place in Ballard to have drinks and a light bite - most of the bars in the neighborhood are American pubs that serve burgers and wings. However, Rupee Bar is a cocktail spot that serves Sri Lankan and Indian small plates like tandoori cauliflower and panko-breaded mutton rolls. The whole operation is from the same team behind Manolin, one of our Greatest Hits and favorite places in the city for seafood.
We checked out Rupee Bar and added it to our Hit List.
The same team behind the Italian tasting-menu restaurant Altura opened a smaller pasta spot across the street from it on Capitol Hill. In addition to pastas that cost around $20 and entrees like braised lamb neck and ribeye steak, dim sum-like carts come around to your table to offer you appetizers ranging from charcuterie to rabbit meatballs.
Don Lucho’s started out as a food truck, but now has a brick and mortar location in Maple Leaf. It’s a Peruvian spot that specializes in things like empanadas, lomo saltado sandwiches, and french fries.