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: All restaurants listed below are currently open for carryout, delivery, or outdoor dining.
There have been a ton of pop-ups lately featuring naturally-fermented pizza - Cornelly stands out from the rest because it’s not a pop-up, but rather a permanent spot. Located on Capitol Hill, they’re serving (takeout-only) pies with toppings that range from fontina, ricotta, and black pepper to fennel sausage and kale. Plus, homemade pasta and takeout cocktails.
Black Coffee in Shoreline is more than a coffee shop - it’s a community and a movement. For now, their drive-through is open, serving drinks made with Boon Boona beans and pastries from Zuri’s Donuts. To check out our conversation with Black Coffee’s owner, DarNesha Weary, click here.
Temple Pastries started out as a pop-up, and now has a steady location in the Central District. You can expect croissants, sourdough, and other baked goods made with different flours like rye and buckwheat.
This takeout spot in Wallingford specializes in congee topped with everything from slow-cooked brisket and kimchi to blue crab and fried garlic, along with fried dough, soft-boiled egg, and century eggs as add-ons.
Ramen Ramen is a new noodle soup operation from the team behind Sam Choy’s Poke To The Max - and is located in the form of a food truck in their parking lot. Choose from ramen toppings ranging from braised pork to truffled crab.
Replacing Moti Mahal on Broadway is a new Indian spot called Spice Box, serving naan, curries, pakoras, and more.
Katsu-Ya is a household sushi name in Los Angeles, and they’ve opened their first Seattle location in South Lake Union. Expect lots of nigiri, sashimi, and their signature appetizers like spicy tuna on crispy rice and jalapeño yellowtail with ponzu.
The team behind Left Bank (our favorite wine bar in Seattle) has opened a bottle shop to replace Juicebox Cafe. They carry exclusively natural wine that you can preorder online for pickup or Saturday delivery (for orders over $100), and there are plans for the space to double as a wine bar eventually.
This new all-day Italian restaurant located at Hotel Sorrento in First Hill is complete with a heated outdoor tent now that the weather’s starting to turn. The menu features housemade pasta, seafood, steak, and s’mores after 5pm.
The bar formerly known as Ballroom is now the second location of Talarico’s (their first location being in West Seattle). Both spots are known for their giant slices of pizza.
Wide Eyed Wines
Wide-Eye Wines just opened replacing a boutique in Chophouse Row. The wine store sells sustainable bottles - to learn more as well as shop online, visit their website.
Chengdu Taste 滋味成都
As of Saturday, October 10th, this iconic Sichuan chain from California will be open in the International District. Our Los Angeles team loves Chengdu Taste, and we’re very excited to get involved with some numbingly-spicy mapo tofu, toothpick lamb, and boiled fish with green pepper sauce.
Great State Burger
Great State Burger has a new location on Ballard Ave that’s serving the same smashburgers, crinkle fries, and milkshakes made from Parfait ice cream.
The Flour Box
Soul Shack On Da Hill
Taking over the espresso stand in the parking lot of Teriyaki & Wok on Broadway is a brand new soul food takeout spot serving homemade hot dogs, sambusas, queso nachos, wings, and fried alligator.
How To Cook A Wolf
Tang Food Mart & Deli
This new convenience store in Georgetown serves Vietnamese food like banh mi, rice and noodle dishes, and fish sauce chicken wings.
Great Notion Brewing
This popular Portland brewery known for hazy IPA, sours, and stouts now has a Seattle location in Georgetown, complete with a patio. Right now they’re not serving food, but you can bring in takeout from surrounding restaurants, like Tang Food Mart and Fonda La Catrina.
Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge
Charlotte is located on the 16th floor of the Lotte Hotel Downtown, and you can expect cocktails, fresh pasta, and lots of seafood.
Shake Shack opened its third Seattle-area location at University Village (the other two being in South Lake Union and Kirkland). Expect the same burgers, crinkle fries, and concretes you know and love.
This Capitol Hill cookie bakery serves flavors ranging from classic chocolate chip to blueberry pancake, and now has a second location at U-Village.
This is the newest installment from the Musashi’s team. Their new Ballard spot doubles as a sushi takeout counter and an espresso bar that serves specialty rolls, musubi, tea, lattes, and even pints of ice cream.
Currently only open for takeout and delivery, Tanuki is a new izakaya in the University District. Their menu is full of appetizers like gyoza, takoyaki, and corn-stuffed chicken wings, as well as nigiri and rectangular-pressed oshizushi.
Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
Haidilao is a chain of hot pot restaurants founded in Sichuan, and the new location in Seattle’s Pacific Place Mall is one of the few Haidilaos in the U.S. Broth flavors range from chicken and pork bone to hot and sour pickles and come with plenty of meats, vegetables, and seafood for dunking. They’re open for dine-in service as well as takeout.
The Fry Guys
Opening as a takeout-only counter spot in SoDo, The Fry Guys specialize in loaded french fries, with toppings ranging from pizza-inspired to shrimp alfredo. They also offer delivery - a piece of information that our Saturday night personas are glad to hear.
Taco City Taqueria
Taco City is a new taqueria in Columbia City with indoor dining and a patio for outdoor dining. You can expect tacos, tortas, burritos, and nachos, as well as brunch and bar snacks (like wings and mozzarella sticks).
This Japanese spot in Belltown is an izakaya, serving cocktails, appetizers, and many different types of yakitori skewers, from wagyu ribeye to chicken liver. Plus, there’s a $45 omakase option that includes 12 skewers and a bowl of rice.
Greenwood has a new sushi and teriyaki spot, and it’s open for takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup.
The Halal Guys
The Halal Guys opened a brand new location in South Lake Union - takeout and delivery are available for their gyro and chicken plates.
Cloudburst opened a second location on Shilshole Ave. in Ballard. They’re selling their beer to-go only for now, and you can stop by to grab some from 11am-8pm. Check out their Instagram for more information.
Bounty Kitchen’s third location is open - it took over the space on 19th Ave. E that Tallulah’s left behind. You can expect the same menu of tasty breakfast and lunch dishes as the South Lake Union and Queen Anne locations, plus limited seating on their side patio.
Taking over the old La Teranga space in Columbia City is a new upscale farm-to-table spot called Off Alley. They’re only seating six people at a time (as the dining room is small) - learn more on their Instagram.
This new brand of hard cider opened a tasting room in Phinney Ridge, offering takeout growler fills, merch, and four-packs of cans. You can expect a semi-sweet, semi-dry, and blackberry sage (seasonal) cider.
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 upscale Italian restaurant replaced Bisato’s Pioneer Square location. Their dining room is open, serving fresh pasta, seafood, and steak. If you don’t want to eat inside, they have a couple of patio tables set up - but you can also order takeout or grab items like uncooked pasta, sauces, and cheeses from their deli case.
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.
Mai’s Kitchen is a Vietnamese spot on Capitol Hill that serves pho, rice plates, vermicelli bowls, and bánh mì. It also doubles as a bubble tea shop.
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.
Kakigori Dessert Cafe
This casual dessert spot on Madison features bingsoo, the Korean shaved ice topped with sweetened condensed milk, fruit, and red beans. You’ll also find soft serve in many different vessels here, too, like Thai iced tea floats and inside watermelon slices.
Pik N Move
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.
Frankie & Jo's
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.
Dreamland Bar & Diner
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.
Red Arrow Coffee
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 Sushi & Sake
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.
Biang Biang Noodles
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.
The Ballard Cut
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 Dessert Bar
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 Kitchen & Bar
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.
Chung Chun Rice Dog
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.
Johnny Mo’s Pizzeria
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.