We were initially sad when the Capitol Hill location of Other Coast Cafe, one of our favorite sandwich spots, closed. But then La Dive took its place, serving frozen Sancerre slushies and glass bongs full of Champagne (or Miller High Life), and now we don’t miss the sub shop too much anymore. This place specializes in natural wine, and there are also Eastern European small plates like delicious spicy potato pelmeni dumplings and toasts topped with sardines and pickled fennel or hummus and miso. It’s the perfect place for a night out on Capitol Hill to drink some interesting wine, have a snack, and catch up with friends.
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Meaty Johnson’s BBQ
Meaty Johnson’s is an excellent BBQ spot in Capitol Hill. You’ll want to show up early to secure some brisket.
Bar Vacilando is a vibey cocktail bar with some food and a great patio. Keep it in your back pocket for a date in Capitol Hill.
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Columbia Winery is a tasting room in Woodinville that serves flatbread pizzas and other small plates.
The Belmont is one of the best places in Capitol Hill to sit and stay a while with great wine, frozen rosé, and charcuterie.
Grappa is a Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar in Queen Anne that serves seafood and pasta.
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Bottlehouse is a wine bar inside a retrofitted home, and it’s a great place to get some cheese and pretend to be classy in Madrona.
L’Oursin is a French restaurant in the Central District that serves natural wine and a great burger that you can only get at the bar on Mondays.
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