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SEATTLE'S
BEST
RESTAURANTS

The list includes an eclectic mix of old-school classics, trendy hot spots and stellar newcomers. Read on for reviews and recommended dishes, and be sure to check out the latest guides from Zagat.

TERRAZZO CARMINE

This “legendary” Pioneer Square Italian is “a must” among “movers and shakers” who dig into “solid, traditional” entrees and sip “grand martinis” or pours from the “extensive” wine list; “hidden” in an office building, the “charming dining room” has a “warm, inviting atmosphere” and features “top-notch” service that's “reminiscent of New York” (as are the “expensive” prices).

WHAT TO ORDER

 Insalata Campagnola; linguine alle vongole; osso buco.

In a “hidden storefront” across from Green Lake, chef Philip Mihalski's “oasis of serenity” wins accolades for “imaginative” American creations made from the “best local, seasonal ingredients” and paired with a “killer wine list”; the basic room looks a tad “tired” to some, but to those who appreciate “relaxed” yet “food-savvy” servers and a “quiet atmosphere”, it's a “happy place.”

WHAT TO ORDER

The five-course tasting menu with dishes like seasonal risotto; halibut; lamb shoulder. 

“Sure to impress”, this Capitol Hill Middle Eastern puts “a contemporary spin on the classic” offering “magical and unexpected” flavors, that are “so good” they’ll “make you cry”, along with “lovely” signature cocktails; set in a converted warehouse, the modern dining room has an open kitchen and a “fabulous, welcoming” vibe.

WHAT TO ORDER

Kibbeh; arnabeit makli; shish taouk; beef and lamb kefta.

The Piedmont region is the muse at this “must-try” Capitol Hill trattoria, where “attentive” servers deliver “delicate, sublime” (and “pricey”) pastas paired with “light” sauces and “rustic”, meaty ragouts; a sibling of Artusi (right next door), savvy regulars who say the space can get “noisy and crowded” can opt for seats at the “kitchen-view” dining counter so they can “feel like they're cooking with the chef.”

WHAT TO ORDER

Prosciutto di Parma; tomato salad; tajarin with ragu or the butter and sage sauce; rabbit meatballs with polenta.

This “old-school” Downtown meatery is a “staple” with the “power-lunch” crowd for its “amazing cuts” of dry-aged beef (“don’t tell your cardiologist”) and “classic sides” such as “to-die-for” mashed potatoes; the “retro steakhouse atmosphere” extends to “comfy booths”, “wood and brass” furnishings and “insightful” staffers – just expect a “big bill to go with it” all.

WHAT TO ORDER

Prime rib; Châteaubriand for two; lobster mac 'n' cheese.

“Pay someone to stand in line for you” at this “tiny”, “packed-to-the-gills” midpriced Ballard seafood spot, where fans slurp “expertly shucked oysters” at the zinc bar, and tuck into “interesting” American small plates that are “100% Seattle”; “informative” servers guide you through ordering, while the simple, whitewashed “post-industrial” decor feels “classic and hip at the same time.”

WHAT TO ORDER

Oysters fresh and fried; scallop crudo; steak tartare. 

Gina Batali (yep, “Mario's sister”) “knows what she's doing” at her Pioneer Square “Italian paradise”, where fans wait in “long lines” for “massive sandwiches” of “insanely good” house-cured salami in addition to other “delicious” deli specialties; just be aware there's “limited” communal seating, and it's only open for weekday lunch.

WHAT TO ORDER

Hot sopressata sandwich; Salumi muffo; porchetta; Prosciutto fig and goat cheese. 

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