Sure, Seattle may have a few problems, but a lack of new restaurants opening isn't one of them... however, picking the ones that are actually worth trying can be. If only someone would, like, assemble a list of Seattle's best new restaurants of 2014 or something. Oh, wait!
Seattle's 11 best new restaurants of 2014
This new Capitol Hill spot by Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi of Revel and Joule is a four parter: sections include separate spots for noodles, BBQ, cocktails, and dessert. Highlights include the Baller -- a meat tower that gets you a whole lot of everything to prepare yourself at the table, and their unique parfaits served right out of the truck up front.
This Pioneer Square newbie replaced the beloved Dome Burger earlier this year, and while they've got a slew of sweet meat-wiches, the Gangnam burger (complete with a Kalbi-style marinated patty, house-made oriental coleslaw, garlic aioli, and house-roasted garlic mayo) is definitely the way to go.
Nestled in the once sleepy neighborhood of Phinney Ridge, this Northwestern-inspired restaurant perfectly encapsulated the spirit of of Washington. From oxtail to pork shank, Brunswick & Hunt is the place to go for that hearty, meat-loving appetite of yours... because we can’t be the only ones that want a big hunk of bison for dinner every now and then.
Ethan Stowell’s latest restaurant is an old-school fish 'n chip joint in the heart of Ballard that pulls out all of the stops. A killer selection of drafts, bottles, and cans? Check. Shrimp Louie and Dungeness Crab Rolls? Check. Oddly named, but delicious sounding, cocktails like the Monkey Knife Fight? Always.
Although Giddy Up features both a burger component and salad bar, you know the right choice to make kemosabe. You can’t go wrong with the Giddy Up Burger, which touts a 1/3lb patty, bacon, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickled jalapeños & fire sauce all on a house bun. Yee-haw!
This upscale French-y spot in Fremont does not fail to please with its Grilled Prime Skirt Steak and Lemon Rubbed Lamb Steak. Just off 36th, Vuong Loc’s reputation as a Seattle all-star does not fail him at this new venture in the ‘hood.
Quickly becoming infamous for its pizza-by-the-kilo method, this spot from Seattle's best pasta slinger loads up their slices with all kinds of good stuff from prosciutto to duck eggs, and lets you get as much or as little as you want, and then pairs it with a solid selection of beers and wines.
This gorgeous Downtown location is the latest venture by Thierry Rautureau and is already on a ton of the city's, and country's, best new restaurant lists, and given how good everything from the hearty black rice risotto to their extravagant beef rib eye with confit shallot, goat cheese crotin & red wine demi-glace is, it's obvious that all the attention (especially from us!) is deserved.
After a quick life as Aragona, Chef Stratton quickly turned his destination Spanish restaurant into his bread and butter: a destination Italian eatery, where not only is the food otherworldly, but the Four Seasons-adjacent space is one of the more stunning spots to eat in the city.
South Lake Union
Finally! A place worth braving the miserable amounts of traffic and construction in South Lake Union. Osteria Rigoletto is a 5,000sqft industrial-meets-reclaimed-barn affair that seats around 150, but remains cozy despite its size, plus it boast a tongue twister of a menu that you'll be... um, boasting about to your friends.
Upscale, yet comfortable, this expansion to Il Terrazzo Carmine opened in mid-June. This new addition to the burgeoning restaurant and bar scene in Pioneer Square touts an illustrious cocktail selection as well as great small plates and a generous happy hour.
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1. Trove500 E Pike St, Seattle
2. Brgr Bar111 Occidental Ave S, Seattle
3. Brunswick & Hunt1480 NW 70th St, Seattle
4. Chippy's Fish & Drink4741 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
5. Giddy Up Burgers4500 Leary Way NW, Seattle
6. Pomerol127 N 36th St, Seattle
7. Pizzeria Gabbiano240 2nd Ave S, Seattle
8. Loulay Kitchen & Bar600 Union St, Seattle
9. Vespolina96 Union St, Seattle
10. Osteria Rigoletto420 Pontius Ave N, Seattle
11. Intermezzo Carmine409 1st Ave S, Seattle
This vibrant and bustling Korean BBQ/shabu shabu shop and noodle den serves up imminently slurpable soups and grilled meat and veggie sides in addition to pouring up a nice selection of international craft brews at their in-house bar. Come summertime, be sure to stroll by their window and sample frozen custard parfait treats served out of a pop-up "ice cream" truck facade.
Pioneer Square's home to this outpost of BRGR Bar. Along with their famed meat patties, the revamped burger joint also serves korean tacos and Kalbi rice bowls, which'll definitely have you agreeing that vowels are totally overrated.
Ballard’s Brunswick and Hunt is the newest addition to the 70th St. echelon (Delancey, Honore, Fat Hen). This all-American spot holds to its motto of being “nice without being fancy”. The must-try items are the Brunswick Stew and Hunter Burger.
This old school fish 'n chips joint is Ethan Stowell's newest spot. It's only got room for 25 seats, but it features a roll-up front door to maximize your Summer enjoyment. Be sure to try Dungeness Crab Roll Sandwich and True Cod and Chips.
This Western-themed counter-service joint is serving up gourmet burgers that are both fresh and local. Their signature patties come in poultry, seafood, and vegetarian varieties, too. Consider going for the one-third-pound Kit N Caboodle burger, stacked with onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, ranch, and BBQ sauce, and then hit the salad bar (yes, you read that right) to ease your guilt about what you just consumed.
Helmed by a guy who used to own the Pig 'N Whistle in Greenwood and the late-lamented June, this Fremont Frenchtaurant is putting a composed Euro twist on Northwest ingredients via dishes like duck confit, fire-roasted beef short ribs with confit shallot, and more.
Not content with slinging the city's best pasta at Il Corvo, Mike Easton decided to tackle the city's best pizza by opening this brick-walled, 36-seater, where you can order seasonally topped, Roman-style 'za by the inch. Job done.
At Loulay, Chef Thierry Rautureau reinvents the French food he grew up on, bringing an unexpected twist to familiar classics. There's the beef burger with aioli and bacon-shallot jam, which you can and should add a duck egg or foie gras to, and hot chocolate with toasted brioche and salted butter, based off a recipe passed down from his grandparents. The name of the chic three-level restaurant pays homage to Rautureau's childhood, too, specifically his hometown in France: Saint Hilaire de Loulay.
After a quick life as Aragona, Chef Stratton quickly turned this place around to play up his bread and butter-- Italian fare. Not only are the dishes at Vespolina otherworldly, but this restaurant is also likely one of the more stunningly designed spots in town.
Finally! A place worth braving the miserable amounts of traffic and construction in South Lake Union. Rigoletto is a 5,000 square foot affair that seats around 150, but remains cozy despite its size. Order anything off their tongue twister menu, and you won’t be disappointed.