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Best Local Cuisine in Seattle

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The Georgian Room

Prefer dining in style? Begin at this acclaimed restaurant in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The open dining room has tall dressed windows, linen-topped tables and high ceilings with sparkling chandeliers. Starters include spiced foie gras and Northwest raw oysters. Signature entrees include smoked salmon with creme fraîche, dungeness crab and apple sauce. The restaurant also features a full bar and live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Pike Place Chowder

As part of your visit to Pike Place Market, be sure to grab a cup of chowder from this spot, it's an obligatory Seattle stop. This multiple award-winning seafood joint is a must-visit for any lover of seafood, chowder or local Seattle flavor. Enjoy the energy of fellow market-goers bustling by as you taste different concoctions of chowder, soups and seafood. Diners here have described their eating experiences here as "emotionally moving," so be prepared for a transcendent experience. The first thing you will notice is the giant line, but don't fret, it moves rather quickly. If you want to capture the essence of Seattle in one meal, this wouldn't be a bad choice.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Palisade Waterfront Restaurant

As you enter this seafood restaurant, you walk onto a suspended bridge with iron railings. Starfish, crayfish and other marine life swim up to greet you. Lights dot the high ceiling for a starry quality. Blown glass hangs delicately from the ceiling to complement the warm, upscale Polynesian-style surroundings. Seafood specialties include Opah (a Hawaiian fish also known as Moonfish), served with a papaya, mango and pepper salsa, and apple-wood-grilled Hebi (Spearfish). More standard dishes include Ellensburg Lamb and New York Steak. The view of downtown Seattle is hard to beat.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Art of the Table

Art of the Table is a restaurant and supper club hybrid that is dedicated to bringing patrons a unique and intimate dining experience. You, along with 21 other people, receive a four-course menu crafted out of fresh local ingredients. Occasionally the dinners have a theme, such as Italian wines and cheeses or Southern cuisine. Even if there is no unifying theme, the food is always meticulously prepared and delicious. An absolute must if you are in Seattle!

Seattle, WA, United States
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Herbfarm

For years this restaurant was actually located at a farm. In 1997, however, the restaurant burned to the ground and was rebuilt at Willows Lodge in Woodinville. It proved to be a good thing in a way, as more people began to take notice of this stellar dining establishment. It has since been ranked consistently among the top American restaurants. The dining concept, dinner by reservation only for people who cherish succulent gourmet food, has not changed. Focus on freshness remains, with much of the ingredients coming farm-fresh from their own gardens. The food is French influenced with Northwest ingredients. The 9-course themed menu changes weekly and wines are selected to match each course, with more than 4000 bottles to choose from.

Woodinville, WA, United States
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Flat Iron Grill

Classic American steakhouse takes a southern sojourn at this gem of a local restaurant that has been consistently delighting folks of the Gilman Village. Chef Cody Reaves’s comes up with a stunning array of flavors with his contemporary take on steaks featuring some great use of South American spices and ingredients. The same goes for their grilled seafood specialties as well. The inspired wine list with global influences won't disappoint even the most discerning of wine lovers. Whiskey lovers are in for a treat with the huge selection of no less than 200 varieties. The elegant dining room is suited for business lunches and family dinners alike with good facilities for holding private events. Head out to the outer deck for an excellent open-air dining experience.

Issaquah, WA, United States
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Sip

Despite the name, Sip is as much of a restaurant with high standards of food as it is, a wine bar with a spectacular selection. Modern American cooking with a focus on the Pacific Northwest is at the heart of the restaurant's food philosophy. Fresh ingredients and a creative approach to cooking make the food here, a stand-out. The globe-trotting wine list is an exceptional affair with good representation from most regions including the Pacific Northwest. Connoisseurs will surely not be disappointed with the sheer numbers on offer. Wine flights and samplings are a popular affair at the bar. The restaurant interiors are extremely elegant with excellent use of woods and wooden hues, and accentuated lighting that is pleasing to the eye. The formidable wine shelves are prominently displayed. The restaurant's beautiful outdoor patio with great use of natural elements is an excellent avenue for dining on sunny days. The restaurant can accommodate groups and is available for private dining as well. Check website for more.

Issaquah, WA, United States
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