No signs lead to this romantic hideaway near Pike Place Market, but when you see the pink door itself, you'll know you've arrived. On a sunny day you can sit outside on the rooftop deck, where shorts, sunglasses and lively chatter run rampant and everyone seems rejuvenated by the awesome backdrop of Elliot Bay. The rustic Italian cuisine includes a variety of delicious pastas and specials. The Cioppino and the spinach stuffed pork loin are especially good. The restaurant features cabaret and other live entertainment. Please call ahead for hours.
This may be a bit off of the usual tourist path, but for a taste of the local scene, head to Pacific Inn Pub in Wallingford. Here you can find throngs of friendly regulars cheering on the Seahawks or Mariners, enjoying the fresh Washington air from the adjoined outdoor seating area. Get the fish and chips (some call it the best in the Pacific Northwest!) and wash that down with a cold pint of your favorite IPA. For fans of dive bars with local flavor, Pacific Inn Pub is sure to please.
Whether you are looking for a mellow place to grab a drink at night, an outdoor dinner setting, or a cool brunch spot, Saint John's Bar & Eatery fits the bill. A low-key watering hole, this is the kind of place that has no pretense, just friendly vibes permeating throughout. This versatile Capitol Hill establishment is probably primarily known as a bar, but the food options should not be dismissed. Diners love the brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays (don't forget the Bloody Mary!), while dinner options mainly consist of salads, burgers and sandwiches (with a slightly upscale arrangement).
Vermillion is a modern art gallery displaying interesting and unique creations of local artists. In the back of the gallery is a bar, serving both beer and wine. Sip on a glass of chardonnay, pinot noir or a nice cold beer as you take in the art adorning the walls. You can even take home one of the art pieces on exhibit for the right price. This is an ideal destination for art and wine connoisseurs alike.
Acclaimed for its happy hour prices, this gem of Georgetown is a must-visit place. It serves delightful sandwiches with both meat and vegetarian options to them. Vegan varieties are also offered. The menu includes names like Little Brat for a corned beef sandwich or Fire Cracker for a turkey sandwich. The Veggie Sub is also a great option. Also famous is the breakfast menu that feeds crowds of locals on weekends. The venue also hosts bike races and shows that see lots of locals taking part in them. Dine outdoors in summer to cherish the light breeze and the pleasant sun biting into the marvelous food.