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Top 10 Best Five Star Restaurants in Seattle, WA

Top 10 Best Five Star Restaurants in Seattle, WA

November 09, 2020 | Paolo Reyna

Table of Contents

  • 1. Poppy
  • 2. The Walrus and Carpenter
  • 3. Elliott’s Oyster House
  • 4. RockCreek Seafood and Spirits
  • 5. Bakery Nouveau
  • 6. Art of the Table
  • 7. Toulouse Petit
  • 8. Matt’s in the Market
  • 9. Canlis Restaurant
  • 10. Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge
  • Conclusion

Seattle never disappoints when it comes to enjoying a good meal. The dining experience brings together local ingredients from farms around the city and both Washington State’s inlets and bays. This guide has got you covered on top 10 best five star restaurants in the Seattle City.

The list is randomized, so do not worry if your favorite restaurant is the last one on the list.

1. Poppy


Poppy is a wonderful restaurant on Capitol Hill. It is best known for Indian thalis.

Jerry Traunfield, a former Herb farm expert, is the owner.

The restaurant brings a new style by mixing Indian thali (a platter with various small dishes) with some of the local and seasonal ingredients. The fresh herbs and spices make the menu interesting.

Most times, one thali is enough for two people, but the hearty eaters can add an appetizer. One delicious meal is the salt cod fritters served with smoked paprika aioli, then topped off with eggplant fries.

Pastry Chef Matt Bumpas makes the most delicious thali combining butter squares and chocolate caramel truffles. You should also try the Doubanjiang braised pork shoulder. The interior has an urban-contemporary design with close tables and exposed brick walls. At the back of the restaurant, there is a small and quiet cobblestone garden. Your summer outdoor fantasy of eating quietly among plants is fully covered here.

2. The Walrus and Carpenter

The Walrus and Carpenter

It is located in Ballard where it serves one of the best American seafood. The place is like a farmhouse with large windows letting in adequate light. The marbled bar and mirrors reflect the light from outside during the day.

They serve a variety of seafood. Such include fresh oyster, fried oyster, shaved turnip salad, grilled octopus just to name a few. Cooked meat, local cheese, vegetables and even bread are available. For the drinks, expect tallboys.

Chef Renee Erickson is a partner in the business. She has won many awards which makes the experience worth more. The restaurant combines the elegance of France with the comfort of a local fishing pub. They sell the idea that you can enjoy your food or drink in a place that feels like home.

3. Elliott’s Oyster House

Elliott Oyster House

Elliott’s Oyster House excites the mouth of Seattleites with delicious fresh seafood. As the name of the restaurant suggests, they offer over 25 varieties of oysters. Besides, they have an Oyster Happy Hour where you get to know enjoy the oysters before the price rises throughout the afternoon.

For those that oysters are not their thing, you still cannot afford to miss out on the Elliott’s experience. Dungeness Crab, Alaskan Halibut, Shellfish, and Salmon are the other restaurant’s specialties. They are offered in dissimilar preparations ensuring there is a delicacy for every taste.

Elliot’s Oyster House has earned a national recognition for their meals while at the same time taking care of the environment. They have long-standing partnerships with oyster growers, local crabbers, and fishermen that use environment-friendly practices on the ocean. Elliott’s location on pier 56 is advantageous. The vibrant waterfront is perfect for some fresh ocean air and relaxing on the deck while cherishing the view.

4. RockCreek Seafood and Spirits

RockCreek Seafood and Spirits

In Upper Fremont, this is a popular restaurant with an urban fishing lodge vibe. Chef Eric Donnelly prepares fish well together with the classics. He has mastered the art of preparing fish and other seafood types for all seasons.

The popular dishes are the Marcona almond romesco and whole grilled bass with roasted cauliflower. For brunch, they offer eggs in different forms. Other foods to enjoy are fried oysters, cinnamon rolls, buttermilk pancakes and more.

Meat and fish dominate most of the dinner plates. There are a variety of drinks including white, red and rose wine, cocktails, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. So, everyone should be covered.

5. Bakery Nouveau

Bakery Nouveau

A favorite stop shop for many Seattleite coffee lovers. It is located in the west of Seattle. William and Heather Leaman, the owners, continue to impress daily with their unique creations. The Leamans have over 20 years of experience in bread, pastry, and chocolate, thus making Bakery Nouveau even more reliable.

William Leaman was even part of the Bread Bakers Guild Team USA when it won the world cup of baking (Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie award).

The bakery’s most popular food is a twice-baked croissant in an extensive range of different flavors. You will be spoilt for choices as there are also a range of cakes, fruit tarts, macaroons, quiches, and pastries.

Carefully crafted chocolates always steal the display show. French sandwiches are available for those who cannot make it for breakfast, but available for lunch.

The beautiful park located opposite the bakery is perfect for you to indulge your sweet tooth on a wonderful Seattle day.

6. Art of the Table

Art of the Table

This is an intimate dining establishment located in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. The restaurant has been set up to celebrate food and those who dedicate their lives to raising, growing, foraging and catching our produce in the Pacific Northwest.

The dining room is elegant with a vibrant open kitchen and 10-seat “chef’s table.” The experience is relaxing and elevated.

Here, the goal of every night is to celebrate the diversity of ingredients that the neighboring waterways, farmlands and mountains have to offer.

Chef Dustin Ronspies crafts the menu. He changes it regularly to reflect a range of seasonal local produce. The local farmers and producers select ingredients in collaboration with the restaurant.

Chef tasting menus and a la carte are offered every night. Chef Ronspies introduces each course on the Supper Club nights and gives credit to local producers who have supplied the ingredient.

7. Toulouse Petit

Toulouse Petit

Toulouse Petit is located right in the middle of the action, between Queen Ann Avenue and Mercer's intersection. The restaurant offers the best Louisiana cuisine and an array of outstanding cocktails.

The menus may have some overlap, but the choices are still many. Famous specialties include breaded and fried alligator, whole gulf shrimp over grits, fried oyster, and Louisiana blue crab over fried green tomatoes. Fish and shellfish are some popular brunch choices.

Happy hours keep the place packed and create a great vibe throughout the night. This is a fine way to spend your night. Gratuitous rum drinks are also available.

8. Matt’s in the Market

Matt in the Market

This second-story seafood classic was founded in 1996 by Matt Jancke. The restaurant celebrates Seattle’s Pike Place as an inspiration and a source of ingredients. The loyal clientele is drawn in from Pike Place into Corner Market Building by the imaginative cuisine on offer.

Dan Bugge, the owner, has made some renovations to make it more spacious. Overlooking Elliot Bay, you can be served delicious food, which honors the market's changing stock and seasons.

The favorite menu item is the fried catfish sandwich only available at mid-morning. Other delicacies include; sambal mayo, caramelized onion bacon dip with potato chips, seafood stew and fried duck egg salad.

9. Canlis Restaurant

Canlis Restaurant

This a fine dining place serving New American cuisine located in Queen Anne neighborhood with views of Works Park and Cascade Mountains. Peter Canlis built it in 1950 and it remains family-owned. Having won a lot of awards and praise, you can only expect the best from Canlis.

The seasonal Pacific Northwest seafood and produce dominate the menu. Even the smallest of fishes are put into consideration resulting in large flavors.

Oysters, Wagyu, dry-aged duck, steak tartare, and much more make the menu items. The wine program is class with a James Beard medal to prove it.

Contemporary décor with Asian antiques mixed with Continental influences make the interior stylish. This keeps both the more adventurous and traditionalist diners happy.

10. Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge

Copperleaf Restaurant

Copperleaf Restaurant and bar is one of the finest restaurants located moments away from Sea-Tac Airport at the eco-friendly Cedarbrook Lodge. The restaurant offers incredible Seasonally-inspired farm-to-table cuisine while the bar offers a vast wine selection featuring bottles from local vineyards.

You are guaranteed of seduced senses with the seven-course tasting menu plus wine pairings. Shellfish Clam Chowder with roasted garlic and Olive Oil Poached King Salmon are the favorites. Deserts are available for those still have some room. Deserts include; doughnuts with Theo’s Chocolate, a typical Seattle staple.


Seattle city remains promising for more wonderful restaurants. The abundance of seafood combined with the large community of Seattleites can only mean the restaurant business will flourish. When visiting Seattle during your vacations, remember to peep through these amazing restaurants.

Paolo Reyna | Paolo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in International Studies with a Latin American emphasis. During the fall semester of 2012, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru, which piqued his interest in international growth. He learned about the disparities that impact indigenous peoples, got a taste of Peruvian culture, and improved his Spanish skills. Mitchel interned with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducting research on food security in Latin America, after being inspired by his foreign experience. He wants to work in international development and for a government department, writing legislation. He loves playing intramural basketball and practicing for the Chicago marathon when he is not thinking about current events in Latin America.


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