Downtown Seattle has become one of the greatest places for a foodie to roam. There are many different places to stop in for a palatable meal or a legendary cocktail. As discerning chefs in the greater Seattle area, we’ve had the opportunity to taste a number of dishes and drinks at many local Seattle eateries. Here are our top 10 favorite spots in Pioneer Square!
Delicatus is the stop for a gratifying sandwich and happy hour from 3-6 ( some days it’s even 3-close!!).
Chef Eric ’s personal favorite menu items are the spicy pork sandwich called the “fire of 1889” and the duck sliders on happy hour menu. Fremont Summer Ale is also a frequent rotating draft beer.
Damn the Weather is a classic little Seattle restaurant specializing in craft cocktails. It was visited by the New York Times and recently received a highlight in their travel section. Its menu is more upscale but a perfect place for that Manhattan/European café vibe. Their grass-fed beef burger is about $17, but well worth it if you’re willing to spend some $$.
Casco Antiguo is probably my favorite place to go for some tequila. They offer seasonal margaritas, frozen or on the rocks! I check their updated menu every few weeks to see what they’re doing next.
Casco Antiguo is even better in the warm weather because their bar is fully equipped with outdoor seating in the alley between 1st Ave and Occidental Avenue.
If you want great al pastor (pineapple pork) tacos and ceviche I’d make a pit stop here. Also for my vegetarian friends… I’m a meat lover and I go here FOR their vegetarian tacos. They switch them up seasonally and I’ve never left dissatisfied!
If you’re looking for some eerie Seattle history, Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour/Underworld Tour is the way to go.
To make the tour even creepier… Go at night for the naughty tour that comes with a cocktail afterward!
Nothing is better than a stiff drink after getting haunted by underground ghosts.
Sandwiches seem to be a theme in Pioneer Square. Grand Central Bakery will not disappoint. This bakery is known for its delectable baked goods and sandwiches. On nice summer days, they will often set up a cart in Occidental Park, making it easy to get the goods!
Cherry Street Public House is a tasty and ‘instagrammable’ pub/eatery that serves Persian-influenced food! My new ‘thing’ is frequenting their happy hour from 3pm-5pm. I like to order the hummus plate (sunflower seeds, radish, red pepper vinaigrette, pickled and fried shallots, and herbs served w/ pita bread) with a glass of white wine. It is $2 off all beer and wine during happy hour. You can’t skip out on that deal in downtown Seattle!
I have always been a charcuterie board enthusiast. I’m always getting one at a restaurant, happy hour, or making it myself at home.
Salumi is my place to eat-in or take home phenomenal cured meats and sandwiches. During lunch rush it can be difficult to get in but I assure you that it is worth the wait.
If there is anything in Seattle that’s worth waiting for, it’s Il Corvo. Located in the heart of Pioneer Square, this gem serves authentic Italian food. Il Corvo is famous for their fresh pasta and their line wrapping the building…
Smith Tower is Seattle’s original skyscraper with a full bar and observatory at the very top!
When you walk in, you’ll come across Smith Tower’s very own prohibition history museum on the ground floor.
Take the elevator all the way to the top and sip on a cocktail while relishing in the incredible view of Seattle and the Puget Sound.
C’mon… How could you NOT get a cocktail after learning about prohibition?!?
Flatstick Pub is the ideal Seattle bar to play like a kid while sipping on an adult beverage. It’s completely underground so anyone can escape the rainy weather for some fun.
This pub has a mini golf course and other games including their very own creations like Duffleboard™, Cup Hunter, and ‘stick putt™. You won’t find these games anywhere else.
They pride themselves on supporting local Washington breweries.
Did I mention this pub is dog-friendly!?
Now you have an extensive guide through the food and drink world of Pioneer Square, Seattle. If you’re looking for more suggestions of places to eat in downtown Seattle neighborhoods, frequent this blog or follow our Instagram @eat_seattle!
Cheers to eating and drinking well, friends!