Just four miles north of downtown, the quiet, leafy neighborhood of Seattle Wallingford is home to a variety of restaurants that create creative and hearty dishes using the city’s abundant fresh produce and seafood.
With such an abundance of circumstances, the choice can sometimes be a bit fated. It never hurts to have a little local expertise to point you in the right direction. Here are ten of the best restaurants in Wallingford.
This garden-to-table restaurant caters to herbivores, offering a five-course, pre-made menu that changes with the seasons. Dishes feature a variety of complex ingredients, such as alder smoked mushrooms, which often extend to multiple lines on the menu. In addition to wine pairings, there are some innovative non-alcoholic beverages, such as beet carrot apple ginger ale.
1711 N 45th Street.
Simple preparation is the motto of Ethan Stowell’s casual restaurant. A large bowl of pasta, such as ricotta ravioli with brown butter sauce, is juxtaposed with lighter fare such as ham and fish, and the menu is divided into four categories: vegetables, meat, fish, pasta and grains. Vegetables, meat, fish, pasta and cereals.
2108 N 55th St.
Sitting on Lake Union with amazing views of the Space Needle and the downtown skyline, Josh Henderson’s upscale seafood shack is known for having some of the best oysters in town. Their pork chops are also served in flint-sized proportions with charred broccoli and an addictive hazelnut cobbler.
2501 N Northlake Way.
Named after a character in Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea,” this no-reservations restaurant exudes warmth from its wood-fired open kitchen. Their menu changes frequently, currently featuring braised pork belly, roast beef with lardo and a whole havanero spiced branzino.
3621 Stone Road North.
Hidden in a charming house, Maria Hines’ organic culinary paradise feels more like walking into your best friend’s house for the meal of a lifetime. The best tasting menus can be enjoyed over five or eight courses, with a choice of vegetarian or vegan options, and take at least three hours to experience. A few of the many highlights include the steak with fennel chutney and the perfectly seared weather vane scallops.
1411 N 45th St
Ivar Salmon House
This local chain, which opened in 1938, is one of the oldest in Seattle. The menu features an array of freshly caught wild Alaskan salmon, as well as native Dungeness crab and shrimp from nearby Oregon, cooked over an open fire. The view of Lake Union rivals that of Westward.
401 North Lake Road NE.
The restaurant focuses on offering a diverse range of Japanese cuisine, with eclectic dishes such as uni and foie gras tofu in addition to traditional dishes such as pork chops, complementing the restaurant’s luxurious and playful décor.
2208 North 45th Street
This Korean fusion restaurant is for those who have grown tired of the traditional steakhouse experience. The carefully curated menu features five locally raised steaks, including grilled kimchi short rib, lamb sirloin with a fennel curry exterior, and Wagyu beef tri-tip with a grilled lemon chili sauce. Stop by for a steak dinner on Power Hour for just $12.
3506 N. Stone Road.
The Art of the Dinner Table
Each dish at Art of the Table is introduced by chef/owner Dustin Ronspies and changes daily, making a meal here a unique moment. For a more tailored experience, reserve a spot at one of the five chef’s tables.
1054 North 39th Street.
The whale won.
In a warehouse that strives to be an English cottage, James Beard Award-winning chef Renee Erickson wood-fires seasonal dishes like Alaskan herring buttered toast, marrow bones with sour cherry granola, and spicy dry-aged beef sausage with pickled rhubarb.
3506 N. Stone Road.