We love Seattle. You love Seattle. Which is why it’s so hard to see what’s happening in the city right now. Restaurant workers are being laid off, healthcare professionals are battling on the frontlines, and people who need a hot meal are having a hard time getting one.
But you should also know about all the amazing ways that Seattle restaurants are supporting people in need right now, and how you can support them as well. Chefs and restaurant teams are delivering three-course meals to hospitals, providing free lunches for school kids and first responders, and setting up relief kitchens to help those who have been laid off or furloughed.
We’ll be using this guide to highlight restaurant initiatives around the city that are giving back to the Seattle community. And we’ll be updating the list as we learn about more. For additional resources, information, and Infatuation-hosted fundraising projects visit our page here.
Archipelago is an outstanding upscale Filipino restaurant that has transitioned from their 10-course tasting menu to a grocery box containing a meal kit and fresh produce. A percentage of all of their sales of the box are going to the Filipino Community Of Seattle’s senior meal program.
This Mediterranean restaurant has launched a dollar-for-dollar donation program called “Feed A Friend” to help essential workers and those in need - when you place an order online, you have an option to add a few dollars, all of which will be matched by Homer to fund meals to deliver each week to organizations like Rainier Valley Food Bank and the Seattle Fire Department.
Kamonegi, a Japanese restaurant in Fremont that serves outstanding homemade soba noodles, has started a donation fund called “Meals For Heroes.” Here’s how it works - From Tuesday to Saturday during the hours of 11:30am-2:30pm and 4pm-7pm, you can purchase a meal online to donate. Kamonegi will then deliver all meals purchased to a Seattle hospital. For information on how to get involved (and to keep updated on their regular takeout specials), visit their Instagram page.
Every Monday and Tuesday from 5-7pm, this Indian counter spot on Capitol Hill is offering free khichdi (a comforting rice and lentil porridge) to those who need a hot meal. You can also support their own staff by ordering takeout - check out their Instagram page for more details.
This fantastic brunch spot on Leary Way is selling pre-set dinners that feed four people, and for each meal you buy, they’re working with local school counselors to donate another meal to a family in need. Alternatively, you also have the option to buy a meal to donate - go to their website to order and for more information. Or, buy a “We Got This, Washington” shirt - Seattle Biscuit Company is using the proceeds from those sales to feed breakfast to local nurses.
This incredible seafood restaurant in Fremont has introduced a CSA box complete with recipes and things like a whole chicken, eggs, produce, and a bottle of wine. Each box costs $100, and all proceeds are going to Northwest Harvest, a Washington-based organization that provides hunger relief. You can pre-order their boxes by emailing the restaurant at email@example.com.
On Mondays, this Neapolitan pizzeria is donating pies to local organizations in need, such as the St. Martin De Porres Shelter. And on Wednesdays, they’ve started a program called “People’s Pie Wednesdays,” where anyone affected by this crisis can call them at 206-547-2144, order a “People’s Pie,” and receive a margherita, pepperoni, sausage and onion, or spicy sausage and leek pizza on the house. To order from Lupo, you can head to their website or give them a call.
Revel, a Korean restaurant in Fremont, has teamed up with their sister spot Joule to serve takeout from 5-7pm, serving everything from seared tuna rice bowls to spicy rice cakes with chorizo. But in addition to their regular to-go menu, they’ve partnered with Niman Ranch to provide a “Fremont Family Meal” every night that’s free of charge for those who need it. Plus, any tip or donation to Revel will go directly to support Seattle hospitality industry workers. And to find out more information about how to help the employees of the restaurant, check out this page.
This farm-to-table Spanish spot on Melrose is preparing meals for the Food Is Love Project, an organization working with neighborhood restaurants to help keep restaurant workers supported and feed people in need of meals. Find out more at this link, and you can also order takeout from the restaurant here.
This molten cake bakery with locations in Ballard and Capitol Hill have ceased in-store operations (except for deliveries), but they’ve started up “Project Cookie” to help support local medical staff on the front lines. The goal is to donate 1,000 cookies to one hospital per day for five days a week - find out more information at this link. Also, their sister spot, Frankie & Jo’s, is working on figuring out logistics for donating pints of their delicious vegan and gluten-free ice cream - check Frankie & Jo’s Instagram for more information as it becomes available.
Blazing Bagels has been donating bagels to local hospitals, such as Evergreen Health in Kirkland. They’re also accepting donations at their Redmond and Bellevue locations for unused PPE (personal protective equipment) to later deliver to local hospitals, where medical staff can use them. For more information, go to their Instagram page.
Taku, a new Japanese spot specializing in katsu, launched “Project Snacks,” where you can get a tasty meal for $1 if you need one. All tips and profits will go towards their employee relief fund. Stay tuned for more information on their Instagram page.
Mr. Saigon is a terrific Vietnamese sandwich shop with three locations around Seattle (Downtown, Pioneer Square, and the Central District). They are offering free banh mi to anybody who works in a hospital - just show them your medical ID card. For more details, check out their website.
This experience-based restaurant is doing a lot for the community right now - including Addo For The People, a program that allows you to buy bowls of food for those in need for $9 each. They work with organizations like Mary’s Place, as well as local hospitals. You can buy these meals and learn more on Addo’s Instagram page.
Every Monday, this burger joint on Madison is giving away a free burger and order of fries to restaurant workers who have been laid off. Veggie and turkey burgers are also available for those who don’t want beef, and you can stay updated by following Two Doors Down on Instagram.
For all hospitality industry workers affected, this Ravenna spot is operating as a relief kitchen, packing hundreds of dinners every night from 4-7pm. Even though they’re closed for takeout and delivery, you can still help - contact Salare’s PR team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This excellent Filipino restaurant has converted into a community kitchen with the help of partners That Brown Girl Cooks, Guerilla Pizza Kitchen, Sugar Hill, and Feed The People. In addition to providing meals, they’re also collecting donations of non-perishables and pantry staples from 12-6pm daily. They’re closed to the general public, but you can still help - find more information on Musang’s community kitchen page.
This tamale shop in Green Lake is offering free meals to those affected by the crisis, including children who need lunch. To help, you can pay $10 to provide a plate of food to a hospital worker at Swedish Ballard and Frelard Tamales will add in a second one on the house. Stay updated by following them on Instagram.
This upscale restaurant in Woodinville is closed for regular service and isn’t offering takeout. However, they are putting together three-course boxed meals and delivering them to local hospitals to feed medical staff. Some of the centers they’ve helped are EvergreenHealth, Virginia Mason, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, and Overlake. To find out how to help, check out their GoFundMe page.
For restaurant employees who have been laid off or had their hours drastically reduced, Ba Bar is offering $5 industry meals every day from 1-5pm at their Central District location. For these meals, they’re serving Phở Tái Nạm with beef, Grilled Chicken Vermicelli, and Vegetarian Vermicelli with Northwest Tofu. Stay up to date with their Instagram page, or click here to order takeout from their regular menu.
Trophy Cupcake’s “Pay It Forward” campaign allows customers to purchase cupcakes on their website to donate to local hospitals and food banks. For every dozen purchased, Trophy will match by donating an additional dozen.
Tamarind Tree, an excellent Vietnamese restaurant in the International District, was a recipient of a $1,500 grant from the CID Restaurants and other Small Businesses Relief Fund. They will be using that grant to provide free meals on Monday, April 20th, to frontline workers and other essential employees. The event is already fully booked, but you can check their website for more information or place an order for takeout.