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Seattle’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.

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Updated July 30th, 2020

If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Seattle, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

Editor’s Note 7/28: All restaurants listed below are currently open for carryout, delivery, or outdoor dining.

JULY 2020

Milkdrunk

$$$$ 2805 Beacon Ave South

This sister spot to Homer on Beacon Hill is officially open from 12-8pm Wednesday-Sunday, serving fried chicken (or portobello) sandwiches with toppings that range from pickles and mayo to hot honey and ham. You’ll also find soft serve with dips, mozzarella sticks, and waffle fries with a bunch of dipping sauces like green aioli and whipped garlic.

La Josie's

$$$$ 514 E Pike

Fogon Cocina’s new sister spot, La Josie, is a tequila bar that took over the former East Trading Company space on Pike. They have a huge lineup of margaritas made with infused tequilas (like watermelon and hibiscus) as well as a short food menu of tacos, tortas, salsas and chips, and tostadas. Plus, their sidewalk patio is open for dine-in service.

Frankie & Jo's

$$$$ 2623 NE University Village St

The best vegan ice cream in town has opened their third location at University Village, and their excellent plant-based scoops and pints are available for carryout.

Jack's Chicken Shack

$$$$ 228 9th Ave

The Jack’s BBQ team has set up a fried chicken window at their SLU location. You can purchase quarter pound chicken tenders, sandwiches, and sides for takeout or delivery.

Red Arrow Coffee

$$$$ 424 NW Market Street

The team behind Brimmer & Heeltap opened a coffee shop in their Ballard garden patio space, where seating is available. Red Arrow serves Caffe Umbria espresso and a food menu full of breakfast sandwiches, snacks, and Brimmer & Heeltap’s signature thick-cut toasts.

Sai Sushi & Sake

$$$$ 25 W Mercer St

Sai is an omakase-only, reservation-only sushi restaurant in Queen Anne with a preset tasting for $135 per person. The meal starts with a few appetizers, then moves on to 11 pieces of nigiri, a handroll, miso soup, and dessert.

Sazon D'la Baja

$$$$ 2232 Queen Anne Ave N

Sazon D’la Baja’s second location in Queen Anne has seven different types of ceviche, including smoked salmon, in case you’re craving raw fish on a patio this summer. You can also get tacos, tortas, espresso, and dishes like chilaquiles and shrimp omelettes with chorizo sauce.

JUNE 2020

Biang Biang Noodles

$$$$ 601 E. Pike

This Xi’an spot on Capitol Hill is open for dine-in service with a menu of spicy hand-pulled noodles, dumplings, soup, sauerkraut boiled fish, and crispy bao filled with things like fried chicken or tofu.

The Ballard Cut

$$$$ 5313 Ballard Ave NW Ste A

Taking the place of Carnivore is a new farm-to-table restaurant called The Ballard Cut, where you can find fresh seafood, homemade pasta, and a bunch of cocktails with Japanese whiskey. They are serving takeout, but you can also make a dine-in reservation here.

Tyger Tyger

$$$$ 114 Republican St

The team behind Lionhead has opened another Sichuan restaurant, this time in Queen Anne. Their menu has everything from pork dumplings in chili oil and rice cakes with bacon to five-spice duck and chili cumin beef, and they’re open for limited seating dine-in service as well as takeout and delivery.

MAY 2020

Di Fiora

$$$$ 1320 University St

This Capitol Hill restaurant specializes in Thai/Malaysian food with some European influences, like pad cha made with squid ink linguine, steak with rosemary truffle oil and tamarind, and an Italian basil burger with sticky rice for buns. They’re also open for dine-in service.

The Spot

$$$$ 2920 SW Avalon Way

The Spot is a new coffee shop in West Seattle that serves a full menu of espresso drinks as well as breakfast sandwiches and homemade waffles with toppings ranging from syrup and cinnamon to berries and Nutella.

APRIL 2020

SUSU Dessert Bar

$$$$ 665 S King St

Susu used to be at various farmers’ markets around the area selling rolled ice cream, and now they have a curbside pickup operation in the International District. They stopped doing ice cream during the pandemic, but they’re serving beautiful homemade pastries, coffee, wine, and beer to go.

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Sunny Hill

$$$$ 3127 NW 85th St

The Stoneburner team has opened a second pizza spot in Sunset Hill serving both round and thick Detroit-style pies. You can also find burgers, waffle fries, salads, and roasted chicken.

Surrell

$$$$ 2319 E Madison St

This farm-to-table restaurant on Capitol Hill is open for dine-in service on their patio, serving a preset tasting menu on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as takeout packages involving different meats for grilling. You can find out more information at their website.

MARCH 2020

Donburi Station

$$$$ 5503 Airport Way S

Donburi Station is the sister spot to Fremont Bowl, and the menu is pretty similar, featuring sashimi bowls, katsu, sukiyaki, and appetizers like gyoza and edamame.

Panino Taglio

$$$$ 6003 12th Ave S

Last year, the Hitchcock Deli team sold the deli, only to move back into the space again in March and make it a pizza shop. Panino Taglio is the Georgetown offshoot of Bar Taglio, specializing in thick Roman-style pies topped with everything from fresh mozzarella and basil to potatoes and mangalitsa pancetta. You can also buy pantry staples and par-baked pizzas to cook at home.

El Buho

$$$$ 9640 16th Ave SW

El Buho is a Mexican spot in White Center that’s open for dine-in service on their patio from 4-10pm daily. You’ll find things here like tacos, burritos, fried chicken sandwiches, quesadillas, carne asada fries, and a cocktail menu featuring a lot of tequila and mezcal.

FEBRUARY 2020

Grillbird

$$$$ 6501 35th

This casual counter-service, takeout-only spot in West Seattle has a menu of teriyaki, Hawaiian lunch plates, fried vegetables, chicken sandwiches, and noodles.

Meet Korean BBQ

$$$$
$$$$ 500 E Pike St.

Something is finally open in the old Trove space - Meet Korean BBQ is from the same team behind Chan and serves meats to grill like gochujang pork belly, wagyu beef, honey-marinated skirt steak, and short rib. They have other plates on their menu, too, like bibimbap, chili-caramel chicken wings, and a bulgogi, corn, and cheese appetizer.

Niles Peacock Kitchen & Bar

$$$$ 4025 Stone Way N

Niles Peacock in Wallingford is a new bar that serves classic cocktails like gin rickeys and Manhattans. They also have bar snacks and pizzas topped with everything from nutella and blue cheese to capicola and mushrooms.

JANUARY 2020

Mount & Bao

$$$$
$$$$ 12534 Lake City Way NE

Taking the place of Yummy Space in Lake City is a casual sit-down dumpling spot called Mount & Bao. The menu’s full of different wontons, potstickers, bao, noodles, and stir-fried vegetables.

Petite Soif

$$$$
$$$$ 3309A Beacon Ave S

This is a new wine bar on Beacon Hill from the same team behind Vif. They serve exclusively-natural wine as well as French snacks like chicken liver mousse and ham tartines.

Revel

$$$$ 403 N 36th St

Revel is finally back in Fremont. The Korean restaurant and one of our Greatest Hits was temporarily located in South Lake Union while their permanent location finished renovations. They’re serving the same menu of rice bowls, kimchi pancakes, dumplings, salads, and noodles, but their liquor license is still pending.

Rondo

$$$$
$$$$ 224 Broadway E

This is the third restaurant from the same team behind Suika and Tamari Bar. And while those other two spots specialize in small plates and drinking snacks, Rondo is all about larger entrees, like mazemen, ramen, rice bowls topped with sashimi or katsu, and bento boxes. Plus, it’s also open for lunch.

Musang

$$$$ 2524 Beacon Ave S

Musang used to be a pop-up, but now this Filipino restaurant has a permanent location inside of a renovated house on Beacon Hill. Everything on the menu, from pork sinigang to whole grilled fish, is less than $25. You can also expect a bunch of desserts like chocolate goat milk pudding and leche flan.

DECEMBER 2019

Olmstead

$$$$
$$$$ 314 Broadway E

Broadway Grill was a huge diner that closed in 2013. The space was never cleaned out, so you’d walk past and still see tables with (probably haunted) pepper shakers on them. Olmstead is now open in the space serving an upscale diner menu of things like sandwiches, poutine, toasts, brunch, and cocktails.

Cafe Hagen

$$$$ 1252 Thomas St

Cafe Hagen is a new Scanadavian all-day cafe in South Lake Union that serves sandwiches, avocado toast, and “tasting flights,” aka steamed milk and espresso served separately and together along with a cup of chocolate.

Zaika

$$$$
$$$$ 1100 Pike St

Zaika is a new Indian restaurant on Capitol Hill where Tango used to be. This big, colorful spot is already open for both lunch and dinner serving dishes like fried paneer sticks, apricot chicken kebabs, tacos, and burrata.

Noodle Legend

$$$$ 3642 33rd Ave S

This new takeout-only spot in Mount Baker specializes in xi’an-style food like cumin lamb noodles, stewed pork burgers, and dumplings. The most expensive thing on the menu is a dumpling/burger/soda combo for $14.

Taurus Ox

$$$$
$$$$ 1523 E Madison St

Replacing Little Uncle on Capitol Hill is Taurus Ox, a place that specializes in Laotian food like homemade sausage, khao soi, laap (which is similar to larb), and even a smash burger with provolone and taro.

Chung Chun Rice Dog

$$$$ 502 S King St

Rice hot dogs (picture a corn dog but with crispy rice wrapped around it instead of cornmeal batter) have arrived in the ID, and they’re so popular that lines are already out the door at Chung Chun. You can choose between types of sausages (or even a vegetarian option full of mozzarella) and toppings (like fried sweet potato, crushed ramen noodles, or cheddar).

NOVEMBER 2019

La Dive

$$$$
$$$$ 721 E Pike St.

We’re still sad that the Other Coast Cafe on Capitol Hill closed. But La Dive, a natural wine bar serving frozen Beaujolais slushies and pork pelmeni, replaced it and we suddenly feel hopeful.

Schmaltzy’s Deli

$$$$
DeliCafe/Bakery  in  Fremont
$$$$ 928 NW Leary Way

Schmaltzy’s is Jewish deli that serves pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, matzo ball soup, smoked fish salad, and latkes. They’re only open for breakfast and lunch, from 8am to 2pm.

Johnny Mo’s Pizzeria

$$$$ 3272 Fuhrman Ave E

If you ever had trouble deciding between New York-style and Chicago-style pizza, now you can go to Johnny Mo’s and order both. This pizzeria in Portage Bay serves everything from thin pies topped with vodka sauce and peas, to deep-dish ones filled with sausage and pepperoni.

OCTOBER 2019

Rupee Bar

$$$$
Indian  in  Ballard
$$$$ 6307 24th Ave NW

It can be hard to find a place in Ballard to have drinks and a light bite - most of the bars in the neighborhood are American pubs that serve burgers and wings. However, Rupee Bar is a cocktail spot that serves Sri Lankan and Indian small plates like tandoori cauliflower and panko-breaded mutton rolls. The whole operation is from the same team behind Manolin, one of our Greatest Hits and favorite places in the city for seafood.

We checked out Rupee Bar and added it to our Hit List.

Carrello

$$$$
$$$$ 622 Broadway E

The same team behind the Italian tasting-menu restaurant Altura opened a smaller pasta spot across the street from it on Capitol Hill. In addition to pastas that cost around $20 and entrees like braised lamb neck and ribeye steak, dim sum-like carts come around to your table to offer you appetizers ranging from charcuterie to rabbit meatballs.

Don Lucho’s

$$$$ 7919 Roosevelt Way NE

Don Lucho’s started out as a food truck, but now has a brick and mortar location in Maple Leaf. It’s a Peruvian spot that specializes in things like empanadas, lomo saltado sandwiches, and french fries.

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