It’s never confirmed on the show, but several fan theories suggest that Frasier Crane’s penthouse was located in Queen Anne. Others claim that the view from his window is a physically impossible angle, and others don’t really care about Frasier at all. Queen Anne is something to care about, though. The neighborhood is a little bit more expensive than others, some of the houses have front-yard chicken coops, and it’s where you’ll find tourists trying to find the Space Needle despite the fact that it literally juts out of the sky. There also happens to be a ton of restaurants over here, from an upscale pasta spot to a little bakery that you’ll want to spend time in if you like the smell of almond extract. Use these restaurants to distract your out-of-town guests from trying to ride up the needle on a useless overcast day.
How To Cook A Wolf is the second restaurant from the team behind Tavolata and Bramling Cross. This place stands the test of time, and works for any scenario - whether alone at the bar eating bread with fennel honey butter or splitting five pastas between three people. You can’t go wrong with the gnocchi or ravioli, and make sure to order the braised short rib.
Eden Hill only seats 24 people. And eating there is a great excuse to wear those ritzy-looking pair of shoes that makes your ankles look like Charlize Theron’s. The food feels fancy, but nothing on the menu takes itself too seriously - like a fried “candy bar” made from braised pig head meat, or an overturned bowl of foie gras cake batter with a spatula shoved inside. It’s excellent for a milestone birthday, or if you’re just feeling like you want some cauliflower and jalapeno hot honey chilaquiles for dinner.
There are a few sushi spots in Queen Anne, but Moontree is the spot we can’t stop thinking about. The atmosphere is pretty casual, and you’ll find some great versions of fatty tuna belly and uni. But if nigiri isn’t your thing, the izakaya-style snacks are excellent. Spend some time with the very tender chicken karaage, or the crispy rice rectangles topped with spicy tuna that we’d eat as a snack in front of the TV.
If you’re only coming to this colorful little Danish bakery for one thing, it’s the Snitter - which sounds a lot like a quidditch term, but is what would result if a cinnamon roll mated with a cheese danish. Don’t think too hard about the logistics of that. Nielsen’s has been around for decades, and the pastries are why. Their marzipan almond cake is the kind of dessert that you’d buy for someone’s birthday, and then immediately eat a couple bites in your car during a red light.
Curbside serves some of the best Vietnamese food in town, and their food truck is permanently parked in Queen Anne. While we like their pho, your order should be a banh mi or a couple of fresh rolls followed by a Vietnamese iced coffee. Yes, even if it’s cold out.
If you like good pizza, good beer, and consuming both at the same time, The Masonry is your place. There are two locations, and we do have to give the edge to Fremont’s because there’s more space (and they serve pasta), but you can still order their signature charred margherita and amazing meatballs at their Queen Anne spot. Pop in with a friend, and after waiting for space at one of the few tables, grab a pint from the massive tap list and the mushroom pie with pancetta.
Having an Other Coast Cafe in your neighborhood is like getting one of those rogue 70-degree Saturdays in February. It makes you feel lucky. This counter shop mini-chain specializes in sandwiches made with Macrina baguettes, and they’re all delicious whether you build your own cold sub or order something toasty, like our favorite, the Electric Wizard (ham, smoked mozzarella, and balsamic mayo).
Grappa is the kind of restaurant-slash-wine bar that’s perfect for showing off your new haircut or taking someone on a fourth date. Or both, simultaneously. You can get anything from pappardelle to paella on the Mediterranean menu here, and if you’re trying to eat a little healthier, there’s a zucchini linguini (which we promise is food and not a children’s television show character). But our favorite dish here is the seafood risotto.
The New Orleans-style creole food at Toulouse Petit is really great - we especially like the BBQ shrimp with grits and seafood gumbo, and most importantly, the beignets with coffee glaze. They’re denser than traditional beignets, and we could drink the glaze instead of our morning latte. Plus, the antique-ish and dark dining room is covered in candles that look like they’re floating, so it works for big celebrations like a birthday, anniversary, or closing on a Seattle home after only sacrificing six things from your wishlist.
Don’t let the frowny-face sign on the window at Pho Viet Anh keep you from eating here - order a bowl of their fantastic pho and enjoy being soundbathed with jazz saxophone covers of Justin Bieber songs. You can choose between four different broths (beef, chicken, vegan, and spicy beef), and we’re also big fans of the spring rolls.
We all have personal demons. Like getting along with a boss, or jump squats. If gluten is yours, keep Bounty Kitchen on your shortlist of brunch spots. It’s a bright all-day cafe that serves excellent gluten-free pancakes with cinnamon butter and fruit compote, as well as egg and vegetable hashes. Order some avocado toast or the braised beef bowl if wheat, oats, rye, and related species are your friends. The place can get pretty busy during the brunch rush, so might have to wait a few minutes for a table.
Bite Box seems like a typical chill coffee shop at first glance. There’s a Marzocco machine, decorative little tchotchkes your great aunt might own - like a golden balancing scale, stacks of old books, and a statue of Charlie Chaplin - and, of course, WiFi. The only difference is that it smells like a steakhouse instead of espresso beans. And that’s because, in addition to breakfast things like pecan waffles and egg hashes, this cafe makes an incredible burger. It, too, seems typical, with toppings like lettuce and tomato, but then they go and top it with braised oxtail. The whole thing is like eating a burger with pulled pot roast on top, and it should be your next Queen Anne lunch.
A lot of taco counters work the same way. You order, you eat, you maybe drop some guacamole on your shirt, and then you leave. Malena’s is unlike other taquerias because, despite mostly being a takeout operation, you’ll get a basket of free chips and an actual molcajete of homemade salsa if you’re staying. It’s a nice touch, especially if you want a small bite before your carne asada or baja fish tacos come out.
The massive beer garden patio at Citizen feels like some kind of family reunion picnic. There are kitschy tablecloths, string lights, astroturf, and that basketball game you see at arcades that’s literally impossible to win. Only, instead of having to listen to your drunk uncle reminisce on “the good old days,” you get to hang out with friends, drink beer from the outdoor bar, and eat a great combination of Korean bulgogi tacos and pear crisp crepes. Make this your day drinking place during the warmer months.
Salmon Bay is a marina on Queen Anne where you can look out at the water filled with the yachts you don’t own. You’ll also find a really good fish and chips shop called Little Chinook’s. Here, you can get crispy seafood served with fries that are seasoned with all all kinds of spices. Come here to eat on the dock in the summer or in a booth when it’s raining and you want to feel like a small-town fisherman.