General Porpoise Photo: Jeremy Price

Hot New Restaurants

General Porpoise Photo: Jeremy Price

Seattle’s culinary scene brims with new eateries opening up left and right. From restaurants by beloved local chefs to buzzy new hot spots, here’s where to get in on the food boom.

After a morning exploring Pike Place Market, lunch calls for a hearty brisket or porchetta sandwich from recently rebooted Dot’s Butcher and Deli (94 Pike St; A few blocks east, Scout serves upscale seasonal fare—splurge on the intimate 15-course Chef’s Counter dining experience—at the newly minted Thompson Hotel (*110 Stewart St; If it’s epic views you’re looking for, head to the rooftop for sibling lounge The Nest, which is quickly becoming one of the city’s most coveted spots to grab a bite.

South Lake Union is home to a host of fresh faces, from new Wagyu steakhouse The Butcher’s Table (*2121 Westlake Ave N; to Vestal (513 Westlake Ave N;, with local restaurateur Josh Henderson himself (the force behind Scout and The Nest) at the chef’s counter crafting hearth-fired Pacific Northwest fare.

Always a trendsetter when it comes to the culinary scene, the Capitol Hill neighborhood recently welcomed Upper Bar Ferdinand (1424 11th Ave;, a wine bar highlighting Japanese seafood. In the last year James Beard Award–winning chef Renee Erickson (page 12) has made her own contribution to the Hill with oyster-focused Bar Melusine (1060 E Union St;, steak-centric Bateau (1040 E Union St;, and delightful doughnut shop General Porpoise (1020 E Union St; For literary buffs, Bar Vacilando (405 15th Ave E; is an airy, Steinbeck-inspired space with an eclectic menu.

Ballard’s Gracia (5313 Ballard Ave NW; is becoming a fast favorite for authentic cuisine from central and southern Mexico, with a rooftop garden in the works for growing Mexican herbs. A few blocks away, newcomer Copine (6460 24th Ave NW; serves modern-American dishes with a French flourish, plus a special menu for the 10-seat chef’s table.

Last but certainly not least, Ravenna’s Salare (2404 NE 65th St; is the work of chef Edouardo Jordan, who blends his Southern upbringing with African, European, and Caribbean flavors. For foodie parents, this restaurant is intentionally family-friendly, with kid’s menu options like duck hash and spring vegetables perfect for the younger palate.


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