The Required: Seattle

The Required: Seattle

A definitive guide to Seattle's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

May 2, 2019
The Required: Seattle

The Required: Seattle

A definitive guide to Seattle's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

May 2, 2019

Hello, Seattle. Welcome to The Required club.

If you're not following along at home, this is our experts' version of a "best list." Our Required guides are comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 4000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more–no black box of food editor committees or user surveys, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip—or just to be sure you've checked all the best boxes on your home turf. 

Lark

Lark newly located at 952 Seneca Street, didn’t join the farm to table trend, it was one of its original champions. Chef John Sundstrom has advocated for the use of local ingredients and giving menu shout-outs to his purveyors since he opened Lark in 2003. A mainstay in the upscale dining scene of Seattle, Lark offers small plates of farm-fresh ingredients. With its new location in a former autobody shop, the expansive space and tall ceilings create an open-air environment that is a joy to dine in. Locally sourced seafood reigns supreme on Lark’s menu. Our experts recommend any local caviar, the yellowtail carpaccio, and the foie gras terrine. 

Lark
Hot Spot
Downtown, Seattle
$$$$, Happy Hour, Reservations, Wine Bar, Full Bar, New American
4 Recommendations

Shiro's

What goes together better than locally caught fish and traditional sushi methods? Not much in our book. Shiro's at 2401 2nd Avenue, marries Northwest style and the Tokyo style of preparing sushi in what is called "Edomae.” Our experts say, that as with any traditional sushi spot, leaving it up to the chef, a.k.a. dining Omakase, is the way to go. This assures you that you are getting the best of what’s in house, including special cuts like belly and cheek. The original founder, Shiro Kashiba, opted for seasonal specials whenever possible, and that practice hasn’t changed. If you plan to order a la carte, make sure to try the eponymous Shiro's roll–wild Hamachi, ginger, and rice.     

Shiro's
Hot Spot
Belltown, Seattle
$$$, Sushi, Japanese, Reservations, Seafood
4 Recommendations

Matt's in the Market

With an up close and personal view of the famous red neon "Public Market Center" sign over Pike Place Market, American food reaches its peak at Matt's in the Market at 94 Pike Street # 32. Picture yourself with a brisket sandwich, a lamb burger, fried oyster po' boy, or seafood stew. Perfect for a power lunch (followed by a power nap), or a satisfying dinner before taking an evening stroll, Matt's is great for when all those seasonal small plates and itty bitty Kumomoto oysters at other places have left you famished. 

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