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. 

Canlis

Canlis at 2576 Aurora Avenue, is located inside a gorgeous Midcentury-Modern home with views of Lake Union and the surrounding Seattle area. A fine dining institution since the 1950s, with an origin story so beautiful we want you to go read it and know that it’s okay to cry, this family-run restaurant is now in the hands of the third generation. It is clear to our pros that the Brothers Canlis are carrying on the vision of their great-grandparents with deep love and dedication. To go with the to-die-for Mid-Century architecture, may we suggest you channel your favorite character from Mad Men when deciding on what to wear? (We call dibs on Joan!)  You want to be dressed at least as well as the front of house staff, who don swanky yet understated cocktail attire. An evening at Canlis is special–for many a once in a lifetime experience. This is the perfect place to propose, celebrate a reunion with old friends, or spend your cash after a winner's streak in Vegas. Start with the Canlis salad with bacon, mint and lemon, the creation of the Brothers Canlis’ Lebanese great grandmother that has been on the menu since day one. Our pros say the Muscovy Duck for two, a 14 day dry-aged duck seasoned with coarse pepper, salt, and honey is a thing of decadent beauty. Get someone else in your party to try the Ribeye and then start negotiating bites. Reservations are most likely required, so plan your trip and wardrobe accordingly. 

Canlis
Hot Spot
East Queen Anne, Seattle
$$$$, Reservations, Modern, Full Bar, American
4 Recommendations

Stateside

With bold flavors and globally inspired dishes like Hunan-style chili pork ribs and Manila clam rice with lemongrass broth, Stateside at 300 East Pike Street is a must. With two distinct menus, you’ll want to stop in for brunch one day, dinner another. The cocktail program, featuring many tropical and floral spirits, has “Vacation in a Glass” written all over it, and its sister bar, “Foreign National” a knock out in its own right, is conveniently next door. Stateside is the perfect place to go on a date, as there is so much fun to be had while connecting over sexily spiced food and cocktails exuding tropical vibes.  

Stateside
Hot Spot
Pike/Pine, Seattle
$$, Reservations, Modern, Full Bar, Vietnamese
3 Recommendations

Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

Taylor Shellfish, a shellfish distributor established in 1890, is a huge part of why raw oysters are synonymous with Seattle cuisine. With oyster bars in three locations across Seattle, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to slip in for some gorgeous Pacific varietals on the half shell like Kumamoto and Olympia. Other favorite dishes include oyster stew, clam linguini and whole Dungeness Crab when its in season. The atmosphere is decidedly laid back, so if you’re still bummed about not getting to wear your "Vacation Forever" tank top to Canlis the other night, now’s your time.

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