The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it’s about that time of year when every relative and friend you have takes advantage of Seattle’s glorious summer as the time to visit (hey, we can’t blame them). Stumped on where to wow out-of-towners with the city’s food scene and find something on the menu to please palates of all ages? Read on for our recommendations.


If your guests are even remotely foodies, they’ve likely heard of this stunning eatery on the north shore of Lake Union. The inside is a nautical nod to the Wes Anderson flick The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but even if you don’t get the reference, it’s cute as can be. The real draw, though, is outdoors: Adirondack chairs surround an oyster shell fire pit where you can dine and sip overlooking the lake and a wee little Space Needle across it. On a warm summer evening, it is perfection.

Know before you go: You’ll want to make a reservation if you have a bigger group, although that will guarantee you a table inside; come early for a chance to eat outdoors. The weekend brunch menu is more approachable for pickier eaters than the dinner menu, which (appropriately) skews heavily on seafood.

2501 N. Northlake Way
Seattle, Wa 98103
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Hours: Sun.-Sat., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (brunch)

photo: Naika A. via Yelp


Where’s your go-to restaurant for treating visitors? Help us be better tour guides by leaving your suggestions in the comments below!

— Chelsea Lin & Kristina Moy