When you aren’t sure what’s hip and happenin’ in Seattle, you can always count on Seattle Magazine to be there to guide you in the right direction. This time we’re all excited to scope out their list of the top 10 best new restaurants in Seattle! When a date night can also be a culinary adventure, you know you’re in for a good time.

We’re all about noise, fun and affordability, if you take the crowds packing the Brave Horse Tavern and Revel as evidence. But then the Madison Park Conservatory and the elegant Book Bindery come onto the scene to up the sophistication quotient. And don’t forget our never-ending love affair with pizza and burgers, food trucks and pastries. Take Seattle’s culinary temperature by eating your way through this year’s best new restaurants. We think you’ll be deliciously surprised.

#1 Sushi Kappo Tamura
Spine-tinglingly fresh fish shimmering from the sea, with a focus on sustainability and seasonality. Move over, Shiro’s and Nishino: This is the best sushi in Seattle—and it’s also the most consistently stellar restaurant to open this year.

***Sushi Kappo Tamura is our Best New Restaurant of 2011***

#2 Revel
Fun, accessible, spicy Korean dishes in a supremely likable, upbeat space (and with even more likable prices).

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#3 Book Bindery
Plates both beautiful and delicious, served in an elegant dining space.

#4 Fuji Bakery
A jewel box of sweet and savory pastries unlike anything else in Seattle.

#5 Hitchcock
Finally, there’s a definitive restaurant on Bainbridge Island that highlights the best of the region’s meats, plants and sea bounties.

Make sure to click the links for more in-depth descriptions of each new restaurant, and click here to read the full list of Seattle Magazine’s 10 new favorites!

This is our weekly guest post from our friends at Seattle Magazine, which keeps readers on the pulse of restaurants, personalities, arts, entertainment and culture that reflect the tapestry of our dynamic landscape. We’ve teamed up for an exciting partnership to bring you a weekly dose of fantastic Date Night ideas throughout greater Seattle.

Photo by: Hayley Young