Summertime in Seattle is almost annoyingly picturesque: the glittering water, the towering mountains, the warm days that rarely top 80 degrees and those long evenings capped by watercolor sunsets. It’s no wonder locals stop just short of high-fiving each other in the street—how lucky are we? Make the most of it by taking mealtime outdoors at one of our favorite family-friendly patios.

Marination Ma Kai

What started as a food truck has morphed into a successful mini-chain of local eateries for the folks at Marination Mobile, but Ma Kai is their shining star: a laidback restaurant perched on West Seattle’s shore with an unparalleled view of the city skyline (from both inside the restaurant and the patio outdoors). The menu is Hawaiian with Korean influence—tacos are a popular choice, though the fish and chips (only available at this location) are stellar. Kids may enjoy the salty Spam musubi, the perfect precursor to the sugary Hawaiian shave ice for dessert. Board the water taxi from downtown for a door-to-door adventure.

1660 Harbor Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98126
206-328-8226
Online: marinationmobile.com

Hours: Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

photo: Kristina Moy

  • Marination Ma Kai
  • Brimmer and Heeltap
  • Anthony’s HomePort and Beach Cafe
  • Big Chickie
  • Uneeda Burger
  • Skillet Diner - Ballard
  • Bottlehouse
  • Elemental Wood Fired Pizza
  • Pecado Bueno
  • Agua Verde Café & Paddle Club
  • Red Mill Burgers

Do you have a favorite spot to grab a bite outside that’s not on our list? Dish in the Comments below!

— Chelsea Lin, Sara Billups & Katie Kavulla