Tacoma’s position as the Western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad has awarded the city the nickname ‘The City of Destiny’ and has influenced its culture and culinary landscape, which has come to be characterised by its wealth of international flavours. Discover the ten best cultural restaurants in Tacoma, from fresh seafood to all American grilled meat.
Every art lover has at one time imagined what it might be like to spend the night at a museum they particularly enjoyed. Hotel Murano can make contemporary art enthusiasts’ dream come true. Each of this luxury hotel’s 21 floors is dedicated to an artist whose sculptures or paintings are displayed throughout. Every detail of this unique venue contributes to this ode to art, including its fantastic restaurant, Bite, decorated with colourful artwork and offering happy hour every day from 4 to 7 p.m. Its executive chef, Matt Stickle, regularly visits Tacoma Farmer’s Market and guarantees the best local produce in his number of imaginative dishes. At breakfast, the Belgian waffle with strawberries and whip cream is a must try.
Diners can enjoy a tasty soup or sandwich for lunch and try one of the venue’s specialities, such as wild salmon, certified black angus steak etc. | Pixabay
Located in the heart of Tacoma’s historic area, Over the Moon Café is an unpretentious yet extremely pleasant venue. Its brick walls and dim lighting create a warm, intimate ambience ideal for a romantic night out. Its menu features Northwestern American cuisine as well as European delights, with a preference for French and Italian dishes. Diners can enjoy a tasty soup or sandwich for lunch and try one of the venue’s specialities, such as wild salmon, certified black angus steak or duck, for dinner. Wine enthusiasts will also be enchanted by Over the Moon Café’s fantastic wine list, which includes some of the best American cuvées.
The venue’s menu features delicious traditional Italian food from pizza and pasta to meat and fish dishes | Pixabay
Deemed by many as the best Italian restaurant in Tacoma, Marzano’s is an authentic trattoria, known for its excellent dishes, straightforward décor and family atmosphere. The venue’s menu features delicious traditional Italian food from pizza and pasta to meat and fish dishes. All cooked with passion by the owner and chef, Elisa Marzano, and her staff, who are committed to spoiling their customers and making them feel at (an Italian) home. Marzano’s is a true demonstration of Italian hospitality and savoir faire!
Stanley & Seafort’s offers diners an authentic American atmosphere with old time, Gold Rush era charm. This steak centric, chop and fish house offers guests the opportunity to savour the finest meat and fresh king salmon among many other exquisite mouthfuls. Stanley & Seafort’s welcoming staff creates a convivial and friendly atmosphere that peaks during the daily happy hour and weekend brunch. The venue rewards all of its customers with a point for every dollar spent, giving dining credit as well as bottles of wine once a certain amount of points is reached.
The Pacific Grill is the most critically acclaimed and award-winning restaurant in the ‘City of Destiny’. This classy and extensive venue impresses diners with its décor, which features stunning artwork by the Israeli artist Ayala Serfaty, known for her majestic sculptures inspired by sea fauna and flora. Pacific Grill is also beloved for its fabulous cuisine, prepared by the chef and owner, Gordon Naccarato. His menu’s highlights include fresh local oysters, carpaccio, locally smoked steelhead and BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) salads made with the finest bacon available on the market.
For those who crave Asian flavours, Indochine Asian Dining Lounge will exceed all of your expectations. The venue’s menu includes Thai, Chinese and Indonesian dishes as well as more surprising variations such as salmon cakes and mango salad. The colourful and welcoming bar is the perfect place to finish an indulgent evening. Apart from wine and beer, you will find a list of cocktails unique to the restaurant. The Indo Mojito, the Thai Kiss and the Chai-tini are musts.
Argentina is one of the most renowned countries for grilled meat dishes, especially beef. Asado is a truly Argentinian grill, the venue serves the freshest beef, pork and chicken produced in the Northwestern United States, its highlights include rolled skirt steak with Peruvian purple potatoes and grilled chicken breast with lemon sauce, cooked on imported mesquite wood. Those who prefer seafood or vegetarian dishes can try out the grilled scallop skewer or stuffed tomato and roasted chile. The restaurant also features an extensive bar enabling diners to enjoy some typically Latin American drinks such as sangria or caipirinha.
Located on Commencement Bay, the Lobster Shop South offers an extraordinary view of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range that both dominate the city. Its menu is composed of a wide range of high quality seafood, including smoked salmon eggs Benedict, crunchy calamari and lobster bisque. The venue is well known for its overall festive atmosphere. The Lobster Shop South is popular spot to celebrate happy events such as birthdays, graduations or promotions. When the weather gets warmer, diners have the opportunity to have a meal outside on the dock.
Highlights of Gateway to India’s menu include vegetable samosa, chicken murgh korma and the mixed tandoori platter | Pixabay
For Asian foods lovers, Gateway to India is a must in Tacoma. In this traditional Indian restaurant, diners can savour fantastic meat, seafood and vegetarian meals that are as contrasting in colours and flavours as India itself. . Highlights of Gateway to India’s menu include vegetable samosa, chicken murgh korma and the mixed tandoori platter. The venue also offers an interesting selection of Indian beers and wines. The lunch buffet, open from Tuesday to Saturday, will enable you to sample dozens of Indian delights in a relaxed, friendly environment nurtured by the restaurant’s owners and staff, who treat their customers with the greatest courtesy.
Adriatic Grill positions itself as a smart combination of what the Americans are the fondest of culinary speaking, grilled dishes and Italian cuisine. The venue’s extensive menu offers most Italian classics, with a preference for grilled meat, fish and vegetables, as well other international specialities such as Greek chicken tzatziki or French roasted garlic snails. If you still have room for a dessert, try out the lemon panna cotta with spiced blueberries or the chocolate volcano cake served with vanilla whipped cream and homemade raspberry sauce. For a special drink, the ghiaccio bellini, a frozen blend of peaches, prosecco, Appleton Estate VX rum and sangria is a must.