The 10 Best Restaurants In Capitol Hill, Seattle

Photo of Sarah Lantz
9 February 2017

Full of tree-shaded streets flanked by some of Seattle’s most attractive century-old mansions, Capitol Hill is one of the most endearing, lovely districts of Seattle. The heart of Seattle’s LGBTQ community, Capitol Hill Neighborhood is a welcoming and trendy place for dining and bar hopping. Read our guide to the 10 best restaurants in Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

Smoke gizzards with snap peas, chevre, whey,and seeds at Sitka & Spruce | © Jeffrey Chao/Flickr

Sitka & Spruce

If you’re looking for Northwest fare at its best, Sitka & Spruce in Capitol Hill Neighborhood offers many delicious and gourmet meals with an ever-changing menu. Popular dishes include King Salmon with a tasty pairing of saskatoon berries, turnips, kohlrabi broth, and argan oil; or a dish of charred summer squash, black garlic, quinoa, and bottarga butter. Treat yourself to this fancy and fantastic Capitol Hill favorite.
Address & phone number: 1531 Melrose Ave Seattle, WA USA +1 206-324-0662


Restaurant, Thai, Asian, Vegetarian
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Tacos at Barrio
Tacos at Barrio | © Degan Walters/Flickr
First a restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, some family members moved to Seattle and brought their culinary knowledge with them, opening Jamjuree in Capitol Hill. Enjoy the best of Thai cuisine, from ‘Spring Rolls’ to ‘Sa-Tay’ for appetizers. Then enjoy classics like the ‘Rama’ with meat, spinach, and chili-peanut sauce, the ‘Pad Thai,’ the ‘Broccoli Lover’ stir fry, and a selection of spicy curries.


Bar, Beer, Mexican, Pub Grub, $$$
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A delicious Mexican kitchen and bar, Barrio’s serves up a noble selection of tequilas and mezcals to pair with some tasty plates. Enjoy tasty dishes like the spicy ‘Habanero Mussels’, the ‘Tinga de Pollo’ with chipotle braised pulled chicken, escabeche slaw, avocado salsa, and cotija cheese; or the ‘Vegetable Cazuela’ with cauliflower, roasted broccoli, peas, kale, smoked mushrooms, onion-poblano rajas, and pumpkin seed hummus.


Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Meal spread
Meal spread | ©Poppy
Jerry Traunfield’s restaurant in Capitol Hill offers an eclectic menu of ‘Thalis’ – personal platters of small dishes such as the ‘Anderson Ranch Lamb Osso Bucco Braised with Malay Flavors’, which includes fennel and pineapple soup, a grilled treviso, cherry, and crisp farro salad, a dish of roasted beets with pear and anise hyssop, some tamarind green beans with fried shallot, some carrot, lemon, ginger pickle, and nigella-poppy naan. Eat in the garden or the dining room and experience the easy and free ambiance of Poppy.


Preparing flavorful sushi from mirugai to uni to delectable rolls like the ‘Arboretum Roll’ with yellowtail tuna, jalapeno and avocado, Nishino is the place to go in Capitol Hill for an epic sushi experience. Don’t forget to order a warm bowl of miso soup, made with either tofu or clams. Even those wary of raw fish will love Nishino for its tasty dishes like soft shell crab served with ponzu sauce to tempura to udon, somen, and soba noodle bowls.
Address & phone number: 3130 E Madison St Seattle, WA USA +1 206-322-5800

Annapurna Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Asian, $$$
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Cocktails | ©Annapurna Cafe
Annapurna Cafe serves delicious Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan cuisine with the freshest ingredients prepared by chef Roshita Shrestha. She has many years of experience cooking the foods of her native Nepal and has traveled and studied the foods of Tibet and India. Vegans will find it easy to order a satisfying meal from the menu, which includes four different kinds of curries free from meat products, and dishes like the ‘Chana Masala’ with steamed chickpeas, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and chatpata sauce.

Via Tribunali

A scrumptious pizzeria in Capitol Hill, Via Tribunali is a relaxed spot to dine and enjoy appetizing food like Neapolitan pizza. From the cheesy ‘Quattro Formaggi’ with gorgonzola, fresh mozzarella, provola, basil, and grana padano, to the ‘Puttanesca’ with anchovies, capers, chili oil, olives, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and grana padano, the pizza list is satisfying and extensive. Their calzones are worth a taste with the ‘Vesuvio’, a house special stuffed with tomatoes, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, mushrooms, and basil being the most popular.
Address & phone number: 913 E Pike St Seattle, WA USA +1 206-322-9234


With tasty dishes that feature anything from octopus to quail to pork belly, Lark is an exceptional place to go for a fancy meal. Sourcing food from local producers, Lark prepares all its food season sensitively. On an evening out, you’ll find possibilities like ‘Octopus a la Plancha’ served with Bomba rice, Piquillo peppers, and smoked jowl or ‘Crescenza lasagne’ with Pattypan squash, oregano, blistered tomato, and squash blossom.
Address & phone number: 952 E Seneca St Seattle, WA USA +1 206-323-5275

Ristorante Machiavelli

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Osteria La Spiga
Osteria La Spiga | © Jo Anne Richardson/Flickr
Machiavelli’s features everything you could want in an Italian restaurant, including a gluten free pasta option. With delicious classics like the ‘Spaghetti and Meatballs’, ‘Linguini alle Vongole’, and ‘Fettucine Carbonara’, the pasta portion of their menu is superb. They also offer specialties like ‘Handmade Gnocchi al Sugo’, potato dumplings with tomato sauce, and ‘Eggplant Parmesan’ or thinly sliced eggplant doused in olive oil, marinara, mozzarella, and parmesan.

Osteria La Spiga

With family recipes from the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy, which is celebrated for its exceptional pasta made from the wheat along the Po River Valley and tasty balsamic vinaigrette, Osteria La Spiga is sure to impress. Its dishes include Piadina Romagnola bread and antipasti like the ‘Gnocco Fritto’ with prosciutto, burrata cheese, and roasted peach. Serving tasty and rare pastas like ‘Spaghetti Neri’, cuttlefish ink chitarra spaghetti served with spicy pistachio and bottarga pesto, and ‘Strozzapreti’, hand-rolled pasta with fresh seafood and tomato sauce, Osteria La Spiga is a good choice for an adventurous evening out in Capitol Hill.
Address & phone number: 1429 12th Ave Seattle, WA USA +1 206-323-8881

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