The 10 Best Restaurants In West Seattle, Washington

The shop of the Seattle Fish Company on California Ave SW at Junction in West Seattle.
The shop of the Seattle Fish Company on California Ave SW at Junction in West Seattle. | © UrbanImages / Alamy
Pauline Pechakjian

West Seattle has a host of wonderful restaurants that you must try when visiting the area, most of them are located at The Junction, which is the central business district of the city and home of most of its establishments. There are also a number of restaurants located near the waterfront of Alki beach, one of the main beaches in the area. Here is our list of the top ten restaurants in West Seattle.

1. Talarico's Pizzeria & Lounge

Bar, Italian

If you’re looking for a hearty slice of East Coast-style pizza in West Seattle, this is the place you must visit. Talarico’s serves up huge individual slices or the whole pie, and they have a lot of tasty selections to choose from. The pizzeria has a number of flat screen TVs, which makes it the perfect spot to chow down during sporting events, and their happy hours, which are every day offer awesome deals on pizza and drinks. Talarico’s also has a fully stocked bar, and the whole place becomes 21+ after 10PM each night.

2. Mashiko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Bakery, Bar, Restaurant, Japanese

This sushi spot is truly special, being one of the only premium restaurants for sustainably sourced sushi in the nation. Not only does Mashiko have a fantastic mission that’s great for the environment, marine life, and all humans, but head chef Hajime Sato’s creations are absolutely mouthwatering. Be sure to try the Red Violin roll, and wash it down with Shiso Beer served on tap. They also have an incredible green tea ice cream, served with fried brownies from the famous Bakery Nouveau located next door.

3. West 5

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub

Come to this kitschy, retro restaurant and lounge for some comfort food and a fun experience in a mid-century-themed restaurant. West 5 is decked out with loads of 50s and 60s memorabilia, and their menu items scream classic American grub. In addition to a full bar with great cocktails, the restaurant has some dishes that you should definitely try when visiting, customers rave about the Astral mac ‘n cheese, grilled cheese sandwich, nachos, quesadillas, and BLT sandwiches.

4. Pizzeria Credo

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian

This Italian restaurant is a true gem in West Seattle, featuring some of the city’s very best wood-fired pizza. Chef Jacques Nawar leads the restaurant in serving up delicious menu items and a decent sized wine selection. The wood-fired pizza here is very popular, especially the Con Carne, the Parma, and the Funghi. In addition to pizza, we recommend trying the Caprese salad, featuring homemade mozzarella, as well as the house-made burrata. This is a spot you certainly don’t want to miss out on.

5. The Grill At The Seattle Fish Company

Market, Restaurant, Seafood

Seafood lovers must check out this location, which doubles as both a fresh fish market and a restaurant. The Grill at the Seattle Fish Company features fresh-caught crab, salmon, oyster, and halibut that can either be bought or prepared in store to be enjoyed dining in or for take-out. The atmosphere is simple yet artsy, with wooden barrels featuring local beers and contemporary art pieces covering the walls. Be sure to try their oyster shooters, dungeness crab cocktail, and fish and chips.

6. Marination Ma Kai

Restaurant, Food Truck, Korean, Fusion, Street Food, American

For great, quick food located right on the water in West Seattle, try out this highly praised Hawaiian-Korean fusion joint. Marination Ma Kai, the restaurant which branched out from the popular Marination Mobile food truck that started in Seattle, offers one-of-a-kind menu items that are incredibly unique and tasty. They have a lot of awesome options to try, such as their pork sliders, aloha fries, kimchi rice, and for dessert, their famous Hawaiian shaved ice with ice cream. If you’re visiting from Seattle, you can take the water taxi straight to West Seattle, and Marination Ma Kai is right on the water, waiting for you in all of its delicious glory.

7. La Rustica

Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

For a cozy and romantic dinner across the water in West Seattle, be sure to come to this Italian restaurant owned by a local couple. La Rustica features delicious Italian food, and its rustic décor and quaint setting, with its white picket fenced patio decked out with colorful flowers, make it a pleasant place to spend an evening. Their juicy, tender lamb shanks are extremely popular, as well as their signature pasta dishes. For dessert, be sure to order their legendary tiramisu for a memorable conclusion to an unforgettable meal.

8. Alki Spud Fish & Chips

Restaurant, American, Seafood, Fast Food

This quick and easy spot right on the water in West Seattle is perfect for a casual and yummy meal. Alki Spud Fish & Chips has some of the best fish and chips you could find in the city, as its name clearly suggests. In addition to their namesake menu item, their clam chowder, clam strips, and various vinegar sauce options to accompany your meal are also highly popular. You can get your food to go and sit outside on the sand near the beach, or you can go upstairs in the restaurant for views overlooking the water.

9. Jak's Grill

Restaurant, American, Steakhouse

This popular steakhouse is a signature restaurant in the Seattle area with multiple venues, and if you’re looking for a classic, elegant dinner, stop by at this location when in the area. Jak’s Grill serves up a tender filet mignon, juicy rib-eye steak, and delicious burger. Accompany your protein with a side of their tasty lobster mac and cheese or their garlic mashed potatoes, and for a lighter side, go for one of their fresh salads. The atmosphere is simply classy yet charming, and it’s a great option when celebrating special occasions or enjoying an evening with your significant other.

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