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Food at Monsoon | Photo Credit, Geoffrey Smith
Food at Monsoon | Photo Credit, Geoffrey Smith

The Best Lunch Spots on Capitol Hill, Seattle

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Updated: 18 December 2017

Whether you work or live on Capitol Hill, it’s always helpful to know the best spots for that midday meal. For those who hardly make it to the neighborhood or are simply visiting, you may find that the trek to the LGBTQ capital of Seattle is worthwhile for these restaurants alone.

HoneyHole

Since 1999, HoneyHole has been winning at the sandwich game. Partnering with local companies for the freshest ingredients and products, HoneyHole makes all of its sauces and soups in-house daily. Meats are roasted, grilled, and smoked in-house, and they cure their own pastrami. Despite their serious knowledge of meat, HoneyHole is also happy to offer vegetarian and vegan, as well as gluten-free, options.

Sandwiches | Courtesy of HoneyHole

Sandwiches | Courtesy of HoneyHole

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Budget
$$
Monsoon

Melding traditional Vietnamese cuisine with the spirit of the Pacific Northwest, Monsoon offers modern Vietnamese fare in a fresh, open space. Monday through Friday, patrons can even have their lunch delivered! With dim sum brunch, craft cocktails, and a daily happy hour, enjoying a midday meal at Monsoon will likely leave you making plans to return—soon.

Exterior

Monsoon | Photo Credit, Geoffrey Smith

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat :
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun :
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Oddfellows Cafe and Bar

This stylish, New American joint offers a varied array of dishes that all have one thing in common: as many sustainable, local, organic, and humane ingredients as possible. The interior of this trendy go-to is 90% recycled or repurposed, including furnishings and fixtures. For those who can’t resist taking home some leftovers, the take-out materials are all compostable too!

Oddfellows | Photo Credit, Dorothée Brand

Oddfellows | Photo Credit, Dorothée Brand

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Budget
$$
Scratch Deli

Scratch Deli is a creative hub that sells art in the form of culinary deliciousness. Starting as a food truck, the brick-and-mortar location has been thriving since its beginnings in 2012. Co-owned by four of the six employees, Scratch Deli maintains a sustainable, community-oriented hangout where new and longtime patrons alike can enjoy the seasonal concoctions of the deli’s talented team. Check it out on Friday nights for the comedy open mic!

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Scratch Deli House | Photo Credit, Liz Houlton

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Budget
$$
Sitka and Spruce

This upscale eatery has earned attention around the world. The local fare, which rotates around the seasonality and accessibility of ingredients, is precisely prepared. In short, the dishes, which focus on the flavor of fresh products, simply feature the best of the Pacific Northwest.

Sitka and Spruce | Photo Credit, Jacob Smithers

Sitka and Spruce | Photo Credit, Jacob Smithers

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon :
11:30 am - 2:00 pm 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu :
11:30 am - 2:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri :
11:30 am - 2:00 pm 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat :
10:00 am - 2:00 pm 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun :
10:00 am - 2:00 pm 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Budget
$$$
Skillet

From a food truck in 2007, Skillet has expanded into four restaurants in Seattle and a catering business, distributing their Bacon Jam across North America. Throughout their evolution, Skillet has held to a chef-driven menu and atmosphere that provides comfort and originality with a personal touch.

The Burger | © Ryan Carlson

The Burger | © Ryan Carlson

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Thu :
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Tacos Chukis

Yes, Seattle also has great Mexican food. A UW graduate from Tijuana and his friend, who used to be a taquero (taco artisan) in Mexico City, started Tacos Chukis in 2011. Now, with two locations, including on Capitol Hill, they offer tacos, mulitas, baby burritos, quesadillas, tortas, nopal asado, and their house taco, tacos chukis.

Tacos Chukis

Tacos Chukis Food | Courtesy of Tacos Chukis

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
Volunteer Park Cafe

Volunteer Park Cafe goes the extra mile to provide “always fresh goodness.” They have a garden in the backyard, which is available for an afternoon tour and provides herbs, vegetables, and eggs from their chickens for a real farm-to-table experience. Complemented by delicious pastries, Volunteer Park Cafe is comfort food at its best.

photo credit jim henkens

Volunteer Park Cafe Dish | Photo Credit, Jim Henkens

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Fri :
7:00 am - 4:30 pm 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat :
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sun :
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Budget
$$