Located southwest of Seattle, Tacoma is home to a vibrant art scene, which includes the culinary arts. From modern American to Italian fare, here are 10 great restaurants in Tacoma, Washington.
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Located inside Hotel Murano, which is a contemporary hotel featuring the artwork of different top-notch glass artists — including Dale Chihuly — on each floor, Bite is a restaurant featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine. Within this brightly coloured, art-infused space, Executive Chef Matthew Stickle uses only the freshest locally sourced ingredients in his creative dishes. The menus will appeal to a wide range of tastes from meat eaters to vegetarians and include some classic choices, such as huckleberry pancakes and grilled halibut with meyer lemon buerre blanc and the Yukon mashed potatoes. Delicious desserts are also available, including the innovative caramelised pineapple crème brûlée, as well as a host of handcrafted cocktails.
Bite Interior | Courtesy of Hotel Murano
Dirty Oscar’s Annex
Dirty Oscar’s Annex, or DOA as it’s better known, is a unique place as it is Tacoma’s only moonshine bar — a fact that also makes it a venue only for those adults who are 21-years-old and older. A neighbourhood joint with a lively atmosphere, this eatery and bar specialises in creative New American fare and handcrafted moonshine libations — try the strawberry lemonade featuring strawberry moonshine, peach lemonade, and muddled lemon. Serving breakfast and dinner, diners have many tasty options to choose from, including the Dead Elvis French toast, which is vanilla custard French toast with bourbon banana purée and peanut butter sauce; or the waffle stuffed with sausage and hickory bacon topped with eggs and chipotle maple syrup.
Part of Tacoma’s culinary scene for over 20 years, Marzano’s is a charming restaurant located in a converted house near Pacific Lutheran University specialising in Italian cuisine with a Pacific Northwest flair. Owned by Elisa Marzano who is also the head chef, this warm and inviting eatery features a menu with standard dishes, alongside seasonal offerings. Guests can feast upon savoury dishes, such as the limone pizza topped with pancetta, house-made preserved lemons, cherry bomb peppers, Moroccan olives, mozzarella, and chèvre and the mouth-watering . With vegetarian and gluten-free options plus many wine offerings, everyone can enjoy the culinary delights at Marzano’s.
Marzano’s, 516 Garfield St. S., Tacoma, WA, USA, +1 253 537 4191
Over the Moon Café
Located in the heart of the historic St. Helen’s area, Over the Moon Café is a gem of a restaurant featuring European cuisine with an emphasis on the French and Italian variety. While it’s considered a fine-dining establishment, the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable making it an attractive option for many foodies seeking either lunch or dinner. Using the best of locally sourced ingredients, including 100% organic items, the menu offers tasty, classic delights, such as the New York steak with a balsamic and blue cheese sauce; the popular bourbon-glazed wild salmon topped with sliced scallions; and slow-cooked chicken ragu served over rigatoni. A wine list with regional and international varieties plus tantalising desserts round out the offerings at this neighbourhood eatery.
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