The Pacific Northwest has a rockin’ foodie scene. From Portland’s famous street carts to tasty hole-in-the-wall diners and world-renowned seafood restaurants, there’s no shortage of great places to stuff your face. Seattle, in particular, features many award-winning restaurants from world-famous chefs, and these are our recommendations for five great places to eat in Seattle.

SkyCity

SkyCity is the name of the unforgettable restaurant at the top of Seattle’s Space Needle. It’s the perfect place to take in the spectacular view of Seattle skyline while dining on prestigious wine and freshly caught seafood. Executive Chef, Jeff Maxfield, has had his creations featured at the prestigious James Beard House and now works his magic at SkyCity. His menu options are decadent dishes featuring handpicked local selections of fresh produce, seafood, and mushrooms. It’s a great place to taste all the cruise stemming from the regional influences unique to Seattle.

Pecos Pit

You won’t find any fancy cutlery or crystal glasses at Pecos Pit. It looks much like it sounds, but the barbecue is to die for. People that know good barbecue are willing to stand in line patiently for their opportunity to treat their taste buds to the perfectly prepared pulled pork sandwich or tender baby back ribs at Pecos Pit. It’s been a favorite guilty pleasure of the locals for about two decades for good reason. It’s just simple killer food.

Vestal

Joshua Henderson has a growing reputation as the area’s restaurant king, and Vestal is his newest pride and joy. An enjoyable tribute to the Northwest, both the chef’s counter and the impressive menu entrees are centered around the open hearth and its sizzling flames. From delicious Dungeness crab to juicy locally raised beef steaks, Henderson’s love for the finest culinary treats impresses even the most discerning palates.

The Lakehouse

Jason Wilson, a prestigious James Beard award-winning chef, chose Bellevue for his ritzy new restaurant and cocktail bar for a reason. Bellevue is beautiful and less congested than its big brother, Seattle. Elegant and unique dishes, such as grilled octopus, are paired with the freshest local ingredients, like hand-picked wild mushrooms, and together it’s a culinary experience you won’t soon forget. The Lakehouse is a modern wonder with extraordinary taste.

The White Swan Public House

With the prime waterfront-view and a massive menu that reads like a who’s who of the best of Seattle cuisine, create a delightful and memorable dining experience. The seafood chowder will leave you begging for more and the clams are so fresh they taste like they were dug only hours ago. For a fancy night out, the White Swan Public House is as good as it gets.

By now your mouth is probably watering from the thought of all this incredible food. As you review your calendar to see when you can go to the Seattle area next, don’t forget to call ahead of time and make reservations or confirm the hours of operation. We would hate for you to show up hungry and excited only to find that the restaurant is closed for some reason. Enjoy your visit to Seattle, and bon appetite!