8 Waterfront Restaurants in Seattle

Melissa Boucher


AQUA by El Gaucho

Located in the trendy Belltown neighborhood, AQUA by El Gaucho is an upscale waterfront restaurant featuring exceptional seafood and Elliot Bay views. This modern fine dining establishment exclusively serves prime-certified Angus beef from Niman Ranch, among other well-sourced, world-class ingredients. Fresh and classic with a twist, the steak tartare is prepared with capers, herbs, egg yolk, fresh horseradish, toast, and pickled vegetable butter. Local fresh oysters are a fan-favorite, served with cocktail sauce and a lemongrass ginger mignonette.
Move on to entrees with a savory plate of hazelnut and goat cheese cappelletti or an 18-ounce frenched rib chop. Pair your halibut with some sweet roasted yellow corn and Yukon gold mashed potatoes, all alongside a glass of crisp pinot grigio or chardonnay. If you’re eating red meat for dinner, there are plenty of Spanish, Italian, Bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon, and red blends to pair your meal. If you prefer some scotch served neat or a gin martini, that can easily be arranged. Clean flavors, fantastic libations, and stunning surroundings make AQUA by El Gaucho a must-visit.

BluWater Bistro

BluWater Bistro serves tasty food and cocktails in a casual, lakeside environment. Meet a few close friends on Sunday morning for some Bloody Marys and eggs benedict your way, prepared with ham or Dungeness crab cake. Some Blu favorites include brioche french toast, steel-cut oats, and house pancakes, to which you can add chocolate chips, bananas, or blueberries. If your group prefers sharing some plates, the cheese board, ceviche, and baked artichoke dip are exceptional selections.
The dinner menu also has terrific shareables, such as Thai curry mussels, king salmon, and Caprese. Sandwiches are all served on fresh bread from Seattle’s Essential Baking Co. and Grand Central Bakery. Choices are diverse and include halibut, prime rib, and more. Main courses range from king salmon grilled with ancho honey lemon glaze, wilted spinach, lemon butter, and roasted herb baby red potatoes to New York steak served with Oregon blue cheese, mashed potatoes, and seasonal veggies. You can expect casual cuisine with elevated flavors when you dine at BluWater Bistro.

The Independent Pizzeria

Located right on the water in Madison Park, The Independent Pizzeria has been serving artisanal pizza, fresh salads, starters, and a rotating selection of craft brews and wines for over a decade. This pizza joint has been revered for its incredible pies by esteemed publications, including The Seattle Times, Epicurious, Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, and Serious Eats.
Some tasty appetizers to prep your appetite include Castelvetrano olives, housemade focaccia, and chevre and honey. As far as pizza goes, The Village is a classic choice, made with melty mozzarella. If you’re looking for a unique pie, try The Farmer, made with grana Padano, fresh mozzarella, soft egg, and speck. There are 13 pizza choices, ensuring every guest finds something suitable for their tastes. Grab your family, order a few pies to share, and relish a beautiful waterfront view at The Independent Pizzeria.

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The Roanoke Inn

Stunning lakeside views, a lively pub atmosphere, and classic American cuisine define the oldest business on Mercer Island, The Roanoke Inn. This convivial eatery boasts a warm atmosphere, tasty food, and ice-cold beer. Nachos grandes are an ideal plate of finger foods to share with the crew, while you may want to keep the French dip sandwich to yourself. Order a basket of fries and onion rings for the table before ordering yourself a hefty veggie burrito or famous whiskey BBQ burger.
There are plenty of spirits to wet your whistle, and the cocktail list features the usual suspects, including Moscow mules and Tom Collins. Gather with some coworkers or pals after a long workday for some Vesper martinis and mushroom and swiss burgers at The Roanoke Inn.

Meet the Moon

Meet the Moon is a laidback cafe in Leschi, offering modern American menus for breakfast through dinner. Breakfast is served until 3 pm daily, offering delectable American classics with a modern spin. Keep things simple with the classic breakfast, or order the biscuits & gravy for a filling start to your day. Vegetarians adore the curried lentil hash, prepared with roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes, roasted red pepper-onions, fennel, coconut cream, fresh arugula, and a fried egg. Classic bloodys, farmhouse bloodys, and mimosas are in full swing for breakfast and weekend brunch.
The beer, wine, and cocktail menus also feature various Washington-based brews and creative mixed drinks, like the blood orange margarita and strawberry-mint mule. Once you’ve picked your poison, grab some shrimp ceviche verde and truffle fries for the table. A fresh and tasty entree option, the ani tuna poke bowl is prepared with a plethora of veggies, seaweed, togarashi, avocado, soy dressing, and fried wontons. Sandwiches and entrees vary from portobello Caprese to crispy pork carnitas. You are sure to enjoy a delicious supper on Lake Washington when you choose Meet the Moon.

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Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar

Lowell's Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Seattle has served a seafood-centric menu in a casual three-story waterfront location for nearly 100 years! Stop by for a terrific breakfast of Alderwood smoked king salmon benedict or a classic breakfast complete with two markets-fresh eggs, crispy hash browns, and toast. The fit and health-conscious will love the egg whites and vegetable breakfast tacos, while those who prefer something heftier can opt for the farmer’s breakfast.
Lunch wouldn’t be complete without Lowell’s Famous Clam Chowder, made in the New England style with big chunks of Yukon potatoes, served in a cup, bowl, or bread bowl baked fresh daily at Alaskan Sourdough Bakery. Share some starters with your table, such as Dungeness crab cocktail, hand-cut crispy calamari strips, and fresh Northwest steamer clams, made with white wine, garlic, crushed chili flakes, and butter, with garlic crostinis on the side. For mains, a tasty grilled rustic tuna melt or Alaskan codfish and chips should suffice. Sip on a ruby sunset or market Manhattan with your lunch, and you’re all set for a memorable meal on the bay.

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Six Seven Restaurant

Six Seven Restaurant is a fabulous restaurant serving Pacific Northwest cuisine within The Edgewater Hotel. This award-winning restaurant has been recognized for its brunch menu, romantic atmosphere, wine list, and more. The breakfast menu is straightforward, featuring the Pearl Jam breakfast sandwich, smoked salmon, and Belgian waffles, among other tasty breakfast bites. For some late afternoon eats and drinks, head to the lounge for some gratifying lobster mac & cheese, pulled chicken lettuce wraps, and some Maker’s Mark Private Select or Jameson Irish.
In addition to tasty breakfast and lounge fares, Six Seven is an excellent venue for dinner. Share some beef carpaccio or the cherished charcuterie and local cheese board while sipping a Bruce Lee lemon drop or glass of syrah. Mains include miso-glazed black cod, lamb ragout with strozzapreti pasta, and more. The triple chocolate mousse with a glass of port is a decadent dessert ideal for sharing with your love. Whether you desire a convivial brunch with friends or an intimate dinner date, Six Seven Restaurant can accommodate all of your dining needs.

Daniel’s Broiler

A high-end steakhouse with panoramic lake views to match, Daniel's Broiler in Leschi is a proper date night destination. Built in a converted 1919 boathouse, Daniel’s Broiler boasts some of the most spectacular views in the area. Crisp artichoke hearts with classic hollandaise, seared ahi tuna, and Dungeness crab legs are indulgent appetizers to prep your appetite for the plates to come. Order a Caesar salad or bay shrimp salad to get some veggies in before the main course.
All steaks are USDA Prime or premium cuts from around the world that meet the restaurant’s high standards. New York cuts, ribeyes, filet mignon, and more, all steaks are top-tier and can be served Oscar-style or topped with Rogue Creamery blue cheese, peppercorn brandy sauce, or bearnaise. If you prefer seafood, there are plenty of choices that will pique your interest, including Alaskan halibut, tempura ahi tuna, lobster tail, and more. Crispy brussels sprouts and steamed jumbo asparagus are excellent sides that serve two or more and are great additions to eat with your steak or seafood entrees.
The selection of waterfront restaurants in Seattle varies in style and location, ensuring everyone can eat what they like, where they like. Whether you desire a post-work drink with friends or an intimate dinner with your significant other, Seattle has the appropriate restaurant for the occasion.
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