We have so many restaurants to try around Washington, and so little time to try them all. Some places, though, deserve a spot on your
bucket list, whether they’re in an unrivaled location with a great view, or they just serve up some of the highest quality food & drinks. At some point in your life, make sure to experience a meal at all 15 of these top-rated options throughout the Pacific Northwest.
1. Twede's Cafe, North Bend
You might recognize this small town cafe, as it once famously appeared in the TV show "Twin Peaks". After a hike up Mount Si nearby, there's nothing like stopping by here for a slice of the famous cherry pie made with homemade crust.
Address: 137 W North Bend Way, North Bend
2. Frank's Diner, Spokane
Have you ever dined inside of an old train car? It's a totally different, one-of-a-kind experience - and Frank's in Spokane is even known to serve the best breakfast in Spokane on top of it. A popular local option, there may be a short wait - but their Eggs Benedict make it all worthwhile.
Address: 1516 W 2nd Ave, Spokane
3. Rockfish Grill, Anacortes
Rockfish is a quiet, cozy grill for carnivores and vegetarians alike. They feature live music regularly, as well as ales brewed in-house and a creative Northwest menu. You'll be able to choose from options like fish & chips, pizza, beer ice cream, crab Mac & Cheese and Rockfish Florentine (pictured), made with spinach, artichoke, green chilies and two types of cheese.
Address: 320 Commercial Ave, Anacortes
4. Maltby Cafe, Snohomish
Maltby Cafe is a total hidden treasure, located inside of an old 1938 gym. Their home-style cooking has won them several "Best Breakfast" awards, and for good reason. They're known especially for their signature homemade cinnamon rolls, which are "bigger than your head."
Address: 8809 Maltby Rd, Snohomish
5. The Dining Room at Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie
The dining room inside of Salish Lodge offers delectable Northwest food and unparalleled views out the window. You'll be able to sit back and dine on a four-course breakfast, lunch or dinner here while overlooking the spectacular Snoqualmie Falls.
Address: 6501 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie
6. Country Boy's BBQ, Cashmere
Just minutes from the Wenatchee River, Country Boys grills up some of the best southern-style BBQ in the whole area (and possibly all of Washington). The rustic, countryside joint features a menu full of pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs and all kinds of comfort food sides.
Address: 400 Aplets Way, Cashmere
7. The DEPOT Restaurant, Seaview
A farm-to-table restaurant, The Depot is a quaint place to eat inside of an old train depot. The retro bistro near Long Beach offers a huge wine list, along with fresh, local seafood and land-food entrees. Try their Dungeness Mac & Cheese, or the Oyster Burger (as pictured) on their Wednesday Burger Nights (through June).
Address: 1208 38th Pl, Seaview
8. Fat Smitty's, Port Townsend/Discovery Bay
really lived until you've dined inside of a place that's completely covered in money. Sounds like heaven, right? After a trip to the Olympic National Park, make a point to stop by this joint on Highway 101 and try their famous Fat Smitty's Burger. Address: 282624 US-101, Port Townsend
9. The Crumpet Shop, Seattle (Pike Place Market)
Seattle's own Crumpet Shop has been making the most delectable crumpets in Pike Place Market for over 40 years. The small cakes can be made sweet or savory, like the Green Eggs & Ham option, or this one topped with honey & walnuts. They even have one known as "The Life Changer" with cream cheese and maple butter - and it definitely fits the name.
Address: 1503 1st Ave, Seattle
10. Miner's Drive-In, Yakima
Miner's has been a local favorite since 1948, serving up the best jumbo-sized burgers in the area with a convenient drive-through window. If you have a big appetite, pair the massive burger with a side of their huge onion rings and one of the thick milkshakes.
Address: 2415 S 1st St, Yakima
11. Ajax Cafe, Port Hadlock
The Ajax Cafe has served top-quality steaks, salads, and locally-sourced seafood since 1977. They're known for their great food, live weekend music, as well as the quirky selection of hats that line the walls - and you're welcome to even try some of them on.
Address: 21 Waters Street, Port Hadlock
12. Front Street Grill, Coupeville
Front Street Grill, located on the beautiful Whidbey Island, serves fresh Northwest fare in a cozy waterfront location. Grab a spot on their patio and you'll be treated to extraordinary views of Penn Cove and the Cascade Mountains.
Address: 20 Front St NW, Coupeville
13. Canlis, Seattle (Westlake)
Overlooking Lake Union, Canlis provides one of the best fine dining experiences in all of Seattle. The landmark's been around since the '50s, serving local Northwest favorites inside of what was once a mid-century modern home.
Address: 2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle
14. Chuckanut Manor Restaurant, Bow
If you're going for a trip down Chuckanut Drive, this restaurant overlooking Samish Bay is a must-stop when you get hungry. The roadhouse serves fantastic steaks, seafood, as well as an outstanding Sunday Brunch with champagne.
Address: 3056 Chuckanut Dr, Bow
15. Arrowleaf Bistro, Winthrop
In the Wild West Town of Winthrop, this place serves up local, seasonal foods (like this Calamari with squash blossoms). The bistro also has an extensive wine list, as well as an outdoor deck with relaxing views of the Methow River.
Address: 253 Riverside Ave, Winthrop
Have you been to any of these places before? What are some restaurants in Washington that are on your bucket list?