When you see a line of raving customers at a restaurant, you know that the food there must be incredible. And with Seattle being a major food hub, there are several spots in the big city alone that aren’t easy to get into – not to mention all the other cities in our state with places just as popular. If you are able to score a meal from any of these Northwest restaurants, you’ll agree that they’re completely worth the wait:
1. Paseo Caribbean, Seattle
With great patience comes great sandwiches. And it's no surprise that most Seattleites are willing to wait in line at this Caribbean joint in the Fremont area to pick up one of the most appetizing lunches in the whole city.
2. Beaches Restaurant & Bar, Vancouver
With a stunning view that overlooks the Columbia River, it's no wonder this restaurant is well-liked! They have a huge selection of seafood and burgers on the menu, as well as a number of great beers on tap.
3. Marzano's Restaurant, Tacoma
If you're looking for authentic Italian cuisine, you can find it at this popular spot across the street from Pacific Lutheran University. Their flavorful menu consists of salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and a great wine list to pair with.
4. John Howie Steak, Bellevue
Reservations may be recommended for this exquisite restaurant located in the Shops At The Bravern center, but if you're able to plan ahead and try one of their prime steaks it's totally worth it!
5. Flying Goat, Spokane
The hype is real: this is by far one of the best places for artisan pizza in Spokane. They also have a fabulous bar where they offer a wide selection of micro-brews on tap and they even fill growlers.
6. Spinasse, Seattle
This rustic restaurant in the Capitol Hill neighborhood may be busier than most places, but their Italian cuisine is just too good to miss. Reservations aren't required but they will at least keep you from waiting.
7. Blueberry Hills, Manson
What makes this place by Chelan so popular? Besides their tempting breakfast options and homey atmosphere, they have a patio out back where you can dine with an extraordinary view. During the season, they even have an area where you can pick blueberries after your meal!
8. Alder Wood Bistro, Sequim
Located downtown, this bistro is often busy, and for good reason. They make some of the most fantastic wood-fired American food on the Olympic Peninsula and even have a breathtaking garden area where you can enjoy it in.
9. Terracotta Red, Everett
Hungry for something new? This chill restaurant north of Seattle creates Asian fusion cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, like their Drunken Chicken or Mongolian Beef. The modern place may get busy at times, so reservations are essential.
10. Metropolitan Grill, Seattle
This classic steakhouse has been voted as the best steak in Seattle, and you'll agree after trying one of their entrees downtown on 2nd Avenue. Between their prime location and quality food, the place is often packed, but their hand-selected steak cuts are absolutely worth the crowd.
11. Clinkerdagger, Spokane
If you're able to get a seat in this restaurant, the scenic view of the Spokane River out the window makes for an unforgettable dining experience! Pictured is their Crab Sandwich - one of the many addicting options on their menu.
Have you been to any of these popular restaurants in our state? What are some other restaurants in Washington that are busy, but totally worth the wait?