Washington July 12, 2016
These 13 Haunted Restaurants In Washington Will Give You Goosebumps
There’s nothing like exploring the haunted places here in Washington for a good thrill, but it’s even more fun when it includes a meal to die for (no pun intended). Supposedly, we have quite a few restaurants across the state that are rumored to have spirits roaming around. But whether or not you believe in any of the paranormal stories, the food at these places is worth the trip alone.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Billy's Bar and Grill, Aberdeen
Billy's is a cozy spot downtown for burgers, sandwiches and drinks (including several beers on tap). But legend has it, the bar & grill is also home to the ghost of an old serial killer known as Billy Gohl.
Guests and employees have
seeing glasses fly across the bar, feeling random cold spots around the restaurant, hearing voices when nobody else is around, and even seeing full-on apparitions. Some say they've seen sailors that could have been some of Gohl's victims, while others claim they saw the ghost of Billy Gohl himself. But whether or not you actually experience anything paranormal, the food here always comes in massive portions, and is always well worth the trip.
2. Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, Seattle
This mortuary-turned-Irish pub in Post Alley (above Pike Place Market) is thought to be one of the most
They were even featured on Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel, with a long history of dead bodies inside the building from mining accidents and violence back in the 1900s. But despite their building's past, the small pub is still a local favorite for shepherd's pie, sandwiches, salads, soups, and ice cold beer.
3. Oxford Saloon, Snohomish
Built in 1900, this building downtown was originally Blackman's Dry Goods Store. By 1910, it was established as a saloon, and still to this day offers great drinks, foods like burgers, sandwiches, entree dishes (like their signature Prosciutto Macaroni and Cheese with Truffle Oil, as pictured), and late night live music on Tuesdays-Sundays.
But it's also thought to be one of the most haunted places in Snohomish. Story has it, a ghost named Harry roams the building, who was once a police officer who'd been stabbed to death here while trying to break up a fight. Supposedly his spirit still remains, and has been reported around the basement stairs, and bothering women in the restroom.
Washington State Paranormal Society has done many investigations in this saloon, and were able to pick up activity on the second floor too, even though that part of the building is now offices. They took a tape recorder upstairs, and after playing it back later on, they could hear a male echo and child's voice either laughing or crying in the background. You can find more details about their haunted history on
their website here
4. The Old Town Cafe, Bellingham
Though quaint and charming on the outside, this small cafe is also supposedly home to a couple of ghosts (as reported in this
Ghost Hunter's Guide to Seattle and Puget Sound
). Employees have rumored to have heard strange piano music, seeing dishes floating around the kitchen, and some sort of female ghost in a white dress on the second floor.
Set in a building that dates back to the 1890s, this place in Bellingham is still one of the best places to wake up, though. They make all kinds of organic breakfasts, like: egg scrambles, omelettes, hot cakes, breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, and huevos rancheros.
5. The Brick Saloon, Roslyn
This old-fashioned tavern has been open in Roslyn for over 100 years. Supposedly, the iconic bar & restaurant is thought to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl and a cowboy, and some have claimed they've heard a piano playing when nobody else was around.
The current manager, previous owner (from 1982 to '97), employees and customers have all reported experiencing strange activity, according to this
local news story
. But regardless, the place still serves up some of the best small town burgers, sandwiches (with waffle fries), fish and chips, steak, salads and soups.
6. Tokeland Hotel and Restaurant, Tokeland
A former Victorian-style farmhouse, this place in Tokeland now serves as both a hotel and restaurant. It's also thought to be one of the most haunted places in Western Washington, by a Chinese immigrant from the 1930s.
The ghost, known as Charlie, was said to have accidentally suffocated and died while hiding in a secret place here behind the fireplace one day. Several people have reported still seeing his spirit roam the halls, and he's even been said to cause dinner plates at the restaurant to fly up or spin around. You can even listen to the owner ghost hunting on this short radio clip from
Whether or not the paranormal stories are true, it's still an excellent place to stay and dine overlooking Willapa Bay. They serve home-cooked breakfast, lunch and dinners, and homemade desserts like blackberry cobbler, specialty pies and cinnamon rolls.
7. Manresa Castle Restaurant and Lounge, Port Townsend
Inspired by the castles of Prussia, this century-old residence in Port Townsend is now an elegant hotel and restaurant. Legend has it, old spirits still reportedly haunt the entire third floor, and will even sometimes cause glasses in the restaurant to explode or turn upside down.
Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel
even put together this slideshow of our local Port Townsend castle.
But despite the stories, the Manresa Castle still offers a unique place to stay overnight, and/or dine on entrees, like: fresh Northwest seafood, steak, ribs, pasta, and classic cheeseburgers.
8. Owl N' Thistle Irish Pub & Restaurant, Seattle
Kells may be the more famous haunted bar in Seattle, but Owl N' Thistle Irish Pub is still home to plenty of ghost stories of their own.
Employees have reportedly seen at least one ghost, who will play piano when nobody else is around, and others have said they've felt some sort of presence behind the bar (according to
). But whether or not there are actually spirits, this place in Post Alley is still worth a visit, with live music most nights, and menu items like sandwiches, fish & chips and shepherd's pie.
9. The Grant House, Vancouver
Hidden away on Officers Row, this residence-now-restaurant was once home to Ulysses S. Grant, who was stationed here in the 1850s. The building was first a log cabin, then changed to a grand square building, and is now open as a fantastic restaurant.
The historic place is a favorite among many for their extensive selection of wine, whiskey and American dishes. But supposedly, there is still an old spirit wandering here. Many people have claimed to have heard and felt the presence of a ghost named Sully, (or Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Sully) - who died while stationed at Fort Vancouver, and now likes to "supervise" around the eatery. (For more details, check out this story by
of a historian investigating this building.)
10. Il Bistro, Seattle, Pike Place Market
Pike Place is said to be haunted by several old spirits, including a few at this top-class Italian restaurant hidden underneath the market. Some people have reported seeing a shadowy ghost behind customers in mirrors, and another female ghost was supposedly seen in a flowing dress near the bathroom (as reported by
Regardless, it's still one of the best places to go downtown for Italian fare. They serve all kinds of traditional favorites (like pastas, calamari and gnocchi), in a dark, candle-lit setting.
11. Monterosso’s Italian Restaurant, Richland
According to this news story by the
, employees, patrons, and the owner himself have experienced mysterious activities in this 1947 vintage Pullman dining car. Supposedly, a shadowy figure has been seen by the back table, there have been several inexplicable noises, doors opening and closing, and even lids flying in the kitchen.
The Italian spot has been open since 1995, serving dishes like pasta, panini sandwiches, and rich desserts to top it all off.
12. Merchants Cafe and Saloon, Seattle
Seattle's oldest restaurant has been serving excellent sandwiches, appetizers, and salads in the Pioneer Square neighborhood for years. According to
, there have also been several reports of slamming doors, moving objects, restroom faucets turning on and off, and even the supposed appearance of a full-on apparition.
13. Cabbage Patch Restaurant, Snohomish
Cabbage Patch is another great place to stop in Snohomish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, in a former vintage home.
But like Oxford Saloon down the street, it's also been said that this place has had some paranormal activity as well. Since opening, patrons and employees have both reported seeing the ghost of a young girl in the upstairs dining room, on the stairs, as well as through the upstairs windows. Workers have also claimed to have had dishes moved or broken, and heard glass clanging noise when nobody else was around to make it.
In 2007, the restaurant actually had a group of ghost hunters perform an overnight investigation here. You can check out more details on the chilling results on
their website here
Have you been to any of these restaurants before? What are some other places to eat here in Washington that are (supposedly) haunted?