Everyone has their list of best things to do in Seattle. Yes, you should go to Seattle Center to see the Space Needle, but go beyond that with these tried and true recommendations, with these extra bits of insider information to make it special.


Brett B., bellman

Go for pizza at Talloricos in West Seattle. It has Italian style pies and is a great environment for families, a date night or large parties.

Aqua by El Gaucho is on the waterfront, and they have amazing steaks and seafood with a lot of tableside presentations. Most nights they also have live piano player as well.

Marination ma kai has the best fried rice in Seattle. It’s connected to a little dock near Alki. Tourists can make an afternoon of it and take the water taxi from downtown to West Seattle.  

Located in Belltown, The Crocodile is an intimate setting that brings in great local and touring artists. It also is attached to a wood-fired pizza restaurant. 


Milli G., Goldfinch Tavern server

I enjoy going to Lark because it has amazing food and I love the setting. It has lots of windows and natural light which makes it great in the summer. 

I’m a pizza junkie and despite it being a late night spot, I think Alibi Room puts out some of the best pizza in the city. The pizza menu is more than a ‘traditional’ pizza spot, and you’ll always have leftovers.

Chihuly Glass Museum is like walking into a fairy tale. The glass pieces are so beautiful and encompassed in a glass-windowed building.


Andrea I., Goldfinch Tavern private dining manager

West Seattle Farmers Market: I have the breakfast sandwich in the market and Stumptown coffee in Cupcake Royale or a kombucha on tap. On the way out, swing by Bakery Nouveau and get one of everything.

Go to Fremont for quirky and distinctive clothing, jewelry, crafts, etc. There are lots of vintage shops and funky spots to shop.


Brandon J., housekeeping supervisor

Joe Bar: Seattle has so many great coffee shops. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference. My favorite is a shop called Joe Bar. Ironically, the coffee itself would most likely be considered mediocre at best. However, the cozy atmosphere, local crowd and beautiful neighborhood make it one of kind in this city drowning in caffeine.


Jason M., banquet chef

Via Tribunali is a great date night place in Georgetown.

Lecosho is a great restaurant in the heart of downtown Seattle. Take in some sights and then stop in for a fancy cocktail and some grilled octopus with pork belly that’ll blow your mind. This restaurant has been a favorite of mine for many years now. Great service and delicious Northwest cuisine with a Mediterranean flare.

Cinerama: If you love movies, it’s the best theater ever. Located in Belltown, they feature local products such as Seattle Cider and they make the most amazing chocolate popcorn.


Babucar F., In-Room Bistro server

Waterfront is ideal for big groups – I would take them to the waterfront to walk around. 

Plum Bistro is perfect for vegan and vegetarian dishes, head to Plum Bistro in Capitol Hill. Everything is organic and local.

Sky City Restaurant: While you eat, you see the whole city!


Ella H., housekeeping room attendant

International District: Head to Jade Garden Restaurant in the International District for amazing dim sum and check out neighboring Uwajimaya Supermarket for a great Japanese-style grocery with a variety of fresh goods and gifts.


Hideki A., Goldfinch Tavern bartender

Reuben’s Brews is a great local brewery. Head to their Taproom and while they don’t serve food, you can bring your own or order pizza from Zeeks Pizza or Ballard Pizza Company.


Rachel T, front desk agent

Matt’s in the Market: You can’t get much more Northwest than dining in Pike Place Market. They are constantly adding fresh, seasonal options to the menu, but you can never go wrong with the daily special!

Go to Revel for brunch. They have amazing Korean cuisine and delicious Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Woodinville has so many great wineries to visit for a day of wine tasting. It’s just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle.


Roxanne G, engineering

Pike Place Market: If you are doing to do Pike Place Market try Crepe De France, a tiny little crepe shop, for fresh ingredients and crepes cooked to order. At Pike Brewing Company, their clam chowder is the best I have ever had - plus local beers!

Head to The Triple Door for music and to see a local show and enjoy delicious Thai food.

If you are on the waterfront, head to Anthony’s Pier 66. Their salmon tacos are grilled to perfection. 

Chateau Ste Michelle Winery is amazing and not far from the Hotel, located in Woodinville. It is Washington’s oldest and most acclaimed winery. For a local brewery, try Pyramid Breweries at SODO.


Notable Mentions: 

The Gorge (Brandon J., housekeeping supervisor)

Ballard Locks (Korina C., Spa supervisor)

Eden Hill (Hideki A., Goldfinch Tavern bartender)

Spinasse (Brandon J., housekeeping supervisor)

Katsu Burger (John N., Goldfinch Tavern cook)

Savor Seattle Market Tour (Brandon J., housekeeping supervisor)