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Belltown Messenger #81 - July 2010 - "Belltown Life"

Dining and Drinking in Seattle's Greatest Neighborhood
Belltown's Top 107 Eateries

A White Chocolate Wasabi Cupcake (naked) from Belltown's Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company.

Belltown has had some high profile restaurant flame-outs recently: The Flying Fish fleeing to South Lake Union and Brasa closing abruptly come to mind. This is not catastrophic - there are still over 100 places for the adventurous to eat and drink in Belltown. Some of us oldsters remember when the Belltown restaurant scene was the Cyclops, Mama's, Marco's and the Belltown Pub. And the ubiquitous Two Bells Tavern. That was it.

Remember folks, drink responsibly, tip well and stay away from late night weekend trouble spots. There's nothing more annoying (and dangerous) than a crowd of drunken louts at closing time.

Please note: This page contains information last updated on July 1, 2010. See our frequently revised Belltown Restaurant list here: belltownmessenger.com/delicious

★ ★ ★ ★ Four Stars = Best of Belltown.
★ ★ ★ Three Stars = Very good - recommended.
★ ★ Two Stars = We're not thrilled with the food.
★ One Star = Subway.
No Stars = Unrated due to insufficient information.

94 Stewart 94 Stewart St. - 441-5505

ALIBI ROOM Cocktails and light fare in the Market. 85 Pike St. - 623-3180

AMBER 2214 1st Ave. - 728-8500 ★ ★

AMORE Live weekend jazz and casual dining from chef Sean Langan. 2301 5th Ave. - 770-0606 ★ ★ ★

ANTHONY'S FISH BAR 2201 Alaskan Way - 448-6688 ★ ★ ★

ARTISAN CAFE A favorite lunch spot for the locals. 2523 Fifth Avenue (The Corner of 5th Avenue and Vine Street) ★ ★

ASSAGGIO RISTORANTE Classic Central and Northern Italian dining. 2010 4th Ave. - 441-1399 ★ ★ ★

THE ATHENIAN A classic Market diner. 1517 Pike Place Market - 624-7166 ★ ★ ★

BAMBINOS EAST COAST PIZZERIA 401 Cedar St. - 269-2222 ★ ★

BELL THAI 2211 4th Ave. - 441-8488 ★ ★

BEBA'S DELI Lunch action for local workers. 2301 5th Ave. #103 - 770-9595 ★ ★

BEDLAM COFFEE A funky coffee joint. 2231 2nd Ave. - 910-2300 ★ ★ ★

BELLTOWN PIZZA Dark and cozy pizza spot that comes alive for cocktails after dinner. 2422 1st Ave. - 441-2653 ★ ★ ★

NEW! BISATO "A slender razor-clam shell stuffed with minced clam in mousseline wears a dot of briny black squid ink." -Seattle Times
2400 1st Ave. - 443-3301 ★ ★ ★ ★

BLACK BOTTLE Fine gastropub. 1st and Vine - 441-1500 ★ ★ ★ ★

BOULANGERIE NANTAISE Traditional artisan French bakery. 2507 4th Ave. - 728-1874

BRASSERIE MARGAUX 401 Lenora St. - 777-1990 ★ ★ ★

BRANZINO "most of the pastas are made in-house" -Seattle Alternative Weekly / 2429 2nd Ave. - 728-5181 ★ ★

BUCKLEY'S 2331 2nd Ave. - 588-8879 ★ ★

BUDDHA THAI 2222 2nd Ave. - 441-4449 ★ ★ ★

BUENOS AIRES GRILL 220 Virginia St. - 441-7076 ★ ★

BUFFALO DELI Soups and sandwiches at this favorite for lunching local workers. 2123 1st Ave. - 728-8759 ★ ★ ★ ★

CJ'S EATERY Great breakfast and lunch place now open for dinner, too. 2619 1st Ave. - 728-1648 ★ ★ ★ ★

CAFE BELLA 2621 5th Ave. - 441-4351 ★ ★ ★

CAFE CASBAH Most excellent espresso (& falafel, too). 2219 2nd Ave. - 728-1771 ★ ★ ★

CAMPAGNE Fancy French fare in the Market. 86 Pine St. - 728-2800 ★ ★ ★ ★

CASUELITA'S CARIBBEAN CAFE Conch fritters and plantains. 81 Vine St. - 770-0155 ★ ★

CELLAR'S RESTUARANT & LOUNGE Wine bar with full menu. 2132 2nd Ave. - 284-8306 ★ ★

CHAMPION WINE CELLARS Belltown's best wine selections. 108 Denny Way - 284-8306

THE CHEESE CELLAR 100 4th Ave. N. (at Fisher Plaza) - 404-2743 ★ ★ ★

CHERRY STREET COFFEE 2121 1st Ave. - 441-7176 ★ ★ ★

COPACABANA All you can eat Paella on Fridays! Pike Place Market - 622-6359 ★ ★ ★

CITY FOODS Grocery. Produce. Deli. Espresso. 2522 5th Ave. - 441-3663

CUTTERS BAYHOUSE "Globally inspired Northwest cuisine." 2001 Western Ave. - 448-4884

CYCLOPS Comfy booths. Look for the giant eyeball on their sign. 2421 1st Ave. - 441-1677 ★ ★

DAHLIA LOUNGE Uncommon Tom Douglas favorites! 2001 4th Ave. - 682-4142 ★ ★ ★ ★

DAHLIA BAKERY 2001 4th Ave. - 682-4540 ★ ★ ★

DAN'S BELLTOWN GROCERY Belltown's #1 quality grocery store. 2221 3rd Ave. - 441-0220

DEL RAY Cocktails and snacks 2332 First Avenue - 770-3228

DOS AMIGOS Marinated Carne Asada Burritos 2301 5th Ave. Suite #103 - 770-0707

EL GAUCHO 2505 1st Ave. - 728 1337 ★ ★ ★

THE EMERALD GRILL 211 Dexter Ave. N. - 728-2113

ETTA'S SEAFOOD Fine seafood at the Market. 2020 Western Ave. - 443-6000 ★ ★ ★ ★

FIVE POINT CAFE Breakfast and cocktails here every morning (!) as the rock n roll blares. 415 Cedar St. - 448-9993 ★ ★ ★

FRONTIER ROOM Belltown's best BBQ, and cocktails. 2203 1st Ave. - 956-RIBS (7427) ★ ★ ★

GAMBAS Awesome. 2230 3rd Avenue - 728-5092 ★ ★ ★

GOLDEN SINGHA Great Thai food right near the Space Needle. Voted "best Belltown Thai Food" by the Belltown Messenger. 425 Cedar St. - 728-1532 ★ ★ ★

HURRICANE CAFE All-night breakfast place. Drinks! 24 hours! 2230 7th Ave. - 682-5859 ★

ICON GRILL 1933 5th Ave. - 441-6330

IL BISTRO Romantic Italian at the Market. 93-A Pike St. - 682-3049 ★ ★ ★

KARMA "a delicious selection of clean modernist dishes in a sophisticated urbane setting" 2318 2nd Ave. - 838-5590

KELLY'S Belltown's last dive-bar with pool table. 2236 3rd Ave. - 448-2338

KUSHIBAR Japanese-style street food. 2319 2nd Ave. - 448-2488 ★ ★

KYO sushi 2801 1st Ave. - 441-5188

LA FONTANA RISTORANTE Sicilian style, with authentic Italian waiters. 120 Blanchard St. - 441-1045 ★ ★ ★

LA VITA E' BELLA PIZZERIA Pizza, cannoli, espresso. 2411 2nd Ave. - 441-5322 ★ ★ ★ ★

LE PICHET Popular and eggsellent French bistro. 1933 1st Ave. - 256-1499 ★ ★ ★ ★

LOLA Greek influenced Tom Douglas place. 2000 4th Ave. - 443-6000 ★ ★ ★

MACRINA BAKERY & CAFE Baked goods old world style. Popular on Sunday mornings 2408 1st Ave. - 448-4032 ★ ★ ★

MADHU RESTAURANT & BAR Great new Indian place. 2330 2nd Ave. - 441-7017 ★ ★ ★

MAMA'S MEXICAN KITCHEN Many decades at 2nd & Bell in Belltown. 2234 2nd Ave. - 728-6262

MARCO'S SUPPER CLUB Cozy, casual and romantic. In Belltown since 1994. 2510 1st Ave. - 441-7801 ★ ★ ★

MARRAKESH MOROCCAN 2334 2nd Ave. - 956-0500

MISTRAL KITCHEN "a place you can pop into after work for a drink and a snack, but also the first place that comes to mind when your 20th Anniversary rolls around." 2020 Westlake Ave. - 623-19221 ★ ★ ★

NOODLE RANCH Curry, udon, Westernized Asian fusion. 2228 2nd Ave. - 728-0463 ★ ★

OHANA Fun sushi and cocktails. 2207 1st Ave. - 956-9329

OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY Inexpensive high-volume noodles. 2801 Elliot Ave. - 441-7724 ★ ★

PALACE KITCHEN Nightly rotisserie specials. 2030 5th Ave. - 448-2001 ★ ★ ★

PAMPAS ROOM 90 Wall St. - 728-1337

PETRA MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO Tasty gyros and lentil soup. 2501 4th Ave. - 728-5389 ★ ★ ★

PESOS KITCHEN & LOUNGE Family Mexican with great breakfast happy hour. 605 Queen Anne Ave. N. - 283-9353 ★ ★ ★

PINK DOOR Funky longtime Market classic. Fun! 1919 Post Alley - 443-3241 ★ ★ ★

PINTXO Formerly Txori. 2207 2nd Ave. - 441-4042

PORTFOLIO DINING ROOM At the Art Institute of Seattle. 2600 Alaskan way - 239-2363

QUEEN CITY GRILL Longtime Belltown salmon stop with a thriving late night bar scene 2201 1st Ave. - 443-0975 ★ ★ ★

RENDEZVOUS Our favorite bar since 1990. Food, too. Plus plays, movies and music in the historic Jewel Box Theatre. 2320 2nd Ave. - 441-5823

SEE SOUND LOUNGE 115 Blanchard St. - 374-3733

SERIOUS PIE Crisp, crunchy rectangular pizza from a serious oven. 2001 4th Ave. - 682-4142 ★ ★ ★ ★

SHIRO'S 2401 2nd Ave. - 443-9844 ★ ★ ★

SHILLA Korean & Japanese delicacies for three decades 2300 8th Ave. (and Denny) - 623-9996 ★ ★ ★

SHORTY'S CONEY ISLAND Pinball, beer, hot dogs, beer, fun. 2222 2nd Ave. - 441-5449

SIX SEVEN RESTAURANT & LOUNGE The Edgewater/Pier 67 - 269-4575

SKY CITY At the Space Needle. 400 Broad St. - 905-2100

SONYA'S BAR & GRILL Great views of the sound out the back picture window. 1919 1st Ave. - 441-7996

SPITFIRE Belltown's best sports-bar. 2219 4th Ave. - 441-7966 ★ ★

SPUR Fabulous gastropub. 113 Blanchard St. - 728-6706 ★ ★ ★ ★

SUITE 410 Cocktail perfection. 410 Stewart St. - 624-9911

SUSHI WAVE 2904 1st Ave. - 441-4348

TABERNA DEL ALABARDERO Tapas Bar & Restaurant. 2328 1st Ave. - 448-8884 ★ ★ ★

TACO DEL MAR A Seattle chain of "Mexican" restaurants. Fast, decent and cheap. 2136 1st Ave. - 448-8877 ★

TANDOORI HUT CUISINE OF INDIA Great lunch buffet! 2616 2nd Avenue. - 443-6002 ★ ★ ★

TAVOLATA "Fabulous" -Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2323 2nd Ave. - 838-8008 ★ ★ ★ ★

THE NIGHT KITCHEN 216 Stewart St. - 448-8810 ★ ★ ★ ★

TIA LOU'S Mexican style food. 2218 1st Ave. - 733-8226 ★

TILIKUM PLACE CAFE "Inspired European lunch, brunch and dinner." 407 Cedar St. - 282-4380 ★ ★ ★ ★

TOP POT DOUGHNUTS 2124 5th Ave. - 728-1966 ★ ★ ★ ★

TULA'S JAZZ CLUB Jazz, cocktails and a full dinner menu. 2214 2nd Ave. - 443-4221 ★ ★

TULLY'S COFFEE 2000 1st Ave. - 443-6871 441-9777 / 2001 Western - 443-1915 / 2460 Western - 728-1842

TWO BELLS TAVERN Great burgers, beer. Brainy crowd. 2313 4th Ave. - 441-3050 ★ ★

UMI SAKE HOUSE Authentic izakaya-style informal dining. 2230 1st Ave. - 374-8717 ★ ★

UPTOWN ESPRESSO Belltown's number one coffee spot.
4th and Wall - 441-1084 / Pier 70 - 770-7777 / 525 Queen Anne Ave. N. / 7th and Virginia

VENTANA "Consider: Korean short ribs with congee, kimchi and cantaloupe; pork spare ribs with watermelon, pomegranate and cocoa nibs; or gnocchi with turnips, pork trotter and foie gras brodo. They taste as good as they sound." -Seattle Times
2323 1st Ave. - 441-4789 ★ ★ ★

VIA TRIBUNALI "Tremendous wood-fired oven with imported bricks rich in Vesuvian ash."
2200 2nd Ave. - 441-4618 ★ ★ ★

VIRGINIA INN A neighborhood classic for decades and a pioneer of the "smoke free" craze long before the anti-smoking law was passed. 1937 1st Ave. - 728-1937 ★ ★ ★

WANN JAPANESE IZAKAYA Sake and Kurabota sausages. 2020 2nd Ave. - 441-5637 ★ ★

ZEEK'S PIZZA 419 Denny Way - 448-6775 ★ ★

ZEITOON CAFE & BISTRO Pan-Mediterranean goodies. 2510 4th Ave. - 838-6011 ★ ★ ★

ZOE Affordable & tasty. A classic. 2137 2nd Ave. - 256-2060 ★ ★ ★ ★


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