Guide to Seattle Restaurant Week, Spring 2022

A grilled pork collar dish topped with fermented cabbage
Grilled pork collar with fermented cabbage at Conversation | Photo by Kaleena Bliss

Dig in, food lovers. Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW) is here again, going on from now until Sat., April 16 — so really two whole weeks. Hot damn.

For a refresher, SRW is when local restaurants offer special deals, which range from $20 lunches to multi-course dinners of $35, $50, or $65. It’s a totally awesome chance to try out a new spot or rediscover a beloved old-timer.

There are over 200 restaurants, pop-ups, and food trucks participating in SRW’s spring edition with takeout and delivery options in addition to dine-in, as well as a charitable component. While you can do a full search here, let’s go over a few highlights and must-tries.

Buzzworthy 🐝

Conversation: “Chopped” winner Kaleena Bliss works her magic with locally foraged ingredients.
Dumpling the Noodle: Confusing name, but the dumplings are critically acclaimed.
GARZÓN: Carne asada fried rice, anyone? Head to Black Cat bar.
Kottu: One of the area’s newer food trucks highlights kottu roti — a stir fry with bits of bread.
Masakan: This mom-and-daughter pop-up serves mouth-watering Malaysian food.

Bargains 💰

BOCA at Queen City Grill: Belltown’s lively Brazilian steakhouse has meats-aplenty + flan-tastic dessert.
El Gaucho: The old school steakhouse is like stepping into a Frank Sinatra song.
Lola: Tom Douglas’s Greek-influenced downtown spot makes a mean lamb chop.
Kisaku: The nigiri rocks at this upscale Tangletown spot.
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar: Oysters, salmon + dessert in Bellevue for $35? Yes, please.

Date night ❤️

Mamnoon: The Lebanese restaurant has totally shareable plates (if you’re feeling generous).
Maximilien: This French spot delights with its boeuf bourguignon.
Pink Salt: Try out the lomo saltado at Magnolia’s trendy Peruvian joint.
San Fermo: Items rotate daily, but the romantic atmosphere is always there.
Tamari Bar: There are lots of options for Japanese snacks + drinks for those who want a flavor of Capitol Hill nightlife.

Family-friendly 🧸

Hangry Panda: Snacks include teriyaki + “noodle nests,” best washed down with some boba.
Honey Hole: The sandwiches here are enormous and customizable, plus there’s plenty of room to roam — and there’s beer for the adults.
Impeckable Chicken: The kiddos can dig into the regular fried chicken, while you test out your “Nashville” hot tolerance.
The Masonry Fremont: Make it a pizza night, enjoy the patio + maybe try some skee-ball.
Zulu’s Board Game Cafe: Bothell’s fantasy-themed restaurant features items like “hydra” strips and the “human fighter maulburger” to set the mood.

Pro tip: Don’t forget that many restaurants that participated in SRW’s fall edition are back again, with a few new items. That includes highly acclaimed spots like COMMUNION Restaurant and Bar (a James Beard Award semifinalist), Taku (“Top Chef” star Shota Nakajima’s karaage joint), and Eight Row (Green Lake’s popular farm-to-table restaurant, which has a lamb birria dish on its special menu).