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9 Gorgeous South Lake Union, Seattle Eateries & Cafes

Seattle is known for many things: The Gum Wall, the Space Needle, rocking seafood, and crazy traffic. But, there’s also that niche of excellent eateries brazenly ambushing our city! And if they weren’t so tasty we might have a problem with that. But, alas, they’ve proven themselves a delight.

Curious what these restaurants are? This selection from South Lake Union depicts the semblance between local eats and classic Seattle design. Before the area was bought by developer giants, the area was used for milling, then shifted to manufacturing and warehouses and decreased its residences. Since the technology boom, however, much of the area was bought and built up. Apartments and condominiums, blend with commercial, office, and retail spaces, bringing a new light to the once dusty area.

These restaurants highlight the buildings that once served the area, which have been repurposed from open warehouses to cozier areas meant for retail and restaurants.

Step inside this retro-chic eatery, complete with fairy lights during the holidays, “high-backed booths” and “swiveling captain’s chairs.” Since 1967, 13 Coins has been at the forefront of countless first dates, proposals, family gatherings, and late nights with friends. With food noted as “intoxicating”, with “impeccable” and “spot-on” service, who can’t see why this place is amazing? Their interior is to the nines, with great attention to detail at every level.

Another restraint pulling from the industrial history of South Lake Union is Serious Pie & Biscuit. Don’t let it fool you, this multi-story palace, offers biscuits and gravy (and jam!), sandwiches, and a wide pizza selection, complete with foraged mushrooms, imported cheese, and local goods! Their open ceilings of wood and metal construction, make seating open and informal, while open-shade light fixtures, offer that distinct Edison vibe.

Industrial chic meets Asian fusion. Of metal and wood design, every layer is of fascination. Tables, lit from above with tainted, glass fixtures, rest beside a window wall. Though the inside is small, it’s great for friendly gatherings or a date-night out! Thai Thani Kitchen is praised by locals for delightful and beautifull displayed eats!

Dramatic colors, meets a modern blend. From their seating to their plating, everything is a sight to see. Their front door escorts you under the sea, with bubbles and invites you into this premier Seattle restaurant. Inspired by the season and what’s fresh and local, the Flying Fish remains an excellent choice for seafood lovers.

Lit by fairy lights and Edison-esque fixtures, re:public is the picture of industrial beauty. Concrete floors, dark wood details, and classic bricked wall make this trendy restraint a hit amongst the locals. Their quick and simple menu makes you feel right at home, as you select from traditional American fares, including “Avocado Toast.”

Their tables: picture perfect, heavy wood and stone. Vestal’s food: delicately layered and cooked to perfection. The lighting: ceiling hung and copper embossed. This sleek dining experience, inspires passion and local preservation by provoking the Pacific Northwest in every bite!

Brick walls, ceiling hung LEDs, and a unique sense of open seating, complete this South Lake Union restaurant. Local Seattle is “kind of like your living room” but with passionate food curators, and was designed to be your local hangout.

Industrial-chic, with gears on the ceiling, Zoka Coffee has made another Seattle building home. Nestled in the heart of the South Lake Union Amazon campus, Zoka provides delicious coffee, in a caffeine-infused atmosphere, alongside delicious pastries and fantastic people! With passion, Family Trade Direct, and sustainable living, this Seattle local knows what its doing!

With outdoor seating, you can indulge in the summer sun. But indoor is bright, modern, and full of character and charm. Conveniently located on Westlake Avenue, Mio Sushi offers creativity and inspiration by the bucket load. Asian fusion meets Seattle, creating a family-friendly and fresh experience.

Now that you know them, you can try them! What are some of your favorite places to dine in South Lake Union? Why are your favorite places?

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