The Best Cheap Eats in Seattle

The OpenTable Team

The Seattle food scene bursts with flavors, some unique to the region and some far beyond. From the farm-fresh movement to Hawaiian poke, this city's restaurants are always evolving. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. From fresh-from-the-sea fusion to fall-off-the-bone ribs, there's a plate to please at a variety of cheap Seattle restaurants. Check out local hotspots and hidden gems recommended by some of the most discerning diners in the city. Dig into this guide and find cheap eats that range from gourmet to greasy spoon.

Restaurants:Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle, Spinasse, The Metropolitan Grill
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Asian, Italian, Steak
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Capitol Hill / First Hill

Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
5,066 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
Contemporary decor with a sprinkle of Asian flavor marks the ambiance at Wild Ginger. This downtown restaurant serves up classic Asian flavors updated for the modern palate. Fresh,Read more
84% recommended
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Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,704 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Northwest Italian cuisine served in a trendy, chic restaurant describes Spinasse. With dishes that come straight from Piedmont, Italy, and a wine list from the same area, the food Read more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle / Eastern Washington

The Metropolitan Grill

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
7,119 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries
Enjoy fine dining at its best with a reservation at The Metropolitan Grill. This steakhouse serves up prime cuts in a lushly elegant atmosphere. The soft lighting is set off by theRead more
82% recommended
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The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,794 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
On-site butchers cut up dry aged steaks at The Capital Grille. The award-winning wine list has more than 350 labels. Exceptional service is the norm, and this restaurant offers a gRead more
92% recommended
Group Bookings in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,244 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
A staple in the Seattle fine dining scene, Il Terrazzo Carmine also makes it onto the cheap places to eat list. Multiple sizing options makes this a solid addition, with both largeRead more
98% recommended
Special Occasions in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Etta's Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
3,444 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Celebrity chef and owner Tom Douglas brings his love of quality ingredients and sustainable practices to Etta's Seafood. The fish is always fresh, and the menu includes classic disRead more
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Pintxo

$$$$·Spanish·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
635 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
Serving classic Spanish tapas, Pintxo gives each small plate a modern twist on regional cuisine. The intimate dining room features small tables designed to make sharing small plateRead more
92% recommended
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Tilikum Place Cafe

$$$$·Northwest·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
1,819 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
The rustic wood and brick decor of Tilikum Place Cafe contrasts nicely with the upscale and contemporary menu. Enjoy fine dining cuisine in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. Read more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Shaker + Spear

$$$$·Seafood·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
1,127 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
Fresh, locally sourced ingredients meet an eclectic but welcoming decor at Shaker + Spear. This seafood restaurant serves a fun and interesting menu at every time of day, so dinersRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Umi Sake House

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown
1,345 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Happy Hour
Perfect for small groups that want an authentic tatami experience, Umi Sake House has it all. The traditional dining room for last-minute evenings or small groups is just as nicelyRead more
94% recommended
Late Night Find in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Re:public

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Lake Union / Eastlake
451 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Exposed brick and dark wood are part of the rustic decor at Re:public, a 21 and older establishment serving up an eclectic fusion menu. Come in during happy hour to enjoy a plate oRead more
92% recommended
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Assaggio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,899 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
Light and airy, with interesting design choices like the ceiling art, Assaggio is a fun and delicious place to eat. The Tuscan-inspired menu serves a vast number of inexpensive, yeRead more
96% recommended
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Cafe Campagne

$$$$·French·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
2,075 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
A not so well kept Pike Place Market secret, Cafe Campagne brings classic Parisian flavors to the Seattle food scene. On the weekdays, happy hour is a great time to enjoy small plaRead more
98% recommended
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Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

$$$$·American·
Queen Anne
2,515 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Enjoy an authentic New Orleans culinary experience at Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge. The big, bold Creole and Cajun flavors coming out of the kitchen keep diners happy and smilinRead more
94% recommended
Brunch in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Japonessa Sushi Cocina

$$$$·Japanese·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
1,981 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
Hints of Latin flair show in the decor and on the menu at Japonessa Sushi Cocina. While Chef Billy Beach's menu is full of traditional Japanese dishes, they come out with distinctlRead more
93% recommended
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No Anchor (21 +)

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
162 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
For the beer lovers out there, a visit to No Anchor is a must. This 21 and over establishment features a long row of handmade tap handles for the constantly revolving selection of Read more
88% recommended
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Maslow’s by Farestart

$$$$·American·
Lake Union / Eastlake
152 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
At Maslow's, enjoy a good meal and support education and the fight against poverty. This restaurant designed by Farestart helps train workers for skilled jobs in a restaurant settiRead more
94% recommended
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