Readers Vote: 10 of Seattle’s Most Underrated Restaurants

When it comes to restaurants that deserve more love, there are none more deserving than these. On Friday, we opened up the comments thread (and Twitter and Facebook and tipline) to find out which places readers think deserve more love and affection…and press! Is it the neighborhood joint? The decades old restaurant that has fallen off the radar? Perhaps the spot that’s just far enough out of town that folks don’t often consider putting the extra miles on their car to visit.

No stranger to rave reviews, AOTT deserves more general attention where this gushing reader is concerned: “One of my favorite restaurants. Chef Dusty does some amazing things using all local ingredients. Not an easy thing to accomplish in February and he does it perfectly.”
1054 N 39TH ST, SEATTLE, WA 98103
(206) 282-0942
When you’ve been around as long as Cafe Lago has, you sometimes get ignored. Unless you’re the lasagna. Commenter Dandy Lion says, “Lovely space. Well regarded in the neighborhood but deserves wider notice. Soulful mostly traditional Italian. Open kitchen. Lago hasn’t changed the menu much in 22 years because customers won’t allow it.”
2305 24TH AVE, SEATTLE, WA 98112
(206) 329-8005
Its cocktails are nearly iconic, but the food? As one reader pointed out, “They’re well known as a bar, but their food is terrific and gets no mention. The salmon and short rib I’ve had there knocked my socks off.”
928 12TH AVE, SEATTLE, WA 98122
(206) 552-9755
CHAN
Fairly new compared to the other restaurants on this list. This commenter echoed many others’ opinion on why it deserves more attention: “Ch’an is customer service orientated AND their food is very good.”
83 PINE ST, SEATTLE, WA 98101, SEATTLE, WA 98101
(206) 443-5443
This sleepy Capitol Hill spot got the most nominations, sparking comments like, “Such a lovely dining room, and this, in harmony with the always soulful, savory, and seasonal big and small plates, the warm & attentive service, and possibly Seattle’s most hardworking small kitchen, is a combination that makes for grand memories.”
1514 E OLIVE WAY, SEATTLE, WA 98122
(206) 328-2282
It’s been around for awhile now, but when was the last time you heard a rave about this Wallingford Thai restaurant? Says one commenter, “Djan’s is some of the best Thai in Seattle. Why this is one of the better kept secrets is beyond me.”
264 NE 45TH ST, SEATTLE, WA 98105
(206) 633-3526
Hey, it’s in Tangletown, not invisible! One reader’s nomination: “Eva in Tangletown deserves a mention = great food at reasonable prices in a charming space.”
2227 N 56TH ST., SEATTLE, WA 98103
(206) 633-3538
A lot of votes for this place, but the comments were basically the same, “Olivar is amazing!” and “Olivar on Capitol Hill is hugely underrated!”
806 E ROY ST, SEATTLE, WA 98102
(206) 322-0409
PORTAGE
This upper Queen Anne spot gets overlooked a lot. Having How to Cook a Wolf across the street doesn’t help. As one reader suggested, “Portage on Queen Anne for classic, delicious, inconspicuous French cuisine (think: courses, intimate).”
2209 QUEEN ANNE AVE N, SEATTLE, WA
(206) 352-6213
This casual, inexpensive venerable Capitol Hill Italian restaurant garnered several votes, and comments that sounded a lot like this one: “Machiavelli is criminally underrated.”
1215 PINE ST, SEATTLE, WA 98101
(206) 621-7941

Also nominated: Tilikum Place CafeGainsbourg, Saltoro, Cafe Parco,CicchettiKabulGolden Beetle, Lucky Chinese, PeyrassolSolo BarSetsuna,Blue GlassHarvest VinePeople’s PubTutta Bella, and Citrus Thai.

Source: Eater Seattle

Here, in alphabetical order, is a map of the Top 10 vote-grabbers in the category of most underrated Seattle restaurants. If your favorite is missing, please feel free to add it to the comments.

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