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We think of The Infatuation as our friends who always know where to eat. From guides to help you find restaurants to impress an out-of-towner, to reviews of the best new restaurants, The Infatuation is your most trusted restaurant resource. Check out their Seattle picks below, and visit theinfatuation.com for more on where to eat and drink in Seattle.

EAT by The Infatuation

Spinasse

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Seattle isn’t known for Italian food, but Spinasse is the best restaurant within city limits. The homemade pasta, from tajarin with butter and sage to duck agnolotti in double brodo is so outstanding that our friends’ Italy vacation photos on social media don’t make us jealous at all. There’s even an option to order tasting portions of every dish on the menu. Do that.

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Kedai Makan

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You need patience to plan a dinner at Kedai Makan, since the wait for a table could end up being two hours and they don’t take reservations. But the incredible Malaysian food here is worth it. Order a spread to share, like shrimp chips, net bread with braised lamb, mushroom pan mee noodles, fried chicken with curry for dunking, and a jungle bird to wash it all down.

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These are huge Caribbean roast pork sandwiches that will mess your white tee shirt up and simultaneously make you extremely happy.

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Un Bien

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Manolin looks like the beach vacation rental that only exists in our dreams – the amazing seafood though, like rockfish ceviche with avocado and grilled halibut with mole, is very real.

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Manolin

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For the best waterfront view of the Downtown skyline, Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle is the place. It helps that they also serve excellent Hawaiian food and shaved ice.

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Marination Ma Kai

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La Cocina Oaxaquena is our favorite Mexican restaurant in town. The chips are fried to-order, their fish tacos are excellent, and the pico de gallo from their salsa bar is free and unlimited (as it always should be).

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La Cocina Oaxaquena

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DRINK by The Infatuation

Canon

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Canon is an experience – it’s why you have to pay a deposit before you grab a drink there. Every cocktail is theatrical, comes in unique vessels like soup cans or glass necklaces, and whatever you end up ordering will be the best thing you drink all year.

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Left Bank

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Our favorite place to drink natural wine in Seattle is at Left Bank in South Park. Think of it like an evening of listening to vinyl records in your buddy’s makeshift basement lounge, only with way better wine.

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This wine bar is in a retrofitted home, which makes it feel like drinking in your apartment – only you have to wear shoes here. Always let the cheesemonger select some charcuterie to pair with your wine.

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Bottlehouse

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There are so many things going on inside New Luck Toy that it’s impossible to have the same night twice. Karaoke, pinball, skee-ball, alcoholic slushies, Chinese bar snacks, and soft serve. Have fun.

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New Luck Toy

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Capitol Cider is a great place to drink spiked apple juice and play board games and hand-shuffleboard by a fireplace. The types of cider available are super diverse, from hopped pear to apple mead.

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Capitol Cider

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This quiet tapas spot is safely removed from Pike Place Market and serves great daiquiris and snacks like jamon and rillettes.

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JarrBar

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Snack

General Porpoise

A bright pink espresso machine colors General Porpoise’s bright and open space, alongside perfectly poured, artisanally-roasted lattes and handmade doughnuts made from locally sourced ingredients.

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Kurt Farm Shop

Custard-based ice cream sourced from a farm on Vashon Island, made with Jersey cream and milk, organic cane sugar and fresh eggs: Kurt Farm Shop is elevating our favorite dessert. Flavors are churned and rotated daily, between lemon verbena, Tristar strawberries, rose geranium, and Sungold tomato jam, among others.

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Single-origin coffee is roasted onsite at Elm Coffee Roaster’s historic Pioneer Square spot. Sip a pourover coffee while you work or order a quick espresso at their chic and minimal wooden bar.

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Elm

Expect ice cream churned from plants harvested the same day and colorful flavors like kale lime leaf, berries & fermented cream, and salty caramel ash.

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Frankie & Jo’s

A Jetsons-style mid century modern café with some of the best espresso in Seattle: what more could we want?

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Totokaelo

One of our favorite shops for avant-garde fashion inspiration, Totokaelo’s airy, two-story digs offers beautifully designing and thoughtfully curated fashion and objects. While prices run steep, seasonal sales allow the occasional splurge on your favorite hype-y brand.

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Glasswing

Sitting at the center of a lively marketplace including farm to table restaurants, artisan grocers, and specialty bars, Glasswing hopes to capture the elusive essence of contemporary Pacific Northwest design at their large and curated shop. The front half of the store is an homage the the makers of Seattle, offering a selection of locally made goods carefully curated throughout. The back half is a shared design office and gallery space, where artists are able to workshop and showcase their art.

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Moorea Seal

A beautifully edited selection of handmade objects, Moorea Seal offers makers and artists’ work alongside goods from around the globe. Find gifts, accessories, objects and clothes at their airy yet cozy downtown home.

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Similar to Totokaelo but offering more obscure and unique pieces, a trip to Baby & Company promises the discovery of a new favorite brand.

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Baby & Company

Giving a voice to the local design community, JOIN DSGN’s eclectic yet minimal space showcases the best of Seattle’s maker and artisan talent.

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JOIN DSGN

Affordable and beautiful handcrafted jewelry is offered at Baleen’s minimalist and bright Ballard digs.

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Baleen

Colorful and curated, Prism is the place to pick up a gift for anyone (including yourself).

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Prism

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Bellevue Arts Museum

Hop over Lake Washington for a breath of inspiration – Bellevue Arts Museum provides a public forum for the community to contemplate, appreciate, and discuss visual culture.

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Showcasing the dynamic glass art of Dale Chihuly, expect lush outdoor gardens and a grand centerpiece Glasshouse. For a different perspective, stay until the museum closes at 8:30pm (an hourly later on weekends).

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

3.5 acres of the most renowned and authentic Japanese Garden in the US thrives in Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum.

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Seattle Japanese Garden

Garden d’Lights features over half a million lights formed into the shapes of flora and fauna, set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

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Bellevue Botanical Garden