Best Restaurants in Seattle’s Bustling Capitol Hill Neighborhood

February 11, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
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The Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle is known for its lively nightlife and vibrant entertainment scene. Most people agree that it’s hard to get bored in a place like this. And while Seattle has closed down a little due to the pandemic, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a slice of Capitol Hill from its famous restaurants. From authentic Italian cuisine to Mexican-fusion dishes, Capitol Hill offers a vibrant restaurant scene matched by few other neighborhoods. Check out our top 7 restaurant picks from the neighborhood now!

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1. Spinasse

Award-winning Italian restaurant known for its special house-made pasta

Treat yourself to a small dish of the Cauliflower + Peas. Image courtesy of Yelp

1531 14th Ave. | Capitol Hill |

Back in 2008, Spinasse started out as a quaint and rustic Italian cafe. Its handmade pasta and traditional dishes are inspired by the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. Guests love Spinasse’s delicious dishes, and the restaurant continues to grow and flourish to this day. While COVID-19 has temporarily shut down indoor dining in Seattle, you can still enjoy Spinasse’s award-winning cuisine at home. 

On the menu, you can find delicious handmade pastas and seasonal dishes such as Tajarin Con Burro E Salvia and Guancia Di Manzo Brasato. Classic Italian cocktails and wines are also available and ready for your enjoyment. If possible, we recommend trying to save some room for dessert. You’ll love their sweet and sugary dessert options like the Lemon Yogurt Cake and Tiramisu. 

“We did takeout for my wife's birthday and really did it up. Got 2 entrees, 2 appetizers, 2 salads, and bread and shared everything.  Every dish was excellent. The highlight was the spot prawn risotto — every bite tasted like delicious spot prawns, and there was a generous amount of actual prawns in the dish.  If you haven't had them you don't know what you are missing, it's one of the best ingredients to be found here in the PNW in my humble opinion.” - Yelp Review

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2. Stateside

Popular Asian fusion bar situated inside the Capitol Hill neighborhood

Missing your regular weekend brunches? Take a piece of it home with you through Stateside’s delicious brunch menu. Image courtesy of Yelp

300 E Pike St. Suite 1200 | Capitol Hill |

Located on Pike Street, Stateside is a popular Asian fusion restaurant known for its stunning interior design and creative dishes. The menu does change occasionally due to the seasonal availability of certain ingredients, but we’re certain you’ll find something you like here. 

The menu is divided into small plates and sides, large dishes, and dessert. The Crispy Duck Fresh Rolls and Crispy Dungeness Crab Fresh Rolls are great for sharing with a friend or two. Under the large dish section, our favorites include the Turmeric Rockfish and Curry Pumpkin. Several Asian-fusion desserts like the Homemade Creamsicles made of Thai iced tea, Vietnamese coffee, and sour cherry-coconut are also available. 

“The best fusion place I've tried so far. They've found a way to find balance in a lot of ways that most restaurants fail to do. It elevates Vietnamese food without messing with the flavors too much. It has a modern yet cozy atmosphere. And the portions are just the right size to share and try a bit of everything.” - Yelp Review

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3. Tacos Chukis

Lively Mexican restaurant that has something for everyone

Not sure what to get? The House Tacos are always a great choice! Image courtesy of Yelp

219 Broadway E | Capitol Hill |

In the mood for some delicious Mexican food? Head to Tacos Chukis. Guests love Tacos Chukis for its delicious and inexpensive foods. This popular chain restaurant has numerous locations around Seattle, including the Capitol Hill neighborhood. 

The one in Capitol Hill is located inside The Alley Building. Inside, you can find a vibrant and colorful dining room. As for the food, you can find classic Mexican dishes like the Mulita Asada, Quesadilla Adobada, and Torta Adobada. Horchata, which is a Mexican cinnamon rice and milk drink, beer, and Mexican sodas are also available. 

“The tacos were goood! I got one carne asada, one adobada, one house special. I don't remember which one i like least because the adobada and the house special looked the same. You can taste that the meat was good quality and good taste. There was already spice to it but nothing you can't handle -- I'd know because I can't take heat. There was a good amount of avocado and a good chunk of pineapple with each taco.” - Yelp Review

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4. Nue

Award-winning restaurant that offers an eclectic selection of global street food

Pictured above is the Japanese Katsu Sando, one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Image courtesy of Yelp

1519 14th Ave. | Capitol Hill |

Nue offers a fun and unforgettable dining experience for guests. Its unique menu features global street food and drinks that will leave you filled and satisfied. If you consider yourself to be an adventurous eater, you’ll love this unique dining destination. Inside, you’ll find a relaxed and rustic atmosphere perfect for enjoying a casual dinner or brunch with friends. 

Nue offers multiple menus, including Jet Set Meals, Brunch, an All Day Menu, Meals To-Go, and Happy Hour. The Jet Set Meals are three-course meals featuring exotic dishes from countries including Trinidad, Cuba, and Malaysia. The other menus also feature unique foods sourced from around the world. If you’d prefer to eat at home, you can order a meal to-go, cocktail kit, and even a shippable meal. 

“My favorite dishes on the menu were the south african bunny chow and the chengdu spicy jumbo chicken wings. The bunny chow was made of chicken breast immersed in flavorful indian masalas. Personally, I am a big fan of chicken wings and I make it a point to try it at a restaurant if they offer it. This is easily one of the best ones I have had the chance to savor.” - Yelp Review

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5. Cook Weaver

Relatively new restaurant in Seattle that has already become a favorite among visitors and residents 

The Braised Brisket is perfectly cooked to your heart’s desire. Image courtesy of Yelp

806 E Roy St. | Capitol Hill |

Located inside a small grey brick building, Cook Weaver offers a fine selection of self-named “inauthentic” Eurasian dishes and inventive cocktails. When you step inside, you are greeted by large murals and stunning stained-glass windows designed to make you feel as if you’ve been transported to a whole new world. On the menu, Cook Weaver serves delicious and hearty meals including Indonesian-style Fried Chicken and Kimchi Cream Noodles. Full family meals are also available for pickup from Monday to Saturday. 

“During the pandemic we have gotten food several times from Cook Weaver, each time wonderful, but tonight, well, we're getting into 7 or 8 star territory. Indonesian Fried Chicken, spicy, crunchy, sublime.  Carrot Rice Noodles, perfect comfort food and ***not boring***.  An Asian greens salad, nice variety of choi, sesame dressing that was a total delight.” - Yelp Review

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6. Momiji Restaurant

Lively restaurant that offers Kyoto-style dishes and authentic Japanese cuisine

Looking for a new Happy Hour spot? Momiji is set to become your new favorite destination. Image courtesy of Yelp

1522 12th Ave. | Capitol Hill |

Situated inside the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Momiji offers a little respite from its bustling and lively scenery. During non-COVID times, you can dine inside the restaurant’s charming courtyard. On the menu, you’ll find classic Japanese foods including sushi and omakase. All of their dishes are prepared from Northwest ingredients. Shochu, cocktails, beer, and wine are also available to enjoy alongside your dishes. 

“A wonderful blend of traditional Japanese cuisine and fun American style zushi. Want sashimi? Great. Want a deep fried California Roll? They got one. Want to keep it light with Miso and a beet salad? Go for it. The menu is a great size and they offer a lot of different options. Plenty of vegetarian rolls and offerings, too. They have a happy hour that is available every day from 4-6 that has beers, cocktails, rolls, appetizers, and much more. It's a great deal and will fill you right up.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Momiji Restaurant. 

Capitol Hill is home to a fun selection of vibrant and exciting restaurants. Which one do you plan on visiting next? Let us know in the comments!


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