Duke’s is a Seattle institution on the water, and it’s a great escape from the sounds of construction jackhammers in SLU. If you’re sitting with hot bowls of their tasty, inexpensive chowder (six ounces is around $10) and some hearty crab cakes while overlooking the boats on Lake Union, you’ll probably forget that you’re in one of the most industrial neighborhoods of the city.
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Yellow Dot Cafe
Yellow Dot Cafe in South Lake Union is a solid, unpretentious option for breakfast and lunch.
Willmott’s Ghost is a modern Italian spot in South Lake Union that works well for a business lunch.
Thomas Street Warehouse
Thomas Street Warehouse is an awful bar in South Lake Union that’s fun to make fun of.
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Shaker And Spear
Besides being in a highly attractive space, Shaker + Spear also has excellent seafood. It’s a great spot for a nicer group dinner in Belltown.
Manolin is a beautiful seafood-focused restaurant in Fremont. It’s strangely affordable, and you can use it for just about any dining situation.
Bar Harbor is a New England-inspired restaurant in South Lake Union that serves seafood rolls and chowder.
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Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
There aren’t many places you can drink froze while sitting on a swing in a rooftop bar, but M Bar in South Lake Union is one of them.
2120 is an upscale restaurant in Belltown with an American menu and giant punch bowl cocktails.
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