Hot New Seattle Restaurants to Try in 2016

Of all the things to look forward to in 2016, the thing we’re most excited by is all of the new Seattle bars and restaurants planning to open this year. Here are 12 Seattle area restaurants you MUST try in 2016 (grouped by neighborhood).



Opening in the Ballard Public Lofts and Market building, this refined eatery is sure to serve up delicious contemporary American cuisine made with a French technique.


Navy Strength

One of two new projects from the family behind Seattle’s famed Rob Roy, this nautically inspired tavern is going for a tropical feel that celebrates cocktails and tiki culture, minus its traditional thatched-roof kitsch.


Ezell’s Famous Chicken

Finger-licking fare is the hallmark of these locally based fried-chicken havens and it’s coming to Bellevue!

 Capitol Hill


Dedicated to the flavors of Sichuan Province, China- Lionhead draws inspiration from the traditional dishes and techniques of Sichuan cooking and uses carefully-sourced, high-quality ingredients to create a unique take on Chinese cuisine.

Tortas Condesa

This new take-away window (in the old Kedai Makan space) from chef Monica Dimas serves Mexico City-style tortas filled with a rotating selection of wonders like braised beef with mole and housemade chorizo. Perfect for late night munchies or dinner.

Columbia City

Super Six

Inspired by its location in a former auto body shop on Hudson Street in Columbia City, Super Six serves up Asian flavors complementing American comfort food and Pacific Northwest staples. Go for chef Chad Bergman’s Hawaiian-style fried chicken wings!

Salted Sea

Seattle seafood deserves the respect of being served in its most pristine state: raw. Salted Sea achieves this task flawlessly. Decorated with salvaged wood and sea life sculptures, this Columbia City restaurant is simple enough to draw your attention to the piles of oysters resting on ice in the back.


Din Tai Fung

We’re eagerly anticipating the third Seattle location for this international dumpling joint!


A mouthwatering mix of Hawaiian and Korean fare elicits OMGs at these reasonably priced cafes. Evolved from the now-famous food truck, food is served up fast for an efficient eating experience.

South Lake Union

Sam’s Tavern

One of a gaggle of new spots opening in South Lake Union, this bar promises much of what you get at the original: Americana all over the walls, and on the menu in the form of “gourmet” hamburgers, chicken wings, etc. Oh, and don’t forget $1 Rainiers.


Yes, it’s another restaurant in South Lake Union, but what sets this place apart is that Josh Henderson will actually be in the kitchen cooking up the food he loves most from his childhood, and his travels around the world, on the corner of Westlake and Mercer.

Hurry Curry of Tokyo

LA’s famous Japanese restaurant just opened its second location, and Seattle diners are the beneficiaries. This location is twice the size of the original and serves a similar but evolving menu of fast-casual curry and Yoshoku dishes.

What restaurant openings are you looking forward to this year? Add them to our guide by commenting below!

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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