Where to Eat at Pike Place Market Restaurants

Updated 07/08/2024

The Pike Place Market has many great options to enjoy eating while you are there and let’s start off with a few of our favorite locations.

Seafood Options in the Pike Place Market

Pike Place Chowder

 We believe there is no better place to get clam chowder than at Pike Place Chowder. Based on Yelp reviews their New England Clam Chowder is the #1 best rated dish in America. Yes you read that right, in America. The “Chowderheads” have taken first-place in 16 regional and national competitions…so far, so yeah you could say it’s going to be the best clam chowder you will ever have. 

The lines can be a bit long, but just order online and skip to the front.

Prices start around $8

Located in Post Alley next to Rachel’s Ginger Beer

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Cutters Crab House

Cutters Crab House

This restaurant has always been a favorite for seafood in Seattle. Of course, they serve wonderful crab dishes like King Crab legs and whole Dungeness Crab, but they also feature a fantastic Spicy Jambalaya that is not to be missed.

On their dinner menu, if you are in the mood for Halibut or Salmon, or maybe a little sushi or the delicious Kumamoto raw Oysters, you won’t be disappointed with these choices. Lunchtime options also include Oysters, sushi, and delicious open-faced crab sandwiches. For those who would prefer non-seafood items, they have chicken sandwiches as well as their Market Burger.

Prices start around $18.

Located on the north end of Pike Place Market, just follow the cobblestone street Pike Place to the corner of Western and Virginia. It’s across the street at 2001 Western Avenue, to the right of Victor Steinbrueck Park.

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Seatown Rub Shack and Fish Fry

Seatown in Seattle

Seatown is owned by local celebrity chef Tom Douglas. Located on the north end of the cobblestone street Pike Place, it is a great place to get fish and chips, as well as our favorite dish, the Albacore Tuna Melt. Pair this with Bundaberg Australian Ginger Beer (Non-alcoholic), and you have a perfect meal. This is also the original location of the “Original” Starbucks

Seatown Albacore Tuna Melt

Other enticing dishes include raw oysters, Roasted Dungeness Crab, Wild Salmon Sockeye burger and other great seafood dishes. 

Prices start around $15

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Athenian

 

Opening in 1909 in Pike Place Market, The Athenian is not only famous for its appearance in the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” with Rob Reiner and Tom Hanks but also renowned for its delightful seafood offerings, such as mussels, oysters, and the Northwest Salmon Fish and Chips.

Start your meal with their smoked salmon platter, served with cream cheese and herb crostini. Their neighbors next door, Pure Foods Fish, are known for having the best smoked salmon in the market (featured in Sunset Magazine), which pairs perfectly with this dish.

If you’re craving pasta, the Dungeness Crab or Prawn Fettuccini would be a fantastic choice. The portions are generous, so consider sharing it alongside a bowl of New England Clam Chowder.

Prices start around $16.

Located in the heart of the market, nestled between Lowell’s Restaurant and Pure Foods Fish on the main arcade level, The Athenian is easy to find.

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Lowell’s 

Located next to The Athenian, Lowell’s offers three levels of waterfront seating, making it a perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch.

Why not begin with their delicious grilled Dungeness crab cakes, served with citrus aioli sauce and homemade fresh mango salsa on the side of spinach?

Lowell's Restaurant in Seattle Bagels and Lox

 

For your main course, you might enjoy the House Brined & Cured King Salmon Lox & Toasted Bagel, topped with house-pickled red onions, cream cheese, and Moroccan capers. Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for something hearty, try their Slow Braised Corned Beef Reuben, piled high on thick rye bread with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing, then grilled to perfection.

If tacos are more your style, don’t miss the Grilled Blackened Alaskan Cod Tacos. For burger lovers, indulge in the Beecher’s “Flagship” White Cheddar Burger, featuring homemade Angus beef patties topped with Beecher’s “Flagship” white Cheddar, crafted daily in Pike Place Market.

Prices start around $15.

Also conveniently located in the middle of the market next to The Athenian Restaurant and Pure Foods Fish, Lowell’s is easily accessible on the main arcade level of the market.

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Non Seafood Restaurants in the Market

Pike Brewing Company

Pike Brewery

 

Known for their excellent beers in Seattle, Pike Brewing Company not only offers fantastic brews but also boasts an extensive “Bar Food” menu that promises a variety of tantalizing choices.

Kick off your meal with three fresh pretzels served with Pike XXXXX Stout mustard, house-made cheese sauce, and malt-infused whipped butter. Pair them with Draper Valley Ale Glazed Chicken wings, coated in Monk’s Uncle sauce, chili-lime cream, and served with fresh carrots.

Feeling adventurous? Try the Wild Salmon BLT, where thick-cut bacon meets a salmon fillet, complemented by lettuce, tomato, onion, and smoked pepper mayo on a local artisan bun. It’s served with fries for a satisfying meal.

If pizza is on your mind, delve into the Herbivore Pizza featuring garlic oil, mozzarella, roasted garlic, mushrooms, feta cheese, and kalamata olives, topped with roasted tomatoes.

Pike Brewing Company caters to families too, offering a children’s menu that makes it an ideal destination for everyone.

Don’t miss the opportunity to pair your meal with a Pike Sampler: a flight of six 4-ounce tastes of their exceptional beers.

After your meal, explore the beer museum, touted as the largest microbrewery beer museum globally. Grab a beer and enjoy a stroll through this free museum.

Prices start around $14.

The Pike Pub is conveniently located at 1415 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Enter on 1st Avenue, between Pike and Union, just south of Pike Place Market, or via Post Alley, across from Post Alley Park, a short distance from the Gum Wall.

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Bacco Cafe

Bacco Cafe in Seattle

 
Bacco is a fantastic place to enjoy breakfast, and don’t miss their freshly squeezed Orange Juice. We’re not sure what they do to it other than froth it up a bit, but it just tastes the best. Their breakfast menu is served until 3 PM, as is their regular brunch menu, so if you’re in the mood for some breakfast food midday, this may be a perfect fit.

One dish not to miss is their Brioche French toast, served with brioche, vanilla, fresh berries, and maple butter. Just thinking about it makes our mouths water.

Another favorite is Bacco’s Classic Eggs Benedict, paired with potatoes and a blackberry Mimosa, and you’re all set to start the day exploring the market.

Prices start around $8.

Bacco is located on the southwest corner of 1st Avenue and Stewart Street.

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Grab and Go Items in the Pike Place Market

Piroshky Piroshky

Piroshky Piroshky

Located a couple of doors down from the Original Starbucks, this little bakery is packed with some nice surprises for a quick grab for breakfast or lunch. Though the lines can be a bit long during the tourist season, they are super efficient and get people through quickly.

You might enjoy the spinach and ham with bacon and egg piroshki, and if you’re in the mood for something sweet, the berry dazzle might be a perfect fit. The poppyseed cinnamon roll would also be a great choice to pair with your coffee from Storyville Coffee.

For a quick afternoon fill-up, you might try the Salmon Pate, a delicious blend of smoked salmon, cream cheese, a dash of dill, and onion. Perhaps the delicious Uli’s Jalapeño and Cheddar Sausage wrapped in Piroshky dough would be a nice addition to your day. Our good friend Uli makes the best sausages in the market, and this could be a perfect combo for you.

Prices start around $5.

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Le Panier 

Le Panier in Seattle

Le Panier is a classic French Bakery where all products are made on-site and sold fresh every day. They offer a wonderful selection of breads and sweets that one would expect from a French bakery, including one of our favorites, the Macarons, with flavors ranging from vanilla to pistachio to coffee and black currant.

Why not grab a loaf of sourdough bread and a whole cooked Dungeness crab at a local fish market to make yourself a great meal? For a lunchtime treat, perhaps a Casse-Croûte sandwich on their classic baguette would hit the spot. Try the Crudités with seasonal vegetables, Emmental, goat cheese, and lettuce, or the Jambon fromage with ham, Emmental, and lettuce with dijonnaise.

Prices start around $3

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Beecher’s Cheese

Becchers Cheese in Pike Place Market

No stop in Seattle or Pike Place Market would be complete without tasting the “World’s Best Mac and Cheese” at Beecher’s Cheese. They work with talented cheesemakers who apply traditional cheesemaking methods right there in the market’s window. They use only the finest ingredients, free of artificial preservatives, flavor enhancers, sweeteners, colors, and hydrogenated oils (trans fats).

We suggest trying the smokey mac and cheese; you will likely never taste a better macaroni and cheese in your life, knowing the cheese was made right there and not filled with artificial ingredients from a box.

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Market Grill

Market Grill in Pike Place Market

The Market Grill is not to be missed if you are looking for a fantastic Wild Salmon sandwich. Wild Salmon is the key here because many places throughout the United States one can only get Atlantic salmon. Did you know that Atlantic Salmon is always farm-raised? Don’t feel bad if you didn’t; according to a survey by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, 90 percent of respondents (800 people, ages 35 to 54) did not know this fact, with a third mistakenly believing that Atlantic salmon is wild-caught—it’s not. The Atlantic Salmon is actually an endangered species and cannot be legally caught in most parts of the world. Atlantic Salmon are raised in pens and primarily fed food pellets, resulting in a taste that doesn’t compare to wild salmon.

So why the long rant about Atlantic Salmon, you may ask? Well, when you’re at Pike Place Market, you have the opportunity to taste a Wild Salmon Sandwich that may not be available where you live, and they are delicious.

Featured on ‘Delicious Destinations’ on the Travel Channel, the Market Grill has earned quite the reputation. Our favorite is the blackened salmon sandwich with caramelized onions and herbed mayonnaise on a baguette. You’ll likely find yourself craving this sandwich long after you return home, so don’t miss out when you’re in Seattle.

Prices start around $17

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Biscuit Bitch

Biscuit Bitch in Seattle Photo Credit: Another Believer via Wikipedia

Whether you’re a local looking for your next brunch spot or a visitor eager to taste Seattle’s unique culinary offerings, Biscuit Bitch promises a dining experience that’s as bold and unforgettable as the city itself. With friendly service, hearty portions, and flavors that pack a punch, Biscuit Bitch at Pike Place Market invites you to indulge in a little Southern hospitality right here in the Pacific Northwest.

The star of the show at Biscuit Bitch? You guessed it—the biscuits. These fluffy, buttery delights are the perfect canvas for a variety of mouthwatering creations. Indulge in classics like the “Hot Mess Bitch,” a biscuit smothered in gravy, cheese, and your choice of sausage or veggie sausage. Or, opt for the “Straight-Up Bitch” for a simple yet satisfying treat.

Open daily from 7 AM- 1 PM, so you’ll have to check them out the day after your sightseeing tour with us. 

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For a full list of where to eat in the Pike Place Market, check out this link. 

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