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Restaurant of the Week: Rider Seattle

Located on the ground floor of Hotel Theodore in Downtown Seattle, Rider celebrates the bounties of the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound. The wood-fired grill and the sleek, polished dining room come together with a menu focused on fresh, sustainable ingredients and local seafood.

Having reopened recently, Rider is back with an exciting new menu that showcases the incredible culinary bounty that Seattle has to offer. Working in partnership with local fishermen, the restaurant offers catch-of-the-day fish, oysters and salmon that are fresh from the sea to your plate.

With an open-concept kitchen, diners can watch their meals being made on the wood-fired grill from the comfort of their table. At Rider Seattle, locals and visitors alike can discover the flavors of the city’s outdoorsy backyard in the heart of this innovative, forward-thinking city.

rider seattle mussels

Start off with one of the many delicious options from the raw bar, including oysters, Hamachi crudo, ceviche, ahi tuna tartare and beef tartare. Grab a couple small plates like the Mediterranean octopus, seafood chowder or Dungeness crab cakes before diving into the main course.

For mains, we love the wood-fired NY strip served with black truffle pomme mousseline, the wild Alaskan salmon and the whole fried Baja snapper. Don’t sleep on the sides either—the carbonara fries and charred carrots are both showstoppers.

For dessert, you have to try the hazelnut brownie with bourbon anglaise, coffee gelato and crumble brown butter. The inside-out s’more and vanilla cheesecake are fantastic as well. Don’t forget to get an espresso martini (cleverly named “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”) to pair with your sweets! 

rider seattle cocktail

Rider Seattle’s drink menu features spirits from regional distilleries, local craft brews, Pacific Northwest wines and house-made cocktail ingredients. We highly recommend Spring Fling with seasonal fruit and cava, and summery Everything is Fine with rum, pineapple, coconut and spice.

The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday, 3 to 11 p.m. Happy hour is from 3 to 5 p.m.; dinner is from 5 to 9 p.m.; and late-night bites are served from 9 to 11 p.m. Starting June 10, Rider will have weekend brunch.

For more information or to make a reservation at Rider Seattle, visit riderseattle.com.

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