Best Waterfront Dining

Part of what makes the Pacific Northwest so special is the region’s endless waterfront views—and Washington is no exception. Here are some of the best waterfront dining spaces to visit and indulge in the state’s local fare too.

Elliott’s Oyster House


Elliott’s Oyster House has garnered a reputation for having some of the tastiest seafood offerings in all of Seattle—especially with the restaurant’s oyster and clam dishes. But what makes the space all the more special is its ethereal waterfront views that bring a calming energy to what is otherwise one of the busiest and most touristy cities in the country. For more information, visit www.elliottsoysterhouse.com

Downriggers on the Water

Port Angeles

Settled in the heart of Port Angeles is Downriggers on the Water—a casual and quintessentially-Washington establishment that’s elevated by floor-to-ceiling windows, a warm seaside ambience and seafood dishes that boast a freshness you can literally taste. For more information, visit www.downriggerspa.com

La Conner Waterfront Cafe

La Conner

Unlike some of Washington’s other, more well-known waterfront establishments, La Conner Waterfront Cafe is a much more laid-back space. Celebrated for its wrap-around patio—complete with scenic views and pier-side boats—La Conner Waterfront Cafe boasts a seafood-centric menu that’s served up by a notably hospitable staff. For more information, visit www.waterfrontcafelaconner.com

Anthony’s at Point Defiance


While Anthony’s might have several chain restaurants located all throughout the Pacific Northwest, its Point Defiance spot is arguably the most beautiful and unique. At Anthony’s at Point Defiance, visitors are treated to expansive waterfront views with picturesque glimpses of distant islands. Anthony’s specializes in serving up local catches, paired with rich regional beers and wines. For more information, visit www.anthonys.com

AQUA by El Gaucho


Among other things, AQUA by El Gaucho offers a masterclass in fine dining experiences. The Seattle-based, waterfront establishment boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, stunning views of Elliott Bay, live jazz music entertainment and a decadent menu complete with rare steak dishes and vintage wine pairings. For more information, visit www.elgaucho.com.

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