Restaurant Guide Seattle Rider

Guide lunch, dinner, music and coffee.



Besalu .4

5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Pastries, quiche and coffee.


Scooter's Burgers .5

5802 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Closest burger from the Tour. Hamburgers and Fries.


Matador .7

5410 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Mexican inspired food and drink. Usually able to find a table when everywhere else is booked.


Hot Cakes  .7                                  Salt and Straw .7

5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107                     5420 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Both across from each other. Have your cake and ice cream together.


Kiss Café .9

2817 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Lunch place with many vegetarian options. Ask for a socially distance Kiss at the end of the meal.


National Nordic Heritage Museum .9  (Restaurant inside Temporarily Closed)

2655 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

The museum is dedicated to the history of the Nordic immigrants to the U.S.

Inside is Restaurant Freya and it only serves Nordic Cuisine. The museum itself is worth seeing, and the exhibits are always remarkable. Admission to the museum is not required to eat there. Open Wednesday through Sunday.


Sabine .9

5307 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Often a line. Sabine has outdoor seating and vegan/vegetarian options. Doesn’t take reservations.


Other Coast Café .9

5315 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Cold, Hot and Custom built sandwiches. The regular size sandwich is big enough to share.


Sloop .9

2830 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Sells the most draft Rainier Beer in the state. Lots of taps and lots of bar grub. You can Sloopersize your beer to 33.8oz. Opened in 1953. It has two great murals on each side worth checking out.

 D’Ambrosio Gelato 1.0

5339 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

Gelato flavors change during the year. Has Pineapple & Banana Sorbet, Theo Chocolate, Blackberry lavender and more. Next door to Scared Circle Gifts and Arts that supports the United Indians’Programs.

Asedro 1.0

5405 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Mexican steakhouse. Order entrée and share the sides. Prices are reasonable for Seattle.


Monkey Bridge 1.0

1723 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Vietnamese restaurant with pho, banh mi sandwiches and other dishes. Has vegetarian options.


Cycle Dogs 1.0

5410 17th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

100% Vegan. Serves vegan hot dogs and hamburgers. You can get a Seattle Dog, that a hot dog (field roast) with cream cheese.


Lockspot Café 1.1

3005 NW Locks Pl, Seattle, WA 98107

A classic fish & Chips and chowder house that’s nearly 100 years old. At the entrance to the locks. New owner Alison Soike is going to make Lockspot better.


Moxie 1.1

5105 Leary Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

Soup, salad, sandwich place with some appetizers. Also has vegan options. It has a game library and gaming events.


Mean Sandwich 1.3

1510 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107

Some say Mean Sandwich makes a Mean Sandwich. From the outside looks like a place to avoid. It won’t, however, disappoint a serious sandwich eater. Large sandwiches and beer.


Ray’s Cafe 1.4

6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Started in 1939 as a bait house and boat rental. Today it’s seasonal seafood, and a great view of the Sound and the Olympics. It’s also the place to view sea lions. And when the tide changes you can see “surfers” riding the waves.


Mike’s Chili 1.4

1447 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107

Around the corner from Edith’s House, also looks like a holdout. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Best bowl of Chili in Seattle.


Ballard Brew District 1.5

Home to 15+ craft breweries within a one-mile radius. Between NW 54th Street and NW 46th Street and 8th Ave NW and 17th Ave NW. Some serve food, many food trucks near. They are:

Bad Jimmy’s, Hale’s Ales, Lagunitas, Lucky Envelope, *Maritime Pacific, Urban Family, Obec, Peddler, Fair Isle, Reuben’s, Stoup, Wheelie Pop, Great Notion, Bale Breaker, Tail Bend…



Dick’s Drive-In 1.9

9208 Holman Rd NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Also in Wallingford, on Broadway, and Queen Anne

Started in 1954, that’s one year before McDonald’s. Dick’s is Seattle’s classic fast food hamburger joint. Pays better than comparable fast food restaurants and provides college tuition and health care.


Uneeda Burger 2.9

4302 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

The building was originally Uneeda Boat and Auto Rebuild, the restaurant owners kept the name. Same owners as the Walrus and the Carpenter. Almost always voted the best burger in Seattle.


Jack’s Fish Spot 5.9

1514 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

Counter place in Pike Place market. Family owned and operated since 1982. Serves fresh seafood at reasonable prices. Has live clams and crabs in tanks all around the counter. Victor, who travels to Seattle every year and takes my tour, says this is his favorite place to eat.




Copine .1

6460 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Contemporary with French Technique. Set menu. Limited days.


Ristorante Picolinos .6

6415 32nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Traditional Italian. Away from everything else. Friendly neighborhood setting. Always a table, it’s big.


Skal .7

5429 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

In Viking it means Cheers. Skal is a Viking inspired beer hall that highlights the origins of Ballard as a Norwegian fishing village. The menu is based on what you might find in a Viking butcher shop, such as pork sausage, braised leg of lamp, and pickled herring.


Moshi Moshi .8                              Shiku Sushi .9

5324 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107              5310 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Two sushi places on Ballard Avenue. Besides sushi Moshi Moshi has a lot of other offerings considered Japanese comfort food. Shiku Sushi also has a varied menu with an extensive bar.


BitterRoot BBQ .9

5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Opened for dinner. Barbeque people love BitterRoot and you have to be a Barbeque person to enjoy it.


Percy’s and Co. .9

5233 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Nice bar with specialty cocktails. Ask for the In Percy’s We Trust and the bartender will bring you what he or she thinks you’d like. Has food but I’d meet here after dinner.


San Fermo .8

5341 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

A friendly Italian restaurant in what looks like the last single family home on Ballard Avenue. Has vegetarian options.


El Borracho .8

5465 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

The vegan Mexican restaurant in Ballard. Opens at 4.


Sawyer .8

5309 22nd Ave NW suite a, Seattle, WA 98107

Fancy, fun, high quality dinning just off Ballard Avenue. They have wood fired sirloin duck fat tater tots. And outdoes tres leches cake with a cuatro leches cake.


The Walrus and The Carpenter 1.1

4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This is Ballard’s Oyster place. When it first opened it had a three-month wait list. The name is from a poem by Lewis Carroll who also wrote Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.


Ray’s Boathouse 1.4

6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Started in 1939 as a bait house and boat rental. Today it’s seasonal seafood, and a great view.


Chinooks 2.3

1900 W Nickerson St #103, Seattle, WA 98119

Located in Fishermen’s Terminal. Features wild caught salmon, it’s fine dining on the casual side. Great location, you can always walk down the docks to check out the Alaskan fishing fleet.


Palisades 4.2

2601 W Marina Pl, Seattle, WA 98199

Located at Smith Cove. It is a place to celebrate something, especially a financial windfall. Beautiful setting with a view of downtown Seattle and the Sound.


Ivar’s Salmon House  4.4                        Ivar’s Acres of Clams 6.2

401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle 98105   1001 Alaskan Way Ste. 102, Seattle 98104

Acres of Clams on the downtown waterfront opened in 1938 and Salmon House on Lake Union in 1954. These are fine dining places on the casual side. Don’t be confused by the many Ivar’s Fish and Chips fast food places. The Salmon House is inspired by the cedar long houses of the Northwest Natives. Ivar was a local legend and sponsored the 4th of July fireworks both on the waterfront and at Lake Union.


Tai Tung 7.0

655 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle’s oldest Chinese restaurant opened in 1935. Bruce Lee, the Iron Chef and Anthony Bourdain have eaten here. Take your picture below the restored Tai Tung Chop Suey sign or inside with the Bruce Lee cutout.





The Tractor Tavern

5213 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

All types of musicians perform here. Some shows are seated, most are not. The Tractor has hosted many big name bands in the past.



The Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Multiple bands almost every night. The front bar is called Betty’s Room and has a photo booth.



Conor Byrne Pub

5140 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Lots of country, bluegrass, folk, open mic…



Bad Albert’s

5100 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

More likely to find a burger and a beer here, but does have bands on certain nights.



Egan’s Ballard Jam

1707 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Live Jazz, local musicians almost every night. Does serve Mediterranean food. The owner’s grandfather fronted Happy Jack Egan and his Oo-La Girls.

All ages


High Dive

513 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103

In the Fremont neighborhood, bands nearly every night. Does feature many emerging acts. Most take the stage at 8:00 or 9:00 pm.



Substation Seattle

645 NW 45th St, Seattle, WA 98107

Substation has a couple of stages. Also features emerging acts, for some shows tickets are less than a movie. 21+



Caffe Appassionato Coffee Roastery and Tasting Bar

4001 21st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

Near the Fishermen’s Terminal. Has it’s own roaster I stop here on wet rides to warm up. True coffee lovers will return here the next day.



7001 24th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117

Just up the street from Seattle Rider Tours starting location. If you find yourself in an urgent need for coffee, Mabel is a close friendly neighborhood stop.


Anchored Ship Coffee

5308 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This is a small independent coffee shop on Ballard Avenue. Also sells wine.



400 N 43rd St, Seattle, WA 98103

In Fremont about a mile from the Troll. Lighthouse roasts all its own coffee in the one and only location.


Original Starbucks

1912 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

Located in the Pike Place Market downtown. It has the original logo and there’s always a long line outside. There are over 20,000 Starbuck locations in the world and this is the oldest.