Seattle Recommendations

Distances from tour conclusion shown below

COFFEE

Mabel 0.1 miles
7001 24th Ave NW 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 stop.

Anchored Ship Coffee 1 mile
5308 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107

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

Caffe Appassionato 2.4 miles
4001 21st Ave W, Seattle 98199

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

Lighthouse Roasters 2.7 miles
400 N 43rd St, Seattle 98103

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

Original Starbucks 5.9 miles
1912 Pike Pl, Seattle 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. 

LUNCH

Besalu 0.4 miles                                                    
5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle 98107                   

Pastries, quiche and coffee.

Scooter's Burgers 0.5 miles
5802 24th Ave NW, Seattle 98107

Closest burger from the Tour. Hamburgers and Fries.

Matador 0.7 miles
5410 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107

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

Hot Cakes 0.7 miles
5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107                                  

Across from Salt and Straw. Have your cake and ice cream together.

Salt and Straw 0.7 miles
5420 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, 98107

Across from Hot Cakes. Have your cake and ice cream together.

Kiss Café 0.9 miles
2817 NW Market St, Seattle 98107

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

Sabine 0.9 miles
5307 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107

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

National Nordic Heritage Museum Cafe 0.9 miles
2655 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

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

Inside is Freya Café open for coffee, sweet pastries and fika. The museum itself is worth seeing, and the exhibits are always remarkable. Admission to the museum is not required to grab coffee there. Open Tuesday through Sunday. 

Other Coast Café 0.9 miles
5315 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107                      

Cold, hot and custom built sandwiches. The regular size sandwich is big enough share.                                                               

Sloop Tavern 0.9 miles
2830 NW Market St, Seattle 98107

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

Asedro 1 mile
5405 Leary Ave NW, Seattle 98107

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

Monkey Bridge 1 mile
1723 NW Market St, Seattle 98107

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

Cycle Dogs 1 mile
5410 17th Ave NW, Seattle 98107

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

Lockspot Cafe 1.1 miles
3005 NW Locks Pl, Seattle 98107

A classic fish & chips and chowder house that’s nearly 100 years old. At the entrance to the locks.

Mean Sandwich 1.3 miles           
1510 NW Leary Way, Seattle 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 miles
6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle 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 Parlor 1.4 miles
1447 NW Ballard Way, Seattle 98107

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

Ballard Brewery District 1.5 miles
Between NW 54th Street and NW 46th Street and 8th Ave NW and 17th Ave NW

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, Cloudburst, Bale Breaker…*oldest

Dick’s Drive-In 1.9 miles
9208 Holman Rd NW, Seattle 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 tuition and health care for workers.            

Uneeda Burger 2.9 miles
4302 Fremont Ave N, Seattle 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 best burger in Seattle.

Pacific Inn Pub 3.7 miles
3501 Stone Way North Seattle 98103

21 + Anthony Bourdain's first meal in Seattle was fish n' chips, lightly fried, at the Pacific Inn Pub.  He called it a dive bar in funky Fremont. It’s near the Brooks Shoes World headquarters.                                                    

Agua Verde Café 4.9 miles
1303 NE Boat St, Seattle 98105

Classic place on Portage Bay near the University of Washington. Baja style Mexican place open for lunch and dinner.  In the summer Marina Cantina is open for outdoor seating. A fun quick place on the water.

Jack’s Fish Spot 5.9 miles
1514 Pike Pl, Seattle 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.  Vincent, who travels to Seattle every year and has taken the tour 3 times, says this is his favorite place to eat.

DINNER

Copine 0.1 miles
6460 24th Ave NW, Seattle 98107

Contemporary with French Technique. Set menu. Limited days.

Ristorante Picolinos 0.6 miles
6415 32nd Ave NW, Seattle 98107

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

Sailfish 0.7 miles
2221 NW Market St, Seattle 98107

Opened in the fall of 2022.  A Northwest Seafood place with a global influence.

8oz Burger & Co. 0.7 miles miles
2409 NW Market St, Seattle 98107

Unique burgers with local, organic ingredients.  There are veggie options.

Skal 0.7 miles
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 0.8 miles
5324 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107                            

Shiku Sushi 0.9 miles
5310 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 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. 

San Fermo 0.8 miles
5341 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107

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

El Borracho 0.8 miles
5465 Leary Ave NW, Seattle 98107

The vegan Mexican restaurant in Ballard. Opens at 4.

Bitterroot BBQ 0.9 miles
5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107

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

Percy’s and Co. 0.9 miles
5233 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 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.

Walrus & The Carpenter 1.1 miles
4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 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 miles
6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle 98107

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

Fair Isle Brewing 1.7 miles
936 NW 49th St, Seattle, WA 98107   

Seattle Most sought-after pop-up burger, the Beast & Cleaver bacon cheeseburger is found inside Fair Isle Brewing weekly.  Also smoked veggies and fermented noshes.

Chinook's at Salmon Bay 2.3 miles
1900 W Nickerson St #103, 98119

Located in Fishermen’s Terminal. Features wild caught salmon.

Palisades 4.2 miles
2601 W Marina Pl, Seattle 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 miles
401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle 98105

Ivar’s Acres of Clams 6.2 miles
1001 Alaskan Way Ste. 102, 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 miles
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.

MUSIC

The Sunset Tavern 1 mile
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107

Multiple bands almost every night. The front bar is called Betty’s Room and has a photo booth. 21+

Egan’s Ballard Jam House 1 mile
1707 NW Market St, Seattle 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 

The Tractor Tavern 1.1 miles
5213 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 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. 21+

Conor Byrne Pub 1.1 miles
5140 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107

Lots of country, bluegrass, folk, open mic… 21+

Bad Albert's Tap & Grill 1.1 miles
5100 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107

More likely to find a burger and a beer here but does have bands on certain nights. 21+ 

Substation Seattle 1.9 miles
645 NW 45th St, Seattle 98107

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

High Dive 2.9 miles
513 N 36th St, Seattle 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. 21+