Best restaurants near Seattle's Paramount Theatre
By Alison Ward, PR & Communications Intern
Dinner and a show—what could be better? If you are headed to see one of the many incredible productions at the Paramount Theatre—or performances by STG's Performing Arts Series—there is no need to stress when it comes to picking a restaurant, the STG staff is here to help.
Whether you are new or local to Seattle, an evening that includes the Paramount Theatre can satiate both mind and palate. The Paramount Theatre is host to a regular influx of Broadway shows, comedy, concerts, and much more—all while being just a short walk from some of the best restaurants Seattle has to offer.
Here are some of the STG staff members' favorite places to eat within walking distance of the historic Paramount Theatre.
621 Union Street | 6 min walk | Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Happy Hour runs 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. |
Located at the base of one of Seattle's most prominent commercial towers in downtown, Cortina offers Italian fare and craft cocktails in a stylish and contemporary space. A few highlights from the menu include the spaghetti carbonara, the New York strip with pomme frites and bone marrow, and pork cheek gnocchi. Diners can also choose from settings in either the large bar area, cozy dining room, or in Cortina's private event space for special gatherings.
508 Melrose Ave. | 5 min walk | Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. |
"Their lunch menu is a favorite of mine. Start off with some muhammara & hummus, then any of the wraps with a side of harra fries and mint lemonade. Yum!" – Sarah Strasbaugh, STG Associate Director of Community Programs
"Mamnoon is lovely and delicious—one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Their menu changes seasonally, but for dinner, I love getting a selection of their mezze including muhammara (red pepper, walnut & pomegranate), the crispy cauliflower, and if it's on the menu, the kefta (lamb & beef kebab). I'm not much of a dessert person, but I'll order the mahalabia, oat milk, mastic & rose pudding similar to a panna cotta. I just had my weekly za'atar wrap with falafel for lunch... Mmmmm." – Laura Vilches, STG Interim Programming Department Manager
815 Pine St.| 1 min walk | 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Daily |
The Dough Zone offers quality food with the freshest ingredients for an affordable price—plus, it's literally next door to the Paramount!
820 Pine St | 1 min walk | Wednesday through Sunday 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and HH 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily (not available during shows at the Paramount Theatre) |
"Hushpuppies or Clams- you can't go wrong. Now I'm hungry!" – Sarah Strasbaugh, STG Associate Director of Community Programs
1919 7th Ave. | 8 min walk | Monday through Saturday 4 p.m. – midnight |
The menu has a small selection of food items, but pair perfectly with the wines offered.
"Charming small French bistro and wine bar with a limited rotating chalkboard menu and wonderful staff. You blink and have accidentally been there for three hours." – MacKenzie Mercer, STG Booking and Sales Manager
600 Pine St. #403 | 7 min walk | Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. |
"You can make a reservation and the space is roomy, so you feel comfortable during a pandemic AND the food is delicious." – Nancy Del Villar Vivé, STG Director of Human Resources
720 Olive Way | 4 min walk | Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. |
Soups, salads, smoothies and more!
"Juicy Café is a great spot to get a healthy and refreshing meal. I get an Adrenal Love smoothie and a great almond butter ball or a Ginger Peanut bowl." - Sarah Strasbaugh, STG Associate Director of Community Programs
1923 7th Ave. FL 2 | 6 min walk | 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Thursday/Friday, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday/Saturday |
Recognized as one of the best new restaurants of 2022 by Bon Appetit, Phocific Standard Time is a Vietnamese speakeasy and hidden Seattle gem. This cozy plant-filled restaurant is located upstairs in the same location as Pho Bac. Enjoy pho, dumplings, unique craft cocktails, and more!
1215 Pine St.| 4 min walk | Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday/Saturday 5 p.m. -10 p.m. and closed Sunday |
We recommend getting there early; Machiavelli's does not take reservations.
"Machiavelli's is romantic, cozy and delicious. Also, a great spot to belly up to the tiny bar for a pre or post-show martini." – MacKenzie Mercer, Booking and Sales Manager
"Machiavelli's is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Amid our rapidly changing city, I love that this sweet little Italian spot feels exactly the same from my childhood. Favorite dishes include: the bread from Macrina, Minestrone Soup, the lemony, breaded chicken piccata that's just right, not greasy. I love the crispy potatoes, sauteed spinach and carrots that come with it. The fettuccine carbonara is to die-for. Get the house wine or a cocktail, too!" – Gabrielle Nomura Gainor, STG Senior Communications Manager
LA COCINA OAXAQUENA
1216 Pine St, SE | 3 min walk | HH: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. – midnight Daily |
Oaxacan cuisine, be sure to ask for a TLAYUDA, don't look for it on the menu!
"Homemade corn tortillas, yum!" – Gail Baraff, STG Subscriptions Manager
"The food is good, I love the service and its walkable to the Paramount!"— Marisol Sanchez-Best, STG Director of Education & Community Engagement
2001 4th Ave. |12 min walk | Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday/Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., HH: Monday through Thursday 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. |
"I highly recommend the mushroom pizza!" – Josh LaBelle, STG Executive Director
1415 5th Avenue Seattle WA, 98101 on the 5th Floor of Motif Seattle | 8 min walk | Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday/Sunday night 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. |
"Frolik on the roof of Motif offers creative cocktails and tasty nibbles that are perfect for sharing with friends before taking in a night at the theatre." – Xaviera Vandermay, STG Volunteer Coordinator
1501 4th Ave. | 9 min walk | Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and HH: Monday through Friday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. |
Shows at 7 p.m.? Get your select appetizers and pizza half off at Yard House right!
407 Olive Way | 9 min walk | Thursdays 5 p.m. -9 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. |
During dinner, they serve numerous entrees including the Lemon Aleppo Chicken; idiazabal mashed potatoes, castelvetrano olives, preserved lemon, roasted carrots, savory herbs and natural pan sauce – is your mouth watering? Cause ours is!
DANIEL'S BROILER - DOWNTOWN
808 Howell St. | 6 min walk | Dining Room Sunday through Saturday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Lounge Sunday through Saturday 4 p.m. – Close |
Reservations are recommended and the Rickhouse Whiskey Bar (open for private events only) features a 36-barrel bourbon display wall and a selection of 150 whiskey and other alcoholic beverages.
THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY
700 Pike St. | 4 min walk | HH: Monday through Friday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the bar, Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday/Saturday11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |
If you have a picky eater with you or a group can't decide on one type of food, head to the Cheesecake Factory for their wide selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts!
1529 6th Ave | 6 min walk | Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. |
"New Saigon Restaurant is a great place for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Just off of Pine, head down the stairs to discover this hidden gem. This unpretentious space has fast service and friendly staff in a prime location that is just a quick walk from both the Paramount and Moore." – Xaviera Vandermay, STG Volunteer Coordinator