Hundreds of GO: South Seattle readers recently voted in the sixth annual Best of South Seattle Awards – the definitive list of who to know, where to eat and what to do in one of America’s most diverse zip codes and these are their favorite date-night restaurants. What’s yours?
1. Island Soul Rum Bar & Soul Shack
With more than a decade in the community, this family-run restaurant has earned a solid reputation for serving the city’s best Caribbean-inspired soul food. Also features a full bar and a fun, lively atmosphere with great music. Columbia City
2. La Medusa
This Columbia City mainstay serves thoughtful and delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Menus are planned around local, seasonal food and change frequently to reflect the seasonality inherent in Pacific Northwest and Mediterranean traditions. Excellent service and a warm, cozy vibe. Columbia City
3. Salted Sea
This upscale, family-owned restaurant and raw bar features New American seafood with a subtle Vietnamese influence. Serves fresh and local seafood with happy hour daily, including $1 oysters served with Asian pear mignonette. Modern space with metal and wood decor. Columbia City
4. Pizzeria Pulcinella
Swanky (for a) pizzeria located in a lovely historical building, Pizzeria Pulcinella specializes in Neapolitan Pizza and other authentically Italian fare. Good wine, excellent ambiance and great service makes for a home run. Rainier Beach
5. Wabi Sabi
Hawaiian-inspired Japanese cuisine, including a full sushi menu, bento boxes and udon noodle soup, in an intimate and contemporary setting. The menu focuses on fresh fish, traditional Japanese dishes, and imported sake and beer, as well as some signature cocktails. Columbia City
6. Pizzuto’s Italian Cafe
This neighborhood favorite serves up classic Italian comfort food in a comfortable environment complete with red-checkered tablecloths. Huge pasta dishes, great service, a reasonable corkage fee and plenty of parking. Seward Park
7. Super Six
Located in a in a funky former auto body shop, Super Six features a full cocktail bar and beer garden, with a menu focused on Asian flavors complementing American comfort food and Pacific Northwest staples. Columbia City
8. Bar Del Corso
Another fancy pizzeria, restaurant and bar featuring wood-fired pizza and Italian small dishes with local, seasonal produce, regional Italian wines plus classic Italian cocktails, local craft beer, cider and spirits. Bread and desserts are made in-house. Beacon Hill
9. Chandala Thai
Romantic yet relaxed atmosphere characterizes this popular family-run restaurant with flavorful and delicious Thai food, as well as ample parking. Beacon Hill
10. That’s Amore!
A local favorite since 1992, That’s Amore offers a cozy, casual setting with a breathtaking view and pure fresh flavors from all the regions of Italy. Great specials and a nice wine selection. Mt. Baker
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