Concierge Recommendations

Seattle, Washington

Jul 17, 2012
The Space Needle punctuates Seattle's downtown skyline
The Space Needle punctuates Seattle's downtown skyline
Photography NW-Media

We asked the concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions they could find. Seattle has one of the most beautiful natural environments of any major city in the world, with water and mountains surrounding it. In addition to the plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation, the city boasts thriving art, culinary and music scenes.

Cutting-Edge Restaurants

The Capitol Hill neighbourhood offers guests some of the best dining in Seattle. Whatever type of cuisine guests are interested in, from uber-trendy gastropubs to authentic Italian dining, Capitol Hill has something for everyone. Tavern Law is a speakeasy featuring Prohibition-style cocktails and a seasonal New American menu of small plates that change weekly. Spinasse, a trattoria featuring Northern Italian fare, is truly special. The incredible pastas are handmade in-house every morning, and meats are superb. Try to get a seat at the chef’s counter, where you can watch your meal being lovingly prepared while you sip on a glass of wine from the all–Northern Italian wine list. Crush, in a renovated Arts and Crafts home, presents local ingredients in a modern and innovative way, with small plates of many courses.

Another great option is to dine at the Hotel. Chef Kerry Sear has created a vibrant menu for ART Restaurant, featuring fresh market-to-table ingredients that celebrate the Pacific Northwest. The superb cuisine is rivalled only by the stunning views of Elliott Bay. Diners can watch the Seattle Great Wheel, and ferries and cruise ships slowly passing through the bay, as they dine on perfect sea scallops. ART Restaurant also offers more than 160 wines, including the finest Pacific Northwest vintages.

Best Coffee

In a city known for its coffee, the number of distinctive coffee houses is truly impressive.

The owners of Espresso Vivace spent years studying the art of espresso in Rome, and baristas at Vivace must apprentice for at least two years. Not only does the espresso have incredible flavour, but the baristas create elaborate rosette designs with the foam. They are true artists at Vivace.

Caffe Ladro is just a crosswalk away from the Hotel, and it is the perfect way to start the day. All of the drinks are unique, including the brewed-to-perfection organic fair-trade coffee and tea. But the best part about Ladro is the baked goods to complement your tasty beverage.

Seattle Coffee Works is an active roastery, where coffee for purchase is often roasted the same day. This Seattle spot is a favourite among locals and is known for strong, full-bodied espresso drinks.

Best Local Beer

The Pike Brewing Company pub and brewery, located across the street from the Hotel, has an incredible selection of award-winning beers brewed on-site. Tours of the brewery are available and visitors can order a sampler board that features tastings of all Pike Pub’s brews.

Stop in for a tasting or a tour at Georgetown Brewing Company, located in the gritty SoDo (South of the Dome) area of downtown. Although it’s not a brewpub, guests can sample Manny’s Pale Ale or perhaps get a taste of their newest beer before it’s released.

Fremont Brewing Company, just a 15-minute drive from the Hotel, has an “Urban Beer Garden” set up right on the brewery floor where you can taste the brewmasters’ weekly picks. They are a small but dedicated group who believe in producing a truly sustainable local product.



7 Comments about Seattle, Washington

  1. Donna Salerno says:

    My daughter and I are flying in from Philadelphia the morning of Friday, December 6, 2013 to see the Pearl Jam show that same evening and staying for the weekend. I absolutely cannot wait to see this city! We will need some help navigating throughout the city to see the sights and the best eateries. I am very pleased to read that the Pike Market and Art Museum are so close to the hotel!

    • Crystal says:


      Wonderful to hear you will be joining us at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle this December for Pearl Jam. That’s going to be a great show. You’re absolutely right, we are one block from the Pike Place Market, across the street from the Seattle Art Museum and a staircase away from the Seattle Great Wheel and downtown waterfront.

      Shall we have our Concierge team email you a personalized itinerary? We would also be happy to provide suggestions via Pinterest. We have some lovely travel tip boards and would be glad to create one just for you!

      If you fancy Twitter, we can answer all of your questions on the spot at @FSSeattle.

      Looking forward to hearing from you!


  2. Porter McCollister says:

    My wife & I are coming for a visit Sept. 22-26. We would like some restaurant recommendations. We love food & would be interested in anything you think is special including casual to very elegant. Special interest would include Japanese, Thai, Asian, seafood but very open to other suggestions.

    Porter McCollister

  3. Mr. & Mrs. Corbett says:

    This is from Four Seasons Seattle

  4. geneely says:

    the palace kitchen, good food, good scotch, good service.

  5. atiziano says:

    Shopping: Start on 1st Ave by gazing at the working men, Seattle Museum, walk north and smell the fish, the flowers , and on 1st and stewart you have the best shopping : Sur La Tab, Le Pannier , Peter Miller Books and ZEBRA CLUB. This is the 2 blocks where Seattle shows itself.

  6. DAVE SMITH says:


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