Best Seattle Restaurants for March Madness (or anytime!)

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Last updated on October 26th, 2022 at 06:14 pm

Seattle is one of the greatest cities in the country. Seattle has a phenomenal natural landscape and views, contemporary architecture (including Frank Gehry’s stunning EMP at the Seattle Center), famed Pike Place Market, and top-notch restaurants. The foodie scene in Seattle is abundant and pervasive.

This year some of the second and third rounds of the NCAA regional tournament are in Seattle and we wanted to give you March Madness visitors some ideas for dining while you’re in Seattle. The NCAA regionals are at Key Arena in Seattle Center, right in the heart of the city. From the arena, you are within walking (or short cab ride) distance from all the restaurants on this list.

If you’re in Seattle for March Madness, you’ll want to keep this list handy!

The restaurants in this article were chosen because of their amazing food and cocktails (confirmed by voluminous professional and customer reviews), stellar health inspections and they are all Easy Ice customers, which means you’ve assured the ice in your drinks is clean and safe. We’ve listed our restaurant picks alphabetically. You’ll find spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour.

Are you from Seattle or a frequent visitor? Let us know your favorite dining spots in the comments section below.

Get ready to get hungry! Bon appetit!

Cafe Lago
2305 24th Ave E
Handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza
Montlake neighborhood
“Authentic and worth every penny. Best Caesar salad dressing I’ve ever had. Woodfire pizza was cooked perfectly, the gnocchi was delicious and it was in one of the best vodka sauces I’ve ever had. My wife and I are both Italian and have been looking for an authentic experience in Seattle, this comes very close to being in Italy.” ~ Alex, UrbanSpoon reviewer


Casco Antiguo
115 Occidental Ave S
Pioneer Square
Lunch, dinner, happy hour
Opened Jan 2015 (menu included in this Eater review)

“I sampled the pastor and barbacoa tacos as well as a couple of the salsas AND a margarita. Personal preferences aside all were solid and worth the money. It appears to be pretty popular and imagine there will be game days where it is downright packed! If you’re in pioneer square and craving some Mexican you owe it to yourself to check her out.” ~ Brett, Yelp reviewer


Cask & Trotter

711 Westlake Ave North

Lunch, dinner, happy hour 3-6 daily

BBQ & cocktails

“The house-made pastrami is insanely good.  And a word of advice, go for the grilled artichoke with the roasted garlic aioli as a starter. Also, the wait staff was incredibly friendly and easygoing.  Great experience.” ~ Chris, Yelp reviewer

Rookies Sports Bar
3820 S Ferdinand St
Great place to watch the games – kid-friendly dining area. 14 screens. Brunch, lunch, dinner. Happy hours: 4-6 pm, 9 pm-midnight, M-F

“This sports bar is really well-designed, with “big booths! Kids in the restaurant area, but separate bar area! Super cool floor that looks like a former basketball court! This is also a great place to watch sports. Rainier is cheap, Bloody Marys are among the best in town, the wings and burgers are also good. Keep up the good work Rookies!” Loren, Yelp reviewer


Sand Point Grill

5412 Sand Point Way

Laurelhurst Neighborhood
New American cuisine. Upscale apps, pasta, steaks, cioppino

“Impressive tasty large mussels that rival “Aqua” on the waterfront, incredible ribeye, amazing fish tacos, and a one-of-a-kind burger. That is all!! Try this place!!” ~ Fred, OpenTable reviewer


Skillet Street Food
6301 5th Ave South
Capital Hill, Ballard, and Seattle Center: The Counter at the Armory (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Plus food truck: Airstream on the move! View the calendar of where they’ll be next. Owners have “bevy of new projects” coming up!

Items range from our maple braised pork belly and waffle with a fried egg on top, to our burger with bacon jam, arugula, and bleu/brie on brioche with beautiful hand-cut fries, to our southern fried chicken and legendary kale Caesar salad.


Toulouse Petit
601 Queen Anne Ave N
Queen Anne
Cajun/creole & more
Named one of the Top Ten Happy Hours in the Country!
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Locals and visitors love Toulouse Petit! They have over 2,000 Yelp reviews with a sold 4-star rating!

If Melissa D’Arabian says something is a good deal, listen up. Her ultimate dream breakfast of cured pork cheeks with a confit hash (at Toulouse Petit) has an amazingly low price! ~ from Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate


Witness Bar

410 Broadway E
Capital Hill
4 pm-1 am M-F, 9 am open for Brunch Sat/Sun, Happy hour daily 4-6 pm

Craft cocktails & filling Southern fare are served in a space sporting church pews & a lively bar.

From a review in The Stranger: “The place feels like a pleasant stage set—clapboard walls with backlit stained-glass windows, pews for booths—and the food is good, the drinks are great, and everyone’s very neighborly.”

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