What are the best places to eat in Seattle?

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Seattle has become one of the culinary capitals of the country, due to the focus on local ingredients and its adventurous chefs. From corner delis to fine-dining, foodies will find Pacific Northwest treats to try at nearly every turn. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors chose five top restaurants to try when visiting the Emerald City:
1. Mistral Kitchen. Foodies enjoying fine dining, scenesters drinking cocktails at the bar, couples lingering in a secluded lounge — you’ll see it all at this hip Seattle spot in the South Lake Union neighborhood. To try the multi-course tasting menus, book a table in the formal Jewel Box dining room.
2. The Georgian. The most acclaimed restaurant in the region wows at nearly every turn. Though twinkling crystal chandeliers and striped Louis XVI chairs dazzle in the dining room, the most awe-inspiring aspect of the Four-Star establishment is still its kitchen. Executive chef Gavin Stephenson’s crew prepares butter-poached lobster, seared scallops and other French-inspired Northwestern dishes that have wowed diners in Seattle for decades.
3. Rover’s. The food is Northwestern, but the technique used by award-winning chef Thierry Rautureau is all French. Foodies flock to this Four-Star Madison Valley spot for supremely fresh sea scallops, venison, rabbit and other local bounty. Can’t snag a seat? Head to Luc, Rover’s more casual sister restaurant next door.
4. The Herbfarm. This Four-Star restaurant is a bit of a hike from downtown Seattle (about 25 minutes away in the Sammamish River Valley) but it’s worth the journey. Chef Jerry Traunfeld creates seasonal, multi-course themed meals based on the restaurant’s own farm and what local purveyors have to offer.
5. Canlis. Formal, traditional and a Seattle institution, Canlis has been at the forefront of the Northwest fine dining scene since 1950. Men are encouraged to don a suit (or at least a sport coat) in order to snag one of the prime window seats that look out over Lake Union.

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