Dining al Fresco in Seattle

Ok my last post got me thinking about compiling a list of favorite outdoor places to dine in Seattle.

I’ll start out in my old neighborhood West Seattle with the fairly recently opened Marination Ma Kai, a Hawaiian-Korean joint that has hard to resist kalbi beef and sexy tofu tacos. The Ma Kai has added shave ice to the menu too and with flavors such as homemade passionfruit and guava it’s hard to say no to it on a nice day. Well it’s always hard for me at least to turn down shave ice.

The view from Marination cannot be beat:



Other West Seattle spots not to miss:

Downtown Area:


  • Ray’s Boathouse
  • Paseo’s-there’s no seating by it is right on the water or you can enjoy your sandwich down the road at the Ballard Locks


  • Ivar’s Salmon House Fish Bar-Walk around back to the patio and you’ll stumble on truly one of the best spots in Seattle. The amazing view of Lake Union combined with the fish and chips from Ivar’s, the quintessentially Seattle restaurant, is easily at the top of this Fussy Cow list.
  • RoRo BBQ
  • Uneeda Burger

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