Courtesy Smith Tower

Sky-High Dining

Perfect perches for views, bites, and brews.

By Corinne Whiting
Sunset seen through the railings of an observation deck at the top of a skyscraper

Courtesy Smith Tower

Seattle abounds with patios, decks, and rooftop bars ideal for taking in the city’s 360-degree vistas. For views of Puget Sound, head to Ray’s Café (6049 Seaview Ave NW), a beloved neighborhood eatery located upstairs from Ray’s Boathouse. The covered deck proves a prime spot for enjoying clam chowder and local microbrews as the sun slips behind the jagged Olympic Mountains and resident sea lions glide around the Sound. Downtown, the Thompson Seattle (110 Stewart St) welcomes sunset lovers to its hip patio at The Nest for signature cocktails and sharable plates (reservations encouraged). Special events here range from DJ entertainment to rooftop yoga. Iconic landmark Smith Tower (506 Second Ave), celebrating its 108th anniversary July 4 of 2022, boasts stellar 360-degree panoramas from its 35th-floor, speakeasy-inspired bar. Ride up to the Observatory in an original Otis elevator; highlights include ornate architecture, small plates (think hummus plates or naan pizzas), and seasonal cocktails like the Citrus Garden (Don Q Cristal Rum, Amaro Montenegro, lemon juice, simple syrup). In the University District, the Mountaineering Club (4507 Brooklyn Ave NE), a buzzworthy bar atop the Graduate Seattle hotel, recently added patio “cabins.” On the wraparound terrace, drink in innovative beverages—and delicious mountain views—from the new semi-temporary coverings decorated with vintage skis and antique tree loppers.


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