40 Spots to Enjoy Lunch at the Market

For a quick bite on the move or a comfortable sit-down experience, we’ve got all the recommendations for great fare to power you through your Market day! Take a moment and rejuvenate at any of these Market eateries open for lunch. 

Grab & Go

Chicken Valley: No matter what it is, Chicken Valley knows how to fry it right, especially chicken. Fried chicken, corn dogs and fries are a classic treat for a day out on the town but for those who like to try something different, chicken gizzards, livers and hearts are also on the menu. Find them in the Market’s main arcade next to Pike’s Pit BBQ.

Falafel King: For an authentic, Middle-Eastern cuisine experience with exceptional flavor and generous portions, Falafel King is your match for lunch. Their most popular dish, chicken shawarma, is marinated with garlic, lemon and herbs and served with grilled onions, tomatoes and red cabbage topped with tahini sauce. Stop by this small shop on First Avenue for a hearty helping of mouth-watering falafel and more.

LaVaca Burrito Express: Though they may be the smallest sized shop in Pike Place Market, they sure do serve up tremendously sized burritos! In addition to their namesake burritos, they also serve tasty tacos and tamales. This hole-in-the-wall spot whips up delicious food quickly for an easy lunch.

Mariscos Mexico: If you love seafood, tacos and are looking for an easy lunch to-go, fish tacos from Mariscos Mexico is the way to go! This small stand is located in the Economy Market and has juicy tacos with delicious fillings like nut-crusted halibut, acapulco shrimp, cod and mahi mahi. Accompanied by beans and rice while offering vegetable alternatives, Mariscos Mexico provides a well-rounded meal.

Mee Sum Pastry: An iconic grab-and-go storefront, this no-frills business has solidified a dedicated following for its fluffy and savory stuffed hom bow and dumpling selections. With their high-volume output, you can always count on a fresh hot batch!

Michou: Find excellent deli fare that rotates daily. Head to this casual takeout stop for a toasty panini-pressed sandwich, deliciously tossed salad, or a varied selection of hot bar items that are priced by the pound and made fresh for a bargain. Don’t miss their snack-size desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth afterward!

Mr. D’s Greek Delicacies: For over 40 years, Mr. D’s Greek Delicacies has been one of the most raved-about spots in Seattle for authentic Greek food. They’re known for generously portioned gyros that include a mixture of thinly sliced meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki wrapped in warm, plush pita bread that is impossible not to love.

Saffron Spice: Discover and enjoy the complex and rich flavors of authentic Indian food at Saffron Spice. This small stand packs a diverse array of complimentary spices into takeaway dishes to be enjoyed at your leisure. Their samosas are a hit, but be sure to also ask about their specialty dish, there’s a new one each day that’s usually inspired by a different region of India.

Umai Sushi & Teriyaki: This walk-up venue provides classic teriyaki and sushi dishes at an affordable price. Their menu offers an extensive selection of teriyaki styles and combinations, while sushi rolls are prepped to be taken to-go. With an experienced chef and affordable prices, Umai Sushi & Teriyaki is a great, tasty option. 

Small Seating

DeLaurenti Food & Wine: Looking for a quick bite? Stroll into their DeLaurenti’s Cafe for sandwiches, pizza by the slice, chips, cookies and more! Take your food to go or enjoy it on tables across from their pick-up window.

Farvahar Café: Stop in for specialty Persian cuisine, with flavorfully spiced kabobs, stewed meat and rice platters, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Pull up a seat to their cozy counter or grab on the go from this spot offering plentiful choices at an affordable price.

Jack’s Fish & Chips: From deep-fried fish and chips, steamed mussels, and grilled salmon, to clam chowder and cioppino stew, Jack’s Fish & Chips has the seafood comfort foods to satisfy your cravings. Using fish directly from their seafood counter, everything down to the tartar sauce is made completely in-house and fresh daily. Take a seat at their lunch bar to witness the action of the Market.

Jasmine Thai: A local favorite for Thai food, stop in to sample well-balanced flavors of sweet, salty, spicy, and sour in traditionally prepared dishes. This spot is great to stop and sit for a quick bite of your preferred Thai dishes. Pad Thai, pad see ew and massaman curry are fan favorites. They also offer gluten-free alternatives.

Los Agaves: Founder Jaime Mendez dishes up genuine Mexican street food using recipes that have been passed down through his family for decades. As a family-owned restaurant, they use recipes followed throughout their childhood in Mexico in combination with Pacific Northwest ingredients. Stop by to try out their tacos, nachos, taco bowls, burritos, and more.

Maíz: Bringing authentic Mexican street food to Pike Place, this recently opened tortilleria offers simple but hearty meals to satisfy your mid-day cravings. Find freshly batched dishes made from scratch-made masa tortillas like tamales, chilaquiles, tacos, and more!

Market Grill: Market Grill’s goal is to serve you the best salmon sandwich that you’ve ever had. Sit at their lunch bar in the Market’s main arcade and watch fresh seafood prepared right in front of you, enjoyed as a sandwich or a platter. Market Grill’s chowder is also a big hit with locals stopping by daily.

Miss Café: Enjoy Turkish food with a modern twist at this casual establishment offering traditional plates, desserts, and coffee. Their signature pides incorporate fresh toppings over a flatbread similar to pita in texture and taste, baked to perfection with fresh meats, cheeses, and vegetables.

Oriental Mart Lunch Counter: This casual stop is beloved by locals for its authentic Filipino cuisine and no-frills dining. Their unique culinary and cultural experience has stood the test of time as a three-generation, family-owned business. In 2020, their lunch counter was one of six restaurants in the country to receive a 2020 America’s Classics Award from the James Beard Foundation. Be sure to read the rules before ordering; you’re guaranteed to get a kick out of them.

Pasta Casalinga: Every pasta dish has a story behind it that is as rich as it is flavorful at Pasta Casalinga. Their menu features rotating weekly pasta bowls influenced by the farm, ocean, or garden. They keep their menu fresh by scouting the most unique seasonal ingredients around.

Pike’s Pit BBQ: Enjoy the best barbeque around and stop in at Pike’s Pit for slow-roasted, wood-smoked meats that are presented on deliciously sloppy sandwiches, baked potatoes, mac and cheese, platters, and more alongside classic southern sides like cornbread, potato salad, and coleslaw.

Pike Place Chowder: Home to award-winning, hall-of-fame chowders, Pike Place Chowder has captivated the public with its precision on a dish dear to our seafood city. The velvety soups on their menu are simmered in small batches and served fresh daily. See what all the hype is about on the restaurant that serves Yelp’s #1 most popular dish in the United States.

Pizza and Pasta Bar: With a focus on sourcing top-tier Market fresh ingredients, Pizza and Pasta Bar makes quality Italian cuisine accessible for a relaxed lunch with flavorful pizzas, pasta dishes, sandwiches and more. Everything is prepared from scratch, down to the pastas. An Italian staple, their homemade meat sauce is especially liked among diners and pairs exceptionally with their classic crusts and garlic bread.

Seattle Dumpling Co.: In the back of Pike Place Market’s Soames/Dunn Building you can find traditional fresh dumplings and potstickers being made in an assortment of styles and flavors. You can pick your preference of preparation, with boiled dumplings or pan-fried buns. Their menu extends past dumplings, to noodle and vegetable dishes as well. Grab a plate of dumplings and enjoy them in the Soames/Dunn Courtyard.

Sisters European Café: This charming corner shop in Post Alley serves up European-inspired sandwiches, soups, and salads with classic focaccia bread and offers gluten-free alternatives. Their fresh ingredients and funky décor make Sisters European Café a great pick for a satisfying laid-back lunch in an unmatched setting.

Three Girls Lunch Counter: What’s more appropriate for lunch than a traditional luncheonette! Tucked behind their bakery, Three Girls Lunch Counter serves up a wide variety of soups and sandwiches that’s perfect for a quick meal. They offer a thoughtful take on classic deli sandwiches including the Reuben, B.L.T., turkey club and more. Don’t forget their famous meatloaf sandwich! The recipe has been passed down and used for over 30 years.

Wild Fish Poke: For fresh fish aficionados, enjoy healthy and delicious Hawaiian-Japanese-style poke bowls made with nutritious ingredients: raw fish, tuna, and salmon are served with an array of crisp toppings and zesty housemade sauces. They also serve combination bowls with options like crab, scallops, and shrimp to enjoy a medley of flavors!

Dine-In

The Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar: Opened in 1909, the Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar is a Seattle classic with a setting and view worthy of the big screen. In fact, it has been; their establishment is featured in the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle. Come in for breakfast, lunch, and happy hour!

Copacabana: Enjoy fresh, Bolivian cuisine with favorites like paella, ceviche, and traditional dishes like papas a la huancaina: a spicy traditional peanut sauce served warm over potatoes with crisp greens, tomatoes, olives and egg slices. Sangria pitchers are their house specialty brew, be sure to indulge in their special for two with a sangria pitcher and shareable size paella for a discounted price!

El Borracho: For vegan lovers! Enjoy delicious plant-based Mexican cuisine in a comfortable ambiance with a full bar. Build your own meal-worthy nachos or tacos with an array of toppings that invite flavors of chipotle, ancho chile adobo, and zesty chile-lime seasonings in vegetarian alternative proteins like jackfruit, tofu and more.

Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar: Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar honors the simple treasures of the sea by only serving the freshest, tastiest oysters available. Warm-up with a bowl of gumbo or steamer clams, or cool down with a platter of carefully shucked oysters. As the first oyster bar in Seattle, this divey gem is also a memorial to old-school Seattle with souvenirs from years past.

Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar: Known as a local favorite, stop in for the creamy clam chowder, a rustic tuna melt, or fish tacos while enjoying the views of passing ferry boats and the Olympic Mountains.

Matt’s in the Market: Take in the Market from above! The bright ambiance of Matt’s directly overlooking the signature Clock & Sign is an excellent stop for fresh and innovative Pacific Northwestern fare. Indulge in their creamy seafood stew served with warm focaccia, or go lighter with a delectable salad. Make sure you save room for dessert!

Old Stove Brewing: Where classic pub food meets an elevated from-scratch kitchen, Old Stove offers a warm, industrial ambiance with wood-fired pizzas, craft burgers, soups, salads and more alongside their 24 taps of rotating brews made on-site and viewable in the making from the dining area.

Pike Place Bar & Grill: Looking for a cozy spot to relax? Head to the second floor of the Corner Market to enjoy wings, nachos, and burgers in an inviting atmosphere. Their doors open every day at 10 a.m.

Pike Place Chinese Cuisine: For an intimate hideaway lunch stop, head to the DownUnder to find hot and fresh plates. Enjoy a meal from one of their booths with an unobstructed view of Puget Sound. Their stir-fry dishes and special fried rice platters are sure to fill up everyone at the table.

The Pink Door: Look for the namesake of this quaint and eclectic eatery in Post Alley and find yourself amid spirited service and top-notch cuisine. Their classically driven menu focuses on Italian-American dishes with a fresh spin and offers its patrons locally sourced produce paired with quality meats of sea and land to bring elegance without pretentiousness.

Place Pigalle: With a 5-star menu and an unbeatable view of the Big Wheel and waterfront — this spot is where you go to celebrate! This historic restaurant pairs locally-sourced French fare with a Pacific Northwest influence.

Sound View Cafe: Nestled in the middle of the Market, Sound View Café is a cozy and family-friendly eatery that offers a relaxing environment to enjoy its classic diner menu.

Urara: For a meal as healthy and refreshing as it is beautiful, check out Urara for true Japanese food with the freshest ingredients. Specializing in sushi and sashimi, Urara takes advantage of Pike Place Market’s fish markets to source the most wholesome foods available to cook with. Try their chirashi bowl to see the bright natural colors of the fish sold throughout the Market.

The Virginia Inn: This historic restaurant at the corner of 1st Avenue and Virginia Street has been serving the community since 1903. Head over for fish & chips, BBQ pulled pork sliders or mussels. Their fryers are gluten-free so enjoy a side order of fries guilt-free!