Hole in the Wall Restaurants

The reviewers at Chef Seattle love hole-in-the-wall restaurants and take great joy in finding secret Seattle hideouts that serve awesome food. Our Hole in the Wall award is given out to restaurants that often hide in plain sight or behind a humble (some would even say ugly) exterior, yet manage to dish up a mean meal to send you home happy.
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Brown Bag Cafe
8412 164th Ave. NE
Redmond WA 98052
425-861-4099
(Closed 2/08) Winner of multiple awards, this Redmond (and Kirkland) restaurant delivers old fashioned home cooked meals with a focus on hearty breakfast portions. ($)
7.9
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3 Reviews
Sages Restaurant
15916 NE 83rd Street
Redmond WA 98052
425-881-5004
Vying for the position of top Italian restaurant in Redmond, Sages features classic dishes alongside custom creations from owner and lone chef Bart Kuliczkowski. ($$)
8.3
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3 Reviews
150 105TH AVE NE
Bellevue WA 98004
425-455-3226
A highly popular Thai restaurant in Bellevue, though tucked away in a hard to find location. Chantanee consistently serves up tasty dishes and even offers a full wine menu selection. ($)
7.5
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4 Reviews
The Stone House Cafe
16244 Cleveland Street
Redmond WA 98052
425-867-1914
Great sandwiches in a historic, restored downtown Redmond house which was once a bootlegging operation during the heydays of Prohibition. ($)
7.9
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4 Reviews
Mikie's Brooklyn Bagel
16640 Redmond Way
Redmond WA 98052
425-881-3344
We don't know if Mikie is really from Brooklyn, but based on the great bagels that come out of the oven, we're willing to believe it. ($)
7.3
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3 Reviews
14314 Greenwood Ave N.
Seattle WA 98133
206-364-0681
Authentic hand made dumplings and other specialty Chinese dishes are served up at this incredibly popular yet tucked away hole-in-the-wall in North Seattle. ($)
8.4
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2 Reviews
Le Gourmand
425 NW Market St
Seattle WA 98107
206-784-3463
When you want to enjoy some of the most pleasant French cuisine in town in a relaxing, intimate setting head straight for Le Gourmand ($$$$)
8.5
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4 Reviews
Green Leaf Restaurant
418 8th Avenue South
Seattle WA 98122
206-340-1388
Truly authentic Vietnamese cuisine that reaches far past the typical pho variety, Greenleaf surprises and delights with new and classic concoctions of native dishes. ($$)
8.3
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3 Reviews
10705 Main St B
Bellevue WA 98004
425-454-8815
A genuine hole in the wall, Toy's Cafe looks scary on the outside, but dishes out quality Chinese food at low prices at a tiny Bellevue location. ($)
7.6
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2 Reviews
Ponti Seafood Grill
3014 3rd Ave N
Seattle WA 98109
206-284-3000
Great views, excellent dining and friendly service is the standard at Ponti Seafood Grill, which has been serving Queen Anne residents for decades. ($$$)
8.4
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4 Reviews
Ginza Japanese Restaurant
103 102nd Ave. SE
Bellevue WA 98004
425-709-7072
Located in the most unlikeliest of places with some of the quirkiest hours, Ginza offers some of the best sushi and Japanese dishes in the Greater Bellevue Area. ($$)
8.2
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3 Reviews
12332 Lake City Way NE
Seattle WA 98125
206-363-8639
Nearly a decade old, Pacific Market doubles as a store and small restaurant, serving up home cooked Persian dishes with a touch of saffron. ($)
6.9
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3 Reviews
Rocking Wok Taiwanese Cuisine
4301 Interlake Ave N
Seattle WA 98103
206-545-4878
Hidden deep inside Wallingford, this Taiwanese eatery delivers some mighty tasty dishes that aren't found readily elsewhere, if you can stand the service. ($)
7.2
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3 Reviews
Dixie's BBQ
11520 Northup Way
Bellevue WA 98004
425-828-2460
Based out of a converted auto shop, Dixie's BBQ has become a Seattle BBQ icon known for great food, good prices, "The Man" hot sauce, and the rascally, good humored owner, Gene Porter. ($)
7.9
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3 Reviews
1613 West Dravus
Seattle WA 98119
206-284-6363
Offering two locations in Interbay and Phinney Ridge, Red Mill has quietly built up a reputation of delivering superb burgers and unique milkshakes that give Dick's a run for their money. ($)
8.1
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3 Reviews
Kanishka Cuisine of India
16101 Redmond Way
Redmond WA 98052
425-869-9182
Serving some of the best Chicken Tikki Masala and Chicken Tawa, Kanishka in Redmond offers some of the best Indian food that you can find on the Eastside. ($$)
7.5
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3 Reviews
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1075 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue WA 98004
425-688-2986
Secretly hidden in downtown Bellevue, Facing East offers up a few unique Taiwanese inspired dishes that are quite tasty, while others might be a little too strange for newcomers. ($)
7.4
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2 Reviews
93 Pike St Suite 204
Seattle WA 98101
206-624-2196
Flying fish and fresh produce are not the only things you find in Pike Place Market. Crepe de France offers up a respectable number of crepes that are sure to satisfy your appetite. ($$)
7.4
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2 Reviews
Meze the Mediterranean Bistro
935 6th St S
Kirkland WA 98033
425-828-3923
A bistro in its truest form, Meze offers up some great hummus, borek, and babaghanuj with one of the friendliest owners we've ever come across. ($$)
8.2
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2 Reviews
Lee's Asian Restaurant
4510 California Ave SW
Seattle WA 98116
206-932-8209
Simple, healthy and flavorful Chinese food is the successful formula at Lee's, where West Seattle and downtown locals descend to get great food. ($$)
7.7
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3 Reviews
1303 NE Boat Street
Seattle WA 98105
206-545-8570
With amazing views located right next to the UW South Campus Center, Agua Verde serves up amazing tacos, delicious fresh salsa, and even some kayaks for those looking to explore Lake Washington. ($)
7.9
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2 Reviews
Taki's Mad Greek
8539 15th Ave NW
Seattle WA 98117
206-297-9200
Authentic Greek cuisine with hand cut meats and music starring Taki himself, though he leaves the weekend belly dancing to the ladies. ($)
8.3
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3 Reviews
Jay's Cafe
7520 NE Bothell Way
Kenmore WA 98028
425-485-6267
Jay is owner and chef of this long-time local diner that dishes out classic American home-style meals to a population of regulars. ($)
6.9
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3 Reviews
108 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland WA 98033
425-827-6622
Greek meets American dining and breakfast at George's Place, a small town diner in the heart of Kirkland that serves up gyro eggs benedict along with 'Corinthian' omelettes. ($)
7.1
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3 Reviews
Tropea Ristorante Italiano
8042 161st Avenue NE
Redmond WA 98052
425-867-1082
Near perfect Italian experience with sumptuous classic Italian cooking, seasonal menus, excellent service and intimate dining atmosphere. ($$)
8.8
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4 Reviews
Tamarind Tree
1036 S. Jackson Street
Seattle WA 98116
206-860-1404
Authentic Vietnamese cuisine is presented amidst a stylish and classy atmosphere that holds it as one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in town. ($)
8.4
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2 Reviews
15163 NE 24TH
Redmond WA 98052
425-643-4443
Chef and owner Milt smokes up some tasty southern BBQ while chatting you up at this no nonsense restaurant. ($)
7.3
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3 Reviews
La Casa Del Mojito
7545 Lake City Way NE
Seattle WA 98115
206-525-3162
Having a craving for good Latin American food? This hidden find is about the best you can find without having to trek to another country. ($$)
8.7
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2 Reviews
Top Gun Seafood Restaurant
12450 SE 38th St
Bellevue WA 98008
425-641-3386
Easily one of the best Chinese restaurants in Seattle and on the Eastside, serving weekend dim sum and focusing on authentic seafood dishes. ($$)
8.1
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3 Reviews
7845 Lake City Way NE
Seattle WA 98115
206-527-8888
Voted the best Chinese restaurant in Seattle by the UW Chinese Students Association. Chiang's offers up savory, authentic Sichuan cooking in tiny green building on Lake City way. ($)
7.8
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2 Reviews
Maneki
304 6th Ave S
Seattle WA 98104
206-622-2631
Recently celebrating it's centennial anniversary, Maneki is both one of the oldest restaurants in Seattle and one of the few Japanese businesses to survive World War II. Perhaps the food is that good. ($$)
8.3
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4 Reviews
Pomegranate Bistro
18005 NE 68th A-150
Redmond WA 98052
425-556-5972
An offshoot restaurant of Lisa Dupar's catering, Pomegranate brings life into an authentic Eastside bistro that draws up seasonal ingredients and recipes into delicious dishes. ($$)
8.0
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4 Reviews
17181 Redmond Way #700
Redmond WA 98052
425-883-1828
From the outside, Jade Dragon looks like your typical Chinese restaurant. Surprisingly, its interior sports a very sleek looked that will take visitors by surprise while the food is standard fare. ($$)
7.0
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2 Reviews
Cafe Ori
14339 NE 20TH St Ste I
Bellevue WA 98007
425-747-8822
Simple, yet flavorful Taiwanese influenced cuisines make Cafe Ori an extremely popular with Bellevue locals as well as from the Greater Seattle area. (Cash only!) ($)
8.1
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3 Reviews
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