Capitol Hill is a large diverse Seattle neighborhood and the Capitol Hill restaurant and bar scene is the same. There are restaurant and bars throughout Capitol Hill, but following are some examples of areas in Capitol Hill to be aware of:
Broadway from Aloha Street on the north and East Madison Street on the south (really to about Boren) is covered with restaurant, bars, grocery stores, shops, the upcoming light rail station, Seattle Community College, etc. Some of the most famous restaurants are:
Dick’s – A Seattle favorite to buy hamburgers and fries. The walk up restaurant serves clients from 11 AM to 2 AM every day and during that time there is probably no time when there is not a line.
De Luxe Bar & Grill – “A Capitol Hill Institution Since 1962” has exceptional bar food with 19 beers on tap, wine, and a full bar.
15th Avenue is a laid back version of Broadway – not quite as long – starting at Mercer Street where you can find the Capitol Hill classic, Canterbury Ale & Eats, and going to East Madison Street. Like Broadway, there are restaurants, bars, grocery stores, banks, a hospital, etc.
Coastal Kitchen – Coastal Kitchen is a great place to have breakfast or dinner.
Hopvine Pub – Is a good place to get a beer with friends and enjoy some good food.
Pike/Pine Corridor is where there is more night life especially on the weekends. Again, you can find everything you need from gas stations, to grocery stores, to restaurant and bars, to art supply stores, and small auto dealerships for Mercedes and Volvos.
Linda’s Tavern – Well if your going to Bills Off Broadway, you have to stop down the street at Linda’s. Good atmosphere, full bar, good food, etc.
12th Avenue is HOT! Newer restaurants, newer bars, but a lot is going on 12th around Pike and Pine and even south of Madison Street.
la Spiga – Started on Broadway in a smaller location, found a bigger location on 12th Avenue to keep up with the demand.
Cafe Presse – Just south of Capitol Hill, but … is a fabulous little French Bar-Cafe.
East Olive Way
East Olive comes down off of Broadway towards Downtown Seattle – features several coffee shops as well as more bars and restaurants.
B&O Espresso – B&O Espresso, a full-service Capitol Hill Seattle restaurant, was the first espresso coffeehouse and dessert café to exist in Seattle’s Capitol Hill. They have been offering the finest coffee and most decadent desserts since 1976.
The Saint – The Saint is your “Tequila Salvation.” The fun little bar/restaurant occupies a triangular building painted turquoise so you cannot miss it.
19th & Aloah – Near St. Joseph school and a little to the south are several restaurants including the kid-friendly Greek restaurant Vios and Kingfish Cafe which serves some great fried chicken as well as other Southern comfort food.
17th and Galer – All by its lonesome, is the Volunteer Park Cafe. An old corner grocery store where you could by penny candy for decades is now a place to get an excellent meal.
Literally, you could live your entire life on Capitol Hill and have everything you need – starting from being born at Group Health Hospital to being buried next to Bruce Lee at Lake View Cemetery. Capitol Hill has a lot to offer from the time in between these two major events, so hopefully this guide has helped give an overview.