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Best Tapas in Seattle

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Seattle tapas (small plates) restaurants are intimate and cozy, but packed full of flavor. Inspired by Spanish, Mexican and Italian culture and food, stop in for happy hour or dinner with friends.

Harvest Vine
2701 East Madison
Seattle, WA 98112
206.320.9771
http://www.harvestvine.com

A Basque/Spanish inspired cuisine with tapas and delicious Spanish wines, head to the downstairs intimate dining room at The Harvest Vine. Lots of fish and pork, using Mediterranean ingredients like olive oil, fresh veggies and herbs and spices, the menu changes about twice a month, depending on what is in season. The intimate setting in the basement uses stone, brick and dark woods. You’re actually in the wine cellar, where the walls are lined with Riojas from various regions. The delightful atmosphere invites the feeling of old world Europe.

The Sitting Room
108 West Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98119
206.285.2830
http://www.the-sitting-room.com

Queen Anne’s Sitting Room is chic, hip and sexy. The candle-lit tables provide a perfect setting for an evening for two, or for getting together with friends. Art Nouveau light fixtures and music from around the globe create an atmosphere for great times. During Seattle’s warmer days, the entire front wall opens up to the Sitting Room’s patio for a classic Seattle outdoor experience. With a tip of the hat towards Italy, the tapas menu is filled with cheese platters, bruschetta, salami and pasta. Try several for a filling and delightful meal.

Pintxo
2207 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
206.441.4042
http://www.pintxoseattle.com

Pintxo is a modern Spanish Tapas Bar featuring Spanish inspired tapas and an amazing selection of hand-crafted specialty cocktails, with live flamenco guitar and wine specials every Wednesday. The cuisine favors the flavors of Spain, utilizing fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Located in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown, Pintxo is the perfect place to grab a drink and some bites after work or meet friends for dinner. Closed Mondays.

Ocho Ballard
2325 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
206.784.0699
http://www.ochoballard.com

Ocho stocks the finest quality spirits, beer and Spanish wines to pair with their inspired tapas dishes. The staff is friendly and the space is cozy and intimate. Perfect for date night.

Olivar
806 E Roy St
Seattle, WA 98102
206.322.0409
http://www.olivarrestaurant.com

Olivar combines Chef Philippe Thomelin’s deep roots from growing up in the Loire Valley of France, the influence of his Catalan grandmother and his love of all things Spanish. Located in the quaint Loveless Building on Capitol Hill, this intimate dining room offers up hot and cold tapas plates, and large plates if you have an extra big appetite. The menu uses lots of NW Seafood and fresh, local ingredients.

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