I always give extra bonus points for a restaurant that has the care, ambition, and talent to change their menu daily. Few can pull it off with the level of success that Chef/Owner Ethan Stowell manages to, at his Union restaurant. With some of the world’s best produce available just steps away at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Stowell takes full advantage of this culinary mecca to offer some truly unique offerings.

The multi-level space is quite comfy, painted in warm soothing tones, with high ceilings, and it’s one of the few restos left where you can actually hear what your dining partner has to say, so better make sure you are dining with someone interesting. The service simply shone….friendly, knowledgeable yet unobtrusive. When asked, our waiter made some excellent suggestions, such as the grilled octopus salad that was deliciously chewy, tart and smoky. Other faves were the flavorful lamb sausages, the delicate duck prosciutto, and the toothsome orrchietta topped with fresh grilled sardines. I wasn’t a fan of the rather mundane lemon cake but highly recommend going the cheese route for dessert. Each selection comes with it’s own fruity conserve that would be perfect with a sip of port.

Union Restaurant
1400 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 838-8000