Diners searching for authentic Pacific Northwestern cuisine need look no further than Goldfinch Tavern—a recent collaboration between Chef Ethan Stowell and the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Named for Washington’s state bird, the restaurant—which opened on June 15—features maritime-themed decor and regional fare. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to take in views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, and the Seattle Great Wheel, as they dine on world-class dishes. Inspired by the hotel’s prime waterfront location, the eatery is decorated in shades of blue and amber (reminiscent of Seattle at sunset), along with dark oakwood that pays homage to the city’s shipbuilding history.
The posh tavern is a nod to the city’s pioneer days, in which travelers and locals alike gathered to enjoy top-notch food and drink. Guests can choose a classic coursed meal or opt to share several dishes, family-style. Helmed by Chef Joe Ritchie, the restaurant features seafood ranging from a shellfish and raw bar to entrée items like Penn Cove mussels and wild king salmon. The menu also offers steaks, burgers, ravioli, and more. After finishing their meal, guests can try a house-made dessert or ice cream, or relax by the bar and fireplace to enjoy a cocktail or a local wine. The restaurant provides a myriad of seating options, including banquettes by the windows and walls, leather bucket stools at the bar, low tables and chairs near the fireplace, and two private dining rooms with space for 16 people in each. With regional cuisine and deluxe views of the city skyline, Goldfinch Tavern is a go-to spot for anyone who wants an authentic taste of Seattle. (goldfinchtavern.com)