There are many great things to do in Tacoma, including plenty of restaurant for celebrating love, romance, and special occasions. From cozy restaurants for intimate dinners to vibrant, bustling bars for having fun with friends, Tacoma has a dining spot for every occasion.
1. Anthony's At Point Defiance
Anthony's At Point Defiance is one of the Anthony’s Restaurants group of unique restaurants that are located throughout the Pacific Northwest that serves fresh seafood and local catches, Northwest wines and local microbrews. The Pacific Northwest-based seafood chain features floor-to-ceiling dormer windows which boast breathtaking views, contemporary décor, and a casual, relaxed ambiance. Specializing in fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day fish, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu of seafood dishes such as Clam Chowder, Hawaiian Cobb, Blackened Rockfish, Fresh Yukon Keta Salmon Bowl, and Crab & Shrimp Fettuccine. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. Anthony's At Point Defiance is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
5910 N Waterfront Dr, Tacoma, WA 98407, Phone: 253-752-9700
2. Asado Cucina Argentina
© Asado Cucina Argentina
Asado Cucina Argentina is an Argentine-themed steakhouse that specializes in mesquite-fired grill meats served in a romantic candlelit space with cozy cowhide booths. Located in the trendy Sixth Avenue dining district, the restaurant features expansive garage doors that roll up in the summertime, flooding the interior with natural light, and low lighting in the evenings creating an intimate, romantic ambiance. A large chef’s table for social dining straddles the display kitchen where chefs sear beef over a mesquite grill, and comfortable bench booth seating offers more private dining spaces. Asado Cucina Argentina is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Sunday and provides catering services for special functions and events.
2810 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, Phone: 253-272-7770
3. Bar Bistro
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Set on the corner of 99th Avenue East and Portland Avenue in the Midland neighborhood, Bar Bistro is a high-end eatery that serves eclectic New American fare and fine wines in a chic, trendy space. Open for lunch and dinner daily; the bistro serves a seasonal menu of northwest favorites such as elk sliders, steamed mussels, braised pork cheeks; Cajun smoked duck, and roasted filet mignon. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine wines, craft beers and microbrews, and signature cocktails prepared with top-shelf spirits. Bar Bistro is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
1718 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445, Phone: 253-537-3655
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4. Citron European Bistro
© Citron European Bistro
Citron European Bistro is a bright and cheery eatery in Parkland that serves French, German and other European fare with casual wines in a relaxed and laid-back setting. Boasting bright yellow walls and eclectic décor, the charming eatery serves seasonal dishes such as beef bourguignon, wiener schnitzel, Tarte an l’alsacienne with olives, smoked salmon, caramelized onions, and salty capers, Bavarian bratwurst and potato salad, and braised pork shoulder ragout with mushrooms. The delicious cuisine is accompanied by a range of French and European wines, Alsatian ales and beers, signature cocktails, and classical French café music. The cozy dining room has intimate tables for two and four, as well as larger tables for group dining. Citron European Bistro is open for
10716 A St S, Tacoma, WA 98444, Phone: 253-212-1153
5. Cliff House Restaurant
© Cliff House Restaurant
Perched on a bluff over Commencement Bay in Northeast Tacoma, the Cliff House is an elegant fine-dining restaurant that has been a landmark dining destination since 1925. Boasting spectacular panoramic views of Mount Rainier, the Puget Sound, and the Tacoma skyline, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu of fresh seafood, USDA Prime and Certified Angus beef, fresh locally sourced salads, herbs and vegetables, housemade pasta and sauces, and decadent desserts. The wine list features a wide range of whites, reds, ports, bubbles, and blends. The Cliff House Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
6300 Marine View Dr, Tacoma, WA 98422, Phone: 253-927-0400
6. Duke's Chowder House
© Duke's Chowder House
Duke's Chowder House is an award-winning restaurant that focuses on market-fresh seafood, grass-fed meats and chicken and signature cocktails. Voted as one of the best seafood restaurants in the region, Duke's prides itself on serving 100 percent sustainable seafood from the Northwest and Alaska, ranging from wild salmon and Wild Mexican Pacific Prawns to Local Whidbey Island Mussels, along with signature offerings of all-natural cage-free chicken, grass-fed steaks and burgers, and locally made organic sourdough bread. The bar serves a wide variety of drinks including Woodford Reserve Personal Selection Bourbon, infused signature “Duketails,” Caffé Ladro coffee and more. Duke's Chowder House is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-752-5444
7. El Gaucho Tacoma
© El Gaucho Tacoma
El Gaucho Tacoma takes diner back in time to the days of the hidden speak-easy with beautifully decorated interiors featuring a grand staircase and an elegant dining room with shimmering candlelight, classical piano music, and an intimate, romantic ambiance. Located in an unassuming, historic brick building, the restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate love with a menu of classic New American cuisine, world-class wines, and exceptional hospitality and service. The seasonal menu features fresh seafood selections and prime cuts of meat such as 28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch All-Natural Prime Certified Angus Beef® and custom-aged Certified Angus Beef® Tenderloin Filets. The menu also boasts vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and a wide range of libations, including a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. El Gaucho Tacoma is open for dinner only, seven days a week.
2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-272-1510
8. Green.House Restaurant
© Green.House Restaurant
Located in Uptown Gig Harbor, Green. House Restaurant is a sophisticated eatery that offers refined American fare and craft cocktails in a modern, relaxed dining space. Situated at the edge of Uptown’s cobbled pedestrian promenade opposite the Galaxy movie theaters, Green. House Restaurant is helmed by Chef Scott Fuller who creates seasonal menus that reflect the bounty of each season, including fresh meat cuts sourced from local and regional farms, ranches and producers, and sustainable seafood. The restaurant has a cozy bar with an ever-changing wine list that includes the finest boutique and regional wines. The bar also serves craft beers, imported spirits, and signature cocktails. Green. House Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW #400, Gig Harbor, WA 98335, Phone: 253-514-6482
9. Harbor Lights
© Harbor Lights
Located on scenic Ruston Way, overlooking Commencement Bay in Tacoma, Harbor Lights is one of the Anthony’s Restaurants group of unique restaurants that are located throughout the Pacific Northwest that serves fresh seafood and local catches, Northwest wines and local microbrews. The Pacific Northwest-based seafood chain features floor-to-ceiling dormer windows which boast breathtaking views, contemporary décor, and a casual, relaxed ambiance. Specializing in fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day fish, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu of seafood dishes such as Clam Chowder, Hawaiian Cobb, Blackened Rockfish, Fresh Yukon Keta Salmon Bowl, and Crab & Shrimp Fettuccine. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. Harbor Lights is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-752-8600
10. Indochine Asian Dining Lounge
© Indochine Asian Dining Lounge
Nestled in the heart of the Museum District, Indochine Asian Dining Lounge is an innovative dining destination with exposed-brick walls and a tranquil pond that serves a mouthwatering Asian-fusion fare. The restaurant features contemporary décor with rich textures of cherry, iron, brushed steel, and fine drapery blended in architectural harmony. Indochine’s creative cuisine melds the delicious flavors of China, India, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam to produce an exquisite culinary palette that leaves a lasting memory. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive wine list which features aroma-rich boutique wines from around the world, and a selection of delicious desserts and housemade gelato. Indochine Asian Dining Lounge is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
1924 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-272-8200
11. Lobster Shop
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Located on Ruston Way overlooking Commencement Bay, the Lobster Shop is a cozy, waterfront restaurant that serves fresh seafood, lobster and catch-of-the-day fish. Established in 1977, the restaurant specializes in offering some of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite seafood dishes, such as Dungeness Crab Cakes, Halibut Oscar, Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops, Clam Fettucine, Cedar-Planked Seafood Trio, and Aglio Prawns. Diners can enjoy the outstanding cuisine against a backdrop of breathtaking views of both Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range, and the restaurant offers outdoor dining and with a dock available for boaters during the summer months. The Lobster Shop is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, seven days a week.
4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-759-2165
12. Mandolin Sushi & Steak House
© Mandolin Sushi & Steak House
Mandolin Sushi & Steak House is an upmarket restaurant that specializes in serving fresh, made-from-scratch sushi and prime hand-cut steaks in elegant, plush surroundings. The restaurant boasts a sushi counter, eight Teppan cooking stations for seating for up to 10 diners, and a special back dining room for private parties. Teppanyaki is a Japanese style of cooking that was founded decades ago and features chefs performing culinary tricks while cooking for diners on a flat-top grill. Multiple courses include appetizers, soups, vegetables, rice and main courses of Mongolian Beef, Chicken Hot Stone Pot, Chicken, Beef and Pork Bento, and Yakisoba dishes. Mandolin Sushi & Steak House is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and dinner only Sundays.
3923 S 12th St, Tacoma, WA 98405, Phone: 253-301-4969
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13. Marzano's Restaurant
© Marzano's Restaurant
Based in a beautifully remodeled quaint two-bedroom home that was transformed into a 55-seat restaurant with rustic décor in 1993, Marzano's Restaurant is an intimate and romantic dining destination that serves authentic Northern Italian cuisine and fine wines. Native Italian chef-and-owner Elisa Marzano creates a seasonal menu of traditional Italian specialties like antipasto of Nduja Mussels & Clams, Formaggi Misti, Melanzane, and Calamari, followed by entrées of Lasagna Bolognese, Chittare al Mare, Coniglio Alla Rustica, and Bigoli Calabrese. The bar serves a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. Marzano's Restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
516 Garfield St S, Tacoma, WA 98444, Phone: 253-537-4191
14. Olive Branch Cafe and Tea Room
© Olive Branch Café and Tea Room
Overlooking Freighthouse Square in downtown Tacoma, the Olive Branch Cafe & Tea Room is a charming café with tasteful décor, antique furnishings, live piano music, and a delicious day-time menu of contemporary cuisine and drinks. Owned and operated by Terry Waller, the homey café serves lunch Monday through Saturday, a Sunday reservation-only high tea service, and is set to have a wine bar with a dinner service and private catering services. The daily lunch menu features gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh salads, and Southern-inspired items like gumbo, and decadent desserts. Olive Branch Cafe & Tea Room is currently open for lunch, Tuesday through Saturday.
2501 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-961-7600
15. Over the Moon Cafe
© Over the Moon Café
Over the Moon, Café is a small 40-seat, family-owned, and operated restaurant with a from-scratch kitchen that serves contemporary cuisine in a warm and welcoming ambiance. The eatery has comfortable décor with exposed brick walls, lamp-lit tables, and plush chairs, and serves a seasonal menu to match with rotating customer favorites and updated versions such as a variety of starters, salads, and daily soups, certified Black Angus steaks, wild salmon, pasta plates and more. The cuisine is made with fresh, locally made ingredients and regional produce, and is accompanied by wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. Fridays offer a delicious crab bisque special and the restaurant is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
709 Opera Alley, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-284-3722
16. Primo Grill
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Primo Grill is a colorful, chef-driven restaurant with an open kitchen that serves a seasonal menu of market-driven fare produced with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Established in 1999, the eatery is located next to sister establishment, Crown Bar and offers a variety of delicious dishes such as Mediterranean steaks of prime cuts, fresh seafood, housemade pasta and sauces, and applewood-fired pizzas with mouthwatering toppings. Primo Grill also has private dining spaces for special occasions and events, and top-shelf spirits, craft beers, and brews on tap and by the bottle, handcrafted cocktails, and fine wines from around the world are served by the bar. Primo Grill is open for dinner only Monday through Sundays.
2701 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, Phone: 253-383-7000
Sel (French for salt) is a casual restaurant in the Stadium District that serves farm to table French-inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The eatery exudes a cozy ambiance with elegant décor, a comfortable dining room with high-backed chairs and glittering chandeliers, and a large, heated patio with a long communal table covered by moss-covered tree branches and boasting stunning views of the Port of Tacoma. Seasonal menus featured classic French dishes like Croque Monsieur and baked brie, French Toast à la Banane and fresh French Press coffee, and other modern European fare like Chorizo Tortilla Stack, Grilled Hangar Steak Sandwich, and Duck Confit Omelet. Enjoy signature cocktails on the patio in both summer and winter, as well as casual wines, craft beers, and other drinks. Sel is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Wednesday through Sunday.
229 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-327-1015
18. Silk Thai Cafe
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Decked out with Siamese artifacts and serving a menu of traditional Thai cuisine, the Silk Thai Café is a romantic, softly-lit café that offers a unique Thai dining experience. Authentic décor, aromatic smells, and welcoming staff greet diners on entry, and a menu of delicious Thai and southeast Asian cuisine is offered along with a variety of drinks. Signature dishes include starters of Miang Kum, Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Fresh Salad Rolls, Golden Crispy Tofu, and several soups, followed by entrées of Green Curry Salmon, Spicy Seafood Medley, Spicy String Beans with Chicken, Royal Duck Curry, and Balinese Pork Tenderloin. Silk Thai Café is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday and Sunday.
3401 6th Ave F, Tacoma, WA 98406, Phone: 253-756-1737
19. Stanley & Seafort's Steak Chop & Fishhouse
© Stanley & Seafort's Steak Chop & Fishhouse
Stanley & Seafort's Steak Chop & Fishhouse is a Tacoma landmark with panoramic views of the bustling Commencement Bay harbor that serves dinner and weekend brunch. The restaurant has a spacious dining room with contemporary-chic décor and large windows that flood the space with natural light and boast beautiful views, making it a perfect spot for a romantic dinner. An open kitchen produces delectable dishes of New American cuisine prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients such as housemade lobster bisque, grilled garlic herb lamb chops, braised stuffed veal with potatoes au gratin and roasted cauliflower, and crème brûlée and berries and cream. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. Stanley & Seafort's Steak Chop & Fishhouse is open for dinner Monday through Sunday and weekend brunch.
115 E 34th St, Tacoma, WA 98404, Phone: 253-473-7300
20. The Table
© The Table
The Table is a contemporary bistro on 6th Avenue in Tacoma serving locally sourced New American fare in a convivial, cozy setting. Paying homage to the rich culinary history of the Pacific Northwest, The Table’s seasonal menu features house-cured meats and cheeses, fresh pasta and housemade sauces, prime meats and fresh seafood. Signature dishes include Foie & Filet, Chorizo Stuffed Calamari, Pumpkin Burrata, Coconut Seared Barramundi, Smoked Duck Cassoulet, and Piedmontese Hangar Steak. The cuisine is made with fresh, locally made ingredients and regional produce, and is accompanied by wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. The Table is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
2715 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, Phone: 253-327-1862
21. Two Koi Japanese Cuisine
© Two Koi Japanese Cuisine
Centrally located in the heart of the museum district and within an easy walk of the Greater Tacoma Convention + Trade Center, Two Koi Japanese Cuisine is a sleek spot that serves traditional and fusion Japanese fare in a contemporary chic ambiance. Owned and operated by Executive Chef Jackie Young Koh, the restaurant offers stylish dishes ranging from freshly made sushi and sashimi to mouthwatering entrée and delicious vegetarian options. Ideal for romantic dinners, the restaurant features cozy dining booths overlooking Tollefson Plaza and the Tacoma Art Museum and a sociable sushi bar overlooking the open kitchen where expert chefs can be watched at work. The full-serve bar offers a range of cold and hot sake, casual wines, and craft beers, and a private dining room is available for special occasions or business meetings. Two Koi Japanese Cuisine is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
1552 Commerce St #100, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-272-0996
22. Tibbitts at FernHill
© Tibbitts at FernHill
Tibbitts@FernHill is an easygoing, cozy restaurant on South Park Avenue that serves an all-day café menu of seasonal New American cuisine. The small 25-seat eatery is located on a quiet street in Tacoma’s Fern Hill neighborhood and serves award-winning cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Owned and operated by local Chef Shawn Tibbitts, the restaurant uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce to create delicious New American fare for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Sunday. Signature dishes include Adam's Mushroom Bourguignon, Savor Tacoma Creperie, New England Clam Chowder, and Bacon Wrapped Fern Hill Po' Boy.
8237 S Park Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408, Phone: 253-327-1334
23. WildFin American Grill - Tacoma
© WildFin American Grill – Tacoma
WildFin American Grill is a warm and welcoming neighborhood restaurant at Point Ruston on the Tacoma waterfront that serves the finest fare the region has to offer, from fresh fish and seafood to Northwest meats, and locally grown produce. Open for lunch and dinner and weekend; seasonal menus feature down-home American cuisine with dishes like fresh ceviche, Northwest-style chowder and clams, Alaskan salmon and halibut, and Wagyu beef sliders and steaks. Sip WildFin classic cocktails and local craft beers against a backdrop of spectacular views of Commencement Bay, Point Defiance, Vashon Island, and Mt. Rainier. WildFin is open for lunch and dinner, and weekend brunch.
5115 Grand Loop, Tacoma, WA 98407, Phone: 253-267-1772
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