Boats Afloat attendees, foodie fanatics, and Lake Union lovers take note: There’s a new waterfront restaurant in town. Brought to you by the folks behind Waterways Cruises, Lakeside opened its doors midsummer in the South Lake Union space that formerly housed the Seattle Kraken team store, giving diners the first taste of the Lake Union Piers redevelopment happening around the nearby docks and blocks. The polished dining room and accompanying waterfront patio boast views that are rivaled only by the food emerging from the kitchen. The seasonal-inspired menu features nods to both land and sea—everything from bacon-wrapped tenderloin to Chardonnay and lemon-poached shrimp shooters served with honey-truffle cocktail sauce—and features both a la carte options and five-course prix fixe meals available for dinner ($79/person) or weekend brunch ($39/person).
At the bar, the cocktail selection, inspired by the nearby bobbing boats, ranges from the “Sailor’s Delight Red Sky at Night” sipper, crafted from bourbon, cranberry juice, and ginger beer, to the “Sail into the Sunset” made with Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, St. Germain, Mexican oregano syrup, orange bitter, and secret sauce. Reservations are recommended if you are coming ashore to enjoy a prix fixe experience, or you can walk in and belly up to the Long Bar to order a la carte any time. Last month, culinary director Trinity Mack and the team debuted a new option catered especially to boaters: Curated to-go boxes featuring charcuterie fixings and other picnic provisions to order and pick up in anticipation of your own lakefront dining experience on board. For full restaurant details, visit: lakesideslu.com