IISWC Guide to Dining and Nightlife


IISWC Guide to Dining and Nightlife Map

Closest Options

-          Marlai Thai Cuisine

-          Toshi’s Teriyaki

-          Jak’s Grill

-          Varlamos Pizza


University Village

-          Din Tai Fung (world-renowned dumplings)

-          Joey’s (upscale American classics)

-          Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (famous homemade icecream, with a variety of often wacky but always delicious flavors)

-          Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

-          Piatti (Italian)

-          Delfino’s Chicago Style Pizza (Not fast, but the pizza is worth the wait)

-          Blue-C Sushi (Conveyor belt sushi)

-          The RAM (Brewery with American food & lots of TVs. Great place to catch a game)

-          Jamba Juice (Smoothies)

-          Veggie Grill (excellent all-vegetarian restaurant)


Truly Seattle (and a little further away)

-          Pair (Pacific Northwest seasonal cuisine. Constantly changing menu, and amazing cocktails).

-          Ivar’s Salmon House


University Way NE (a.k.a “The Ave”)

-          Big Time Brewery  (Brewery, with surprisingly good pizza)

-          Schultzy’s (German)

-          Pho Than Brothers  (Best of many Pho soup places on the Ave)

-          Thai Tom  (tiny, but amazong Thai food)

-          A Burger Place (build-your-own burger)



-          Closest

o   Jak’s Grill – only open until 11:00, but a great tap selection.

-          U Village doesn’t have much, but it has two good spots:

o   The RAM is a good spot, with late food and a bar open until 1:00 AM

o   Starbucks! There are 3 in U village, but the main one is open until 2:00 AM!

o   Duchess Tavern – a little behind U Village, but a UW dive bar tradition

-          The Ave has quite a few bars that are open late. My favorites are:

o   Big Time

o   Finn MacCools

o   Earl’s

-          If you’re up for *real* nightlife (and an Uber ride), then Capitol Hill is the place for you. I recommend starting at:

o   Cha Cha Lounge  (very… Capitol Hilly)

o   Braca

o   Capitol Cider  (TONS of craft ciders on tap)


Tourism & Activities

-          Nearby:

o   Rent a canoe at the UW Aquatic Center and paddle through the Arboritum

o   Rent a kayak at Agua Verde and paddle around Lake Union

o   Rent an electric boat at the Electric Boat Company and “drive” around Lake Union

o   Burke Art Museum

-          Further afield

o   Visit the Ballard Locks to see ships coming/going, and salmon starting their upstream spawning run

o   Visit Pike Place Market and see the original Starbucks

o   Space Needle

o   Museum of Pop Culture (formerly Experience Music Project)