Want the inside word on Seattle's most talked-about local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to deduce which eateries have been on the tips of diners' tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at Seattle businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance. Then we analyzed foot traffic data from SafeGraph to validate the trends.
Read on to see which spots are extra cool, right now.
Open since April, this beverage store and New American and breakfast and brunch spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Bistro Shirlee saw an 80% increase, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis bistro shirlee's review count increased by more than 600%.
It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Ben Paris has seen a 19% increase in reviews.
Located at 3600 N.E. 45th St. (between 38th Street and North 37th Avenue) in Bryant, Bistro Shirlee offers fish and chips, house-spiced chicken, fried hama hama oysters and more. Desserts include vanilla pot de crème with macerated rhubarb, chocolate olive oil cake with soft whipped cream and a lemon curd tart.
Bistro Shirlee is open from 4 p.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.–10 p.m. on weekends.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Belltown's Casco Antiguo, the bar and Mexican spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, Casco Antiguo bagged a formidable 153.3% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating.
Open at 2102 Seventh Ave. (between Lenora and Blanchard streets) since July, Casco Antiguo offers ceviche, tacos, enchiladas and more, which can be paired with margaritas, sangria and a variety of rum-based cocktails.
Casco Antiguo is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.
Dough Zone Dumpling House
Central Business District's Dough Zone Dumpling House is also making waves. Open since July at 815 Pine St. (between 9th Ave and Eighth Avenue), the Shanghainese spot, which offers dim sum and noodles, has seen a 93% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.4% for all businesses tagged "Noodles" on Yelp.
Dough Zone Dumpling House offers dumplings, dan dan noodles, beef-stew noodle soup, hot and sour clear noodles and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy four-star rating among Yelpers.
Dough Zone Dumpling House is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.
Capitol Hill's Rose Temple is the city's buzziest cocktail bar by the numbers.
The cocktail bar and specialty food spot, which opened at 1801 E. Olive Way (between E Broadway and E Harvard Ave) in June, increased its new review count by 66.7% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.1% for the Yelp category "Cocktail Bars."
It's not the only trending outlier in the cocktail bar category: Agave Cocina & Tequila | West Seattle has seen a 28.9% increase in reviews.
The bar menu offers a variety of cocktails, as well as draft beer, wine and pink champagne jello shots. When it comes to food, look for sandwiches like the Bustin Solley (roast beef, cilantro, basil chimichurri, pickled peppers, onions and smoked soy jus), the Blowfish (sweet soy-braised pork, peanut sauce, carrot slaw, crispy shallots and peanuts) and the Miso Vegetarian (kimchee, miso butter, cheddar and fontina).
Rose Temple is open from 4 p.m.–2 a.m. daily.
Moon Tree Sushi And Tapas
Queen Anne's Moon Tree Sushi And Tapas is currently on the upswing in the sushi bar category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Sushi Bars" on Yelp saw a median 1.3% increase in new reviews over the past month, this sushi bar and izakaya increased its new reviews by 20.9% — and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars. Review counts increased by more than 230% on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 516 First Ave. North (between Republican and Mercer streets) since 2018, Moon Tree Sushi And Tapas offers Japanese cuisine, with menu items like salmon tempura, sushi and sashimi rolls, miso soup, spicy edamame and more.
Moon Tree Sushi And Tapas is open from 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday, noon–10 p.m. on Saturday and noon–9 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)