Want the scoop on Seattle's most happening 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 analyze which restaurants have been most discussed 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 the 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 November 2019, this deli and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers sandwiches and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 1% increase in new reviews over the past month. Schmaltzy’s Delicatessen only recently appeared on Yelp, but while many new businesses struggle to gain reviews, it has seen strong initial popularity with a 4.5-star rating on Yelp.
It's not the only trending outlier in the breakfast and brunch category: Grand Central Bakery has seen a 3.6% increase in reviews.
Located at 928 N.W. Leary Way, Suite 102 between 48th Street and North Ninth Avenue in Ballard, Schmaltzy’s Delicatessen offers breakfast and brunch items like breakfast sandwiches, potato latke sandwiches, bagels, parfaits and more on the menu.
Schmaltzy’s Delicatessen is open from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday. (It's closed on Monday and Tuesday.)
Pacific Room Alki
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about West Seattle's Pacific Room Alki, the music venue and New American and breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp saw a median 0.9% increase in new reviews over the past month, Pacific Room Alki bagged a 23.3% increase in new reviews within that time frame, with a slight upward trend from a three-star rating a month ago to its current 3.5 stars. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 3.3 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 2808 Alki Ave. SW between South 62nd and South 63rd avenues since June 2019, Pacific Room Alki offers coconut prawns, Alaskan salmon, burgers, halibut and chips, cocktails and more.
Pacific Room Alki is open from 4 p.m.–10 p.m. daily.
Downtown's Daniel's Broiler, a franchise of the popular chain, is also making waves. Open since December 2018 at 808 Howell St. between Olive Way and Ninth Avenue, the steakhouse, which offers seafood and more, has seen a 0.9% increase in new reviews over the last month — matching that of all businesses tagged "Seafood" on Yelp.
There's more than one hot spot trending in Seattle's seafood category: Rider has seen a 4.2% increase in reviews, and Mr. Lu's Burgers & Seafood and Cinque Terre Ristorante have seen 1.4 and 2.9% increases, respectively.
Daniel's Broiler offers ahi tuna, bacon-wrapped scallops, oysters, crab cakes, clam chowder and more on the menu. Over the past month, it's maintained a three-star rating on Yelp.
Daniel's Broiler is open from 6:30 a.m.–midnight on weekdays and 7 a.m.–midnight on weekends.
Dough Zone Dumpling House
Central Business District's Dough Zone Dumpling House is the city's buzziest noodle spot by the numbers.
The well-established Shanghainese spot, which offers dim sum and noodles and opened at 815 Pine St. between Ninth and Eighth avenues in July 2019, increased its new review count by 17% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.6% for the Yelp category "Noodles." It currently boasts a four-star rating on Yelp.
It's not the only trending outlier in the noodle category: Momosan Ramen & Sake has seen a 12.7% increase in reviews, and Ping's Dumpling House and New Leaf Bistro have seen 2.4 and 1.2% increases, respectively.
Dough Zone Dumpling House offers soup dumplings, chive dumplings, steamed dumplings, potstickers, spicy pancake rolls and more.
Dough Zone Dumpling House is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.
Lake City's Kelly Cannoli is currently on the upswing in the coffee and tea category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Coffee & Tea" on Yelp saw a median 2% increase in new reviews over the past month, this bakery, which offers coffee, tea, desserts and more, increased its new reviews by 6.9% — and kept its rating consistent at five stars. Visits to Kelly Cannoli increased by 50% over the same time frame, according to SafeGraph's foot traffic data.
Open for business at 11310 Lake City Way NE between 115th and 113rd streets since 2013, Kelly Cannoli offers traditional cannolis with cream fillings like espresso, pumpkin and mint chip, with toppings such as chocolate chips, pistachios and Oreos.
Kelly Cannoli is open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. daily. According to SafeGraph, people visit Kelly Cannoli most on Saturdays and Fridays, and it attracts a quarter of its total visitors over those two days, so go on Mondays if you want to avoid the rush.