Belltown Restaurants


Mama’s Cantina is now offering a super fun two-for-one happy hour served twice daily 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

Here’s how it works: During happy hour one token is given out with each order of food or a beverage. For example, order one margarita and get a free drink token. Guests can choose to use the tokens right away to get their next round free or can pocket their tokens to use at a later date. There’s no limit to how many tokens guests can collect! Photos of the tokens attached.

Happy hour food is $6 each and includes:

  • Chicharrones, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños, Nachos, Chicken Wings, Tacos de Papas, Taquitos Con Chorizo y Papas and Quesadillas

Happy hour drinks are $6 each and includes:

  • Frozen margaritas, draft beers, wines by the glass and well drinks 

All of these are two for the price of one! View the full happy hour menu here.

Mama’s Cantina also has a brand-new cocktail menu featuring:

  • The Guitarrero – Tradicional, fresh lime, habanero simple syrup, cilantro and garnished with fresh peppers – $12
  • Bond Girl – Codigo Rosa, prosecco, lemon, dash of sugar – $14
  • Coco Punch  1800 Coconut and Pineapple – $12
  • Cinna-Rita – Sweet, citrus and cinnamon – $12

View the full cocktail list here.

There are some fun, delicious new spots to grab a bite in Belltown! We love it when new eateries are opened in our neighborhood, bringing variety and creativity to both foodies and those who are just enjoying a night out.

From Rene Gutierrez and Charles Walpole, Babirusa reopened in the neighborhood last month after moving from its original location on Eastlake. The restaurant offers a six-course chef’s tasting menu that changes nightly. It’s open Monday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. until midnight, Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. until midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Gutierrez and Walpole are raising money for some renovations and upgrades to the restaurant on Gofundme.

Chef Hiro Tawara opened Wa’z in Belltown late last month, bringing the elegant art of Japanese kaiseki technique to the neighborhood. Kaiseki is a style of Japanese fine-dining where multiple courses are elegantly plated and served in specific sequences that honor the seasons and culture. The style originated as a light meal that was served before tea ceremonies, and Wa’z nods its head to that history with its decor, which features traditional tea accessories and garments. The dishes reflect the kaiseki tradition using local and organic ingredients.

Get your sake fix at Great Sea Sake, a new Japanese rice beer brewer that will open very soon in Belltown at 2310 4th Avenue. Its grand opening is just pending some state licensing. Owners Kurt Colfelt and Taiko Aoki-Marcial are opening Great Sea Sake as a result of years of sake brewing experience, and the spot will offer a few types of the beverage. Great Sea Sake will offer tasting opportunities and some retail, but its focus will be primarily on education and distribution.



Today marks the start of the tastiest week of the season- the triumphant return of Seattle Restaurant Week!

We here in Seattle are so blessed with an abundance of fabulous dining options, ranging from simple and inexpensive to exotic, lavish and extraordinary, which usually doesn’t come too cheap. Seattle Restaurant Week is an opportunity for people to explore many incredible restaurants they may not normally spring for by offering fabulous deals you won’t want to miss out on.

Every Sunday through Thursday from April 2nd to April 19th, over 165 restaurants across the city will be offering up $33 three-course dinners, with many also offering $18 two-course lunches as well. These restaurants range in price, type of cuisine and location, giving you tons of options to choose from, in every department!

To maximize your SRW experience, check out a list of participating restaurants here (click on the name of the restaurants to see their location and view their SRW exclusive menu) and be sure to check out The Seattle Times lists of best overall value, best ambiance, neighborhood favorites and SRW newcomers.

If you are going to explore SRW (which we highly recommend you do!), remember to be patient, make reservations and tip your servers well! While SRW is a great opportunity for diners, restaurants do tend to get swamped, and the nicer and more understanding we are as patrons, the better the experience for everyone!

Now, go out and get a healthy dose of YUM, before it’s too late!

Gather up your squad and head down to the market on Friday, March 23rd for a fabulous, fun event that brings together a diverse selection of over 70 local vendors to delight you with tastes of their delectable products. And their vendor list is still growing!

Arcade Lights is a wonderful opportunity to sample a selection of delicious drinks, foods and sweet treats, from a wide array of local, small-batch, and artisan vendors. Arcade Lights is always a great time and a wonderfully festive event, where you can enjoy something local and tasty, try something new and have a blast, under the Arcade Lights!

Year after year, Arcade Lights brings new comers and local favorites together to showcase their products and have you wanting more, and this year looks to be no exception. Where else will you find Elleno’s Greek Yogurt, Etta’s, Swede Hill Distilling, Fremont Brewing, Poquitos, Nutty Squirrel Gelato, Schilling Cider and many more local loves all at the same place? Only in Seattle, and only at Arcade Lights.  Be sure to check out a full list of vendors and brace yourself for taste bud nirvana!


2018 brings with it a couple new and exciting additions to Arcade Lights. Explore the brand new MarketFront expansion and be sure to check out the new and improved Night Market at Arcade Lights! On top of the already incredible 70+ artisanal food and drink vendors, some the Market’s own artisan crafters will be getting in on the fun! Night Market vendors will be there to show off their unique, hand-made goods and crafts, all available for sale. Come for the food and drinks, stay for the cool, locally made stuff!

This year’s event is sponsored by Seattle MetDRY Sparkling, DEI Creative, American Lamb and Edelman. As always, proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation which helps to maintain our beloved Pike Place Market and keep the community thriving.



Grab your tickets before they’re gone, and get ready for fun under the Arcade Lights!

Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market, 7:00 pm, Friday, March 23rd


General Admission – $75
Tickets include tastes of as many of the hand-crafted savory and sweet bites as your heart desires – while supplies last – and include five tokens for tastes of beer, cider, non-alcoholic drinks such as root beer and sodas and wine. Tasting glass included. Additional tokens will be available for purchase.

Premium Entry – $90
Limited Quantity Available! Premium Entry into Arcade Lights 30-minutes before the General Admission crowd takes over the Arcade! Includes 5 drink tokens, unlimited food, plus EARLY ENTRY at 6:30PM.

VIP with Early Entry – $150
VIP guests have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge on the *NEW* MarketFront, which includes seating, music, and sweeping views of Elliott Bay and the Seattle Skyline with exclusive food and beverage tastings from elite vendors. VIP Guests receive 5 drink tokens and unlimited food, and can enter the VIP Lounge at 6:00PM to begin celebrating before entering the Main Arcade at 6:30PM with Premium Entry. VIP guests can use the VIP Lounge at their luxury anytime throughout the night.

Arcade Lights is a 21 and over only event, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the Pike Place Market website.

By Megan Hill

Though he honed his skills at highly respected Seattle sushi restaurants Shiro’s and Sushi Kappo Tamura, chef-owner Hiro Tawara’s new Belltown restaurant, Wa’z (411 Cedar St.), will not focus on his native Japan’s raw-fish-and-rice dishes. Instead, Tawara will serve the country’s elegant, seasonally shifting prix fixe meals known as kaiseki, a style on which Tawara built his career and has shared via Pike Place Market pop-ups since 2015. Wa’z is set to open in March.

Tawara started his career at Kyoto kaiseki restaurant Kyo-Yamato and worked at other kaiseki spots as well, so this opening marks a return to his roots after spending time in Seattle focused on sushi. Wa’z’s intimate framework couldn’t be more different than the Taco del Mar it replaces. The multi-course, artfully plated meals will be served in two formats: a “Premium Kaiseki” at the 16-seat chef’s counter only, featuring 8 to 10 courses priced at $100 to $110 with an option to add a sake pairing, and a scaled-down “Gozen” with three menu options priced at $50 each, served in the 16-seat dining room.

Hiro Tawara
 Courtesy of Wa’z

Tawara said that while his food will reflect his Kyoto training, he’ll adapt his cooking to work with local ingredients. Each dish will be punctuated with modern touches, as well as influences picked up from dining around Seattle — but it won’t be fusion.

“I can’t get the exact same ingredients here,” Tawara told Eater. “So I have to think about how to incorporate Northwest ingredients into my food, and still being traditional, not a fusion. I look to other styles of cuisine, such as European and other Asian cooking, to get inspiration on how to use ingredients in my food.”

Savvy Seattle diners, of course, may recall the elegance of high-end kaiseki from the city’s only other purveyor, now-defunct Naka, which chef-owner Shota Nakajima converted to more-casual Adana last year — to instant accolades, considering that the young chef is a semifinalist for this 2018’s James Beard Award for Rising Chef of the Year. Though he had to pivot for financial success, Nakajima hasn’t abandoned kaiseki, and currently runs quarterly dinners focused on the style for his devout followers.

When it opens, Wa’z will operate Wednesday through Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m.