Blog / April 18, 2019
7 Must-Visit Restaurants in the South Sound Recommended by Locals (+ Happy Hour Tips!)
“The South Sound is a culinary marvel. We have access to fresh fish, and other delicacies from the sea without the Seattle markup!” says local Linda Letney. Not only do we have some of the most delicious fresh seafood around, but Linda adds that you can enjoy it all from “beautiful restaurants on piers in South King County and North Pierce County which light up beautifully at night.”
Read on for some of our favorite South Sound restaurants, and be sure to take a look at the happy hour tips so you don’t miss out on some serious deals!
Anthony’s Homeport Des Moines
Highly recommended by local Jennifer Dovey as a Des Moines mainstay with consistently good food, Anthony’s is right next to the Des Moines Marina and is one of the *best* seafood spots in the area. Perfect for date night, celebrating special occasions, or “just because,” Anthony’s menus include brunch, lunch, dinner, plus live music and some of the best waterfront views around.
- Happy Hour Tip: Happy hour is available daily until 6:30 PM in the HomePort lounge. Check out a sample happy hour menu here.
Wally’s Chowder House
Jennifer also recommends Wally’s, a solid choice if you’re craving New England-style chowder and fresh fish & chips! This laidback Des Moines staple is all about serving up comfort food and classic maritime cuisine. You can take a look at their menu here, but be warned—if you’re not hungry yet, you will be after you see the scrumptious pics of their food!
- Happy Hour Tip: Monday nights have “all you can eat” Fish, Chips & Chowder until 8:45 PM for $18.99.
Salty’s at Redondo
“Salty’s has the best fresh seafood, amazing views on the water in Redondo and an incredible staff,” raves Chad Beckwith. Not only does Salty’s feature an extensive menu of award-winning dishes, but the dreamy views of the Puget Sound, Maury Island, and the Olympic Mountains make it all the more dazzling. Their website says that “even though every table doesn’t have its own window, every seat has a terrific view,” and it’s true!
- Happy Hour Tip: Salty’s happy hour features deals like $2 oyster shooters, $5 prime rib sliders, $6 seafood chowder, several $7 cocktail options, and more, all from 3-6 PM Monday-Friday, and 4-6 PM Saturday & Sunday. Plus, kids 4 and under eat free at weekend brunch!
The Fish Peddler
“The Fish Peddler on Commencement Bay in Tacoma off the Foss Waterway [has] fresh fish everyday, amazing chefs... the restaurant is small, but the food and drinks are amazing,” shares local Chad Beckwith. In addition to indulging in delicious menu items like Grilled King Salmon, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Bacon Wrapped Prawns, and Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese, you can also pick up fresh seafood from their retail shop. (Their generous seafood platters are ideal for parties!)
“My favorite happy hour in Federal Way is at Verrazano’s Italian restaurant,” says Terri Reade. “They have a wonderful deck that provides an amazing view of Puget Sound with equally amazing sunsets. Be sure to order their special Tuaca Sidecar drink—it makes all your worries of the day subside. The happy hour food menu has many choices; my favorite is the Spicy Garlic Prawns. I take all my ‘touristy’ friends here, and they rave about returning.”
- Happy Hour Tip: From 3-6 PM every Monday-Friday, enjoy happy hour deals like $7.50 Calamari Fritti, $6 flatbread pizza, $9.50 Prime Sirloin Tips, $4.50 well drinks and much more!
Wildfin at the Renton Landing
“The Landing is a newer area,” shares Linda Letney, “and there are several bars in the area and ample shopping along with a movie theater. After dinner at Wildfin you can go to Gene Coulon and walk the pier they have that fingers into Lake Washington.” This casual spot prides itself on featuring “the finest the region has to offer” when it comes to seafood, fresh fish, Northwest meats, and produce. Make a reservation at this local hotspot “where every day is an occasion!"
Maureen Donhauser highly recommends Biscuits Cafe in Federal Way, in part for their large portions and friendly staff. If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast to start out the day, then Biscuits Cafe’s menu will not disappoint—as the name would suggest, they have classic biscuits and gravy, but they menu also features several pancake choices, scrambles, omelets, benedicts… let’s just say their menu is extensive!
Those who are gluten-free will also appreciate their many gluten-free offerings, including gluten-free French toast, waffles, English muffins, and bread.
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