Paddle-Up and Grab a Bite at These Casual Waterfront Spots

Some people sail up to lakeside restaurants for a fancy evening of cocktails and seafood. But if you’re more into paddling up for fish and chips or margaritas, we’ve got suggestions for where to dine. Here, the dress code is athletic clothes accessorized with water shoes and a dry bag.

As an added bonus, it’s a little bit easier to find a parking spot for your paddleboard or kayak than to hope for moorage for your boat. Though we did learn you might have to get creative if a boat blocks you in. Luckily, a small craft can slide under a dock or get walked around an obstacle if parking gets tight.If you’re heading out for this fun Seattle summer adventure, make sure to bring a rope for tie-ups, pack a mask in your dry bag, and wear quick-drying clothes. Some of the docks are a bit high for small vessels, which can make staying dry a challenge when sliding from a kayak or paddle board to the dock. But not a problem. It’s all part of the fun of paddle-up dining!

Here are a few casual places in the area with spots to tie up your boat or board. Since it’s the summer of COVID-19, we remind you to check hours before setting out and have a back-up plan in case your first choice is busy. And, of course, don’t head out if you’re sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.


Lake Union

Agua Verde

Ivar’s Salmon House


100-Pound Clam


Lake Washington

Carillon Kitchen

Beach House Bar and Grill, Kirkland

Bluwater Bistro


Elliott Bay

Maggie Bluffs


Little Coney

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