Local Dining Options for Seattle Snowmass 2022

Seattle has many great dining options, most of which are a short walk, bus ride, train ride, or hired ride from the conference venue or your lodging. We recommend using your favorite app or search tool to find something you like.

We provide here a list of options that are within walking distance of the conference venue that should be particularly convenient to access for attendees. There are four main areas with clusters of dining options:

dining overview map

Campus Dining

The closest and highest-throughput options for dining are from UW Campus Dining. They are open to the public. Most campus dining options are closed during the summer, but the following are open:

campus dining options

  1. Husky Union Building (HUB), lower floor
  2. Willow Hall
    • Center Table: all-you-can-eat cafeteria (entrees, sandwiches, salads, burgers, pasta, etc). Every day 7-9am, 11am-1:30pm, 5-7pm
    • Pagliacci Pizza: pizza, salads. S-F 11am-7pm.
  3. Oak Hall
  4. Paccar Hall
    • Orin’s Place: sandwiches, baked goods, coffee. M-Th 8am-2pm, 4:30-6:30pm
  5. Alder Hall
  6. Lander Hall
    • Local Point - Lander Hall: similar fare as Center Table, but a la carte. Every day 7-9am, 11am-1:30pm, 5-7pm
  7. Suzzallo Library
  8. Bill and Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering

“The Ave”

The largest variety of options are along and in the vicinity of “The Ave” (a confusing nickname for University Way). Some favorites among the Local Organizing Committee are listed below. You can also find supermarkets, drug stores, a target, etc. in the vicinity.

dining on The Ave

And slightly off tot he side (numbers matching the pins on the map):

  1. Guanaco’s Papuseria - Salvadorian
  2. Portage Bay Cafe - good breakfast
  3. Poindexter Coffee
  4. Cedar’s - Indian + Mediterranean
  5. Taste of India

University Village Shopping Center

University Village is a ritzy shopping mall on the north-eastern corner of campus (close to CENPA). In addition to having a large supermarket and 4 Starbucks locations (in the 90s, you could stand in one spot and see all 4!), it’s dining offerings frequented by LOC members include:

U Village dining options

  1. Din Tai Fung - soup dumplings
  2. JOEY - modern American
  3. Molly Moon Ice Cream
  4. Eureka! - burgers and beers
  5. Chipotle - Mexican
  6. Mr. West Cafe - coffee, breakfast
  7. Piatti - Italian
  8. Einstein Bros. Bagels
  9. Homegrown - sandwiches
  10. Happy Lemon - bubble tea
  11. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
  12. Ma’Ono Fried Chicken
  13. Veggie Grill - vegetarian
  14. Shake Shack - burgers

Portage Bay

The Portage Bay area features a few highly visit-worthy spots with great views as well as great food!

Portage Bay dining options

  1. Sushi Kappo Tamura
  2. Le Fournil - French bakery
  3. Ivar’s Salmon House
  4. Agua Verde - Baja Mexican
  5. Saint Bread - bakery


We have collected some of our favorites here


  • Ezell’s Chicken ($): Oprah loved it, you will too (fast food)


  • El Camino in Fremont ($$): I think they put crack in the “Mejillones El Camino” mussels appetizer. Great mole and margaritas too.
  • La Carta De Oaxaca in Ballard ($$): delicious Oaxacan dishes
  • Facing East in Bellevue ($$): delicious Taiwanese restaurant
  • Dong Ting Chun in Everett ($$): authentic Hunan cuisine. A bit of a drive though.
  • Joey’s kitchen https://joeyrestaurants.com/location/joey-university-v (a chain restaurant) typical entrées $25-$30
  • Mamma Melina Italian but not in La Spiga class https://www.mammamelina.com/ $$
  • Din Ty Fung Shanghai-style soup dumplings & noodles. Does not take reservations $$ https://www.dintaifungusa.com/


  • Rays Boat House (excellent Fish and great view-ask for a window table) \($-\)$$ Need reservation
  • la spiga (northern Italian) \(-\)$ need reservation https://www.laspiga.com/
  • Wild Ginger \(-\)$ need reservation https://www.wildginger.net/ eastern Pacific Rim food from China to Indonesia, and Malaysia to Vietnam.
  • Metropolitan Grill Steak House, but has good fish entrees. \(\) https://www.themetropolitangrill.com/ Need reservation