Experience Seattle's independent culinary, cocktail and brewing scene all year in Ballard, starting every Sunday with the Ballard Farmers Market! Ballard has around 200 local restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries, breweries and shops; most are within easy walking distance of the 400-car parking garage at Swedish. The city street parking rates in Ballard are low compared to downtown and designed to make spots easier to find. The creative energy in Ballard is palpable and invigorating. Discover the unique waterfront mix of industry, art, cuisine, shopping, fashion, parks and tourism at play here. Whether you are a new resident or visiting, please enjoy this historic Seattle neighborhood and feel welcome in Ballard. The food and beverage leaders of Ballard restaurants are honored to serve you every day! See Ballard Happy Hour & Dining Guide.
BALLARD RESTAURANTS, BARS, COFFEE SHOPS & BREWERIES
Ballard is a short 15 minute Uber ride from the Space Needle. All the action is within easy walking distance of several paid parking lots and the Swedish 400-car parking garage. Discover restaurants, bars, cafes, and bakeries in Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood, our home.
Check out the visitors map to get a lay of the land and guide. For breakfast, check out Hi-Life, Skillet Diner and Mighty-O Donuts. For lunch, don't miss Patxi's Pizza, India Bistro, Porkchop & Co., Red Mill Totem House Burgers, Mean Sandwich, and Shiku Sushi. For dinner, add these to your bucket list: Percy's & Co., Olaf's Pub, 8oz. Burger & Co., Ethan Stowell Restaurants, The Sexton and the eminent waterfront Ray's Boathouse. Brunch is served in nearly all these establishments every weekend.
Ballard offers the greatest density of independent micro-breweries of any Seattle neighborhood, each with its own tasting room to welcome you, your friends, guests and whole family. For a taste of Ballard's brewing scene, check out Master List of Ballard Breweries, Tap Rooms, Distillers and Tasting Rooms.