West Seattle is the most populous district of Seattle. Separated from the remainder of the city by the Duwamish River, much of it has a decidedly suburban character, and certainly sees far less tourist traffic than the downtown area. For those who do visit, West Seattle has worthwhile attractions of its own, including miles of Puget Sound shoreline, a plethora of restaurants, and a thriving commercial district centered on Alaska Junction.
Get on the West Seattle Bridge from either Interstate 5 or from southbound Highway 99. Keep going uphill until you reach SW Alaska Street; turn right and continue to California Ave SW. You will be at Alaska Junction (the intersection of California Ave. SW and SW Alaska St.) where there are several shops, restaurants, etc. To reach Admiral Junction (more shops, restaurants, etc.) turn right (north) on California and continue past the high school.
To reach Alki Beach from the West Seattle Bridge, take the Harbor Ave. exit off the bridge and head north along the waterfront. You'll see the sandy beach when you get there.
The ferry terminal at Fauntleroy offers frequent service to Southworth and Vashon Island. If bringing your car over, be warned that parking near the terminal is extremely scarce. This is a WA State(WSDOT)operated ferry.
Downtown visitors without a car can take the West Seattle Water Taxi, which connects foot passengers from downtown with the Seacrest Ferry Dock. It'a 2 mile walk along the shore from Seacrest Dock to Alki Beach. There is also a King County-operated shuttle pick-up on Harbor Blvd near Seacrest Dock (ROUTE 775) that goes to Alki Beach. The days and times when this shuttle runs can be erratic and change frequently, so look it up in advance or you can pick up a Water Taxi schedule (includes shuttle schedule)on the boat.
More so than the rest of the city, a car will prove useful. Bus service is no more than adequate; the lower density of the area and frequent traffic jams on the few bridges in and out lead to widely scattered routes on unpredictable schedules. Travel between Alaska/Admiral Junctions and downtown is never a problem, although there's no single bus route that runs the length of California Avenue. Trips to the outer reaches of the area will require some advance planning. Bicycle lanes exist, but the terrain is often hilly and steep.
The Viewpoint at Admiral, 3600 Admiral Way SW (From I-5, take exit 163 to the West Seattle bridge, exit onto Admiral Way. Just before the top of the long climb there's a pullout on the right and a fenced viewing area.). Some of the best views of the Seattle skyline are from West Seattle and the Viewpoint at Admiral is the best of the best. You can't miss it as there are usually people there. Bring your camera. Free. edit
The small Statue of Liberty toward the west end of the beach area has just been restored and is much beloved in the neighborhood.
Hamilton Viewpoint Park, 1531 California Way SW (between Atlantic St & S Ferry Ave) Seattle, WA 98116 (Take the West Seattle Water Taxi from downtown Seattle). 4AM-1130PM. Hamilton Viewpoint Park rests above the beaches of Alki facing downtown Seattle. Located adjacent to the Seacrest Ferry Dock.Free. edit
Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave SW (From the West Seattle Bridge, exit onto Harbor Avenue, and then bear left onto Alki Avenue. The beach runs on the right side), ☎ +1 206 233-1509, . Apr 15-Oct 1: 6AM-11PM daily, Oct 2-Apr 14: 4AM-11:30PM daily. Alki Beach Park is one of the best and biggest sandy beaches in Seattle. There's a rollerblade/bike/walking path along it for miles and the beach itself is always busy and fun. Great views of the city, the ferries and the Olympics. There are several great cafes and coffee shops right across the street. Good place for barbeque as well as many outdoor recreations. It has one of the best night view of Downtown Seattle and the city light.Free. edit
West Seattle Golf Course, 4470 35th Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 935-5187, . This golf course is one of the finest in the city with great views of Seattle. Fox Den Grille is the restaurant inside that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beverages. Rates of the course are fair depending on the days you go, and the course is well maintained. There are many tournaments going on for golf lovers to participate. edit
Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW (From the West Seattle Bridge, continue on Fauntleroy Way until you reach the park on the right.), ☎ +1 206 684-4075, . 4AM-11:30PM daily. Lincoln Park is a big, wild park, next to the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, serving Vashon Island and Southworth. Lincoln Park has lots of walking paths, picnic areas, beautiful trees, and beach. Unlike Alki Beach, it's quite pebbly and full of driftwood. To reach the park: come across the West Seattle Bridge into West Seattle, bear left at the "Y" intersection at Fauntleroy. Stay on Fauntleroy all the way to the park. Follow the signs to the ferries.Free. edit
Buddha Ruska, 3529 SW Genesee St, ☎ +1 206 923-6470, . Away from the busy Junction area, just west of the West Seattle Bridge entrance to West Seattle. Superb Thai cuisine in an elegant setting. The crispy garlic chicken is a favorite.edit
Circa, 2605 California Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 923-1102, . M-F 11:30AM-2PM and 5PM-9PM, Sa-Su 9AM-2PM and 5PM-9PM. Small but good neighborhood restaurant on California Ave a couple doors south of Admiral. Steak salad is the house favorite. Beer and wine.edit
Chelan Cafe, 3527 Chelan Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 932-7383. Famous for their rib-sticking breakfasts, the Chelan is your basic family diner with legions of fans. Their Eggs Benedict is very popular and they have great pancakes, too.edit
Duke's Chowder House at Alki Beach, 2516 Alki Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 937-6100, . Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Extremely popular and often times crowded seafood restaurant with a great view, especially from the upper deck when it's open. They're famous for, wait for it, their chowder, but have many other offerings, including salads and burgers for those who don't appreciate seafood. They are also famous for their Duke's Famous Bloody Bloody Mary made with in-house infused vodka and garnished with two prawns. Full bar, with a very good wine list and a great selection of beers.edit
Endolyne Joe's, 9261 45th Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 937-6310, . M-F 8:30AM-midnight, Sa-Su 8:30AM-3PM and 5PM-midnight. A culinary oasis located in the bedroom community near beautiful Lincoln Park. Very popular with locals, Joe's has a rotating menu that focuses on a specific region and its cuisine. Volunteer artists change the decor accordingly. Full bar.edit
Jak's Grill, 4548 California Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 937-7809, . Su-M 5PM-9PM, Tu-Th 11AM-2PM and 5PM-10PM, F 11AM-2PM and 4:30PM-11PM, Sa 4:30PM-11PM. Great steaks at Alaska Junction.edit
Kokoras Greek Grill, 6400 California Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 913-0041, . M-W 12:30PM-9PM, Th-F 12:30PM-10PM, Sa 11:30AM-10PM. Great things come from the tiny kitchen in this neighborhood gem. The lamb souvlaki is tender and delicious. The gyro platter is piled high and a great value. Entrees come with salad and choice of Greek fries or, a truly unique, rice pilaf. Trust in the daily specials featuring regional Greek cooking at its best.edit
Mashiko, 4725 California Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 935-4339, . M-Th 5:30PM-9:30PM, F 5:30PM-11PM, Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9:30PM. One of the best sushi restaurants in Seattle is this tiny, always-packed place on California Ave. Traditional sushi and some very creative stuff, too.edit
Pegasus Pizza & Pasta, 2770 Alki Ave SW (at 63rd Ave SW), ☎ +1 206 932-4849, . M-F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa-Su noon-11PM. An institution for many West Seattlelites, Pegasus specializes in deep-dish, Chicago-style pizzas, including the Tom's Special: mushrooms, green peppers, onions, olives, feta and mozzarella cheese, fresh garlic, diced tomatoes, spinach, sunflower seeds, topped with shredded pepperoni ($22 for a large). There is also a variety of pasta dishes and salads. The white spaghetti is not to be missed. Beer and a limited wine selection, no hard alcohol.$11-$12 pastas and $12-$22 pizzas. edit
Phoenicia on Alki, 2716 Alki Ave SW (between 60th and 61st Ave SW), ☎ +1 206 935-6550, . Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM. A small, intimate restaurant with a great view of Alki beach. Former proprietor and guest favorite Hussein has sadly passed away, but his children have carried on his hospitality, providing many of Hussein's classics as well as new directions. The food is Middle Eastern, with French and Northwest influences.moderate to expensive. edit
Salty's on Alki, 1936 Harbor Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 937-1600, . Situated on West Seattle's popular Alki Beach, Salty's offers a wide variety of seafood and steaks. The restaurant offers one of the most amazing views of downtown Seattle and is a popular hot spot with local celebrities. The food can range from catch of the day, various poultry dishes, or top sirloin. Reviews of the food itself and the service are mixed, surprising considering it's one of the most expensive restaurants in West Seattle. When the sun is shining or downtown is lit up, there is no better view of downtown Seattle.$20-$60. edit
Spring Hill Restaurant and Bar, 4437 California Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 935-1075, . M-F 5:45PM-9PM, Sa-Su 10AM-2PM and 5:45PM-10PM. Tiny, noisy place just north of the Alaska Junction, serving local Pacific Northwest dishes. Spring Hill was named one of 2009's Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appetit magazine. It's not cheap, but it manages to be both experimental and down-to-earth. If you're a foodie, this comes highly recommended.$30-$50. edit
Spud Fish n' Chips, 2666 Alki Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 938-0606, . 11AM-9PM daily. An Alki Beach favorite for over fifty years, Spud serves a wide variety of deep-fried seafood items. Right across from Alki Beach, Spud allows customers to enjoy their meals with one of the better views in Seattle.edit
Zeek's Pizza, 6459 California Ave SW. Yes, it's just a pizza place, but it's a welcome addition to the cluster of shops and bars around Morgan Junction. If you're next door at Beveridge Place bar, you can grab a slice to have with your beer.edit
Mission Latin Bar & Restaurant (Mission), 2325 California Avenue Southwest Seattle, WA 98116, ☎ (206) 937-8220, . 4PM-2AM. Mission serves modern Latin cuisine with hints of Yucatan, Spain and Oaxaca mingled together in exciting fresh combinations, which will satisfy your hunger and please your palate. Try the fresh margaritas to quench your thirst and then finish off with sinful molten chocolate cake or other home made postres. The atmosphere at Mission combines contemporary architecture with sultry old world charm. Sit in a cozy booth, lounge on couches upstairs or take a table overlooking the action on the mezzanine. This is a great place for a candle lit date or to invite friends and take advantage of the group seating areas. Mission also offers a private bar and lounge for parties up to 40. edit
Stottle Winery Alki Tasting Room, 3400 Harbor Ave. SW, Suite 113, ☎ 206-937-1079, . A little "jewel box" of a tasting room. Sample some beautiful hand crafted Washington wines. A great stop before or after a walk or ride along the Alki trail. edit
Bakery Nouveau, 4737 California Avenue Southwest, ☎ 206 923-0534, . M-Th 6AM-7PM, F 6AM-9PM, Sat 7AM-9PM, Sun 7AM-7PM. Bakery Nouveau is a must-go. It has been featured in numerous Northwest publications and and received multiple awards for the incredible pastries, breads, chocolates, cakes and other delicious offerings. It is a favorite with the locals, who regularly line up out the door.edit
Alki Tavern, 1321 Harbor Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 932-9970, . Their motto 'the 10 cent bar with a million dollar view' might be a little harsh. The Alki Tavern is a rustic, no nonsense watering hole to hang out with friends over a pitcher of PBR. They have some fun specials, Tuesday $1 Wimpy burgers and $1 tacos on Thursday to mention a few.edit
C and P Coffee Company, +1 206 933-3125, . Offers awesome coffee from Lighthouse Roasters, free wireless access and live music.
Elliott Bay Brewery Pub, 4720 California Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 932-8695, . M-Sa 11AM-midnight, Su 11AM-11PM. A variety of locally brewed, certified organic beers are the main draw as well as a great selection of burgers and sandwiches.edit
Matador, 4546 California Ave SW, ☎ +1 206 932-9988, . 11AM-2AM daily. A strikingly well decorated Mexican, 21 and older only, restaurant just up from the junction. Updated versions of Tex-Mex classics are offered on the menu. Check out their happy hour menu, available from 4PM-6PM and again from 10PM-1AM, which features some interesting $4 & $5 small plates. Full bar with an extensive tequila selection.edit
Rocksport, 4209 SW Alaska St, ☎ +1 206 935-5838, . A combination sports bar/live music venue as its name implies. The Rocksport is very popular with the young crowd and always has something going on.edit
Skylark Café & Club, 3803 Delridge Way SW (1st building off Delridge exit on West Seattle Bridge), ☎ +1 206 935-2111, . Tu-F 11:30AM-2AM, Sa 9AM-2AM, Su 9AM-11PM. Primarily a live music venue with three original bands most nights. All genres, so check the website ahead of time. Popular weekend brunch. All ages until 9PM on show nights except Sunday shows which are all ages until 11PM close.edit
West 5 Lounge and Restaurant, 4539 California Ave SW (Just down from the junction), ☎ +1 206 935-1966, . Su-Th 11AM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-1AM. A hip/retro vibe permeates, a great place for drinks, but the food is good, too. They are justifiably famous for their Astral Mac and Cheese.edit
There are few hotels in West Seattle, and fewer still worth considering. In a pinch, most chain motels and hotels have branches a few miles south in Tukwila or SeaTac near Sea-Tac Airport; otherwise, look closer to downtown.
Chittenden House B&B, 5649 47th Ave SW, . One of the only B&B choices in West Seattle. Comfortable, but the decoration (including floral pattern wallpaper on the ceilings) is either funkily Victorian or overwhelmingly noisy, depending on your taste. edit
The Grove, 3512 Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle, WA, ☎ (206) 937-9920, . One of the only hotels in West Seattle. Located just a few block east of the Alaksa Junction in the West Seattle Triangle neighborhood.edit
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