Hot Spots: Where to Eat & Drink in Kirkland, WA



You may be here on this page because you read our Kirkland Neighborhood Guide and were left with one of the most important questions a person can ask about any place, anywhere: what is there to eat?


If you’re like us, you realize why answering this question requires a whole post unto itself. Keep reading for our favorite places to eat and drink in Kirkland!


Cafe Juanita- Cafe Juanita has been a Kirkland staple since it opened its doors in 2000. Executive Chef Holly Smith utilizes sustainable, local ingredients to execute a menu that is inspired by the culinary wonders of Northern Italy. Cafe Juanita has a sleek exterior, a friendly staff, and offers an upscale experience. Their menu constantly changes based on what is in season and in the market, but you always know it’s going to be good.

Address: 9702 NE 120th Place

Price: $$$$


Chainline Brewing Company- You can find Chainline’s brews in restaurants all over town, but it’s worth it to pay a visit to their brick and mortar. Chainline Brewing Company sits just off of the Cross Kirkland Corridor and emphasizes a fun, active lifestyle in their logo and ambiance. Beer recommendation? The Polaris Pilsner. But they’ve got a great food menu for snacking, too. The best part is that their taproom is kid and dog friendly!

Address: 500 Uptown Court, Suite 210

Price: $


Kathakali- Chef Ajay at Kathakali specializes in using fresh ingredients to make regional favorites from Kerala, a state along India’s Malabar Coast. Visit Kathakali for delicious pakoras, flavorful chutneys, and mouthwatering curries. The menu includes a lot of vegetarian options, as well as seafood dishes.

Address: 11451 98th Avenue NE

Price: $$


George’s- If you’re looking for brunch, you’re looking for George’s. George’s was started in 1976 by a husband and wife team, and serves up diner food with a Mediterranean twist. Not only have they stood the test of time, but George’s has won the “Best Breakfast” portion of the Best in Kirkland Contest multiple times.

Address: 108 Kirkland Avenue

Price: $$


Kitanda Espresso & Açaí- Kirkland has no shortage of good coffee. Whether you want a sleek modern espresso bar, a cozy hole in the wall, or an easy drive-through, Kirkland has coffee options. But Kitanda Espresso & Açaí stands out for their Brazilian bread (pão de queijo) and açaí bowls. To have a good cup of coffee alongside a delicious Brazilian staple, Kitanda is the best place to go.

Address: 12700 NE 124th Street #2 Price: $


Spicy Talk Bistro- Located in Totem Hill Plaza, Spicy Talk Bistro serves Szechuan cuisine. Prepare to get delicious Chinese dishes served by an ever-welcoming staff. Their noodles are hand-crafted and their sauces are made from scratch. Thanks to word of mouth, Spicy Talk Bistro has long been a favorite of Kirkland locals.

Address: 12305 120th Avenue NE Suite H

Price: $$


Kirkland’s Best Eats & Drinks

These are Kirkland’s hot spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We know there are plenty of other gems out there, so be sure to hit us with those in the comments! The key to living right is eating well, so don’t hesitate to check out any of these awesome restaurants.