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5 best restaurants for gourmet travellers in Tacoma, the USA

5 best restaurants for gourmet travellers in Tacoma, the USA

by Anne Shirley 27 days ago
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  • 1. Tibbitts Fern Hill
  • 2. Over the Moon Cafe
  • 3. Pimienta Bistro & Bar
  • 4. The Table
  • 5. Wooden City
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Tacoma is a port city situated along Puget Sound in Washington, United States. Puget Sound is a complex estuarine system of interconnected marine waterways and basins that is an inlet to the Pacific Ocean. The third-largest city in the state of Washington, Tacoma is a diverse and progressive city that has seen significant development in the last two decades. The city’s natural beauty coupled with its proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier National Park makes it a haven for hikers, runners, cyclists, and maritime enthusiasts. It is locally known as the “City of Destiny” because of it being the western terminus of the North Pacific Railroad.

With a lively social scene, Tacoma’s culinary connoisseurs and gourmands have cultivated a place for foodies to travel and experience the dining options offered by this city. You can find an array of dining establishments, such as fine dining restaurants with fancy wines, lively pubs, street cart dumpling stands, and top-notch soul food to satisfy omnivores and vegans alike. Here are the most notable restaurants for you to make your visit to Tacoma a memorable one.

1. Tibbitts Fern Hill
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TibbittsFernHill
#8 of 210 steak restaurants in Tacoma, USA
8237 Park Ave. S, Tacoma, Washington, USA
ClosedOpens at 9AM
Apple pie
Apple pie

An apple pie is prepared in the form of a rectangle of crumbly short pastry with a filling of tender cottage cheese and sweet apples and with airy meringue. It is often served with vanilla ice cream or syrup.

Tibbitts restaurant is a lovely local diner spot in the Fern Hill area of greater Tacoma, serving some of the best food in America. The chef and founder, Shawn Tibbitts, is a native of Fern Hill. He believes in working with local vendors and giving back to the community with his charitable outreach programs.

Having lost his mother in December 2016 in a car crash and spending all his savings on her funeral, Shawn was broke. An old friend of his reached out to him in January and offered him the money to open a restaurant. This friend also never asked for the money back. Keeping in mind that his dream restaurant was a consequence of someone else’s blessings, Shawn opened Tibbitts in February 2017 in his hometown, and decided to dedicate all his hard work to make this venture successful. His specialty is brunch food and dishes, such as the lobster bomb and a unique French toast with pumpkin or apple pie flavours that are some of his visitors’ favorites. The lobster bomb is a deconstructed egg Benedict with lobsters in a bread bowl. If you are planning a visit to this amazing restaurant be sure to make a reservation in advance.

2. Over the Moon Cafe
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Over The Moon Cafe
#11 of 833 cafes in Tacoma, USA
709 Opera Alley, Tacoma, Washington, USA
ClosedOpens at 4:30PM
Cheesecake
Cheesecake

Perhaps, the most popular cake in the US and in Europe. These cheesecakes are made from Philadelphia cheese. You can buy them almost everywhere - in stores, cafes or restaurants.

Over the Moon Cafe is a small boutique-style restaurant with a scratch kitchen that was opened in June 2001. It is located in the historic St.Helen area, known today as Opera Alley, in the theater district of Tacoma. The cafe was the backstage area of the first Opera House of Tacoma. A quaint establishment is a favorite among the locals for its old-school recipes with a new twist. The dinner features dishes such as Black Angus beef steaks, broiled wild salmon with rocket leaf salad, and a variety of American classic desserts, such as cheesecake and apple pie.

The cafe has an extensive wine list which is made of good quality and approachable selection for those with a piece of good wine knowledge. They have also added a service bar and offer craft cocktails for non-wine drinkers. With its ever-changing seasonal menu made from fresh local ingredients, a meal at this cafe will be a memorable experience.

3. Pimienta Bistro & Bar
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Pimienta | Bistro and Bar
#1 of 138 pubs & bars in Federal Way, USA
34029 Hoyt Rd SW, Federal Way, Washington, USA
ClosedOpens at 4:30PM
Seafood pasta
Seafood pasta

Traditionally seafood pasta is a mix of prawns, clams, mussels and scallops, all tossed together with spaghetti in a homemade tomato sauce. An easy yet elegant Mediterranean meal that’s perfect for entertaining.

Pimienta Bistro & Bar is a fine dining restaurant situated in the North East Tacoma district. It offers its guests a fusion of modern European and Latin American cuisines with exemplary service and attention to detail.

The chef and owner, Blanca Rodriguez, was born in Mexico and grew up in a family of restaurateurs and developed a passion for cooking. Having learned techniques and flair for cooking from her mother at a young age, she became a culinary expert herself with many years of experience in the Seattle Metro Area. Chef Blanca takes care to create delectable dishes that appeal to every kind of palate. With its combination of eclectic and rustic atmosphere, Pimienta Bistro & Bar captures the best of European cuisine with a Latin American flair. For a memorable dining experience with every dish and superior service, do check out Pimienta Bistro & Bar in Tacoma.

4. The Table
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The Table
#45 of 1480 restaurants in Tacoma, USA
2715 6th Ave, Tacoma, Washington, USA
ClosedOpens at 5PM
Oysters
Oysters

Oysters are one of the most delicious seafood dishes. Oysters can be cooked in a variety of ways. They may be smoked, boiled, steamed, pan fried, grilled, or baked. The unique flavor of an oyster, which may be salty, sweet, buttery, copper, briny, or melon, heavily depends on where it was caught.

The Table located on 6th Avenue in Tacoma offers some of the best European cuisines in Washington state. This restaurant has been offering Tacoma a uniquely distinct take on fine dining and farm-to-table cuisine for the past 6 years. The dining experience pays homage to the rich culinary history of the pacific northwest combined with fresh ingredients and a caliber for excellence in hospitality. You will find fresh, seasonal, and sustainable locally sourced ingredients such as house-cured meat, fresh oysters, and in-house-made pasta dishes. Also, try some of their unique meats dishes such as Foie Gras, braised elk with huckleberry cream, and black cod chowder, and for dessert, do not miss the pumpkin beignets with caramel drizzle.

The Table and its team are consistently adapting to the ever-changing food environment and improving their menu to provide the best possible dining experience to the guests.

5. Wooden City
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Pepperoni
Pepperoni

It's a thinly sliced beef or pork sausage topped with paprika or other chili pepper. It's an American alternative to Italian salami. The name literally means 'bell paper' in Italian, however, it was introduced in America in the 1900s. Nowadays, it's one of the most famous pizza toppings worldwide.

The Wooden City restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Tacoma and offers sincere hospitality, great drinks, and comforting American cuisine. The owners Abe and Jon Green have re-imagined American favorites at Wooden city. This Edison bulb beaming, steel, and wood constructed eatery adds a unique Tacoma-style vibe while offering outstanding food with smiling service.

The location offers in-house made pub fare such as lamb bolognese with tagliatelle, salmon gravlax, beet ravioli stuffed with goat cheese, chicken thigh sandwiches, and wood-fired pepperonis. Their house specialty cocktail – Old fashion – is on tap. Fruity watermelon sundaes with tequila, elderflower, and watermelon are simply exquisite. This establishment's thoughtful touches to amazing service will make any visitor feel like an honoured guest.


Tacoma is known for its world-renowned glass art and the vibrant urban city core, which boasts stunning natural surroundings. You don't need hiking boots to enjoy the mesmerizing outdoors of the national park nearby, you can explore the gardens, parks, waterfront, and wildlife that is offered by this elegant port city. Tacoma is a tourist destination characterized by its vibrant art scene, world-class museums, unique restaurants, landmark eateries, and a culinary landscape.

What is your favorite vacation spot in the USA? Share your experience with other foodies in the comment section below, and our team will review the best local restaurants.  

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