The following sites offer a bunch of possibilities. The Belltown area, once a down at the heels area filled with pawn shops, rough taverns, flea bag hotels and the like, has in the last 15 or so years been transformed into one of the hot neighborhoods in Seattle. Luxury condos and plenty of fine dining and night life possibilities are now the order of things. The following Belltown listing is far too numerous to cover everyone, but comments on a couple may be in order.
It should also be noted that the original boundaries of Belltown seem to have expanded in recent years as places close by have wanted to get in on the "hotness" of the area. The locations listed run from the Pike Place market on the south, almost all the way to Seattle Center on the north.
Flying Fish – This may have been the restaurant that signaled the arrival of Belltown as a recently emerging hot spot when it first opened in the early 1990’s.
Shiro’s – The owner/sushi chef has been named the top sushi chef in Seattle by a number of critics over the years.
Cascadia and Lampriea have received critical acclaim as fine dining spots using local ingredients on numerous occasions.
The Tom Douglas restaurants mentioned can be viewed in more detail the Tom Douglas link below.
El Gaucho may be the top steakhouse in Seattle, although fans of The Metropolitan Grill would argue. It is a very fine steakhouse but with prices bordering on the stratospheric.
Daniel’s is a fine, upscale local three location steakhouse chain. The steaks are very good but one of the reasons for going to any of the three locations would be the views.
Actually, Daniel’s Broiler is owned by the Schwartz Brother’s restaurant group. Another view restaurant in that group is Chandler’s Crabhouse. It has a great view of Lake Union but also has the distinction, I believe, of being the only restaurant in the U.S. which serves Tasmanian crabs in season. I believe they still have a trophy crab on the wall. While an Alaskan King Crab looks like a giant "daddy long legs" spider, the Tasmanian crab looks like a crab, only huge.
Beth’s Cafe has been featured on The Food Network in one of those top 10 places shows. In this case, it was rated number 5 or 6 in the "top 10 places to pig out." It can be said that it reflects the "grunge" aspect of Seattle very well.
The 5 Point Cafe doesn’t have its own website, so I’ve copied a review. Similar in some ways to Beth’s Cafe, it may actually be a more legitimate place for the locals who want very generous quantities of comfort food in surroundings which can be described as very "interesting". There’s a neon sign outside which proclaims, "We cheat tourists and drunks since 1929." Yes, it has been open that long. Don’t let the ambience scare you off. It is worth a visit.