Tiny and tucked away, this resturant has a large local following. The chefs and wait staff are wonderful. The food, the best sushi in Tacoma. Be careful going during lunch time, you may have to wait!
Favorite Dish: Must try the copper river salmon. The Northwest/Alaska are the only places you will find it!
Great Cuisine of India: Absolutely the best Indian food in the Tacoma area
This restaurant, and not Gateway to India, is the best Indian restaurant in the Tacoma area. In fact, in my opinion, Great Cuisine of India makes the best Indian food I've ever had--and I've eaten in Indian restaurants from Tokyo, Japan to Salt Lake City, Utah to Washington, DC.
The ambience is nothing to write home about but the food more than makes up for it. My husband and I either eat in or order take out from this place on an almost weekly basis. Never have either of us been disappointed in the food or service. If I could afford it, we'd be eating there 3 or 4 nights a week!
I've never eaten Indian food in India (one of the places I've yet to visit), but my husband grew up in England and he says this is like the Indian food he used to get in England 30 years ago. All I know is (1) it's delicious and (2) if you order spicy, believe me, it will be spicy! and (3) the portions are generous. Vegetarians will have a lot to choose from as there are over a dozen dishes on the menu which are meatless.
Favorite Dish: Everything we've ordered at Great Cusine of India has been delicious. The dishes burst with distinct flavors but the spices are handled subtly. You can choose your spice level in your dishes--I'm a real wimp so I take everything mild, but my husband likes it spicer and orders his medium.
My personal favorite is the Chicken Tikka Masala. My husband's favorite is the Rogan Josh. We both love their Basmati rice. An order of those 3 dishes plus an order of Naan Paneer comes to about $27. We always end up with enough leftover food for at least one of us (and sometimes both of us) to have lunch the next day. By the way, the lunch buffet is very affordable--only $7.95 per person. Great Cuisine of India is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 10 pm.
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Menconi's Pub and Eatery: Downtown Pub and Eatery
Since the Sheraton Tacoma did not have a concierge on duty, I was left to my own devices to find a place to eat. Not seeing any taxis, and not in the mood to wait for one, I decided to take a walk.
I stumbled upon Menconi's as the first place open, although it took me several blocks of a walk!
Located in the Theater District, this restaurant had great pub food.
I had the cheesesteak and sweet potato fries!
21 Commerce: Urban Atmosphere
We used a 50% off coupon from restaurant.com, so munching out at this very downtown Tacoma restaurant was a real bargain. They describe their cuisine as Pan-Asian Fusion. It is definitely a bar atmosphere, and we were there about 8PM on a Saturday when the evening crowd was starting to filter in. But the food was unique and delicious. Expect lots of stainless steel and warehouse ceilings. Great views of the sound.
Favorite Dish: We had two appetizers, the asian pork and fried calamari, both were delicious. And we shared the combo entree, which had their signature Tempura Sesame Shrimp, beef tenderloins, and chicken satay. I thought the shrimp was doughy, but the array of sauces really topped off some delicious meats. They only had two dessert choices the night we were there, Key Lime Pie and a sundae with blueberries and raspberry melba; the Key Lime Pie was fabulous.
Over The Moon Cafe: Over The Moon Cafe
Situated on a funky little downtown street in Tacoma, this small restaurant in a historic building has great ambience. They were hampered by being short on experienced wait staff the night I was there, but otherwise everything was great. They leave interesting books on each table to spark conversation, and I could see the activity in the kitchen from where I sat which was entertaining. I used a coupon from Restaurant.com for 50% off so it was a super bargain.
Favorite Dish: Duck Breast
Steamers: On a nice day there is no place better
Steamers is a primarily a fish and chips places located on Titlow Beach. Seating is limited though there is outdoor seating and on nice days that is by far the best option. This is a great local place, where you can enjoy a quick lunch and a stroll along the rocky beach and around the tide pools.
Favorite Dish: Fish and Chips, Salmon and Chips, and when they have it the open-faced salmon sandwich with basil sauce.
Stanley and Seaforts: Steak and Fish
Located on a hill overlooking downtown Tacoma and Commencement Bay, Stanley and Seafort’s is one of the best restaurants in Tacoma. Creative dishes, a warm environment, a great view and the best food around make this place tough to beat.
Favorite Dish: The halibut and crab stuffed Salmon is unique and perfect.
The steaks are top notch.
Pretty much anything your order will be good…ask your waiter/waitress what he or she thinks, they are very knowledgeable of the dishes.
For desert the crème brulee is the best. If you have a real sweet-tooth and can handle how rich crème brulee is I would suggest the sampler of all the varieties they have that night.
The Lobster Shop: The Best Seafood
The Lobster Shop has the best seafood I had in Tacoma…at a price. There are actually two different Lobster Shop locations; the one I have been to, is located on the Waterfront (Ruston Way). The restaurant has an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere and servers the best fresh seafood around.
Favorite Dish: The steamed clams are a great start, as is their crab dip.
If you enjoy rich bisques, the lobster bisque is a rich as they come but very tasty.
Salmon cooked on alder wood or cedar planks is the best way to prepare salmon and The Lobster Shop does it very well.
Salad with bay shrimp was simple but good
The fresh catch of the day.
Anthony's at Point Defiance: Great location, great seafood
Anthony’s is a more upscale restaurant located at one end of Point Defiance Park, right on the Sound. Anthony’s serves a wide selection of foods in a comfortable fairly elegent dinning room. Most dishes are pretty straight forward, but there are several unique items on the menu, depending on the season.
Favorite Dish: Any fresh seafood will be great here. Salmon cooked on alder wood or cedar planks is a Northwest style and tough to beat flavor wise.
Kabuki: Great Japanese food
Kabuki, which is located in a strip mall, is far superior to how its exterior appears. I attempted to go here about once a month or two for all four years that I was in Tacoma. The food is excellent, the portions are generous, and the ownership and staff are extremely friendly. The restaurant has main tables, a sushi bar, “traditional Japanese style” tables, and a karaoke bar. All the dishes I had here were nearly unbeatable.
Favorite Dish: The salmon teriyaki is great with a good-sized piece of salmon and a teriyaki sauce that is not too sweet.
The beef teriyaki similar to the salmon it is cooked perfectly and the sauce is a great fit with the beef.
Sushi, some of the best include the salmon, fresh water eel, tuna rolls and California rolls.
The tempura is not over-fried, and is a good mix of vegetables and fish.
The gyoza is the best appetizer I had there with an incredible dipping sauce.
Gateway to India: Best Indian food in Tacoma
Great food made by great people. I use to work for these guys, so I know. CJ will set you up with a great meal if you've never had Indian food before and there is a great selection for those willing to try more adventurous fare. I am addicted to this place and eat there about once a week. Make sure you call for a reservation as this is a small resturaunt with only 15 tables and it gets BUSY on the weekends and evenings.
Favorite Dish: You have to get the Mutter Paneer (Peas and Cheese). It's a great vegetarian dish made with fresh ingredients and home made Paneer cheese. Throw in an order of Samosas with Raita to start with and some Mango Pudding for desert. Food for the Gods!
Oh, Primo's Grill on 6th and...
Oh, Primo's Grill on 6th and Pine. Stanleys and Seaforts, or The Lobster Shop. Also for great deli, the MSN deli on 6th Ave. Wendys II on Tacoma Mall Blvd
you kiddin? This is God's Country. Seattle is Califoria north, Tacoma is the real NW
Favorite Dish: Portobella shrooms at Primos, French Onion soup at Stanleys, lobster bisque at Lobster Shop, and anything at Wendys and MSN
Trattoria Grazie: Italian cuisine with a view!
For upscale Italian food, Trattoria Grazie is the place to go. The second floor of this restaurant has terrific views of Commencement Bay. The food is great as is the service. In the summer, try to get a seat on the deck!
Favorite Dish: Minestrone Soup
Chevy's Fresh Mex: Good fun, good food, good drinks!
Think Mexican, think fun, think great food and drinks and you've come up with Chevys Fresh Mex! Their tortillas are made fresh onsite and the friendly service matched with good food assures that you'll always have a great time!
Favorite Dish: Anything!
Stanley and Seafort's: Fine dining with a great view!
This steakhouse's cliff-edge location is enhanced by the warm, cocoa-and-caramel-paneled interior and the Sinatra tunes piped through at a discreet volume from the parking lot to the kitchen. Although it's fairly pricey (entrées range from $17.95 to $40) and the menu is both innovative and classic, and the quality of the food is excellent. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:15 am-3 pm, Dinner Mon-Fri 5-9:30 pm, Sat 4:30-10:30 pm, Sun 4:30-9:30 pm.
Favorite Dish: Smoked Top Sirloin with Chili Prawns.