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The 10 Best American Restaurants In Tacoma

Updated: October 6, 2021

Looking for Tacoma’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in Tacoma.

Find the perfect American restaurant

The Table

American, $$, North EndAmerican, $$Tacoma, North End
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2017

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    Eater, 2017

Southern Kitchen

American, $$, CentralAmerican, $$Tacoma, Central
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
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  • Thrillist, 2017

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    Thrillist, 2017

Cooper's Food And Drink

American, $$, TacomaAmerican, $$Tacoma
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Red Wagon Burgers

American, $$, TacomaAmerican, $$Tacoma
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Wooden City

American, $$, New TacomaAmerican, $$Tacoma, New Tacoma
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Bar Bistro

American, $$, TacomaAmerican, $$Tacoma
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Duke's Seafood

American, $$$, North EndAmerican, $$$Tacoma, North End
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Seattle Magazine, 2020

    The Best Seafood Restaurants in Seattle

    Seattle Magazine, 2020
  • Curiocity, 2019

    Guide: The Top 8 Spots To Grab Seafood In Seattle

    Curiocity, 2019

El Gaucho

American, $$$$, New TacomaAmerican, $$$$Tacoma, New Tacoma
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
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Dusty’s Hideaway

American, $$, Eastside-ENACTAmerican, $$Tacoma, Eastside-ENACT
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Rosewood Cafe

American, $$, North EndAmerican, $$Tacoma, North End
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

How does it work?

Finding the right American restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 10951 spots across Tacoma, analyzed 1095134 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 1286 lists and articles from the likes of Thrillist, Eater and Curiocity – applying our boam magic to sift through results. These top contenders have appeared in Thrillist - The Definitive Guide to Tacoma's Best Bars and Restaurants, Eater - 24 Essential Tacoma Restaurants and Curiocity - Guide: The Top 8 Spots To Grab Seafood In Seattle. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Margarita with grilled burger

    When considering how to best enjoy your grilled burger, we would highlight how well a glass of Margarita complements the dish as it balances the spice and salt of the burger.


  • The ideal pairing for fried chicken

    When having fried chicken, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Kentucky 75, a popular cocktail.

  • The ultimate drink pairing for heavy meat dish


    Finding the ideal drink pairing for heavy meat dish can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Vieux Carre. This, oaked, cocktail balances the fatty heavy meat dish.

Interesting facts

  • chocolate chip cookies milestone

    Ruth Graves Wakefield is widely recognized as the first person to ever make the now-famous chocolate chip cookies.

  • July = American festival

    Pittsburgh, The United States is the proud home of the annual Picklesburgh Festival, held every July to celebrate everything that is good about American.


Parking tips

Parking in Tacoma can be notoriously tough. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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