With the holidays approaching, what better excuse to venture out from your regular spots to taste something new? Impress your coworkers with a suggestion for happy hour, or take your partner after a long day of holiday shopping. Some of these restaurants opened in the last month, while others have been open since this summer; either way, we didn’t want you to miss out! 


Tacoma Restaurants

Amor Tapas Tacoma

Amor Wine and Tapas

What they do: Spanish-style tapas made with local ingredients. 

The vibe: A low-lit yet striking room with statement light fixtures and red accents.

Popular item: The menu rotates, but the scallops and squid ink risotto are fantastic when available. Come back for half-price wine Wednesdays.

Who to bring: The ambiance seems perfect for a hot date, but this would also be a great place to bring anyone you’re trying to impress.

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ebony and ivory tacoma coffee flight

Ebony and Ivory Coffee Shop

What they do: Coffee, wine, beer, and cafe food. They also host community events.

The vibe: An expansive modern interior with a stunning view of Mount Rainier

Popular item: Coffee flights by day, or a crisp glass of wine after work.

Who to bring: Your coworkers during or after work, or bring your laptop and work there remotely.

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lobster shop tacoma

Lobster Shop

What they do: After a 4-month hiatus for remodeling, Lobster Shop is back with lunch, dinner, and happy hour featuring local produce and fresh seafood.

The vibe: a cozy dark wood interior with views of Commencement Bay

Popular item: the lobster roll, or oysters on the half shell

Who to bring: bring the whole family to lunch, your in-laws to dinner, and your friends to happy hour.

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The Powder room champagne tacoma

The Powder Room Champagne Bar

What they do: drinks with a celebratory flair, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

The vibe: Extremely instagrammable with emerald green furniture, pink curtains, sassy neon signs, and fresh flowers. 

Popular item: the entire drink list, particularly the Bubble Flight

Who to bring: Broadly, “the girls,” whatever that means to you. 

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side piece kitchen tacoma biscuit

Side Piece Kitchen

What they do: Biscuit sandwiches and cheesecake served with a retro flair.

The vibe: Funky yet homey 70s aesthetic in green and orange.

Popular item: Hot Hitter breakfast sandwich with “THICCC” cut bacon, sharp cheddar, scrambled egg, tomato jam, and pickled jalapeño on a toasted biscuit.

Who to bring: the whole family, or your hungover friends the morning after a fun night.

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west 122 tacoma

West 122

What they do: Local produce and seafood with a small, highly-seasonal menu.

The vibe: A cozy, warmly-lit wooden interior in downtown Tacoma.

Popular item: The menu changes frequently and the offerings change, but the handmade pasta in any incarnation, such as the mushroom ravioli or spaghetti, is always a favorite.

Who to bring: your partner or your friends; anyone you want to have a great time with.

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Elsewhere in Pierce County



mochi dough university place

Mochi Dough, University Place

What they do: Adorably-presented mochi donuts and boba tea. This popular Singapore chain only has one Washington location, and it’s here at University Place.

The vibe: Colorful offerings with cute details, such as cat ears on the tea lids.

Popular item: Brown Sugar Crème Brulee Milk Tea or Classic Milk Tea with Boba, and a box of assorted Mochi Donuts.

Who to bring: your kids, yourself as a treat while shopping, your anime-obsessed niece.

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oxbow sumner

Oxbow Urban Kitchen, Sumner

What they do: Steakhouse classics with an excellent bar program. 

The vibe: Clean, modern, bright

Popular item: A steak, ravioli, and the Oxford Old Fashioned with house-blended bitters.

Who to bring: Family in town, your partner on a well-deserved night away, and that person you know with a lot of dietary restrictions.

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