Pike Place destination: Matt's in the Market

Pike Place destination: Matt's in the Market

Excellent happy hour at renowned market gem

If you're looking for a charming happy hour destination in the Pike Place Market, off the beaten tourist path, look no further than Matt's in the Market. Established in 1996, the quaint restaurant is a jewel in the market, with a view of the iconic Pike Place Market sign, unmatched ambiance and delicious libation and nibble pairings.

Arriving at 5:30 p.m. for happy hour at their bar appeared to be the perfect time because their eight bar stools filled up quickly thereafter. The light wood bar, candlelight and knowledgeable bartender induced select appetizer and wine choices for two diners. 

Intimate, French-inspired ambiance for diners

Our initial glasses of happy hour red wine paired well with spiced nuts and olives of all shapes and sizes. The first glass and bites were followed by a second glass with soft cheese variety similar to Brie, currant jam and small, buttered toast. Because it was happy hour, we accompanied merguez sausage and boudin noir charcuterie cuts, artisan baked bread and Plugrá salted butter with a third glass of wine. Go happy or go home, right?

Citrus, herb and seafood aromas teased our appetites as the conversation and wine flowed, no doubt products of Matt's specialty seafood stew and lamb rack. Although we didn't remain for dinner, if Matt's happy hour is any indication of their dinner menu, yours truly will surely return in the near future to indulge this interest. Try Matt's in ihe Market for lunch, happy hour and dinner, Monday through Saturday.