Local Guide

Welcome to Seattle’s University District – home to the University of Washington’s main campus and an eclectic business district that has evolved around the diverse student body and employees of the UW (pronounced “u dub”).

The U-District is split into two distinct areas by the local geography. Eastward past 17th Ave NE, the land slopes sharply down to the University Village shopping center. Because this area is not easily accessible either by walking or by transit, this local guide does not include any recommendations for food or shopping in the U-Village area.

The heart of the U-District, where the Deca is located, is centered around the street officially known as University Way – locally known as “The Ave.” The Ave is one block east of the Deca (which is on Brooklyn Ave. NE), runs due north-south, and is about a dozen blocks long (depending on how you count). Wikipedia says of The Ave, “Once ‘a department store eight blocks long,’ The Ave has gradually turned into what now resembles an eight-block-long global food court.” And it is not wrong. We think you will find an impressive range of cuisine packed into our small, dense, walkable neighborhood.

Welcome to our back (and front) yard(s). Please stop us to ask any questions you may have!
– Andy & Chris

(NB:  This is a work in progress.  We’ll be making additions as the week goes on.  Leave a comment if you’re interested in anything in particular!)

Here is the final version of the Guide as a PDF: Potlatch_Local-Guide_2015

U-District recommendations

College Inn Pub
bar // beer, bar food
4006 University Way NE (downstairs in back of the building)
Weekdays 11:30am-2am
Saturday 2pm-2am
Sunday 2pm-1a
Charmingly divey, Friday evenings can be crowded. (AKS)

The District Lounge
bar // cocktails
downstairs in the Deca =)
Mon – Fri:
Breakfast: 6:30 am – 10:00 pm
Lunch: 11:00 am – 2:00pm
Happy Hour: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm + 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sat – Sun:
Breakfast/Brunch: 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
bar // beer, bar food
4133 University Way
Opens at 11:30 am
Last Call
Sun-Thurs 12:30 am
Fri-Sat 1:30 am
They brew some good beer. (AKS)

Grand Illusion
cinema // popcorn, old fashioned sodas
1403 Northeast 50th St
First show at about 7, second about 9 (additional shows at 3 and 5-ish on weekends), check website for details.
Eclectic non-profit cinema (disclaimer, your local guide writers have been associated with the GI for almost a decade). (AKS)

Seven Gables
911 Northeast 50th St
Mon – Fri: 4:30 – midnight, Sat/Sun 1:30 – midnight

cinema // bar
4500 9th Avenue Northeast
about 2-10
Formerly the Metro. Now with a bar and for 21+ only.

Café Allegro
coffee // coffee, snacks, roasts own beans
4214 University Wav NE (access from the alley)
Mon – Fri 6:30am-10pm
Sat 7:30am-10pm
Sun 8am-10pm
Nice longtime local café hidden in the alley behind Magus Books. (AKS)

coffee // coffee, snacks
attached to the Deca, past registration
Mon – Fri 6:00am – 5:00pm
Sat 7:00am – 4:00pm
Sun 7:00am – 4:00pm
It’s a Tully’s; not quite a Starbucks, but definitely a chain. (AKS)

Ugly Mug Café
coffee // coffee, snacks, roasts own beans, breakfast sandwiches
1309 NE 43rd St
Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Just started doing their own roasting; around the corner from your friendly local guide writers’ place. (AKS)

1309 NE 45th St
Mon – Fri 6:30 am – 12:00 am
Sat – Sun 8:30 am – 12:00 am

coffee // coffee, pastries, sandwiches, ice cream, milkshakes
4505 University Way NE
Mon – Sun 7am – 12 am

4732 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast
6am – 2am
Not the best Safeway in existence, but it’s close to the Deca. (AKS)

Trader Joe’s
4555 Roosevelt Way NE
8am – 10pm
More interesting than Safeway, but smaller. (AKS)

U-District Farmers Market
Starts at 50th and University way, continues North
Sat. 9am-2pm
First Seattle Farmers Market to go year round. (AKS)

Vegan Haven
groceries // vegan:
5270 B University Way NE
10am -8pm
Formerly Sidecar for Pigs Peace. (AKS)

Full Tilt Ice Cream
ice cream // ice cream, vegan sorbet, shakes
4759 Brooklyn Ave NE
Sun – Thur 12pm-11pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm-12pm
Local ice cream chain. Small selection of options at this one. Older arcade machine present if you need to burn quarters. (AKS)

Burke Museum
17 ave Northeast and Northeast 45th Street (NW corner of campus)
10 am – 5 pm

Henry Art Gallery
museum // has a café
4100 15th Avenue Northeast
Wed 11 am–4 pm
Thurs & Fri 11 am–9 pm
Sat & Sun 11 am–4 pm

4344 University Way N.E.

Store Hours
Mon – Fri 8 am – 9 pm
Sat 8 am – 8 pm
Sun 9 am – 8 pm

Pharmacy Hours
Mon- Fri. 9 am – 7 pm

1205 Northeast 50th St

Store Hours
Mon-Fri 8am – 12am
Sat 8am – 12am
Sun 8am – 12am

Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9am – 9pm
Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 10am – 6pm

Post Office
post office
4244 University Way
Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sat 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Bulldog News
reading // newspapers, magazine
4208 University Way
Mon – Fri 8:00am to 7:00pm
Sat & Sun 9:00am to 7:00pm

Mon – Fri 6:30am to 3:00pm
Sat & Sun 9:00am to 3:00pm

Cinema Books
reading // books related to film and tv
4753 Roosevelt Way Northeast
Mon-Sat 10 am – 7 pm
What it says on the tin. (AKS)

Comic Stop
reading // comics
1307 Northeast 45th St
Mon – Thur 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri – Sat 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Formerly the U District branch of Zanadu comics. (AKS)

Comics Dungeon
reading // comics
Wallingford (319 NE 45th)
Mon 12:00 – 7:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wed – Fri 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Moved a couple blocks from the old location, but still around. (AKS)

Half Price Books
reading // new and used books
4709 Roosevelt Way N.E
9 am – 10 pm

Magus Books
reading // used books:
1408 Northeast 42nd Street
Fri sat 10 -10
Sun – Thurs 10 -8
Probably our one “don’t miss” book location. (AKS)

The Dreaming
reading // comics, gaming
5226 University Way NE
Mon – Tue & Sat 11-7pm
Wed – Fri 11-10pm
Sun 12-5pm
Comic and gaming shop has been here for years. (AKS)

University Bookstore
reading // bookstore, supplies
4326 University Way NE
Mon – Fri 9am – 8pm
Sat 10am – 7pm
Sun 12pm – 5pm
Good place.

Seattle Public Library, University Branch
reading // library
5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Mon – Tue 1 pm – 8 pm
Wed – Thur 11 am – 6 pm
Fri Closed
Sat 11 am – 6 pm
Sun 1 pm – 5 pm

Agua Verde
restaurant // Baja Mexican
1303 NE Boat St
Mon – Sat
Lunch 11 – 3:30
Happy hour 4 – 6
Dinner 4 – 9
Everything is good, but trust me, get the bacalao tacos. Can get crowded. (AKS)

Aladdin Falafel Corner
restaurant // gyros, falafel
4541 University Way NE
11:00 am – 2:00 am

Araya’s Place
restaurant // Indian, vegetarian
5240 University Way NE
Mon – Thur 11:30am to 9:30pm
Fri & Sat 11:30am to 10:00pm
Sun 11:30am to 9:00pm
Has moved several times with all the development over the years, but still here and still good. (AKS)

Cedars of Lebanon
restaurant // gyros, falafel
1319 NE 43rd St, Seattle
Mon – Sat 11:00 am – 8:30 pm

Chaco Canyon Café
restaurant // vegetarian:
4757 12th Avenue NE
Mon – Fri 7am – 9pm
Sat 9am – 9pm
Sun 9am – 9pm

restaurant // breakfast, Mediterranean
4559 University Way NE
7 am – 10 pm
Been here forever, more or less. Now that the Continential is gone the only generic diner/Greek resteruant in the neighborhood. (AKS)

Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria
restaurant // tacos, pupusas:
4106 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast #102
Mon-Fri 11:30am-8:30pm
Sat 12:00pm-8:30pm
Sun 12:00am-7:30pm
Do you know what a pupusa is? It is delicious, that’s what. (AKS)

Hawaii BBQ Restaurant
restaurant // Hawai’ian
4549 University Way NE
Sun – Thurs 11am – 12am
Fri & Sat 11am – 1:30am
Formerly was more north, now where the Continental used to be. (AKS)

Mandarin Chef
restaurant // Chinese
5022 University Way NE
Mon.-Sat 11:00am – 10:00pm
If you’re getting a dish where the handmade noodles are an option GET THE HANDMADE NOODLES. (AKS)

Miyabi 45th
restaurant // Japanese, izakaya (pub food), sushi
Wallingford (2208 N 45th St)
Mon – Thur 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Fri 5:00pm – 1:00am
Sat 5:00pm – 12:00am

restaurant // breakfast, biscuits & gravy
4754 University Way NE
9am to 3pm
Usually packed in the morning. Limited menu, but damn tasty. (AKS)

Mr Lu’s Seafood & Burgers
restaurant // burgers
4752 University Way NE
Mon – Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Good burgers and better than the Jack in the Box across the street. (AKS)

Pagliacci Pizza
restaurant // pizza
4529 University Way NE
Sun – Thur – 11 am to 11 pm
Fri & Sat – 11 am to 12 am
Seattle institution and really good pizza as well. (AKS)

Pizza Pi
restaurant // pizza, vegan:
5500 University Way NE
Tues – Fri 12 noon – 10 pm
Sat noon – 10 pm
Sun noon – 9 pm
Vegan pizza. (AKS)

Ristorante Doria
restaurant // Italian
4759 Roosevelt Way NE
Tue – Thur 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fri 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Formerly the location of Mama Melina (which is now down the hill by U Village). (AKS)

Samurai Noodle
restaurant // ramen:
4138 University Way
Mon – Thurs 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Local chain. Pretty good ramen, tolerable sake (I have opinions on this, ask if you want suggestions!). (AKS)

restaurant // sausages, beer:
4114 University Way NE
Mon – Fri 11-2am
Sat Noon-2am
Sun Noon-Midnight
Been here in one form or another for decades. A good fallback if your other options are too crowded. (AKS)

restaurant // Indian, tandoori
5024 University Way NE
Mon, Wed – Fri 11-2:30
Sat. 11:30-3:00
Sun. 11:30-3:00
Mon, Wed – Sun 4:30-10:00 pm

Thai Tom
restaurant // Thai:
4543 University Way NE
Mon – Fri 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Cash only. Crowded. Always runs a little slow. Still the best damn Thai take out in the area. (AKS)

Village Sushi
restaurant // Japanese, sushi, teriyaki
4741 12th Ave NE
Tue – Fri 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Sat 12:00 – 9:30 pm
Sun 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Solid, middle of the road sushi, but the best you’ll get without leaving the neighborhood. (AKS)

restaurant // breakfast, vegan
Moving at the end of Jan! New address and hours when confirmed
(Was 5253 University Way NE)
You’ve never had a vegan breakfast so good. Can get crowded. (AKS)

Tempero do Brasil
restaurant // Brazilian
5628 University Way NE
Tuesday-Saturday 6pm-10pm
Sunday 6pm-9pm

Scarecrow Video
video store // candy, unique sodas, now has an attached esspresso machine (because Seattle)
5030 Roosevelt Way
Sun – Thur 11am-10pm
Fri & Sat 11am-11pm
Recently became a non-profit. Still an amazing place. (AKS)

Several local favorites have closed over the last few years. We’re listing them here to save you some time.

Metro Cinema
Now Sundance under new Management.

Star Life Café
Owner got tired and went on to do other things.

Twice Sold Tales
Chase bank wanted the location, owner took a healthy payout to vacate.

The Continential
Owners finally retired.

4329 University Way N.E
Closed, but soon to be opened under new management.


Weaving Works
Now further north on Roosevelt.

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