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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Dreaming of a beach day not far from Seattle? Head to Lake Sammamish State Park! Boasting two lakefront beaches and trails through deciduous forest and wetlands, this park provides a family outdoor experience just off the urban grid. You may even get to share space with one of the great blue herons or bald eagles that nest in the park. Love water sports but don't have a kayak or board? No problem! Rentals are available at Tibbetts Beach. Rather keep your feet or wheels on the ground? Bring bikes, walking poles, binoculars and bird books, or bring your GPS unit for geocaching, and explore the light-dappled trails. Would the kids prefer unstructured time? Let them loose in the brand-new, state-of-the-art playground, while you watch from the sidelines and rest. In addition to free-form fun, Lake Sammamish plays host to community events year round. They include nature, birding and dog walks; stewardship projects; paddling and cycling events; kids' obstacle courses; summer concerts; holiday boat parades; and the annual summer Parkadilly Fair.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A huge area of intersecting trails! You can go on a specific hike there (I recommend Coal Creek Falls in the winter and spring when the falls are not dried up - approx 2-3 easy miles depending on what route you take) or this is a great place to walk or trail run and just wander the different trails. You can get endless miles out of that place and it's all beautiful!! Very close by as well. Great year-round trails. Find more info on WTA.org or Alltrails.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Jak’s steakhouse does not take reservations and gets busy. Put your name in & enjoy a stroll down Front Street or hang out in the lively bar while you wait. Jak’s serves the best mojito in town”
  • 13 locals recommend
Theatre
“Issaquah is known for theatre and this theatre is the center of it all. Not too expensive and lots of fun. Our favorite date night is the theatre the 42 Cantina across the street for a late dinner. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Great movie theater just 2 min drive from the guesthouse. Has IMAX and RPX. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The City moved many historic building/ houses into one location--food, shopping, and close to salmon streams”
  • 13 locals recommend
Warehouse Store
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“Not only is there a Costco here, their world headquarters is across the street from it! "Kirkland Brand" should really be "Issaquah Brand"!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great Pacific / Hawaiian Fusion place with frequently changing menus. Try the furikake crab avocado tower or the Sambal shrimp.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pub
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“Try some local brews and a burger. Family friendly. If you are in town in September or October, definitely pop over to the fish hatchery next door and see if you can spot a jumping salmon or two trying to get over the weir.”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The northwest's favorite sports bar. A great place to have a bite and do work as they have wifi and are open later.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Delicious Thai food only 2 min drive from the guesthouse and a beautiful atmosphere to sit and enjoy (or you can takeout). We love Thai food and have been to Thailand and we love this place. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Local and Organic market! Great deli with an amazing selection of pre-made fresh food. Juice and coffee bar too!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Chocolate Shop
“Charming little homemade candy and chocolate shop near downtown Issaquah. You can take classes or a guided tour.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“We rate Sunset’s food over this, but Levitate wins for ambiance with a fun outdoor back patio and open front window for people watching. They serve the Impossible Burger for any plant-based food fans (Call ahead – they often run out!) ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Gastropub for the 21 and over crowd. Creative cocktails and great food with outdoor seating available. The burgers and the fried zucchini bahn-mi bring us back every time. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Second closest grocery store - a little bigger and sometimes better prices than Safeway. 4 min drive down the hill.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Steakhouse
“Jak’s steakhouse does not take reservations and gets busy. Put your name in & enjoy a stroll down Front Street or hang out in the lively bar while you wait. Jak’s serves the best mojito in town”
  • 13 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great Pacific / Hawaiian Fusion place with frequently changing menus. Try the furikake crab avocado tower or the Sambal shrimp.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pub
“Try some local brews and a burger. Family friendly. If you are in town in September or October, definitely pop over to the fish hatchery next door and see if you can spot a jumping salmon or two trying to get over the weir.”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“The northwest's favorite sports bar. A great place to have a bite and do work as they have wifi and are open later.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious Thai food only 2 min drive from the guesthouse and a beautiful atmosphere to sit and enjoy (or you can takeout). We love Thai food and have been to Thailand and we love this place. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“We rate Sunset’s food over this, but Levitate wins for ambiance with a fun outdoor back patio and open front window for people watching. They serve the Impossible Burger for any plant-based food fans (Call ahead – they often run out!) ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Gastropub for the 21 and over crowd. Creative cocktails and great food with outdoor seating available. The burgers and the fried zucchini bahn-mi bring us back every time. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Open late, lots of variety of salsas. Very good food. Must be 21 or older. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

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