9 *Delicious* Lakewood Restaurants Recommended by Locals (From Asian Cuisine to German Fare!)
Lakewood has no shortage of great eateries, and we have your inside scoop on some of the very best! From Asian to German and everything in between, our locals know the top spots to get your grub on.
Here’s a look at 9 awesome Lakewood restaurants recommended by our locals:
Located at 9601 S. Tacoma Way Lakewood, WA 98499
Hours: 11:00am-9:30pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday
If you live in Tacoma like Keryn Giguere, you know the struggle of finding good Chinese food. “[There’s] not a lot of Chinese food in Tacoma, so when I want it I go to Lakewood,” she says. One of her personal favorites is Tacoma Szechuan, which serves up a wide selection of appetizers, beef, pork, chicken, soups, and so much more. Everything is made fresh and ready for you to pick up right when you walk in, so you don’t have to wait another minute to satisfy your tastebuds with some delicious Chinese cuisine.
Located at 10518 S. Tacoma Way Lakewood, WA 98499
Hours: 11:00am-8:30pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1:00pm-8:00pm Sunday; closed Monday
For a unique, do-it-yourself Asian dining experience, check out Cham Garden. “There are many Korean restaurants around, but Cham Garden Korean BBQ and Buffet is one of my top 5,” says Sheryll Tan. Grady Wagner agrees, noting that “patrons get to cook their own dinners at their tables. A very cool dining experience!”
“If you are craving some all-you-can-eat, authentic, yummy Korean food where you can select your sides and marinated meats for tabletop grilling,” as Sheryll says, then you will love this cool spot!
Located at 10902 Bridgeport Way S.W. Lakewood, WA 98499
Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday
If you’re in the mood for a little European flavor, you will definitely want to check out Bruno’s. “Bruno's is amazing for German food,” shares Jim Swanson. “The Rouladen is amazing but really all the food is authentic. They have great desserts, too.” Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Bruno’s is an Oktoberfest celebration that lasts all year long.
Located at 10427 Gravelly Lake Dr. S.W. Ste. 102 Lakewood, WA 98499
Pizza lovers in Lakewood will have something great to look forward to pretty soon. “MOD Pizza is opening a place at the Lakewood Towne Center… right next to the new Chipotle,” Jim shares. Individual, artisan-style pizzas are quickly made-to-order at this popular pizza spot. Whether you want to try one of their pre-existing combos or create a pie that’s entirely your own, you are sure to find something to kill those cravings!
Located at 5605 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W. Lakewood, WA 98499
Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday
Another top local pizza destination is Pizza Studio. “Pizza Studio in the Town Center is good for something quick and on the go,” says Julie Hammon. “It's kind of like Subway where you get to pick your toppings and can have as much or as little put on your pizza as you want. It's also very well priced!” With fresh, high-quality ingredients, Pizza Studio puts the love, passion, and excitement back into an American favorite.
Located at 10115 S. Tacoma Way Lakewood, WA 98499
Hours: 6:00am-10:00pm Daily
If you’re looking to start your morning off right, check out this second pick by Grady: “[I recommend] Black Bear Diner, now attached to Great American Casino,” he says. “Hardy breakfast. Lots of homemade biscuits and gravy.” With options for lunch, dinner, and dessert as well, you can enjoy the best of American comfort food all day long.
Located at 10117 S. Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98499
Hours: Open 24 hours; closed 6:00am-10:00am Monday-Thursday
For a taste of Vegas in your own backyard, stop by the Great American Casino. This place features table games, $300 limits, live music, and so much more. Grady notes that it “has a pretty good menu as well,” with everything from pizza and burgers to Vietnamese and other Asian dishes. For a night of food and fun, no place beats the Great American Casino!
Located at 11016 Gravelly Lake Dr. S.W. Lakewood, WA 98499
Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Friday; 11:00am-4:00pm Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday
If tea and scones is your thing, you will adore Kim Medchill’s pick! “Steeped in Comfort… is HANDS DOWN the best place for tea and scones in all the land,” she shares. “Homemade scones, cream, and lemon curd and jams. Great selection of teas, served by the pot in traditional cosies. Daily baking and homemade soups, quiches and salads make this one of our favs. A fun experience.” Whether you’re planning an afternoon tea or just want to mix things up for lunch, Steeped in Comfort is an absolute must.
Located at 9638 Gravelly Lake Dr. S.W. Lakewood, WA 98499
Hours: 6:00am-6:00pm Daily
If you’re looking for a classic, delicious donut, look no further than Trish Stone’s recommended spot. “Lakewood's Original House of Donuts! Best pastry selection around,” she says. “Nothing modern or too fancy, just good old-fashioned donuts and pastries. Get there early, they tend to sell out!” Voted “Best of the South Sound” for 2017, this is a local favorite that should not be passed up.