Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Outdoor Eats at the Mount Rainier Circle

The sun is shining and the temperature is right. We can’t lie, we’re all making up excuses to be outside! Whether it’s a weekday lunch or a boozy brunch, three restaurants at the Mount Rainier Circle are here to host. 

Bird Kitchen + Cocktails is a full service, casual Southern eatery and the passionate effort of Chef Lenny Robinson and his team. You’ll love the inventive and ever-changing menu, hoppin’ happy hour scene, great ingredients and warm and informal feeling both in and outside. This brand new addition to the arts district has cafe seating right on the circle, and a sweet little outdoor patio opening up for service mid-March.

What locals know… Watch their Facebook page for fresh-from-the-chef daily specials and creative pop-up events like a 10-course sushi dinner and an 80s brunch. Yum and fun!


Urban Eats Arts and Music Cafe boasts a spacious indoor environment with casual seating, free wifi and easy spots to plug-in — the perfect place to perch when home or office gets too much. Owner Annette Martin and her friendly staff will make you feel welcome for as long as you want to stay. Get some fresh air on the side patio to daydream and watch the cars go by.

What locals know… Once the sun goes down, Urban Eats serves up an eclectic music scene: folk, blues, jazz, hip-hop and Latin sounds with ample opportunity to jump in a jam or just kick back and enjoy. A great place to connect with other musicians!


Mediterranean Cafe is a favorite spot for lunch meetings or solo work too — ample indoor seating, free wifi and cheerful service from owner Alex Berry and family. With a few streetside cafe tables, a healthy menu, and lots of vegetarian options, it might just make you yearn for bright sun and blue waters.

What locals know… Hook up with the hookah scene in the bar upstairs, with tons of room to relax, laugh, and enjoy this trendy tradition with friends.


Looking for more? Venture a little further into the Gateway Arts District and you’ll find plenty more spring on the sidewalks. And mark your calendars now for Open Studio Tour on May 14 for the annual wander through 100+ studios in this incredibly creative neighborhood. See you outside!





About Anne L'Ecuyer

Anne is a strategist, facilitator and consultant who stays closely connected to an international network of city leaders, cultural professionals, and individual artists. She is an expert in the creative industries and cultural tourism in the United States, as well as the contributions of the arts toward educational, social, and environmental goals.

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