Ever since Point Ruston opened on the former grounds of the Asarco Copper Smelter, it’s been a hit. Residents visit for its stellar views, its waterfront walkway, its playground and splash pad for the kids, events, movies and tons of other things to do at this happening place to be. And they visit for the restaurants.
Point Ruston’s restaurants offer a variety of cuisine and experiences alike. Feel like something casual? You got it. Feel like something more upscale? You can do that too. Just want some ice cream or coffee? No problem.
Read on for a list of Point Ruston restaurants perfect for any meal, any day.
While there are many Farrelli’s locations in the South Sound, Farrelli’s at Point Ruston serves as the chain’s flagship and largest location. Kick back on the waterview patio or the rooftop bar in the warmer months, or watch a game on one of the screens the in the bar. The restaurant serves up all kinds of woodfired pizzas as well as salads, pasta, sandwiches and appetizers.
Ice Cream Social started out on Tacoma’s 6th Avenue and opened this second location in Point Ruston because Tacoma couldn’t get enough of their yummy and inventive flavors. The shop makes all its ice cream from scratch from locally sourced ingredients. And the best part is that while they always have the standards, you’ll also find plenty of unique flavors too that rotate so you can try something new – roasted banana, maple with candied pecans, strawberry mascarpone and honey, and salted caramel with candied bacon are just a few rotating flavors worth a try.
WildFin is the place to go for local cuisine complemented by an excellent lineup of Washington wines, ciders and beers. Enjoy everything from fish street tacos and wagyu beef sliders, to flat iron steak and the fresh catch of the day – and enjoy it with a water view and a casual, comfy setting.
If you need a burger made with style and served alongside delicious beverages, you’ve come to the right spot. Stack 571 is where you go for special kinds of burgers. Artful burgers. Burgers with pizzazz. Come hungry and be ready to tackle towering burgers like the Three Pepper Bomb (with pepper bacon, fried jalapeno, roasted peppers and pepper jack…which sounds like four peppers, but that’s okay) or the Bahn Mi Burger (with pickled daikon and carrot slaw, jalapeno and cilantro). The menu also has plenty of tasty appetizers, sandwiches and salads.
Fish has its roots in Olympia, a second location in Woodinville, and now this third location in Point Ruston. It’s known for its Fish Tale Ales and Spire Mountain Cider, both of which are sold in many local grocery stores, but if you venture to the source, you can find a wider selection. Visit during happy hour and enjoy your beer or cider with an appetizer, or come for lunch or dinner and have a full meal with a view. During warmer weather, you can sit indoors or out or in the bar. Food items are expansive and far beyond the usual brewpub fare with everything from fresh oysters on the half shell, to crab mac and cheese, to burgers and sandwiches, to cioppino. There are also plenty of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options.
Anthem is a local chain that’s growing quickly. The coffee shop is all about connecting people so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with your barista as you order. Coffees include both the traditional and less traditional – so you’ll spot Americano and lattes as well as Dirty Chai (chai tea with espresso) and Affagato (espresso poured over ice cream). What makes Anthem unique is that you can also order beer and wine as well as a pleasant variety of sweet treats and food items.
Few cafes can rival the atmosphere of Jewel Box Café at Point Ruston. With high ceilings and chandeliers, bold dark woods and equally bold dark décor, it’s the kind of place where sitting and chatting with a friend is a treat. The menu is larger than your average café as well. There are plenty of coffee and tea selections to choose from, as well as Italian sodas, bubble tea and smoothies. The food menu has breakfast sandwiches and wraps, both sweet and savory crepes, salads, sandwiches, panini and frozen yogurt. But sometimes it’s the simple things – if you just want a snack, try the fruit cup with Nutella.
If what you seek is Japanese food, then look no further. Mio Sushi serves up a varied menu of sushi. From rolls and nigiri, to salads and poke, to donburi bowls and chirashi, to teriyaki and tempura, you’ll find it all.
You may have heard in 2018 that Two Town closed down, but it reopened in August of that same year with new owners, a new menu and a remodel. The husband and wife owners also own Jewel Box Café. Newer additions to the menu include gourmet hot dogs with creative toppings, more chicken wings, lots of pub fare, and plenty of libations.