Walla Walla, Washington


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1349 Votes - "Best For Food"
170 Votes - "Friendliest"
108 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
14 Votes - "Most Fun"
3 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
2 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"


The 2011 Friendliest Small Town in America returned with food and wine that blew our team away. We met chefs from Pho Sho, Andrae’s Kitchen, and The Marc, who prepared custom sampler dishes and students in Walla Walla Community College’s Culinary Program who paired dishes with wine from Woodward Canyon and Leonetti Cellar. The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance organized an amazing afternoon for our team warmly reminding us of their friendliness.

Our favorite local restaurants included Maple Counter Café, Saffron, Brasserie Four, The Marc and T. Maccarone’s, all must-stops on a visit to one of our favorite small towns. Tour and taste at local vineyards from Walla Walla Vintners to Blue Mountain Vineyards, Waterbrook Winery, Spring Valley Vineyard and Lullaby Winery.

In addition to food and wine, Walla Walla is renowned for its art, music and theater. Browse any of a dozen galleries, catch a symphony or jazz performance, or attend a show at a local college. For history tour the historic downtown’s architecture and antique shopping, The Whitman Mission, and Fort Walla Walla for a feel of the 1800s.

Walla Walla’s abundant outdoor offerings can’t be overlooked, from camping, boating and swimming to area parks, athletic facilities and walking trails. Visitors can hunt and fish, ski, bike, ice skate or play softball, tennis, racquetball and golf. See what else Walla Walla has to offer in users' reviews.

I never imagined myself choosing any small town, and especially Walla Walla in the paloose region of Eastern Washington, as a "vacation destination"--I'm more of a "big city and natural wonders" kind of vacationer. But for the past two summers, our youngest daughter has been attending a pre-professional ballet and dance training program called Whitman Summer Dance Lab there, and so in 2012, my husband and I spent two weeks there as tourists, while our daughter spent her first time away from home dancing 6-8 hours a day. This year, she went for five weeks, so we visited Walla Walla again twice--to drop her off and to pick her up and see the dance festival put on by SDL. We have fallen in love with Walla Walla! It is the most friendly town I've ever been in, filled with incredible architecture. We found that we could easily ride our bikes everywhere, loved many of the restaurants we ate at, and had fun touring wineries, travelling out to the paloose and the wheat fields surrounding Walla Walla, and wandering around the beautiful Whitman College campus. This is a wonderful town. Go there!
Reviewed by fiorastar
on October 1, 2013
Eating at home is not something we do very often with so many great places to eat in town! Breakfast; Lunch or Dinner, it is hard to pick a favorite. What ever you are hungry for Walla Walla has an excellent restaurant or eatery to fill the craving, even that sweet tooth! Walla Walla has our vote for "Best For Food"!!!
Reviewed by jbc
on October 1, 2013
I like to think of Walla Walla as my home away from home... It's so nice to leave the hustle of Western Washington and head east where it's hot in the summer and snow falls in the winter. Walking down the charming downtown Main Street, I always see people waving at one another and lots of smiles. The pace is slower, yet the town is rich in great food (I love Aloha Sushi...great sushi in E. Wa - right?? Yes!), excellent wine (be sure to visit Kontos Cellars - best wine and company), and fun events like various parades, the fair, summer outdoor theater, and the Balloon Stampede to name a few. There is even a night life, which is much lower key than Seattle, but still fun with places like The Green where you will be sure to meet a few new friends. My absolute favorite part of the town is that my family that lives there. So I am a little biased and I've had the best guides to show me around, but Walla Walla is really the best small town!
Reviewed by vln247
on September 24, 2013
Wellll, you may call me prejudice, but I am sorry, the best and most efficient restaurant to eat at in Walla Walla IS Mr. Ed';s ! It is owned by one of the best people that I know (Dan) and his staff are exceptional ! The food is scrumptious no matter what you order! The atmosphere is superb as they always greet you with a smile and act like they are family!! The restaurant is small but no matter what they are fast and you get in and out with a full tummy !
Reviewed by snerfdog
on September 18, 2013
When I first moved back to Walla Walla in 2001, I was upset there were no Thai restaurants. Then along came BANGKOK 103!!! Whether you order the Prawn Thai Salad, Chicken Satay, Chicken Asparagus w/ Rudi's extra special peanut sauce, Green Cabbage Curry, Squash Curry that melts in your mouth or the Pad Thai - you will not be disappointed!! I can't choose just one, so we order all the above. John and Rudi, love to cook for people. Rudi has a gift for cooking Thai and John has the gift of gab and they both love to serve. It's my absolute FIRST choice to take our friends from out of town or our friends who have never experienced Thai food at it's very best!!
Reviewed by SoapAngel
on September 18, 2013
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