Hale's is in that odd stretch of Leary Way between Ballard and Fremont, interspersed with shipyards and storage units. Despite its odd location, once you enter, it's clearly a haven for good beer and good food.
The big fermenters are on proud display in front, and the entryway smells like a brewery -- malt and bleach. Once inside the restaurant, the decor is a bit sterile but the bar is big and wooden and comfortable, and the booths are cozy. A dozen of Hale's own beers are on tap and are all worth a try; the house flavor is distinctive and pleasant, and the brews are generally European-inspired. The dinner menu is a mix of sandwiches, salads and very good looking pizzas. You won't find any greay culinary adventurousness here, but the food is solid and a good counterpart to the beer. On Monday nights they barbecue, and though I haven't tried it, it smells wonderful, smoky and meaty.
Of note, Hale's is a restaurant, not a pub, so children under 21 are allowed; this makes it a good choice for parents who want a craft-brewed beer with dinner.