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Best Restaurants with a View in Seattle

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Elliott's Oyster House

Elliott's Oyster House is the place to taste oysters with friends over cocktails on the popular patio. The menu also features excellent shellfish from nearby waters and other seafood dishes including chowder, mussels, clams, salmon, crab and more. For those not so fond of seafood, pasta and meat dishes are available as well. This is a popular spot, and reservations are highly recommended.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Matt's in the Market

Located in the Pike Place Market, this restaurant overlooks Elliott Bay. Freshly renovated, Matt's is now noticeably more roomy. Many who remember this quaint little spot in the market will be pleasantly surprised to see the new, beautiful, spacious alternative. Although the restaurant has structurally undergone major renovations, you can expect the same old welcoming service and classically delicious seafood. The dinner menu changes seasonally, but you will likely find interesting and flavorful seafood dishes like geoduck with seasonal accompaniments, fried duck egg salad and seafood stew.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Place Pigalle

After a day at Pike Place Market, you'll want something to eat in calm surroundings safely from the fishmongers and hordes of tourists. This restaurant provides both a charming old-world decor and some of the best French food in the city. The menu changes often, in accordance to what is fresh in the market, but you will likely find appetizers such as Montrachet souffle, yearling oysters, steamed mussels and twice baked goat cheese souffle. Tempting entrees include Roasted Rabbit Roulade, Duck Aromatique, Seared Alaska Weathervane Scallops or Lamb with Curried Eggplant. The bar delights patrons with its creative concoctions and everything is always carefully prepared. Additionally, the dining room boasts stunning views of the market and Elliott Bay, so come here and watch the sunset or simply sit out at the patio if you're dining with someone special.

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Etta's Seafood

One of Tom Douglas' three booming restaurants, the other two being Dahlia Lounge and Palace Kitchen, this fashionable restaurant called Etta's Seafood is a popular place to relax after strolling through Pike Place Market. Dark wood, brightly colored walls and large windows accent the space offering a magnificent view of the Elliot Bay and is excellent for people watching. Outdoor dining is possible in the private courtyard if the weather is nice. Locals and tourists swarm here for seafood dishes such as fish-and-chips with red cabbage slaw, broiled deep-sea scallops, and steamed lobster. Be sure to leave room for one of Tom's renowned desserts. The restaurant also has a full bar.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Six Seven Restaurant

A signature restaurant of the Edgewater Hotel (The), Six Seven combines Pacific Northwest cuisine with contemporary Pan-Asian and American influences. Chef Hans Reisinger's elegant preparations are flavored with fresh Northwestern ingredients, reflecting his years of international culinary experience. Try the Six Seven Crab Cakes with avocado salad for starters, and the classic wood-roasted chicken, goat cheese dumplings, or Ivory Forest mushroom sautee for your main course. The Forest Room, a private dining room, holds a maximum of 32 people and can be booked for special occasions and private parties. Treat your eyes to the wonderful view of Elliot Bay, and your taste buds to some truly exotic dishes— it will prove an unforgettable experience.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Aqua By El Gaucho

Aqua is an attractive dining option for everyone, as here you can enjoy the picturesque sights of Seattle's Elliot Bay while tucking into the sumptuous seafood on offer. The experience perfected by signature cocktails including Aqua's take on the Mojito. So sit back, relax, soak in the setting sun with cool drinks and good food.

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Canlis

For half a century, and three generations of the Canlis family, this gorgeous restaurant has presided on a hill over Lake Union. It beckons the well-off, those looking for a romantic evening, or anyone celebrating a special event. The restaurant has won awards too numerous to list, and a renovation has made it all the better. The cuisine is based on fresh ingredients, with salmon, scallops and Dungeness crab topping the menu. Vegetables are locally grown, as are the wide array of fruits used in each beautifully presented dish. The restaurant has a 12,000-bottle wine cellar.

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Palisade Waterfront Restaurant

As you enter this seafood restaurant, you walk onto a suspended bridge with iron railings. Starfish, crayfish and other marine life swim up to greet you. Lights dot the high ceiling for a starry quality. Blown glass hangs delicately from the ceiling to complement the warm, upscale Polynesian-style surroundings. Seafood specialties include Opah (a Hawaiian fish also known as Moonfish), served with a papaya, mango and pepper salsa, and apple-wood-grilled Hebi (Spearfish). More standard dishes include Ellensburg Lamb and New York Steak. The view of downtown Seattle is hard to beat.

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Ivar's Salmon House

One of many offshoots of the original Ivar's Acres of Clams, the Salmon House represents the Seattle institution's attempt at contemporary dining. Located in a replica Indian longhouse, the restaurant features salmon and meats alder-smoked on the open-pit Indian-style barbecue. The chef does best with straightforward seafood preparations. It's hard to beat fresh Atlantic salmon with a little butter and citrus and an elegant view of Lake Union with the downtown skyline in the background. An elaborate brunch is served on Sundays.

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Chinook's at Salmon Bay

Chinook's at Salmon Bay is a seafood restaurant which will seduce you with its fresh and wide range of seafood dishes. The chefs at Chinook's use the most uncontaminated, chemical-free sea cuisine to prepare delicacies that you'll dream about for days long after the meal. Gorge on your seafood platter while viewing a fleet of fishing vessels, floating idly on the azure waters. The fresh grilled Idaho trout, the seafood fettuccine, the crab-cakes and the clam chowder will give you a fair idea of what good seafood truly is. So enjoy your lunch with family and friends and have a wonderfully great time in each others company.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Ray's Cafe

Located upstairs from Ray's Boathouse, this light, airy cafe attracts a young and lively crowd, more casually dressed than below. The panoramic view of Shilshole Bay is the only thing the restaurant and Ray's Cafe share. On warm summer days, the best place to sit is on the terrace, overlooking the bay. The gourmet pub grub includes vegetarian and salmon burgers and pasta with seafood. The extensive appetizer list is served until midnight. The full bar has over 20 microbrews on tap.

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