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Prefer dining in style? Begin at this acclaimed restaurant in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The open dining room has tall dressed windows, linen-topped tables and high ceilings with sparkling chandeliers. Starters include spiced foie gras and Northwest raw oysters. Signature entrees include smoked salmon with creme fraîche, dungeness crab and apple sauce. The restaurant also features a full bar and live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays.
No signs lead to this romantic hideaway near Pike Place Market, but when you see the pink door itself, you'll know you've arrived. On a sunny day you can sit outside on the rooftop deck, where shorts, sunglasses and lively chatter run rampant and everyone seems rejuvenated by the awesome backdrop of Elliot Bay. The rustic Italian cuisine includes a variety of delicious pastas and specials. The Cioppino and the spinach stuffed pork loin are especially good. The restaurant features cabaret and other live entertainment. Please call ahead for hours.
Recalling upper-crust New York in the 1940s, El Gaucho is not your typical relaxed Seattle restaurant. The waiters are tuxedoed, a piano plays in the background and candles flicker, shedding light over lots of dark wood inside the restaurant. Perfectly prepared steak and seafood dishes fill the menu. Order Chateaubriand for two, carved table side, or an Australian lobster tail. This establishment also includes a full bar.
Dark wood set off by sinuous wrought iron with stylized crows, paintings featuring the black birds to the "Murder by Crows" cocktail echo the theme at this Lower Queen Anne hot spot. Several counter seats overlook the kitchen for true cooking fans. Try one of the superbly executed seasonal specials like summer fruit salad with arugula and fig vinaigrette. The half roast chicken wrapped in prosciutto with green beans is perfect for sharing, and the smashed potato cake is a perfect accompaniment to any entree. Save room for the espresso Crème Brulée or the frozen lemon mousse with blackberry basil sauce.
Seattleites love this restaurant and it is certainly one of the most romantic destinations in the Northwest. What makes Cantinetta so special is not only the food and ambiance but the elegant simplicity that is usually missing or overlooked at most restaurants these days. The menu itself, as you will find, is quite concise listing the quintessential Italian starters, entrees and desserts. Go-to dishes would have to be Prosciutto di Parma, Potato Gratinate, Risotto, Gnocchi and Braised Pork Ribs. Service is professional but not overbearing and the courses are perfectly set off by robust wines. Reserving ahead is preferable.
You're not likely to stumble across this romantic Italian restaurant accidentally since it's secluded on a residential street. But once you try something from the menu and you'll have the answer as to why the crowds pack this place. With a variety of gourmet pizzas, braised meats and flavorful pasta dishes, La Rustica is a culinary hot-spot. The view of Puget Sound from the front windows is also spectacular and only adds to the dining experience.
Widely considered to be among the top European restaurants in the city, this Mediterranean delight thrills with an excellent selection of Italian and Greek specialties. While the focus is on bringing out the authentic flavors, the kitchen is not afraid to experiment with them resulting in some fantastic creative takes on the classics. Sunday brunch is a popular affair and is much awaited for the mouthwatering crepes on offer. The bar has a good selection of wines, cocktails and other spirits for a relaxed post meal drink. The warmly lit dining room with a muted color palette and contemporary lighting accents makes it great for business lunches and romantic dinners alike. A selection of paintings adorning the walls adds a nice touch. The outdoor patio is great for an airy setting.