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Best European in Seattle

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Tulio

Since it opened Tulio has been a hot spot for lunching businesspeople and for couples who want a romantic spot to eat in the evening. The interior is rich with dark wood and deep colors. The fare is authentic, rustic Italian. Starters include roasted asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and sweet potato gnocchi. Entrees include risotto with saffron and scallops, ravioli stuffed with smoked salmon or an oven-roasted lamb sirloin. Adjacent to Hotel Vintage Park, this restaurant also serves breakfast.

Seattle, WA, United States
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The Georgian Room

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.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Palomino

Located inside the City Centre building, this elegant bistro has rose-colored blown glass covering its walls and ceiling. Patrons dine in the sometimes noisy lounge or get a quick meal in the cafe area. The area across the escalator is better suited to formal lunches and dinners. The specialty is wood-oven roasting. The menu offers lamb shank, paella and oven-roasted jumbo prawns. Also try the gourmet pizzas or a Chop Chop Salad. For dessert enjoy traditional tiramisu, white chocolate ice cream or pear bread pudding.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Il Terrazzo Carmine

Located in Pioneer Square, this elegant, romantic restaurant features a very impressive menu of Italian classics. The antipasti are favorite starters, and customers return again and again for popular pasta, seafood, veal, beef and lamb entrees, such as the Osso Buco and New York steak with truffle oil. Leave room for the Tiramisu, which some call Seattle's best. The wine list focuses on wines from Italy, California and the Northwest. Guests can dine in a simple yet elegant dining room or through the French doors on the courtyard terrace.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Piroshky Piroshky Bakery

Piroshky Piroshky occupies a prominent shopfront in Pike Place, the line out the door the first hint of the quality products on display. Specializing in piroshky, a widespread stuffed bread item from Russia and Eastern Europe, this small shop keeps it extremely simple. Visitors can choose between sweet piroshky such as the cinnamon cardamom or savory options such as the Bavarian sausage of the beef and onion. Vegetarians have a decent amount of options too, the spinach, egg and cheese a definite favorite although the sauerkraut, cabbage and onion can't be beat for a tangy taste of the dish's homeland. Showing how to take one product and make it the best, Piroshky Piroshky can't be beat.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Tilikum Place Cafe

Situated at Tilikum Place park, the cafe effortlessly transitions from a day to night venue, equally ideal for casual lunch dates or relaxed dinners later in the evening. The cozy atmosphere and warm lighting create a welcoming feel. Attention to detail and fresh, local ingredients go into every expertly prepared dish. The menu showcases seasonal ingredients and made-from-scratch preparations full of bold flavors and deceptive simplicity. It's also great for brunch on the weekends, which is served from 8a to 3p.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Harvest Vine

Just over the hill from downtown Seattle in Madison Valley, this small Spanish taverna has just three little tables and fewer than 10 bar stools, but nobody seems to mind waiting for a spot. Behind the bar, Joseph Jimenez de Jimenez demonstrates the art of tapas. Stuffed peppers, garlic-sauteed chorizo sausage and blue cheese with grilled bread and pears are just a few of his delicacies. Also try the Paella for two, soups and sandwiches.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Serafina

Serafina is famous for bringing in Afro-Cuban and Latin performers to compliment its delicious Italian menu. Large windows allow patrons a view of the street outside and when the weather cooperates, courtyard dining is available. The rustic-chic dining room is small, but its candle-topped tables, rich red walls and dark green ceiling give the space an elegant feel. Entrees include eggplant with a savory mushroom ragout, rabbit stew, and a variety of pasta dishes. It also offers an extensive wine list.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Cafe Lago

Located between the University of Washington and the Arboretum, Cafe Lago embodies the essence of the traditional Italian trattoria. The small space has a black-and-white tiled floor, tables with tablecloths and an open kitchen. The menu features a collection of delectable Italian dishes including wood-fire pizzas, handmade pastas and gnocchi, plus grilled salmon, beef and house-made spiral sausage. If you are a lasagne fan, try the one made here. It's incredibly light and flavorful and made from scratch. There is a good wine selection to choose from.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Vivendo

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.

Bothell, WA, United States
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Grazie

This fantastic restaurant at Canyon Park is known for its authentic Italian cuisine and friendly staff. Such is the restaurant's dedication, that the restaurant staff is flown every two years to Italy to experience and bring back current culinary and cultural trends. Going by the restaurant's popularity in Bothell, they're quite successful at what they do. The menu is suitably diverse and includes everything from seafood and meats to steaks. Classic dishes are well represented with a number of contemporary varieties as well. The restaurant takes pride in its wood-fired brick oven, which bakes the handmade pizzas to perfection. The restaurant is fairly large and can accommodate groups with ease. Live jazz sessions by a number of artists on weekends makes for an enjoyable meal. Check website for more.

Bothell, WA, United States
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Pogacha

At Pogacha, Pacific Northwest flavors take an unlikely inspiration from the Adriatic with stunning results. The restaurant is literally named after a popular Croatian bread, and this should give you a fair idea about what to expect here. The menu has varied inspirations and prominently spans the Greek, Croatian and Italian palates. Pogachas, a variety of flat-bread, are an obvious specialty and should not be missed The gourmet pizzas are another popular affair. Apart from this, they also offer a selection of salads and sandwiches. The wine list is diverse and perfectly matches the food on offer. A selection of banquet menus cater to groups, and holding private functions is also possible. The bar has a fine range of spirits for every taste. Occasional live music on weekends adds a fun vibe to the proceedings.

Issaquah, WA, United States
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