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Best Outdoor Dining in Seattle

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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.

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.

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.

It is safe to say that there is nothing in Seattle quite like this Belltown joint, called Shorty's. Packed to the rafters with blaring antique pinball and various arcade games, the rustic bar sports a big-top decor. No matter where you look in here, you will be happy you found this friendly place with a faux hot dog stand up front. Whether you like hot dogs topped with cheese, chili, onions or saurkraut (or all of the above), you will have your wishes met here. To go with these amazing classic American offerings, there's a full bar that wont disappoint.

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.

Acclaimed for its happy hour prices, this gem of Georgetown is a must-visit place. It serves delightful sandwiches with both meat and vegetarian options to them. Vegan varieties are also offered. The menu includes names like Little Brat for a corned beef sandwich or Fire Cracker for a turkey sandwich. The Veggie Sub is also a great option. Also famous is the breakfast menu that feeds crowds of locals on weekends. The venue also hosts bike races and shows that see lots of locals taking part in them. Dine outdoors in summer to cherish the light breeze and the pleasant sun biting into the marvelous food.

A fantastic lakeside setting, eclectic Mexican cuisine and a great drinks selection make Little Water Cantina one of the top dining destinations in Seattle. Nestled in the Eastlake neighborhood, overlooking the pristine Lake Union this modern restaurant presents an idyllic setting for romantic dinners, casual family lunches and night-out. The menu is concise and features traditional Mexican favorites like empanadas, carne asada, carnitas and guacamole and chips. The focus is on original flavors and locally-sourced artisan ingredients. Margaritas, tequila, mezcal and wines pair perfectly with the food; giving a sense of true Mexican-style dining. Service sustains a high level and ambiance befits every occasion. Reserving ahead is preferable.

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