Moved to its current downtown location in 1985 and renovated in 1990, Seattle's premier jazz club brings artists of international standing, including the likes of Nancy Wilson, Lionel Hampton and Cleo Laine. The dinner menu features a varied selection of Northwest and Mediterranean dishes. The well-rounded offerings feature seafood, grilled meats, and options for vegetarians. There's a full bar and a private room that holds 275.
A series of brewers have tried their luck with this West Seattle Junction location. This latest opened here in 1997 and attempts to broaden its appeal by catering to families and hip urbanites. The decor favors brass, and the smoking section's location upstairs with the pool tables keeps the air fresher downstairs. The pub has 10 beers on tap, six brewed onsite. There's also root beer on tap for the kids. Burgers and sandwiches dominate the menu. Hear live folk and jazz music most Saturdays. Call ahead for hours.
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.
A chic restaurant, Rock Creek is set up in a contemporary space, keeping in mind the modern customers taste. Brightly-lit, the restaurant has a huge space, both indoors and outdoors. Located in Freemont, this trendy little place has become quite famous among the locals and foodies of Seattle. Bacon & oyster benedict, dungeness crab chili relleno and ham & white cheddar scramble are some of the stand-outs on their refreshing menu. A decent list of wines, cocktails and other beverages are available to complement the order of your choice. Private events like parties, corporate dinners and luncheons can also be held at Rock Creek. Call ahead for details.
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.
As the name suggests, Umi Sake House specializes in all things sake and provides a comprehensive menu of both hot and cold styles of the Japanese rice wine. The menu primarily consists of numerous sushi rolls, but other Japanese dishes are available as well. The restaurant also does both an afternoon and late night happy hour that leads to double the fun at affordable prices. The restaurant has an intimate ambiance that is great for a romantic evening with loved ones or a peaceful meal alone.
Enjoy life's little pleasures in this upbeat niche bar in Seattle's downtown area. The Purple Cafe scores high on variety, as the menu offers American and Mediterranean cuisines. The global wine bar is a connoisseur's dream. The cafe also has free wifi, so spend a evening here with your laptop or call your friends over to help you choose from the wine and tapas selection.
Located inside The Arctic Club Hotel, the Polar Bar is a lively, elegant place with comfortable leather couches, dimmed lights, brick fireplace, marble staircase and velvet draperies. Enjoy drinks like Sloe Gin Fizz and the Amadeus as you take in the lovely, old-school atmosphere . If you feel hungry, dig into delicacies like Crispy Chicken Wings or the Shrimp Redolent. Note that entry to the bar is restricted to people over 21, however, the lounge area is accessible for everyone.
As the name suggests, oysters are the focus of this downtown restaurant called Shuckers, located in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Twelve local varieties of oysters are available in single servings, by the half dozen and by the dozen. The restaurant has dark wood and a high ceiling, similar to a traditional pub, and dress is fairly casual. Highlights of the menu include oyster delicacies and Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Dungeness Crab with Baby Yellow Fin Potatoes. Many other non-seafood favorites are offered as well.
From the red walls, ceiling and booths to the white tablecloths, this restaurant offers old-school Italian decor. During the lunch and dinner hours, it is a great place for inexpensive dining and drinking on First Hill. You can choose from rich pasta dishes or splurge on a surf-n-turf combo. Late nights bring out the disco divas, and this place fills up early. Some nights it offers live music, others a DJ. Either way, the place will be jumping until closing time.
This long-established Pioneer Square nightspot attracts a young, mostly collegiate crowd to its bill of blues, rock, pop and jazz artists. Located in a venerable Seattle building, Doc Maynard's Public House features music that's often great. You'll taste the riffs in your beer. It's loud and hectic, so it's hard to chat, but no one seems to mind. During the day, the Seattle Underground Tour leaves from here. Full bar service is available.