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.
Art of the Table is a restaurant and supper club hybrid that is dedicated to bringing patrons a unique and intimate dining experience. You, along with 21 other people, receive a four-course menu crafted out of fresh local ingredients. Occasionally the dinners have a theme, such as Italian wines and cheeses or Southern cuisine. Even if there is no unifying theme, the food is always meticulously prepared and delicious. An absolute must if you are in Seattle!
Located in quaint Madison Park, Cactus is bright and busy cantina. The tapas bar offers delectable small dishes including grilled portobello mushrooms and green chile soup. The extensive menu includes dishes like chimichangas and blue corn tamales. For a real treat try the ripe bananas in Meyer's Rum, a delicious end to your meal. The restaurant is smoke free with a full bar.
Bottlehouse is a chic, trendy wine bar with an assortment of diverse wines and tapas. If you are here for the first time, you could opt for the amazing wine and cheese flight or you could ask the bartender for recommendations. You also have the option to order wines on tap, by the bottle or the glass and a rotating menu of specials. The staff members are really passionate about their work and it’s easy to see this in the way they take care of the patrons in the restaurant. The upbeat atmosphere and the helpful, enthusiastic staff also make this wine bar a great place to host a private event or celebrate a special occasion.
A taste of New Orleans in the heart of Queen Anne, Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge is a refreshing addition to Seattle's culinary scene. The extensive menu features Louisiana Creole cuisine - an eclectic blend of European, Native American and Southern flavors. Generous portions of sumptuous seafood, charcuterie, meat preparations and interesting sides form the centerpiece of your dining experience and are best enjoyed with a drink or two from the well-stocked bar. Boasting one of the best happy hours in the country, creative cocktails like the Toulouse Hurricane or Katie-Mae deserve special mention. Ornate wrought-iron furniture and delightful ceiling-lamps against the floor-to-ceiling glass windows enhance its rustic appeal.
Red Robin isn't the only place to get gourmet burgers in the Pacific Northwest. This similarly named burger joint has been voted "Best Burger" by the readers of the Seattle Weekly. The reasons are obvious, big juicy patties, fresh buns and crisp lettuce, not to mention fair prices. At this chic Red Mill Burgers joint, try the rich Bacon Deluxe with Cheese, the Veggie Burger or the Chicken Burger. The thick milkshakes and malts are nothing to sneer at either.
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.
Taco Del Mar presents a great range of Mexican eats for the discerning foodie. With a number of locations throughout the region, one of the highlights of the place is the "Mission Style" Burritos. Keeping the natural flavors intact, Taco Del Mar has found an exceptional rapport with Mexican-food lovers in downtown Seattle. The menu that can be customized has options for tacos, nachos, quesadillas and enchiladas as well. Choose your main filling, salsa and side, and you're in for a juicy treat. Check website for catering options and more information.
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.
Far down the dim central hallway of the Dexter Horton Building lies this spacious coffee bar filled with the aroma of coffee beans. This family-owned shop roasts its own beans and comes up with such fabulous beverages as a mocha made with ephemere sauce from dilettante chocolates. The baristas are friendly, patient and happy to let you linger and chat over a cup.
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.
This New York-style steak house is often rated among the top 10 steak houses in the United States. Known simply as "The Met," this upscale eatery is a favorite with the downtown business crowd. With its high-backed, plush booths, brass railings and tiled floors, the comfortable dining room offers impeccable service. In addition to an extensive menu of pasta, seafood and steaks, the kitchen features tempting daily specials. For Scotch drinkers, the bar offers more than 22 varieties of single-malt Scotch. Be sure to try their signature Smoky Met martini.