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.
The comfortable and casual air of The Walrus and the Carpenter is guaranteed to woo diners who visit here for some tasty seafood treats. Inspired by a poem by the same name, written by Lewis Carrol, the restaurant is most regarded for oysters which are the chief preparations here. Other seafood like scallops, octopus and fish are freshly acquired from the sea and presented with fine flavor and spices that weave magic on the taste buds.
Mohammed Arfan Bhatti, son of Mohammed Bhatti - the man behind Northgate's Saffron Grill, brings the same flair and passion for Indian cooking to University District. Taste of India is in fact, one of the best places in the area to experience a lovely ambiance and authentic Indian cuisine. On the menu you will find traditional specialties like Tandoori Chicken, Jaipur Masala, Coconut Curry and Tikka Masala. And those who've already dined at Saffron Grill will not be left feeling disappointed, as the same signature Mediterranean dishes are served here. Beer and wines complement the offerings as do the rich desserts. The overall experience certainly makes this restaurant worth a visit.
As you enter this seafood restaurant, you walk onto a suspended bridge with iron railings. Starfish, crayfish and other marine life swim up to greet you. Lights dot the high ceiling for a starry quality. Blown glass hangs delicately from the ceiling to complement the warm, upscale Polynesian-style surroundings. Seafood specialties include Opah (a Hawaiian fish also known as Moonfish), served with a papaya, mango and pepper salsa, and apple-wood-grilled Hebi (Spearfish). More standard dishes include Ellensburg Lamb and New York Steak. The view of downtown Seattle is hard to beat.
With a mix of urban industrial design that display steel beams and brick walls opposite blue damask wallpaper, Café Presse offers a post-modern take on French dining. Grab your morning coffee and pastry at the street-side counter, then linger at a cafe table over a baguette sandwich and glass of wine for lunch. Join friends in the evening for cocktails and if you planning a late dinner, the kitchen serves its wonderful Steak Frites until closing.
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.
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.
If you want to grab a quick bite while sightseeing in downtown Seattle or just happen to be a fan of hearty sandwiches, step into the Potbelly Sandwich Shop where you will be spoilt for choice. Along with their meaty options, the restaurant offers a variety of vegan options as well. The restaurant is also host to live music gigs which draw in quite the crowd. The overall cozy ambiance makes this a great place to hang out with friends or come in for a family meal.
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.
The Capital Grille in Seattle is a fine steak and seafood restaurant. The well-staffed restaurant has paintings of famous local people adorning its walls. Part of a national chain, this place offers you an enjoyable steakhouse experience. The menu includes a range of appetizers, soups and salads, main course and seafood, all made from fresh ingredients. An extensive selection of wine is available.