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!
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.
Delancey is Ballard's own pizza place where dining is not just another affair but about indulging in some of the most delicious pizzas in a lovely and homey ambiance. Opened by husband and wife duo Brandon and Molly Wizenberg, this cozy little eatery is not high on decor, but the simplicity adds a charm to the overall ambiance and of course, the wood-fired pizzas are the main draw. The approach is very straight-forward just like the menu, highlights being the margherita, pepperoni, romana and crimini. A choice of salads and home-made desserts is also available; red, white and sparkling wines along with a handful of draft beers complete the dining experience with a flourish. Don't forget to try Rachel's homemade ginger brow, a house specialty.
If you're craving Greek-style yogurt, there is virtually no place better than Ellenos. Situated at bustling Pike Place Market, this busy food stand has a selection of Greek yogurt with several interesting flavors and toppings. Ellenos prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients to prepare their delicious yogurt-based dessert creations, and that commitment to quality is evident in every bite. Top picks include the passion fruit, marionberry, lemon cheesecake, and seasonal pumpkin pie. The secret to their success lies in their farm-to-table concept and closely guarded family recipes. This shop is a must visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.
A sweet French treat is now open in the Ballad neighborhood. From chocolate croissants, to sweet breads and pastries, Cafe Besalu strives to give you the best in terms of quality and taste. The friendly staff greets you with a warmth, akin to family and have you try their various sweet offerings. Scrumptious pastries and a decadent range of quiches will drive away the hunger pains and make for a quick bite to eat. Munch on these heavenly desserts and forget your worries for a short while.
The Brewmaster's Taproom is a brewpub and bakery located in Renton, WA. They have more than 20 beers on tap and is a cozy hangout with dim lighting. Their beer-themed bakery is what attracts the crowd and beer cookies are one of the most sought-after items from their menu. They have an excellent patio and is available for private events like birthday parties and is dog-friendly.