Best Taste of Seattle
You can't say that you've "done" Seattle if you haven't eaten at a Tom Douglas restaurant, and for my money, Dahlia Lounge is the place to go if you're going to dine at only one. A dinner of crab cakes followed by coconut-cream pie captures the absolute essence of this place.
Best for Families
Ivar's Salmon House resembles a Native American longhouse and is filled with cool stuff sure to fascinate kids. In sunny weather, the waterfront deck has a great view of Lake Union and the Seattle skyline.
Of course you could shell out big bucks to dine at Salty's on Alki Beach , but you can get the same view at a fraction of the cost at the adjacent Alki Crab & Fish Co. Okay, so the menu is pretty limited, but the fish and chips are excellent, and that view -- wow!
The Seattle area's best splurge restaurant is actually a 30-minute drive away. The Herbfarm, in Woodinville -- the Seattle-area's wine country -- puts on lavish nine-course dinners that celebrate fresh Northwest flavors.
There's no denying that Tuscany is one of the world's most romantic destinations, so it isn't surprising that Volterra, an Italian restaurant on a shady street in the historic Ballard neighborhood, is the perfect place for a romantic dinner.
Canlis is a Seattle tradition, the perfect place to close a big deal or celebrate a special occasion. When you want to feel pampered, this is the place to dine.
Without a doubt, SkyCity has the best views in Seattle -- 360 degrees worth of them. Sure, it's expensive, but there's no place in town with views to rival these.
Best Northwest Cuisine
At Rover's, Chef Thierry Rautureau combines his love of local ingredients with classic French training to produce a distinctive take on Northwest cuisine.
Metropolitan Grill in downtown Seattle, serves corn-fed, aged beef grilled over mesquite charcoal. Steaks just don't get any better than this.
Best Cured Meats
At Salumi, you'll stand in line on the sidewalk, then squeeze your way into this Pioneer Square hole-in-the-wall, where you'll savor the finest, freshest artisan-made salami in the Northwest.
If the sight of so much fresh fish in Pike Place Market has you craving sushi, then head up to the north end of Belltown to Shiro's Sushi Restaurant. All the Japanese businessmen here should give you a clue that this place is the real deal.
Best Waterfront Dining
The best waterfront dining experience is in the Edgewater hotel. Six-Seven can claim not only superb food, but also cool decor, a fabulous deck, and one of the best views from any restaurant in the city. The Northwest produces an astonishing variety of oysters, and locals are almost as obsessive about their bivalves as they are about coffee and beer. For the best selection, head to Elliott's Oyster House.
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