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Romantic Dinner in Tacoma area?

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  • KMS Jan 27, 2004 02:58 PM
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For anniversary? Our only idea so far is Il Fiasco. We're looking for a cozy, quiet ambiance, and good food (but doesn't have to be spectacular if ambiance is great).

thanks in advance.

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  1. Romance in Tacoma is a contradiction in terms.

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    1. re: Foodguy

      I wrote a post about From The Bayou in Parkland (just outside Tacoma) a week or so ago. I've included the link below. It can be romantic, if you ask for the right seat (read my post for more info).

      There are mentions of other Parkland and Tacoma restaurants in the same thread.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      1. re: gc

        btw, parkland IS tacoma, it's not really a separate place.
        I second that thought on From the Bayou.

        Marzano's is also very good.

        1. re: jlbs

          Be careful when you're talking about Parkland (and Spanaway) being part of Tacoma. I don't think the anti-annexation folks like that kind of talk :)

          1. re: gc

            A really nice place to have a romantic dinner is Primo's Grill on 6th Ave, or Brother John's Wine Bar and Bistro, a hole in the wall type of place next to Bartells on 27th and Bridgeport.

            1. re: wozzle

              The Primo Grill is terrific. Also, on Wednesdays a bottle of wine is 1/2 off. For more romantic dining, request a booth.

    2. I don't know very many places around Tacoma, but one I have been to is Stanley & Seafort's at 115 E. 34th that serves steak and seafood. It has a great view of the harbor & the city, if this is important to you. When I went all the "window" tables were taken, so you might want to get reservations. The service was very good, as you would expect at a restaurant with these prices.

      Another place I might suggest is Salty's in Redondo Beach north of Federal Way. It is right on the beach, so it has a great view in the daytime, but there's not much to see at night. Salty's is quite a bit livelier than Stanley & Seafort's (there is a bar next to the dining room with quite a bit of activity), but it is by no means noisy nor does it disturb a "romantic" atmosphere. I think the fish at Salty's is somewhat better than Stanley & Seafort's-- I suspect the latter specializes more in steaks. I have had salmon at both places, as well as some other items at Salty's-- all were good.

      1. KMS, For romantic atmosphere, the Cliff House wins hands down. Very good food and consistently professional service. (If you are not familiar with the location, call for directions as it is tricky to find.) In response to Foodguy, yes, you can have romance in Tacoma. It just depends upon your personal resistence to Mace.

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        1. re: Leper

          That was pretty funny. I lived in Tacoma for three years, and romantic dinners seemed to elude me. Perhaps it has changed after many years.

          1. re: Foodguy

            Maybe too late now, but to all--remember the Melting Pot is now in Tacoma! Excellent for romance & and very intimate way to have dinner. Fondue.

          2. re: Leper

            The Cliff House is a great place for a romantic dinner in 1965.

          3. I personally like Black Angus there, yep. It is romantic with the soft leather booths, very private. And they serve good portions of excellent chow, bro.

            I got no problem ever making reservations. Even on Valentines Day. That is somethin' special.

            1. I personally like Black Angus there, yep. It is romantic with the soft leather booths, very private. And they serve good portions of excellent chow, bro.

              I got no problem ever making reservations. Even on Valentines Day. That is somethin' special.

              1. Just in case anyone is still looking for romantic dinners in Tacoma...I've got a good tip. Now, hang with me because at first you won't believe where I'm going to suggest...
                First of all it's way out on Pacific (You can take the scenic drive there by going south on Pacific or take the freeway and get off headed toward Sumner). It's kind of off by itself past a weedy field and some gravel parking lots. That said this place, called Gateway Cottage, is surrounded by big trees and a pretty garden and is a fantastic place for a cozy, winter supper with a special person.
                It has comfy seats, a sparkling fire place, homey decor (but in a good way) and friendly service. The vibe is old-fashioned comfort and so is the menu but there is something for everyone. We've had delicious steaks and pork chops, wonderful salads, crispy coconut prawns. The food is delicious, high quality and prepared with attention to detail. Try it.

                Gateway Cottage
                124 S 146th St
                Tacoma, WA
                (253) 536-8100