Going to Seattle for the weekend ,looking for suggestions for dinner .
I will be Seattle for this weekend and would like to try restaurants that are in the downtown area.
We will be staying very close to the Pike Market.
Go to Etta's - don't remember the adr - it's WONDERFUL
It's one of Tom Douglas' places
We ended up going there twice while we were in Seattle for 4 days!!!!
Meant to try his other places, but didn't have enough time - he has 4 restaurants
Also "Flying Fish" got high marks from locals
if you have a car...and don't mind going out of city center i'd suggest the stumbling goat bistro...by far the best restaurant.
in the afternoon, get some pastries and artisanal chocolates at Essential Bakery (ok, not really downtown, but worth a cab ride) and have a picnic on top of the hill at Gasworks park looking at Seattle skyline. Come back downtown, start with a Douglas fir martini at Cascadia, then some Stellar Bay oysters at the Brooklyn, then Dungeness crab tart and sablefish at Chez Shea, then a huckleberry w/ melon sorbet dessert at Union...retire to the lounge at Licorous for some drinks...other ideas, anybody?
I love Barleywino's suggestions, especially the recommendation for Chez Shea which, in addition to having a stellar but reasonably-priced prix fixe menu that incorporates lots of fresh, seasonal ingredients, has a lovely intimate and secret feel (especially the lounge), and a wonderful view. Eat brunch at Cafe Campagne, lunch at the Baguette box, have cocktails at the Zig Zag on the Pike Street Hillclimb, have sushi at Shiro and NW comfort food at Zoe. If money is no object, definitely go to Mistral.
A lot of Seattle's most innovative restaurants are not right downtown, so if you don't mind taking a cab, we can all offer LOTS more suggestions. Enjoy!
i'd sit at the bar at le pichet .. then wander down to union and sit at the bar .. then i'd head over to the palace kitchen for a slice of coconut cream pie .. a nice walk between them all & the weather is great right now!
Essential Bakery is good for bread, but their pastries are underwhelming. If it is pastry you're after, I would recommend Cafe Besalu, or the brioche from Belle's Buns in Pike Place market. I do like ssusu's suggestions--Mistral for high-end, Baguette Box for sandwiches, Cafe Campagne for brunch, and would like to also suggest Porcella in Bellevue if you don't mind the 15 minute drive. Excellent charcuterie, especially the chorizo and saucisse sec. I also really love the rabbit and foie gras pate.
There's also Lark, Cremant, Crush, and Crow for moderately-priced dinner options. My gf's favourite midrange restaurant is Harvest Vine (tapas).