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Oct 4, 2006 10:06 PM

Seattle Area -- Wedding Present Recommendation (Restaurants)

Greetings fellow Chowhounds,

Long time lurker, first time poster. A friend of mine is getting married & I want to give the new couple a wedding gift of an evening out in Seattle.

Can I get some recommendations for great romantic locals only restaurants?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Phooi, What a nice wedding present idea! (Much better than a toaster blanket.) If you've been lurking, you know that Chez Shea is always on everyone's short list when romantic restaurants are discussed. But my suggestion is Il Terrazo Carmine. Ever since Lady & The Tramp, Italian food has ruled for romance and Il Terrazo's offerings are exceptional. And their professional service will ensure the evening's success.

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    1. re: Leper

      Thanks for recommendations! I wish I could take credit for the idea but I received such a gift from a friend & have always found it very thoughtful. As for the lurking, I have been on the Los Angeles boards. Thus my need for Seattle Chowhound experts.

      1. re: Leper

        I second Chez Shea...a very unique Seattle experience. I love that it overlooks the Market. Canlis is very romantic too...but not as quaint.

      2. Terrazo carmine is a fine choice but some locals like to stay away from pioneer square. Mistral would be another good choice but they would have to be really good friends since it comes with a hefty pricetag.

        1. depending on your budget, dinner at the Herbfarm restaurant followed by an evening at the Willows Lodge across the street from the restaurant, or some fraction thereof (maybe more than one of you can chip in for this together)

          1. At Canlis, a lovely Seattle-only restaurant with a fantastic view, you can book the room upstairs -- it only seats 2-4 -- called "the Cache." It costs $100 for the room, then dinner will be $200-$300.

            1. The following questions will help me (and others) offer the best suggestions:

              What is your budget? I assume you want that to include wine, tax, and tip.

              What sort of food do they like? How adventurous are they? Do you want a formal atmosphere?

              Will a bottle of modest wine do or do they care about great wine?

              How long have they lived in Seattle? Where else have they lived?

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              1. re: BruceB


                To answer your questions:

                - I would like to spend about $100.
                - My guess is that they would prefer a casual to moderate atmosphere. Definitely not too fancy nor stuffy. My friend enjoys good food but not sure about his wife so I would say stay away from "adventurous".
                - They are not wine people.
                - He has lived in Seattle for over 10 years. Prior to that, he lived in San Francisco. Not sure about his wife.

                Hope this helps.