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Seattle - business lunch for 12

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Hi, I'm a Bay Area lurker/poster - hoping you guys can help me out.

I need to organize a time-restricted (90 min.) luncheon for 12 in Seattle next month. The other restriction is location - they will be on Elliott @ Cedar for a meeting, and then need to head north on I-5 after lunch. Ideally, the restaurant would be on the way or in between.

They are eating at Earth & Ocean the night before, so that is out.

It shouldn't be too expensive - Earth & Ocean had a $20 prix fixe lunch, which would have been just right.

They don't need a private room - just somewhere they could have a corner to themselves. PNW food would be great (they are Europeans).

Thanks so much!!

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  1. Maximiliens in the Market (1st and Pike) (Alsatian bistro)http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/
    if you are driving you can park in the garage on Union st (1 block south of Pike) between 1st and 2nd

    1. Maximillien's is always a good suggestion. However, since the visitors are all Europeans, do they want French food while in Seattle? I suggest 94 Stewart Street as it offers Pacific Northwest fare and some unusual dishes I think the visitors would enjoy.

      1. Salumi does lunches for groups of about that size. Actually, they may be limited to groups of 8, but they are worth a call. I think standard is $35 per person, but they are great for European visitors. I suggest having a member call and ask to speak with Armendino, or maybe write him a letter so his staff doesn't get a chance to shut you down. Armo is an interesting guy and will sometimes surprise you.

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        1. re: mrnelso

          Yes! Call Salumi tomorrow! (er, today!) You can also talk to Gina about booking the back room.

        2. I say Waterfront Seafood Grill on Pier 70. Elegant, upscale
          and great seafood. For lunch you may get by for $20 or so
          without drinks. Parking is easy on the pier right in front of the place (valet). It would be an easy drive, less than 5 minutes, to the Mercer on-ramp for north I-5. URL: http://www.waterfrontpier70.com/water...

          1. I have always found Salumi around lunchtime to be very slow (long waits in line to order) and since their menu is predominantly cured meats and sandwiches, you either love it or hate it...don't know whether there is convenient parking nearby either

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            1. re: barleywino

              It's definitely not fast food, but there's no line for the private lunches in the back.

            2. The New Elysian Fields just north of Seahawks stadium is great for a large group. They have reasonable food and great beer.

              1. November is also 25 for $25, so if budget is a concern, perhaps see if one of these restaurants will extend their $12.50 to your group.


                1. Salumi is not sometihng I would suggest at all for a business lunch party of 12.

                  Depending on how far north on I-5 you are going, there is a marvelous new place called Hill's, in Shoreline/Richmond Beach. Convenient to freeway. Lovely dining room, staff, and two chef co-owners who know what they are doing. Try the seafood chowder before anything else. Fish is a central theme here, although there's something for everyone.

                  1. if you are headed north on I5, you might also consider Kisaku for lunch. Closed Tuesdays. They actually do have a private room, not sure the exact capacity. YOu can order either from the lunch menu (e.g. bento box) or dinner menu. (From I5, exit 45th/50th st, take 50th st west a few blocks then Meridian north to 55th st and turn right). Try the Gekkakow vintage daiginjo sake (chilled) if you want a treat (ask for some fried aji bone to go with).

                    1. None of these suggestions seem to meet the requested location, speed, or atmosphere. Flying Fish is nearby and excellent. However, since they are participating in the 25 for $25 promotion, they will be full, so you need their promise to speed you through.

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                      1. re: BruceB

                        No promise from Flying Fish is worth beans in my experience. Every time I've been I've had reservations but ended up waiting in the front for at least 30 minutes, followed by a solid 15 minute wait at the table for service.

                      2. Merci mille fois for all your responses!!

                        Especially to the tipoff about the promotion going on in November - wowsers. I've booked the private room at Fish Club - hope that is up to Chowhound's standards ;) The PNW food was a plus, as was the location and the prix fixe just can't be beat.

                        Other suggestions were noted, but didn't work for one reason or another. But I'm definitely keeping them in mind for future reference. You guys were great.

                        1. Barolo @ 7th & Westlake: Stellar business lunch location.


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                          1. re: Kelly Deen

                            Anybody else been to Barolo? What is its menu like, and how'd the food quality?