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Help me decide on dinner in Seattle

dandgchow Jun 27, 2007 04:46 PM

My husband and I are long overdue for a night out together. We have a 5-month old, so the dates are few and far between. This coming week, we have a chance to do dinner and I want to try someplace new (to us). I've narrowed it down to 4 places. Please help me decide between:

Sitka and Spruce
35th St Bistro
Boat Street Kitchen


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    de_soie RE: dandgchow Jun 27, 2007 05:29 PM

    I love 35th street bistro, although I can't comment on how it is since their head chef left.

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      lisaf RE: dandgchow Jun 27, 2007 05:36 PM

      I haven't been to any of those, but have heard good things about Sitka and Spruce and was meaning to get there myself. Let us know where you end up going and how it is. Enjoy your date.

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        Lauren RE: dandgchow Jun 28, 2007 09:33 AM

        I haven't been to Sitka and Spruce but it's high on my list. Of the other three, I would rank them in this order:
        #1 Boat Street
        #2 35th Street
        #3 Betty

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          cocktailhour RE: dandgchow Jun 28, 2007 02:32 PM

          I have been to all but 35th Street Bistro. Sitka and Spruce is my first choice. The only caveat is that they don't take reservations, so there can be a long wait. We stood at the bar and had a glass of wine and we were fine, but we didn't have to hurry home to meet a babysitter. I thought Boat Street was way overrated, but it is a nice atmosphere and might be just the right atmosphere for a first trip out. Betty is a good restaurant, but not so special or unique that it's worth traveling for. It would probably be my third choise, 35th street being second.

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            staffstuff RE: dandgchow Jun 28, 2007 05:15 PM

            I wouldn't go to Sitka and Spruce for a 'long-overdue romantic evening'.The atmosphere and vibe is not what I would choose. I had an excellent dinner at Cucina De Ra on the corner of Western & Broad....truly authentic Italian...with excellent views of the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Garden..which is a lovely place to stroll together after a yummy dinner there & watch the sun go down over Puget Sound.

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              itsonlyfood RE: dandgchow Jun 30, 2007 07:18 PM

              I agree; for what you want the vibe at Sitka is not right. We have always enjoyed
              Boat Street. Great food, great staff.

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                mr.nelso RE: dandgchow Jun 30, 2007 11:21 PM

                For something a little less along the "daytime" line, try Asteroid.

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                  stolenchange RE: dandgchow Jun 30, 2007 11:58 PM

                  I love 35th street, but that's the only place on the list i've been to.

                  That said, the ambience there is quite nice (aka casual romantic) after 7pmish.
                  I've heard Sitka and Spruce is nice but not for table lingerers. Reviews about the service at Betty have not been good and bad service can ruin a night out. Don't know much about Boat Street other than a friend of mine saying that the food is consistently inconsistent.

                  I say go to 35th street b/c imo, the food has been consistently wonderful and the cheese board is to die for.

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                    dandgchow RE: dandgchow Jul 18, 2007 01:32 PM

                    We ended up going to 35th St Bistro. Ambiance and service were very good. Food was decent, but definitely didn't knock my socks off. I had a simple green salad followed by scallops. I didn't actually think the scallops themselves were very fresh (we went on a Sunday). But the preparation was good (I fail to remember the details here). My husband had a very nice beet salad followed by steak frites. He was happy with both, though I thought the steak was less than fabulous. Thanks for all the recommendations. Next time, I think we'll try Boat Street since it's been on our list for ages!

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