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Feb 21, 2008 08:28 AM

Seattle: Decent food, water view, quiet?

Anniversary coming up. We want to eat out and naturally thought of the "biggie" places but have come to our senses and all we want is a place on the water with decent food and not jazzy. Doesn't have to be Seattle - we would go up or down the coast for a good place.

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  1. Six Seven at the Edgewater or Canlis, although could be too "jazzy," depending on yr taste. It's not as easy as one might think to find solid waterside dining in Seattle.

    1. Waterfront Grill (or if you want something really quiet but with slightly less of a water view, Chez Shea or Maximiliens)

      1. If you're up for a drive, how about the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive? Great view of Samish Bay (especially good if you can time it for sunset) and very nice food.

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        1. re: Freida

          I've always wondered about that place. I think we stopped in years ago for a drink around sunset and the place was empty. Is the food all that good?

          1. re: Finspot

            There are three places along Chuckanut: the Chuckanut Manor is a sort of retro place with a weekend smorgasbord and average food. The Oyster Creek Inn is set back on a ravine, is a bit fancier and has some really good dishes. The Oyster Bar is the fanciest. I've only been there twice, once for dinner and once for lunch, and both times it was a good experience, both food and service. Depending on the time of year, though, any of those places can be pretty dead - it's a long twisty drive in the dark in winter.

            1. re: Freida

              I had heard about Oyster Bar for a long time and always meant to go there and this looked like a great opportunity. But it's our 50th, meaning that we are seriously geezer and the "long twisty drive" scares the socks off me. We've been by the place in daytime and I recall now how really really twisty the road is. No place to stay nearby. <sigh>. This summer, though...

          2. re: Freida

            I also recommend The Oyster Bar. Very romantic. It's your Anniversary? Get a room at the Majestic Hotel in Anacortes, the next day have breakfast at The Drift Inn. If you really want to travel NOTHING beats the Sooke Harbor House near Victoria for both food & lodging.

            1. re: Freida

              The food at the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut is fine but definitely not worth driving up all the way from Seattle. I think people tend to overstate how good the cuisine is because it's the best place in the area to go for a nice meal. Again though, there are many other options in Seattle that I think you would find to be much better.

            2. six seven at EDGEWATER is my pick

              1. Ray's Boathouse in Shilshole.

                'Nuf ced.

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                1. re: Square Business

                  Ray's always works for me so I second that. If you tell them it's your anniversary, they may keep a window seat for you (they won't guarantee it). Or try Place Pigalle in the Market -- it does not have an expansive view but it is quiet and romantic

                  1. re: bourbongal

                    I second Place Pigalle .. very romantic, a sweet peek of a view and don't they have valet parking in the market? ... somehow great food, nice atmosphere and on the water are a tough combo around here, go figure.

                    1. re: oliveoyl

                      I third (or fourth) Place Pigalle. I think it's way romantic, the food is good and I love their view.

                  2. re: Square Business

                    I concur on Ray's Boathouse. Great view. Great happy hour.