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I've got a birthday celebration coming up and would like some chowhounders ideas. I'm looking for a restaurant which either takes reservations or one is almost guaranteed to be seated without waiting. Good service is a must. It can be a forgotten 20 year old favorite or the new kid on the block, I am not interested in the scene. Most important is the food. I'm looking for dishes that are creative and taste wonderful. Meat and seafood are okay but I prefer those items as garnishes or flavor enhancers to a plant based menu. Some examples of places I enjoy the cooking are How to Cook a Wolf, Rover's, Opal, and Carmalita. I have been disappointed with Crush and Lark. Please post your ideas, thanks!

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  1. Tilth, Brasserie Margaux, Brasa..check their menus for plant-based options, though.

    1. Boat Street. Matt's in the Market.

      1. Have you investigated Marco's Supperclub? I haven't been there in a while, but it's certainly a forgotten favorite. They have a nice patio too, if the weather ever improves. http://www.marcossupperclub.com
        I'd call about the menu...the one listed is old.

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        Marco's Supper Club
        2510 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        1. Thanks for the ideas. I haven't eaten at Marco's for years but it was a favorite when it first opened. I really like Marjorie, his ex partners place. I guess I'm fantasizing about finding some unknown great place that will blow you away with it's cooking.

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          1. re: Bethwick

            If you like Wolf, what about Tavolata or Union for a celebratory dinner?

          2. If your celebration falls on a weekend, I would make a reservation at Art of the Table in Fremont. They have a Weekend Supper Club, offering a customized four-course, prix fixe menu.The food is fabulous and the atmosphere is low-key. Ask for plant-based menu options.... I'm sure they can accommodate.

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            1. re: sassyseattle

              Art of the Table is a great idea. Definitely give Dustin and Laurie a call.
              206.282.0942 info@artofthetable.net

            2. I would suggest Lampreia in Belltown. We celebrated my partner's birthday there last October and the food was fantastic. I will not forget the diver's scallop they brought to the table or the chocolate dumplings we had for dessert. The vegetable dishes were absolutely fresh and creative. The service was stellar and I had a lovely conversation with Scott Carsberg the chef/owner.

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              1. re: bourbongal

                I have heard the future of Lampreia is in question - anyone have news?

                1. re: bluedog67

                  Moving, not closing.

              2. We ended up going to Tilth for my birthday. I had been there last fall and was not impressed, but this time the food was fabulous. Of the six dished we shared my favorites were the zucchini salad and the gnudi. (I have got to try making homemade cheese!) Service was slow so we skipped dessert. Great meatless food.