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Lunch Recommendations in Seattle for Friday afternoon

fedwawa Jul 11, 2008 10:48 PM

I have a friend coming in from out of town. I have a toddler and haven't been out for AGES. I need a good place to go for lunch for a leisurely, delicious lunch place. My friend needs good seafood. I'm looking for something tasty and a great, but not too loud ambience. We are all adventurous eaters. It doesn't have to be cheap but I don't want to go overboard. I have the following list so far:
Maximillian in the Market
Le Pichet
Matt's in the Market
Chez Shea
Fish Club at the Waterfront Marriot

What do you think? Thanks for your suggestions!

  1. barleywino Jul 12, 2008 06:57 AM

    i don't think Chez Shea does lunch. Matt's is good but can be very loud. You might add Taste restaurant (in the Seattle Art Museum) to your list for lunch, they have some nice booths too which you might be able to reserve.

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      Lauren Jul 12, 2008 10:08 AM

      I would go to Place Pigalle instead of Maximillian's. I've eaten at both a few times recently and Place Pigalle was much better every time.

      Given the criteria of leisurely, delicious and seafood I would choose Matt's in the Market. A caveat, I have never met a restaurant that I thought was loud, including Matt's.

      Please take Fish Club off your list. It is truly awful.

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        akq Jul 12, 2008 05:44 PM

        I agree with Lauren - take Fish Club off your list. Also, Le Pichet is not known for seafood - not sure if they serve any seafood to speak of, in fact. And, Chez Shea isn't open for lunch.

        If you want a leisurely, quiet lunch on a Friday in Seattle during the summer, I am not sure I'd focus my resto choices around the market...

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          blue2000 Jul 13, 2008 08:35 AM

          If you are focused around the market, I would consider Ettas. A little touristy, but lately I've had incredibly good meals there with very nice service and no rush. Nice preparations of seafood too.

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          1. re: blue2000
            fedwawa Jul 13, 2008 08:54 PM

            i am not attached to the market area at all. i'm up for any area in seattle. please keep the suggestions coming....

          2. litagent Jul 13, 2008 11:16 AM

            If you are planning on Matt's make a reservation or get there when they open at 11:30. I don't find it overly noisy.

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            1. re: litagent
              barleywino Jul 13, 2008 10:19 PM

              i don't find it too loud either, but if the OP requests "not too loud", i assume they are more sensitive to noise (at least for this particular occasion) than the rest of us may be

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              PrinBuf Jul 16, 2008 10:27 AM

              I have had a delicious lunch of seafood at Steelhead Diner. Casual and Fun atmosphere. Terrific Food.

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              1. re: PrinBuf
                akq Jul 16, 2008 11:31 AM

                Although I know a lot of people like the Steelhead Diner, I've had two disappointing experiences there. I don't find their food to be very good, it is a bit overpriced IMP, and it gets pretty noisy. I also wouldn't call lunch there a leisurely experience - just too much going on and tables too close together.

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                nseattlefoodie Jul 16, 2008 10:50 AM

                I think having said "not too loud" I would have to rule out Matt's and Steelhead Diner. Matt's is one of my favorite restaurants in the city, but the new large space does get quite loud some days. And I have to agree with the others, take Fish Club off your list, and I don't think Le Pichet ever has much of a seafood offering.

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