Where to take friends for special dinner in Seattle?
I'll be in Seattle in two weeks for a friend's wedding and I wanted to take a small group of people (5 including myself) out for dinner on a Sunday night.
I'm not concerned about price. However, I'd like something casual or business casual where we can enjoy a nice atmosphere and some good wine (or other type of beverage). No steakhouses or seafood-only joints (one non-meat eater and one non-seafood eater in the group, though a seafood restaurant with a variety of non-seafood options can work).
Thanks in advance for suggestions!
Everything is casual or business casual here in Seattle.
If you're really not concerned about price and someone in your party has a car, I recommend Cafe Juanita, an Italian restaurant near Kirkland. The chef just won a well-deserved James Beard award for top NW chef. They have a nice wine list, albeit pricy. http://www.cafejuanita.com/
Alternatively, for an even pricier option, but with more vegetarian choices, you could try Rover's, here in Seattle--French with NW influences. www.rovers-seattle.com
It also has a lovely but pricy wine list.
Either of these easily fits the bill for a "special" dinner. Attire ranges from dressed up to business casual or casual. Could you show up in a tank top and flip flops? I don't know--that might be a little far. . ..
Rover's is a wonderful, very expensive special occasion restaurant. However, when I ate there, I was one of a handful of men not wearing a jacket. I was comfortable there in just a tie, but I would not consider this a casual place by any means!
Dahlia can be a crowd pleaser, but many like Palace Kitchen (same owner) better; not as upscale, but food is great here.
Harvest Vine (Basque cuisine)
Ben, I suggest the Dahlia Lounge. It always seems to please a variety of people with diverse tastes and has a very nice atmosphere. Service tends to be more professional than most Belltown eateries. Don't miss the donuts in a bag for desert.
Purple. Its a wine bar/resto in downtown. Very nice atmosphere, good food, great wine list. Call ahead for reservations.
Union is great. I would highly recommend Restaurant Zoe, too, I always have a great time and great food there, and my veggie husband always enjoys it.
Cafe Flora is an all-veg restaurant that does an amazing job, and many non-vegetarains love too. Ray's Boathouse doesn't have veg. options on the menu, but puts together beautiful veg. options!