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fatassasian Aug 19, 2008 03:05 PM

What are some great restaurants for dinner near Downtown Seattle for this Saturday night?

There will be two of us and we're staying at a hotel Downtown. We won't have a car - so a place that is nearby (or easily reached via public transit or cab) would be appreciated.

Not looking to spend more than $180 all-in for two people (includes a bottle of wine). We've never been to Seattle and would love to experience a great representation of local cuisine.

All types of food are welcome - though French is always a plus! We'd love to eat at a place that really shows off Seattle's strengths (we're tourists from LA).

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    dylinw RE: fatassasian Aug 19, 2008 04:01 PM

    Le Pichet? It's French, downtown, and should be within your budget. Or perhaps Boat Street. Also French, also downtown, and maybe slightly more expensive, but I believe still in your budget.

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      bluedog67 RE: dylinw Aug 19, 2008 04:05 PM

      Campagne is a Seattle classic, in Pike place market, so a true Seattle event. Should be right around your budget, depending on what wine you choose.

      Also, Matt's in the market is great, see the many reviews here, and gives a good taste of Seattle style.

      As above, I also recommend Boat St (just outstide of downtonw area) and le Pichet.

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        fatassasian RE: bluedog67 Aug 19, 2008 04:46 PM

        How does Campagne compare with Cafe Campagne for dinner?

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          firecracker RE: fatassasian Aug 19, 2008 09:06 PM

          Cafe Campagne is less pricey, Fatasian. Food is terrific either place. Blue's suggestions of Matts in the Market and Boat Street are also spot on. Dylinw's suggestion of Le Pichet is also top notch. You won't be disappointed with any of them!

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      cocktailhour RE: fatassasian Aug 19, 2008 10:08 PM

      For Northwest food, I would pick Matt's, Restaurant Zoe, or Flying Fish. Within a cab ride: Sitka and Spruce, Tilth. For French, Le Pichet or Cafe Campagne. I haven't loved Boat Street, but I am in the minority on this site.

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        barleywino RE: cocktailhour Aug 20, 2008 07:21 AM

        all good suggestions but i'm going to go out on a limb and say go to the new gastro-bar Spur (spurseattle.com). Former Tilth chefs. start with sockeye marscapone crostini and corn panna cotta salad and then the sous vide butterfish (black cod) which is one of the most succulent local fish preparations in town. the other dishes are good but not exceptional imo. ask about their foam cocktails (the Empress cocktail rules).

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        kristenmarthabrown RE: fatassasian Aug 20, 2008 02:21 PM

        while you're all on the subject, I'll be up Thursday afternoon - Saturday morning, looking for cheaper downtown seattle eats! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner...And we'll be going out after a play at Intiman Thursday nights, so any great nearby spots for cockails and late eats are appreciated. We're staying at the Moore (did I mention cheap?) we'll have a car, so a short dirve is ok. Any suggestions?

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          bluedog67 RE: kristenmarthabrown Aug 20, 2008 03:14 PM

          The Sitting room is a great drink/app place near the intiman. There are a lot of inexpensive Thai, sushi places within walking of the theater. Ten Mercer and Moxie are decent (haven't been in awhile) a little more upscale, but not over the top.

          Crave is a great place for breakfast on lower capitol hill, just outside downtown.

          Friday lunch - go to Salumi! (unfortunately, you will have to wait in line....but oh, so, yummy). Not expensive

          weekend eats - there is a ton of places in pike place market - check out other reviews on this board. most are reasonably priced.

          The international district has great asian choices that won't break the bank.

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            laurahutch RE: bluedog67 Aug 21, 2008 03:33 PM

            I'd say Moxie is better than decent (certainly higher quality than Ten Mercer) but I would say it's slightly over-the-top price-wise. I mean, not insane but a little gulp-inducing.

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          laurahutch RE: fatassasian Aug 21, 2008 03:40 PM

          I'd recommend Union although it may be pricier than you're hoping for. I mean, I think you can get out for $180 for two but you might need to be careful. That said, total NW ingredients shown off to beautiful effect. Not French but really stunning.

          I am not in love with Cafe Campagne's dinner menu although brunch is GREAT! Not gonna get much for dinner in the way of local cuisine.

          And while I wouldn't say the food at Place Pigalle in the market is stellar it's better than good (and Northwest-inspired French or would that be French-inspired Northwest), the view is so lovely and, if you're a couple, it's very romantic. And I think the price is right with the added benefit that it seems like a very un-LA place.

          Have fun!

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            FoodDee RE: laurahutch Aug 21, 2008 05:43 PM

            Union's website is now showing the food divided into 3 price categories, $14, $16 and $18. I would think it would be pretty easy to stay under $180 if you are careful with the price on the wine.

            The bar at Campagne is also an option. You can do small plates off the bar menu and they also will serve off the regular menu. Probably nicer than Cafe Campagne and a way to eat the food from the main restaurant and keep the price down.

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