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Nov 26, 2008 09:20 AM

Help needed finding a place to eat after concert in Seattle.

I need some help finding somewhere to eat after Holiday Concert at the Seattle Symphony on a Sunday afternoon/evening. I need it affordable since I will be paying for a party of six. I live in Auburn and rarely get out. Thanks.

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  1. Try 13 Coins. For about five years I ate breakfast at 13 Coins almost every Saturday. It is a bone fide Seattle institution. Historically it has been famous for many things including huge portions, huge number of choices, huge chairs to watch the open kitchen cooking, and huge waits during busy times. The food was outstanding and reasonably priced, all things considered.

    Over the years it has changed hands. The portions have gone down a bit, as have the crowds. Nonetheless, the food is still good. I had lunch there, opting for a good Caesar and adding crab to it - yummy. My friend, Linda, had a frittata which is still huge and still tasty.

    I still recommend it, especially if you want something in the middle of the night when nothing else is open. Visit them online at I have some additional Seattle restaurant reviews on my personal blog at

    1. I do not recommend 13 coins. It is not particularly near Benaroya Hall, and it is expensive for what you get in terms of food quality.

      It'd help to know what you considered 'affordable' - you will find it tough to get out of any sit-down restaurant within a half-mile of the symphony hall for under $20/head after tax and tip, even if nobody in your party has a drink.

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      1. re: terrier

        I have to agree with terrier on 13 Coins.

        You might want to consider Typhoon on Western. It's close to BH, and I remember the prices as being not too high. Fairly decent Thai food.

        1400 Western Ave, Seattle, WA

      2. Taste at SAM is very close by. They have small plate options and pretty good food. You could make it a family style and try a bunch of it.

        1. Terrier is right on all counts.

          Sunday is a problem, as many restaurants are closed on Sundays. And the price range may be a problem considering the locale and depending on what is affordable to you. Perhaps this isnt' what you had in mind, but one idea is to drive your party down to the ID (a bus is also possible--unfortunately, the bus tunnel is closed on Sundays but surface buses are available; if your party consists of walkers, it's a nice but long walk) and go to a Chinese restaurant. With Chinese restaurants, you can usually call ahead and negotiate with them on the menu and how much per head you want to pay. That way, you've already preordered and you know what the cost is (unless someone in your party decides to order alcohol). Whether you could do that with a party as small as six, I don't know, but you could call and find out.

          1. Mediterranean Kitchen:
            366 Roy St, 285-6713. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 pm; dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 5-10:30 pm, Sun 4-9:30 pm.
            Order the Farmer's Dish (Garlic chicken wings - wow).
            Purchase of this entree will qualify you to buy the Mezza Tray, another wow.

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            1. re: mrnelso

              The symphony is no longer at the Seattle Center/ It's on 3d Avenue between Union and University, downtown

              1. re: PAO

                Thank you - I guess I was asleep for a decade there...
                Zaina has good food and prices.
                Pike Place Market is a feast if your timing works.
                El Puerco Lloron is downright cheap and good.
                Pan African Market has good Ethiopian and decent decor.

              2. re: mrnelso

                I believethe Roy St branch of Mediterranean Kitchen has closed.
                Symphony hall is downtown and not near Seattle Center.
                Most nearyby restaurants are fairly expensive; if upscale pizza works for you you might try Tom Douglas "Serious Pie" at 316 Virginia ( six blocks away) might work, beer, wine and pizza with high quality ingredients.
                The alternate as suggested is the I.D. Shanghai Gardens is a classic option.

                1. re: mrnelso

                  Mediterranean Kitchen on Roy has been closed for some time now. Unfortunately, the Bellevue location is not nearly as good.