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Need suggestions for birthday dinner

lisaf Jan 8, 2009 01:48 PM

I was thinking of trying a new place for my husband's birthday. His favorite restaurant closed last spring, Mistral, which is where he normally likes to go. Lately we are in a rut and go to our favorites: Lola, Nishino, Nell's, and Jak's. Open to most cuisines. His favorites are Italian, Japanese, steak, seafood, and Mediterranean. He is a self described foody, but is not a big fan of the small plate trend or anything too eclectic. Examples of what he was disappointed with include Harvest Wine and Lark. Expensive is fine, so long as there is value. Priority is food, followed by service, then atmosphere.

Central Seattle is most convenient but we are willing to travel if the food warrants.

  1. terrier Jan 8, 2009 04:28 PM

    I'd give Spinasse a try. Have been a few times now and it's consistently excellent.

    Do be aware that unless you have a party of 4 and can reserve the table by the window, you'll be seated at a communal table. (Or the bar, which I actually find the most comfortable place to sit with my better half when we're just 2 - but that's first-come first-serve)

    I'd prefer a more traditional table arrangement, but the food - every dish we've had, every time we've been - has been simply perfect, so we deal with it. (The atmosphere is quite nice as well.)

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      PAO Jan 8, 2009 05:26 PM

      Cafe Juanita (high end Italian in Kirkland--no red sauces here!), Rover's (high end nouveau NW French in Madison Park), Le Gourmand, (high end NW French in Ballard--no, I'm not kidding), or Trellis (NW--in Kirkland). Each has a website except for Le Gourmand (or if it has one, I've never found it). I have had consistently excellent meals at the first three and an excellent meal at Trellis the one time we went. We're planning to go to Trellis again this month. The first three have been around a long time, which says something. Trellis is newish.

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      1. re: PAO
        lisaf Jan 9, 2009 11:07 AM

        I agree about Cafe Juanita and have been a few times. My only concern about French is a dairy allergy. How accomodating are they at Le Gourmand and Rover's? Usually when I tell a waiter at a French restaurant "no butter, milk or cheese" they usually turn pale and give me a deer in the headlights look.

        1. re: lisaf
          PAO Jan 9, 2009 12:21 PM

          I don't know. Give them a call and find out.

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        bourbongal Jan 8, 2009 07:14 PM

        How about Il Terrazzo Carmine near Pioneer Square? I love the Italian there. Service is great and it is also quite romantic.

        1. natalie.warner Jan 9, 2009 07:28 AM

          Volterra, Restaurant Zoe, Matt's in the Market, Shiro's, Barolo

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            Lauren Jan 9, 2009 08:40 AM

            Volterra for Italian and Union for seafood.

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              bigred10 Jan 9, 2009 10:02 PM

              Restaurant Zoe sounds perfect for you... It is Fantastic food that is"foodie" enough for a foodie and "normal" enough for a lay-man. Hands down my favorite restaurant in Seattle. Always a great meal. Loud, but romantic enough to not be gush-y

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                zoogrrrl Jan 10, 2009 09:17 PM

                How about Cafe Lago? Fabulous wood oven pizza and pastas!

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