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An important dinner in Seattle

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I’m proposing to my girlfriend towards the end of this month. I’m flying her parents out to Seattle to visit and meet my parents for the first time. I’m looking for recommendations on a great restaurant for this occasion. Her parents are from Los Angeles so they’ve been exposed to good seafood however this will be their first time in Seattle. I’m more than willing to pay for a great meal, but I want the setting to also highlight what’s good about Seattle. Maybe with a view, maybe with local seafood specialties, etc. I’m looking for a place that can accommodate 6 comfortably, but not too fancy and up tight of a place that people will feel uncomfortable talking and laughing.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. congratulations! you will certainly be pleased with ray's boarhouse (downstairs) or go to dahlia lounge and hope everything lines up that night. steelhead diner, though satisfying your need for a view, great food and a very casual ambiance, may be a tad downscale for this momentous event.

    1. I'd go to the Waterfront Seafood Grill down on the waterfront. It's got a great view, the food is outstanding, service really top notch and you can get a fun Emerald City volcano (baked alaska type dessert set alight tableside). WSG is on the expensive side, but worth it, imo.

      Rays is also a great choice. Another view resto possibility is Saltys on Alki. The food isn't, imo, as good as WSG or Rays, but it is good and the view is spectacular.

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      1. re: akq

        Salty's sounds too casual for what you want. I second downstairs at Ray's, and add Canlis. Beautiful view, fine service, but maybe falls into the "too fancy and up tight." I also second Dahlia--no view, but the atmosphere is great and it still represents Seattle food in the best possible way.

      2. If you really want a great meal specializing in local seafood with a view in a comfortable setting I would recommend Matt's in the Market. It's not downscale but it's not special occasion either. I love the place.

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        1. re: Lauren

          Second Matt's in the Market. The view is quintessential Seattle, the food is better than Rays/Waterfront/Saltys.

          1. re: Lauren

            Matt's is a great suggestion. You can't go wrong with Ray's or Canlis, either. Definitely skip Salty's - the food is just not that good. Waterfront Seafood Grill is also great, but man it seems to have really gotten expensive -- 7 of us spent close to $1000 there about 6 months ago. I have not been tempted to go back because of that. You could also consider Palisade in Magnolia.

          2. The first things that shot into my mind were Dahlia, Palace Kitchen and Matt's, in decreasing order of formality. I've been burnt one too many times by Ray's.

            1. I can't think of anything that would be more memorable than receiving a proposal at Canlis. It's 100% class. My guy took me there for our first VDay 25 years ago and it's a memory I'll aways treasure.