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Apr 23, 2009 02:28 PM

Help choosing restaurants in Seattle?

We have one weekend and a limitless budget; one of us is Vegetarian. Please suggest restaurants that not only have fabulous, flawless food, but also great service and beautiful decor.

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    1. re: PAO

      Second Rovers. Excellent food. The only two downsides to Rovers are cost (but you really do get what you pay for, imo, it's just a bit too spendy to be more than a couple times a year place for me) and the tables are a bit close together. If budget isn't a concern, I'd choose Rovers in a heartbeat, veg or non-veg. YUM.

      I'd also visit Cafe Flora (right down the street from Rovers) for excellent veg food.

      I've only been to Tilth once, but that once was bad enough that I wouldn't recomend it.

      1. re: Earl of Sandwich

        If you have limitless budget, I'd pick Rover's over Tilth, even though I have enjoyed Tilth. Tilth can be crowded and noisy and it's a casual place (unless, of course, that's what you want). Rover's is a special occasion place that has maintained its high standards for a long, long time. It's in an old house. The service will be impeccable. The noise level will be low. Despite this, I have never found it stuffy.

        Tilth is a 3.5 star place. Rovers is a 5.

      2. I'm a vegetarian and my husband is an indiscriminate omnivore. We like the below if I had to come up with a quick list...

        1. Union If they don’t have any vegetarian items on the menu, the chef would make something special for me

        2. Café Juanita it’s located in Kirkland (20 minute from Seattle), the service and food are impeccable

        3. Troiani we seem to always enjoy our meals here and I do like the roominess of the restaurant

        4. Elemental owned by a lovely couple with a changing menu, pairs wine with every course. No reservations for the few small tables, so the wait can be long if you arrive late.

        5. Black Bottle has a good vibe and lively crowd, most items have meat, but they had a yummy veg section

        For full vegetarian fare, Café Flora is great. Another is Carmelita, but I think it’s a bit overpriced.

        I love brunches at Macrina Bakery... in belltown.

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        1. re: hchiu

          I absolutely agree that Cafe Juanita is fabulous in every way--I prefer it to Rovers as my go to special occasion restaurant. And if you have a limitless budget, a great place to go. They usually have some vegetarian items on the menu. The vegetarian choices at Rover's, however, will likely be somewhat greater in number.

        2. Thank you all for the great suggestions!