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May 25, 2009 09:57 AM

3 Dining Options on a Seattle Visit

I grew up originally in Seattle, but currently live in Minneapolis and am gearing up for a visit in June. We are looking for 3 Dining options Thurs, Friday and Saturday and are really interested in almost any suggestions. We love the foodie type restaurants and have really enjoyed Lola and the Dahlia Lounge in the past, but are really open to any suggestions; higher end or even fast casual. Just looking for some can't miss places. We are staying at the Inn at the Market on Thursday and Friday night and really appreciate any suggestions.

Thursday and Friday night - Any thing close in downtown - thursday night we get in and would love to try something new. We were thinking something like Etta's or maybe even Campagne in our hotel. Friday is along the same lines and we are meeting 4 other people.

Saturday is a little more complicated. My family and their kids are meeting us before the M's game at 7. 11 total, 4 of them are kids. Would have to eat at 5 and ideally close to the stadium. Still want a nice place, but some where mellow, as many of the kids are younger 3-4. Our boy is 5 but is a fantastic diner and has been to many great restaurants in town. Thanks in advance.

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  1. i just ate ay etta's two nights ago and it was awesome.

    1. Tango is fantastic. They have tapas so you can order many small bites, or you can order the paella which will easily feed 4-6 people. They are in walking distance from downtown, on Pike just over the freeway.

      Any of the Tom Douglas restaurants are close in and fantastic. Etta's overlooks the Pike Place market, and Serious Pie is a really fabulous pizzeria with inventive menu options. But there are at least three others to pick from. See his site at

      RIght there in the market you can grab all sorts of great food and walk down to the park at the north end - you could get some treats at piroshki piroshki, some fruits from Sosios, and even some takeout dolmas and hummus from Sabra - and have a picnic if the weather cooperates.

      Tango Restaurant
      1100 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

      1. Thursday or Friday
        Matt's in the Market would be a good choice (I recommend reservations) for great seafood
        Txori for unique Spanish tapas
        Tavolata for fantastic pasta dishes

        M's game day
        Elysian Fields - arrive early as it gets big crowds.

        Matt's In the Market
        94 Pike St Ste 32, Seattle, WA 98101

        Elysian Fields
        542 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

        2207 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        2323 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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        1. re: frygirl

          What about somewhere in the ID for the night out w/ kids? Close to the stadium and always family friendly, and fun for little ones. Tamarind Tree or Green Leaf for Vietnamese or Shanghai Garden for chinese. My kids love the green shaved noodles. Sea Garden is always fun, too.

          1. re: bluedog67

            Tamarind Tree seconded. Not to be missed and good for moderate sized groups like yours.

            I'd go Elysian over Skillet trailer. The food last week (M's-Angels series)was variable in quality.

        2. If it's nice on game day, you might want to try Skillet Street Food, which is an air stream that dishes out moderately gourmet roach coach food -- think Wagyu sliders. They've lately been parked in the vacant lot across the street from the Ballpark.

          For downtown dinners, I personally like Palace among the Tom Douglas options, probably followed by Serious Pie. Both get really crowded and don't take reservations. In Belltown, Txori (tapas), Tavolata (upscale Italian), and Kushi Bar (Japanese bar food) are all great.

          Close to your hotel, you also can't go wrong with Le Pichet (French) at 1st between Pine and Virginia.

          1. If you can't get into Matt's at the Market on Thursday or Friday evenings, try Chez Shea on the same floor of the Market as Matt's. CS has been there for years and is still terrific! Steelhead Diner would be another option for really good NW fare.

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            1. re: firecracker

              Any thoughts or feelings about Waterfront Seafood Grill? A friend just mentioned it and was wondering if anyone has been

              1. re: brownguy

                Waterfront is very overpriced for what you get. There are so many dining options that exceed what you'd get at Waterfront, I wouldn't waste one of your meals there.

                1. re: frygirl

                  i concur. the only thing waterfront has for the $$ is the waterfront -view.