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Jun 21, 2009 02:19 PM

Seattle Downtown Restaurants

I have a convention in downtown Seattle in July and have been assigned the responsibility of picking two restaurants for business dinners on Monday and Tuesday nights. Would like owner operated with good food and not over the top with stuffiness. Any recommendations? We will be a party of about 8-10 on each night. A local contact has recommended the Pink Door, Dahlia or Wild Ginger but I would like to learn more about these and other options. Thanks

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  1. Probably the same convention i will be at and Wild Ginger is on my list. I go whenever I'm in Seattle. It has excellent Asian fusion cuisine, dellghtful soups, large and small plates great for sharing or not, nice mix of seafood, meats and vegetarian options. Good bottle and glass wine list, modern and upscale not fussy. Downstairs dining room is nice but request a table upstairs where its a litte quieter. Always had very good food and service there. Perfect place for for business entertaining. Haven't been to the other two but will keep my eye on the responses.

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    1. re: Ellen

      Keep an eye open, too, for what's up at the triple door, below the restaurant. We've enjoyed favorite acts there, with menu from Wild Ginger. Very nice.

    2. for business dinner downtown, consider Barolo (across from the Westin, swanky N Italian)...Pink Door is more casual

      1. In my opinion, Wild Ginger has gone downhill and I would not eat there again. Or if I did, I would be very careful in what I ordered. Try Tango.
        They have a private room. I especially recommend the mushrooms with serrano jam and sherry and their signature dessert, El Diablo. I recommend ordering several different dishes to share.

        1. For the size of party that you have, you might want to consider Tavolata, and see if they can hold their communal table for you. That early in the week should not be a problem, and absolutely no issue with stuffiness.

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          1. re: QAW

            We ate at Tavolata last week for a special occasion and I can't speak highly enough about the food. The communal table must seat 24-30 (or any size party smaller than that). I would choose it in a heartbeat. I'd also call the chef (Morgan, when we were there) to talk through what you might order.

          2. Dahlia is a good option- I like Barolo as well...
            Also- consider Steelhead Diner