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4 Days in Seattle; Restaurants for Dinner for 1 at Bar

montroseguys23 Sep 13, 2009 08:08 PM

Could I get some feedback on some great restaurant experiences in Downtown, Belltown areas where a guy can have a nice dinner at the bar? Tend to enjoy good upscale places, but not stuffy. In other words, lively, either trendy or traditional, but fun. I intend to stop by WIld Ginger, but haven't been to Seattle in 6 years, so need the latest cool places for an interesting dinner but at the bar. Thanks.

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    llman RE: montroseguys23 Sep 13, 2009 09:09 PM

    Try Sazerac on 4th and Spring (in Monaco Hotel). Definitely a lively, trendy place. They have a large bar where you can eat.... as well as nice bar area seating and a large dining room. I ate there a few times when I was in Seattle on business. Since I was on a low per diem, I was most interested in their happy hour menu (4-8 pm M-Sat). Cheap, but interesting food and cheap drinks. ($3 beers, $5 well drinks) They have a full menu though too. Check it out at www.sazeracrestaurant.com

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      firecracker RE: llman Sep 14, 2009 01:07 PM

      Try the bar at the Icon Grill on Fifth Avenue.

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      dagrassroots RE: montroseguys23 Sep 14, 2009 01:34 PM

      Place kitchen
      Umi Sake House
      Le pichet

      I would not do Wild Ginger.

      1. natalie.warner RE: montroseguys23 Sep 14, 2009 02:40 PM

        Place kitchen!
        Umi Sake House!
        Le Pichet!

        I have sat at all the bars at on this list and enjoyed myself- Sometimes with a book sometimes not.

        I have also enjoyed Steelhead Diner, BOKA, and Matt's in the Market.

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          akq RE: montroseguys23 Sep 14, 2009 06:35 PM

          You might also consider Brasa - doesn't get mentioned on the board as much as it should, imo. Has a nice happy hour, but is pretty dark (if you're planning to read at the bar). Good food.

          Wild Ginger seems to be really popular with out of towners, but it's gone way down hill since it moved into the bigger space it's in now. I'd check out Campange - they have a bar and their food is excellent.

          1. terrier RE: montroseguys23 Sep 15, 2009 12:39 PM

            It's 'Palace Kitchen' not 'Place Kitchen' but it would be on my must-list if I was eating alone.

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              montroseguys23 RE: montroseguys23 Sep 26, 2009 09:22 PM

              Just as a follow-up, in case anyone was following: I went to Palace Kitchen and thought it was horrible. Food, service, the space...all bad. I went to Spur and thought it was ok, but basically just good bar food, not a good dining experience. Matt's in the Market for lunch was nice, but had more of a casual diner feel. Not memorable. The only really good food experience of my Seattle trip was at Anchovies & Olives. Great food, classy place, etc.

              Palace Kitchen was my first night's stop. Three days later I saw Tom Douglas at Moshi Moshi sushi in Ballard. My friends (locals) begged me to go tell him what I thought of PK, but I stayed respectful and polite. Thanks for the input. Love your city, despite the less-than-great food experience. Also, met your Top Chef person Robin at Tavern Law.

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                firecracker RE: montroseguys23 Sep 26, 2009 10:37 PM

                Robin Leventhal is a terrific chef. Before she developed health problems, her restaurant, CRAVE, was a dynamo! She's highly thought of in our area.

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                  Lauren RE: montroseguys23 Sep 28, 2009 12:20 PM

                  I'm sorry to hear that you had a bad experience at PK. I go there once a month or so and have never had, what I would consider, a bad experience. Can you be more specific about it?

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