Cafe Campagne ... good, but not great
After wanting to check it out for years, I finally got to eat at Cafe Campagne and even though I wasn't disappointed, I wasn't totally blown away either. Went with my sister-in-law and we shared two fish dishes (halibut and trout) and a side of greens. Everything was yummy, but somehow I was hoping for more. Probably should have gone with my first instinct and ordered the pan roasted chicken. Maybe I have just been anticipating this restaurant visit for so long that it couldn't possibly match my expectations?
We almost ate at the Pink Door. I think that will be our next splurge dinner out in the city (neither of us lives in Seattle, but we meet there for a night out without partners or kids). Will the Pink Door live up to expectations? Anyone else have a better suggestion in that part of the city?
Sorry to hear you were disappointed with Cafe Camgagne - I've always enjoyed my meals at the Cafe and upstairs at Camgagne. As bluedog said, the Cafe is a more casual experience and the food isn't really knock your socks off, showy food, but it is solid and the service is excellent. Definitely one of my favs.
As for Pink Door, I'd guess it won't live up to your expectations. The food is good, not great, a tad overpriced, and there's nothing partcularly innovative about the place. The decor isn't great, especially on the patio portion, and the service there has ranged from ok to absolutely horrendous.
I've enjoyed every meal I've had at Pink Door, but it really depends what your expectations are. They are good, solid, tasty food. It's not the most creative, but it is realiable. It has great people-watching, and friendly service. When I have guests in from out of town, we almost always have a lunch or dinner there while exploring the market. If you're looking to be blown away, it's probably not the place, though.
Did you go to Cafe Campagne or Campagne? The cafe is meant to be a scaled down more casual experience. Campagne is the upstairs more upscale setting. I have always enjoyed my expereinces upstairs. While the food isn't necessarily innovative, (meant to be more classic french) it does highlight NW ingredients, and I find the waitstaff top notch. Sometimes it really is just a matter of high expectations or a bad night for the kitchen. Sorry you had a less than stellar experience.