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Dahlia Lounge vs. Palace Kitchen

GreenYoshi Apr 13, 2010 03:55 PM

So I've got a friend coming from out of town and wanted to take him to a Tom Douglas spot.
My go to place has always been Dahlia Lounge, but I know alot of folks that would pick Palace as the "better" TG restaurant.

In thinking about it, I realized that I've only been to Palace for late drinks and desserts (because given the choice, I've always gone with Dahlia for dinner..).

What're people's thoughts on Palace in how it differs from Dahlia?
And more to the point, which one would you all take an out of towner to?

Palace Kitchen
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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    cocktailhour Apr 13, 2010 03:59 PM

    Palace has more of a casual, bar atmosphere even at the tables. Menu is smaller, but can also fill up on small plates. Dahlia is more classic as a restaurant and fine dining. Quieter atmosphere. dahlia is more impressive, Palace is more comfortable. I give Dahlia the edge in food edginess (in a good way), but equal in terms of food quality.

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    1. re: cocktailhour
      pusherman Apr 13, 2010 11:13 PM

      This may be horribly unfair, but to me, Dahlia kind of has an out-of-town-conventioner feeling to me, while Palace has always felt very local. Both have good food...but Palace is a go to place for me when I'm downtown, whereas it would rarely occur to me to go to Dahlia unless, I dunno, my parents were in town or something.

      Anyway, Dahlia is definitely more upscale, and the food is edgier, but I think Palace is a lot more fun.

      One possible deciding factor -- Dahlia takes reservations, Palace does not and often feaures long waits.

      1. re: cocktailhour
        TraveLoveRN Apr 20, 2010 10:41 PM

        Palace. Nothing against Dahlia - love the food - but the Palace just seems more 'Seattle' to me.

      2. maybelle Apr 13, 2010 05:45 PM

        I was at Dahlia Lounge last night and had another great food experience. Each dish was consistently good. Service was mediocre though (the guy was clueless about the drink menu, and was a little touchy/feely and then slow too!).

        I just haven't been impressed with Palace Kitchen, although I guess if you want something more casual, its okay. I just don't find it very interesting. I'd take Serious Pie over Palace Kitchen if given the choice.

        Palace Kitchen
        2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        Serious Pie
        316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

        Dahlia Lounge
        2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        1. terrier Apr 13, 2010 07:00 PM

          Dahlia Lounge if I'm planning ahead, Palace Kitchen for spontaneous nights out, or if cost is an issue. I only take out of town guests to the Dahlia if they've already been to Palace Kitchen (and aren't set on returning; I have a few friends that insist on going to the PK every time they're in town.)

          Serious Pie is not in the same league for me, FWIW. Lola is pretty much just for ouzo and mezedes unless you're looking for breakfast in that neighborhood.

          1. s
            staffstuff Apr 16, 2010 04:49 PM

            I'd choose Dahlia...classier atmosphere, finer & more interesting food. Palace is too hip & casual for me and also pretty noisy. I also don't appreciate the open kitchen style.....adds to the already hectic atmosphere. I would go to Palace just for happy hour.

            1. Bento Beast Apr 16, 2010 08:23 PM

              Palace is a much more local Seattle experience IMO. Plus one tasty burger and bottles of rainier with the caps on : D

              1. b
                bourbongal Apr 20, 2010 09:39 PM

                We took out of town guests to Dahlia last fall and they haven't stopped talking about it yet. But you can't go wrong with either one.

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