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My wife and I are going to be celebrating our one-year anniversary in Seattle next month and we'd like to have a truly memorable dinner out. We're going to be staying in Capitol Hill, but will have access to a car.

We're pretty much open to all cuisines, but with a couple of caveats. My wife is a vegetarian, and we'd need a place with more than just one token vegetarian dish. Also, we'd like to spend no more than $75/pp.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. having married a vegetarian, may it be assumed that you personally do not require the consumption of meat at every meal? check out cafe carmelita, one of the best vegetarian restaurants on the planet with a relaxed - even romantic - atmosphere and thoroughly professional service. not inexpensive but well worth it. slightly less upmarket would be cafe flora. if consumption of flesh is required, dahlia lounge or longs provincial should satisfy both of you

    1. Poppy has spectacular food and you order either a vegetarian or non-veg thali (lots of little dishes), so vegetarians do not get gypped there. It's not overtly romantic, if that matters. It's on Capitol Hill.

      I'd also recommend Osteria La Spiga, Italian (from Emiglia-Romagna) on Capitol Hill. It has a snazzy, loft-life atmosphere that I think would be good for an anniversary dinner.

      I do like (but not love) Carmelita, as another poster recommended. With all the good eats on Capitol HIll I'm not sure I'd reccomend driving across town for it, though. I think it has more of a neighborhood cafe feel, rather than romanitc anniversary (again, not sure if that matters).

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      La Spiga
      1429 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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      1. re: christy319

        Just a quick 2nd of the above, from another spouse of a vegetarian. Carmelita has fun tasty food, good service and a nice room. We do some special-occasion dinners there, and it gives a vegetarian the rare thrill of being able to eat anything on the menu. But La Spiga is a step up in terms of cooking, and between their contorni and pastas there are plenty of veg options. If you can get a reservation, and you're already on Capitol Hill, it's where I'd go.

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        La Spiga
        1429 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

        1. re: christy319

          Totally second Poppy. If price is not a concern, I noticed today that Canlis offers a vegetarian tasting menu, updated for the summer season.

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          Canlis Restaurant
          2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

          La Spiga
          1429 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

        2. My darling and I have enjoyed several anniversary dinners at Lark. There are a number of vegetarian options as well as fish if that is pertinent. Get anything with burrata is my advice. http://www.larkseattle.com/

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          Lark
          926 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

          1. Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions. Question on Longs Provincial - how different is it from Tamarind Tree?

            Also, anyone have an opinion on Cascina Spinasse? We're coming from NYC, so we definitely get our share of Italian food, but if someplace like Spinasse or La Spiga is truly noteworthy, we'd be interested

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            Tamarind Tree
            1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

            Spinasse
            Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

            La Spiga
            1429 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

            Cascina Spinasse
            1531 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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            1. re: kdgchow

              both longs and tamarind serve luscious, well-presented food; longs menu (per their name) specializes in provender from the provinces. it's ambiance is a bit more sophisticated and its drinks menu is a dozen pages - the creations with tropical friut are very nice. as for spinasse, a bowl of pasta - especially fresh pasta - should be all about the pasta, not the gold leaf and diamond dust sprinkled over it - meaning no serving of noodles should check in at over $20

              1. re: kdgchow

                Spinasse usually only has a token pasta with butter and sage for vegetarians. You might give them a call, if you're really interested, and see if they can do anything else. It's the cuisine of Piedmonte--I had a friend that worked in a restaurant in Piedmonte and swore the only vegetable he ever saw was a cardoon.

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                Spinasse
                Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA