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Interesting restaurant for the hard-to-please?

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OK, I'm not trying to be difficult. But I'm finding it hard to find a restaurant that really wows me. I'm looking for a place that rates high on the "special" scale for an anniversary dinner. But not interested in going somewhere we've already been (which eliminates Canlis, Rover's, and the like).

What is new...relatively undiscovered...not on OpenTable...that you would recommend to someone open to a new experience that had better be good?

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  1. Copperleaf. It is down South by SeaTac, but Copperleaf is really nice. It is a spectacular dining room and the food is really good. http://www.cedarbrooklodge.com/copper...

    When we were there for dinner the staff was very attentive without being smothering and the food is mostly local and excellent. We did not stay there, but it also looked like it would be a great hotel if you wanted to spend the night.

    Here is one set of comments on the dining room. http://ericriveracooks.com/2010/07/07...

    If that does not appeal here are a couple of other ideas. It is not new, and a bit of a drive, but how about the Salish Lodge?
    http://www.salishlodge.com/diningroom... Some fine dining and a great view.

    Again, not all that new, and probably not quite special enough, but how about Poppy?
    http://www.poppyseattle.com/

    1. I enjoyed a recent trip to Mistral Kitchen so much that I would definitely put it in a "special date" category. Don't know if any other "new" places fit your bill since the trend now (with the economy as it is) is for more casual restaurants and small plates.

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      Mistral Kitchen
      2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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      1. re: eat.rest.repeat

        Thanks for the tips - Poppy has been on my radar for a while. Maybe now is the time to try it! (Though all of the suggestions sound great.)