6-hour dinner layover in Seattle
I just read the post about the 5-hour lunch layover. I'm actually traveling in the opposite direction (Hawaii -> Boston) with my family (including two young children and MIL), and would like suggestions for Friday dinner during our Seattle layover.
I would love, for example, to go to Pike Place Market, but are all the vendors gone by 6 pm? If so, what other areas would be interesting to walk around? Finally, how much is a cab ride to downtown Seattle - would it be worth renting a car?
One idea is the Copperleaf restaurant at the Cedarbrook Lodge - which is about 5 minutes from SeaTac.
It is new and has wonderful local foods. The dining room is spectacular and the staff is nice. The lodge has a free shuttle from the airport and I would bet if you called to make a dinner reservation and asked about the shuttle you could use it too.
If this does not appeal then there are a number of places on the light rail that might work for you (if you get off at the ID district stop you could get to Seven Stars or any of those places. The journey is about 35 minutes not including walking to the station and the wait time (which is usually not too bad, but can be up to 10 minutes or so around then).
You could also consider a cab to one of the West Seattle dining places such as Salty's or Spring Hill. Might be slightly faster then going downtown.
Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Taxi ride between downtown Seattle and SEATAC is a flat rate of $32, but they may charge extra for more passengers (I am not sure) and a gas surcharge. There is also the option of riding the Link Light Rail but that may take too long for your purposes. If you don't want to drive, you might call Shuttle Express and price a towncar to/from a hotel downtown.
SP, A cab ride would be quicker and less hassle than renting a car for about the same price. Pike Place Market itself is pretty much closed by 6:00. However, restaurants stay open much later. My suggestion for a Chowhound 6 hour Seattle visit: Cab to the International District for Dungeneous crab at either Seven Stars Szechuan (for the Szechuan version) or Ho Ho Seafood Restaurant for the black bean version. Then a short cab ride to Pike Place Market and have mussels and wine at the upstairs bar at Maximillien's at the Market. (Great views and atmosphere.) You won't be stuffed with food but will be comfortably sated and have experienced two of Seattle's best seafood dishes.
Enjoy your too brief of a visit!
Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
Ho Ho Seafood Restaurant
653 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104