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Visiting from NY with 7 year old

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We lived in Seattle for 13 years and are looking forward to revisiting some favorites, but also exploring some new places and looking for advice on kid-friendly restaurants. Our daughter is very well-behaved and not too picky an eater. We are NOT looking for "hot spots" where we have to hang out for an hour in the hope of getting a table. Places with good lunch or early evening availability would work best.

Favourites from our time in Seattle - Nishino, Cafe Campagne/Campagne, Wild Ginger (before the move from Western), Rovers, Lampreia (RIP), Pirosmani, Shanghai Garden (pea vines!) to name but a few.

Is Canlis worth the splurge for food? We know the view is fabulous. We love Eleven Madison Park in NYC, which is the alma mater of the current head chef I believe.

Mistral Kitchen looks interesting and varied. Any opinions? We visited the old space and enjoyed the meal.

We are coming July 31. Are any of the Alaskan salmon still running? That's the one thing from Seatown that is hard to get here :-(

Thanks in advance. Looking forward to it, yes even the Mariners game we have tix for...

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Shanghai Garden Restaurant
80 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027

Lampreia Restaurant
2400 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Nishino
3130 E Madison St Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98112

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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  1. I think you would love the "new' Canlis and Mistral Kitchen. Not quite up to EMP level of dining experience, but Seattle has proven not to be able to support truly high-end fine dining like EMP, Per Se, etc. But they are certainly fine-dining, and i think excellent food. They would certainly accomodate a 7 year old, but it is a lot $$ and she'd probably be the only one.

    All your favs are still here excepte Lampreia (as noted) and Pirosmani (now Thai food). I thin any of them (maybe not Rovers) would happily accomodate your family. Anywhere in the ID would be easy.

    I would consider Emmer and Rye, Boat St Cafe and Quinns as places that are not intended for families, but will accomodate them and give you an interesting meal for grown ups.

    Salmon is no longer Copper River, but you will find Yukon River and others that are still running. Any wild salmon is good this time of year. Ettas or Rays would be a good place to get some and kids are welcome.

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    Canlis Restaurant
    2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

    Lampreia Restaurant
    2400 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

    Mistral Kitchen
    2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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    1. re: bluedog67

      Many thanks. We are greatly looking forward to it. It's possible we will get a 'grownups only' night out if friends offer to babysit for us so good to have some options. I promise to post on our impressions when we return.