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Have only one night in Seattle (a Sunday) and celebrating birthday, preferably somewhere around the Pike's Market. Expense no object. Someplace with tasting menu and matching wines would be great. We love Alinea and Sixteen in Chicago if that's helpful. Looked at menu for Chez Shea and that looks like contender. Cheese course is a plus!

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Chez Shea
94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

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  1. Unfortunately the two leading contenders I can think of, Rover's and Canlis are not open on Sunday night.

    Lark does not have a tasting menu, but has a lot of great small plates and options and a good wine list. http://www.larkseattle.com/menu.html and it is not too far from downtown.

    If you really want to go all out and do not mind a bit of a car trip there is always the Herbfarm. Some people love it, others find it a bit much, but it is always an experience and if you are really into wine it is a good place to go. It is also a nice location, but it is on the Eastside. http://www.theherbfarm.com/ The only other thing is that on Sunday's their dinners start at 4:30 (they are LONG dinners).

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    Canlis Restaurant
    2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

    The Herbfarm
    14590 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

    1. Crush, but not near Pike's Place. Dahlia Lounge, within walking distance, could put together a tasting menu with matching wines--they always have a good selection of local wines. Rover's, but someone else said it is not open Sunday. Chez Shea is not bad, but more casual than these. BIsato might be a very good choice.

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      Chez Shea
      94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

      Dahlia Lounge
      2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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      1. re: cocktailhour

        Crush, Rover's, Canlis or Mistal Kitchen "Jewel Box" menu. Mistral Kitchen is closest to Pike Place.

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        Canlis Restaurant
        2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

        Mistral Kitchen
        2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

      2. Check out local wine events for Seattle, they will have a calendar of wine dinners that often happen on Sunday. They can be a lot of fun. The Corson Building may also be a good option, I think it only offers dinner on Sunday's a couple of times a month.

        1. The fact that you are limited to Sunday night eliminates some – but not all – options for fine dining in Seattle. My first choice would have been Canlis, but it’s closed on Sunday, and isn’t in the vicinity of the Pike Place Market anyway. The Georgian restaurant in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is not far from the Market and has one of the most elegant dining rooms in town, but, alas, it is also closed on Sunday. Finally, the suggestion of Mistral Kitchen’s Jewel Box by equinoise (one of the best posters on this board, BTW) is a good one, but Jewel Box is also closed on Sunday. Chez Shea is open on Sunday, and I had a lovely dinner there recently. The ambience isn’t posh, elegant, or formal, but I think it is a lovely, comfortable, inviting space. It has a seven-course tasting menu for $75 with five wine pairings for an additional $35 per person. Although it is not in the vicinity of the Pike Place Market, Rover’s serves dinner on Sunday starting at 5:00 pm with the same menus as on other nights, including several degustation options. It is only 2.6 miles from the Market – a relatively short cab ride. Crush and Lark are also both open on Sunday, but, like Rover's, neither is in the immediate vicinity of the Market. Dahlia Lounge isn’t in the same league as the other places mentioned, as a very disappointing recent experience reminded me. I don’t like the pretentiousness and “performance-aspect” of The Herbfarm, think it is horribly overpriced, and it’s WAY out of town. Hope this helps.

          1. Chez Shea is a great idea. Consider Dahlia Lounge (nearly staid), Palace Kitchen (lively), and Mistral Kitchen, especially.

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            Palace Kitchen
            2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

            Chez Shea
            94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

            Dahlia Lounge
            2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

            Mistral Kitchen
            2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121