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Aug 5, 2010 02:17 PM

Restaurants by the Washington State Convention center

I am coming to Seattle for a convention and I was curious if anyone can recommend some good restaurants to try out. We prefer walking distance, however we are willing to cab it places also. We definitely want to eat sushi one night and the other two nights....unsure so suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!! We will be there this Sat-Wed.


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  1. The convention center restaurant scene is about as corporate as it can get in Seattle: Cheesecake Factory, Rock Bottom Brewery, The Daily Grill, etc. 

    If you head about 6 blocks in either direction though, you're in the heart of Pike Place to the west and Cap Hill to the east. I'd search the board for more threads about those neighborhoods, but some of my favorites are below.

    - Cafe Presse, Cap Hill, casual French
    - Steelhead Diner, Market, NW fare and great patio, but sometimes get dogged on these boards
    - other Market picks mentioned frequently here: The Pink Door, Cafe Campagne, Matt's in the Market
    - Via Tribunali for a decent pizza happy hour, also in Cap Hill hood

    I'd search the boards for sushi recs. I'm new to the area, but I'm sure there are some standout places. Dragonfish and Blue C are both near the Convention Center, but I have not been.     

    Cafe Presse
    1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

    Cafe Campagne
    1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

    Pink Door
    1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

    Steelhead Diner
    95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

    Cheesecake Factory
    700 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

    Via Tribunali
    913 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

    1. The new Sitka Spruce is right up from the convention center.
      I haven't been, but that's what I'd hit if I were in your position.

      Tango's right there too. That's a fun spot.

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      1. re: GreenYoshi

        Agree on the recommendation for Sitka & Spruce. The new location is stunning, and their food always wows me. Make reservations, or have a glass of wine at Bar Ferdinand (also inside the Melrose Project building) while you wait.

        I haven't yet been, but Blueacre Seafood (Kevin Davis - same owner/chef as Steelhead Diner which is not a fav of mine, but others love) is also over by the Convention Center.

        Sushi recommendations downtown: Umi Sake House or Shiro's depending on your preference for sushi/scene.

        Sitka & Spruce
        2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

        Steelhead Diner
        95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

        2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

        Umi Sake House
        2230 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

      2. Within easy walking distance up (east) Pike Street is Tango.