Narrowing down wedding restaurant options
I'm starting to plan a very small Seattle wedding from afar and I'm hoping you guys can help me narrow down this list of options so I can make a few appointments for next month. The wedding will have between 22-30 guests and ideally can serve as a backup site for the ceremony if it rains. In terms of price, I'd like to stay at about $50 a head before drinks. Here are some places I'm considering:
Maximilien at the Market
I'd like to try to narrow down this list to 3 or 4 sites. Any thoughts on the list?
Thanks so much for your imput.
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1st Madison, Seattle, WA 98101
I went to a post-elopement party at the Library Bistro and it was nice. It's definitely a darker (lots of mahogany type wood), bookish, cozy, clubby type space, so make sure that's what you want. It's the complete opposite of someplace like Salty's or Palisade, which have lots of light and views. This was a winter party so the ambiance worked just fine.
Maximilien has great French bistro type ambiance (creaky wood floors and mirrors) and a good view. I only go for happy hour where the food is fine but not spectacular. It's really tucked away in the Market--it feels kind of like a secret little place. Ponti has a great location/view--if the party space has the view or ideally even the deck, that would be really nice. The interior is more modern-style. I haven't eaten here in years. Gosh, this is actually pretty hard and I'm not being too helpful!
1st Madison, Seattle, WA 98101
I don't know much about the private dining situation at the other restaurants, but I will say that my best friend had her rehersal dinner at Ponti, and they mangled it pretty bad. About 30 people, they were only allowed a few entree options, one of which was lamb, but they only prepped 5 lamb. It ran out on the first table. They also forgot to sauce either the grooms dinner or dessert! (everyone elses were, so it was pretty obvious) Not real well done. Gave them a free dinner as an apology, but its not the same when it is for an event like that.
In terms of general best food, I think steelhead diner would probably be it.
both steelhead and palisade have private rooms of just the right size; palisade has a stunning view and parking. maximilien could possibly set aside one of their public rooms and its funky location might add to your festivities (bridal parties are not uncommon in the market). salty's offers that grand view (and parking) but quite industrial food. i've been disappointed twice at ponti's and will never return. good luck!
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From your list, I would most like to eat at Flying Fish, but haven't been to the new location, so don't know how the vibe is. Leper recommended Dahlia Lounge, but Palace Ballroom is right across the street, and is very cool space.
To add a suggestion, I went to an engagement party at Chez Shea, and it was great. Good food, unique and romantic location and a great view. They had the whole restaurant reserved so I don't know the price, but it was just the right size for your party and it was just lovely!
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A general comment...if you want to be$50/head before drinks, you are looking at an action food cost of <$40/person. Tax and tip will be 30% or very close to it.
Salty's...while you do have a view, their private room downstairs is not aesthetically pleasing (my opinion) and in dire need of a remodel/update.
Palace Ballroom is too big, and the site fee/room minimum (unless you are a Tuesday morning or some off time) will likely put it beyond your budget. It is a great space though. For 100.