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Two dinners, first time to Seattle

CricketTX Sep 6, 2010 07:44 PM


I am traveling to Seattle for the first time on vacation with my husband. Please help me with 2 restaurant recommendations for dinner! We are young (30s) and would like to go to two fun, upbeat places that can give us a taste of Seattle. Maybe one being a little more romantic? We are staying downtown on 1st street. We randomly stumbled upon the restaurants Lark and Wild Ginger online. Any good?


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    CricketTX Sep 6, 2010 07:50 PM

    Oh, and I also wanted to add two more restaurants that i saw online.... Pink Door and Volterra. Any good? We are so excited about our trip and want to pick the best places!!

    Pink Door
    1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

    5411 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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    1. re: CricketTX
      firecracker Sep 6, 2010 08:28 PM

      All are good pics, Cricket, but I don't think Wild Ginger is as good as it once was. I think I would do Matt's in the Market before I'd do Ginger.

      1. re: CricketTX
        MsMaryMc Sep 6, 2010 11:47 PM

        I love the Pink Door for lunch--they have a lovely patio with a view out across the Market to Elliott Bay and the Olympics beyond.

        Pink Door
        1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

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        Leper Sep 7, 2010 08:08 AM

        I would second Matt's at the Market and would suggest the Pink Door for lunch and the Dahlia Lounge for your romantic dinner destination. For after dinner drinks, the bar at the Pink Door gets very interesting after 10:00 p.m. (Like actually bringing a Toulouse Lautrec painting to life.)

        Pink Door
        1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

        Dahlia Lounge
        2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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          pusherman Sep 7, 2010 11:02 AM

          Lark is outstanding, though can be a little challenging with a small group (it's all small plates, so you won't get to taste as much with just two), and the atmosphere is pretty subdued.

          Skip Wild Ginger; Pink Door is a fun place but the food is just kind of OK. Volterra is good, but there are lots of good Italian places in Seattle, I'm not sure I'd say it's one of the best. Tavolata and Spinasse are also great Italian, and either would be a good choice for a romantic dinner. Reservations recommended at both.

          I can highly recommend Quinn's, a gastropub near downtown in Capitol Hill, which has good food, a fun scene, and great people watching.

          None of these are particularly "Seattle"-y -- you may want to consider Matt's in the Market, which is kind of a cliched place to send visitors. I don't do seafood, but obviously Seattle is known for it (maybe you could check out Flying Fish?). I personally find Dahlia to be a little stuffy.

          Pink Door
          1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

          Flying Fish
          2234 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

          Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

          5411 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

          2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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          1. re: pusherman
            morof3 Sep 8, 2010 10:12 PM

            I guess stuffiness is in the eye of the beholder. I think Dahlia is a great choice for a romantic dinner. pusherman is right that the small plates at Lark are more fun with a few people but my husband and I go there often for our date night and always leave happy. Start next door at Licorous for cocktails and small bites and then move on to dinner at Lark. A great Seattle evening.

            1. re: morof3
              annadev Sep 9, 2010 07:54 AM

              Thanks for these. I too will be in Seattle for just two nights early in October, and want to make the most of the opportunity. My requirements are similar to those of CricketTX (although we are in a bit different age demographic, late 60's, we like buzzy and hip). Sounds like Matt's and Dahlia or Lark will be our choices, with Pink Door for lunch one day. We live in Vancouver, so the bar is high.

              Pink Door
              1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

              1. re: annadev
                Jeffo405 Sep 9, 2010 05:49 PM

                Ballard is such a uniquely Seattle area that it's worth a visit anyway, and restaurants such as Staple & Fancy make it worth dining there too.

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            FoodKitCat Sep 9, 2010 08:53 PM

            Do not miss La Campagne for brunch. A block up from PIke's Place. Authentic, super delicious French. Incredible Bloody Mary's, oeuf with pearl onions, puff pastry and champinon gravy. Newspapers on sticks. Must go.

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            1. re: FoodKitCat
              syrahgirl Sep 12, 2010 07:52 AM

              Cafe Campagne is very good. We loved Pink Door when we dined there this summer. Anchovies and Olives was also very good. :)

              Cafe Campagne
              1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

              Pink Door
              1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

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