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My friends are coming to Seattle next month to elope. They've never been here before. Would like to take them to a nice dinner to celebrate that demonstrates the deliciousness that is PAC NW cuisine...on a budget of sorts- Canlis is not in the cards. Preferably somewhere that can accommodate a small party (5) and all could comfortably socialize, take our time w the meal. Suggestions, please!

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  1. If you are willing to drive down South near SeaTac then Copperleaf might do well for you. It is a nice setting and you can sit and chat and they have very nice, local dishes. It is not inexpensive, but it will not break the bank either.
    http://www.cedarbrooklodge.com/copper...
    If you want to stay closer to downtown there is always Tilth.
    http://tilthrestaurant.com/#menus/dinner
    For someplace that is a little different, but good for groups you could go to Poppy
    http://www.poppyseattle.com/

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    Copperleaf Restaurant
    18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188

    1. as they have chosen seattle for this momentous decision, take them to someplace strictly seattle; i suggest (in order of preference)

      someplace in the market (il bistro, steelhead, le pichet, shea shea, matt's)
      ray's boathouse
      palisade
      salty's (no, it's for the view...)

      happy that canlis is not on the list - overpriced, overhyped, living on its history

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      1. re: howard 1st

        The Pink Door by Pike Place Market is very good, we dined there for the first time last summer and loved it! :)

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        Pike Place Market
        1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

        Pink Door
        1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

        1. re: howard 1st

          howard 1st - have you eaten at Canlis lately? It's definitely not living on its history. Go and have the tasting menu - you'll be surprised at how innovative it is. Or go to the bar for cocktails and apps - also not living on its history there.

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          Canlis Restaurant
          2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

          1. re: Lauren

            my last experience at canlis was so egregiously horrible that the editors here wiped my report away; i don't know if they'll even allow this note. suffice it to say i wouldn't go there again if it were free