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Jan 4, 2011 11:46 AM

ISO Lunch and Dinner Restaurants that can accomodate a group of 25-30

We will be visiting Seattle in March and are looking for moderately priced restaurants--lunch around $10, dinner less than $20, food only--that will have room for our group. We do not need to sit at the same table or same room. We just need to be in the same restaurant at the same time.

We will be staying in Downtown Seattle but will travel if public transportation allows for it.

Most of the group will be under 21, so cocktails and/or wine list are not important.
Any ethnicity is fine.

I know this is a tall task. I appreciate all of your thoughts.

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  1. I wish you well! Your budget fits in nicely in Timbucktu!

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      1. Well, most restaurants will charge you 18-20% percent service charge for a large group. Then Seattle has 10% sales tax, so you are at 30% before you sit down. Are those included in your pricing? Just wondering if you have $14 rather than $20 to start with for dinner...

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        1. re: ethereal

          We've traveled in a similarly sized group in the prior years to Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia and were able to find places that fit our budget. For dinner, we are looking for entrees under $20.
          We do not expect to, nor necessarily want to, sit as a group. We just need restaurants that fit the budget and can fit 25-30 people that come in at the same time.

          Thanks, Mike for the rec.

          Firecracker, what part of t

          1. re: Wolfgang

            If that many people come in at the same time (unless it's very early), and plan to order off the menu, the kitchen is likely stressed out of their minds, Wolfgang.

            1. re: firecracker

              We're back from our Seattle trip. We were there for 4 days. For a few meals, we were able to break into smaller groups than 33. Here are some of the places we visited. Our first meal was at Elliot's Oyster House. It fit our party well and the service was good and friendly. I didn't care for anything I tried--cioppino, crab cakes, clams, alder plank salmon or seafood pasta. The fish didn't taste fresh and the frying seemed heavy handed.
              Serious Pie. I'd been here once before. We went with a group of 6 and were told that it would be 2 hours. We ordered 4 pies to go and ate a couple slices in the cab on the way back to the hotel. I love Serious Pie. I liked the spicy salame and fennel sausage pies the best. Ivars on the waterfront. I split the steamed clams with chorizo and the bacon cheeseburger. I was fished out and after Elliot's, I didn't have much hope for another touristy spot. We had our full group here. Both the burger and clams were good except they didn't come out hot. They were both luke warm by the time they were served. A few of us had cappuccinos at Cafe D'Arte. I thought it was great, but I'm not a coffee drinker. We went to Ventana, splitting into 3 tables of 3 or 4. Ventana is on 1st ave near Bell. Our table of 3 ordered the fried chicken and waffles, fish in a thai red curry sauce, beef short rib, and venison osso buco. From the other tables I tried the pork spare ribs, fries, and burger. I liked the fried chicken and fish the best. The osso buco was a little dull. The short ribs were quite good but needed a better accompaniment. The pork ribs were so so and the burger was quite tasty. For dessert, we tried the red velvet cake, twinkie, and doughnuts. The doughnuts were very good; the others were average at best. The server was not nice at all and the hostess was rude as well. A group of 6 of us split 4 sandwiches and soup from the Batali Salumeria. The meatball sandwich was the best I ever had. The porchetta was great and I really enjoyed the mole salame sandwich. The other salame sandwich was good but not as good as the others. The St. Joseph's soup was excellent. Mario's mom is the sweetest thing and the food and her hospitality makes me want to go back all the time. We had gelato at Gelatiamo after this lunch. I had an affogato with white chocolate gelato--they didn't have vanilla--and it was fantastic. I also tried, separately, the grapefruit gelato and it was amazingly similar in taste to a grapefruit. We wish we found this place before our last day in town. That's about all I can remember for now. Seattle is a great city and we really enjoyed our time here.

              Serious Pie
              316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

              1400 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

              Oyster House
              320 4th Ave W, Olympia, WA 98501

              Ventana Restaurant
              2323 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121