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Need to find a restaurant for a Client Dinner

tripton Feb 4, 2011 11:16 AM

I'm looking for recommendations on either a nice steak house or seafood restaurant that I can take a business client. I'd like to find a nice place, with a good atmosphere and service, not a "local neighborhoody option." The ideal place I would like to eat at would be a restaurant that respects and utilizes local ingredients and flavors of the Pacific Northwest ( i.e. not a chain steakhouse like Morton's or Ruth Chris). Our hotel is at the Westin Seattle, downtown, so somewhere nearby would be preferable. Thanks for your thoughts!


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    cocktailhour RE: tripton Feb 4, 2011 01:27 PM

    Metropolitan Grill is the go-to restaurant for business steak dinners. Waterfront is a very good choice for seafood. Both are walkable, depending on your definition, or a very short cab ride (Waterfront is farther). Farther away--definitely need a cab, is Palisades. Seafood, great view, business-y.

    Metropolitan Grill
    820 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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      firecracker RE: tripton Feb 4, 2011 03:21 PM

      Agree with Cocktail''s suggestion of the Met. I would also add The Brooklyn for nice beef and seafood, or Blueacrea for seafood. All of these spots are independent and not chains.

      Less formal would be Tulio's, Steelhead Diner, Matt's in the Market or Chez Shea. All have good food. Right across Fifth Street from the Westin is Icon Grill. I don't think it matches up to the others for dinner, but could provide a fun festive lunch venue.

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

      Chez Shea
      94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

      Icon Grill
      1933 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

      1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

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        Bethwick RE: tripton Feb 4, 2011 04:00 PM

        Etta's is a solid northwest seafood restaurant that work's well for a business dinner. Good food options and service, I have been there for a couple business dinners. It is west of the Westin on Western Ave. Avoid Steelhead; cramped booths, too loud, and Icon Grill which is just not good and not local.

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          firecracker RE: Bethwick Feb 5, 2011 05:23 PM

          Guess I didn't realize they had booths. I've always had a table with a view of the Sound.

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          bourbongal RE: tripton Feb 5, 2011 04:47 PM

          Either Etta's or Dahlia Lounge. I have had a number of business lunches and dinners at both these places. Lots of local choices on the menu and great atmosphere and food. I've eaten out a lot for business in downtown Seattle and have eaten more than once at every place suggested so far. The only one I'd consider alongside Etta's or Dahlia is Chez Shea and I consider it a little on the romantic side for a business dinner.

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            firecracker RE: bourbongal Feb 5, 2011 05:25 PM

            Dahlia's food is okay, but the place is definitely dated. Chez Shea or Pink Door would be much better choices.

            Pink Door
            1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

            Chez Shea
            94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

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              tripton RE: firecracker Feb 7, 2011 07:16 AM

              Thanks everyone for all your assistance!. I will be doing some online research, and I'm sure I will be good to go! - Ryan

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                Lauren RE: tripton Feb 7, 2011 09:47 AM

                Check out Blueacre Seafood too.

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