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My 8 year old son and I are going to Seattle for the weekend- don't be fooled by his age, his favorite food is Sushi- We are meeting family there as well. Can anyone recommend a restaurant with a nice friendly atmosphere with great food and wine? I just don't want anything uptight- but definitely nothing like the Rainforest Cafe for kids. Is there any good food at Pikes Place? My last experience was horrific! Any recommendations would be great!

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  1. Where was your last, "horrific" experience?

    I had a decent dinner at Local 360 a few blocks north of Pike Place Market (note the lack of s), very relaxed and reasonably priced. In/near the market, I love le Pichet. Cafe Campagne should still be good, and a lot of people seem to love Steelhead Diner. Sushi is everywhere.

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    Pike Place Market
    1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

    Cafe Campagne
    1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

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

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    1. re: babette feasts

      I'd second Steelhead for the market. Great food and family friendly. Matt's in the Market is also very good and should be OK with an 8 year old who likes to chow. If you want sushi, take the 10 minute walk up to Shiro's in Belltown. Or Wasabit Bistro if you want to spend less money and get some fusiony rolls that are pretty good.

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      Shiro's
      2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

    2. I'll add Pink Door for good Italian with terrific atmosphere, both inside and out. (If it's nice out, ask for a deck seat).

      A short walk into the downtown area will take you to Palace Kitchen, a lower-key Tom Douglas restaurant that's a local favorite. Walk may be just a hair too much for the 8-year old if he's already worn out from walking around the market.

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      Palace Kitchen
      2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

      Pink Door
      1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

      1. You can always try Place Pigalle or Maximillien's in the Market. Food is good at both restaurants and views are spectacular. I'd second Pink Door for sheer fun, ambiance and decent food. Personally, I would skip Matt's at the Market since Matt Janke has sold his share and opened another resto. Matt's is not as good as it used to be.

        Chez Shea is terrific, but I don't think it's suited for an 8 y.o. Icon Grill's decor is a hoot and the food has a lot of diversity, but is not as good as some places.

        Let us know where you end up, hkorn!

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        Pink Door
        1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

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

        Place Pigalle Restaurant
        , Seattle, WA 98101

        Icon Grill
        1933 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

        1. If you are okay with something away from the Pike Place Market, I recently had a wonderful dinner at Mashiko (Bento box for $15!) and was entertained by the young man and his grandmother (?) at the next table. The kid was eating everything even though he was seated next to the fresh fish aquarium (decorative only). Usually, we spring for whatever they want us to eat at the sushi bar, but this was a quick and inexpensive night out. All sustainable seafood, lots of Japanese toys, a lot of sake options. A few doors North is Bakery Nouveau - often open late enough for dessert (or get it ahead of time.) If you go early, ice cream at Husky Deli is also a few doors away. These are all on California Ave SW in West Seattle, 4700 block.

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          Pike Place Market
          1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

          Bakery Nouveau
          4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

          1. I think for most of the places already mentioned, you won't have a problem, but be sure to check that whatever place you go to will take kids. In Seattle, a bar has to be separate from a food area (a thin rail works), but if there is no separation then it's 21 and up. One place that I know is 21+ is Bisato (which otherwise is excellent).

            Tavolata might be a good choice--small plates and pasta.

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            Tavolata
            2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121