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Jun 4, 2011 11:45 AM

Zoe or Tavolata?

Hi Chowhounds,

My partner and I will be in Seattle for just one night, staying by the the Pike Place Market. If you could eat dinner either at Tavolata or Zoe, which would you choose, AND WHY? We are from the Bay Area, eat sustainable, local, ya-de-ya-de food, and want to be sure we enjoy the one dinner we will have in Seattle on this trip.


Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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  1. Zoe. Because I used to spend a lot of time there years ago and miss the boar with argula pasta. I also think they have consistently maintained some of the best service in this service challenged city.
    Tavolata has too many instances of over salted food - and they support their kitchen if you comment on it - they will tell you that it is as they want it to taste. And it is a loud restaurant, for my ears.

    But one night in Seattle? Why these two options only?

    2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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    1. re: tsquare

      Well, we want to leave the car in the hotel's parking lot and walk while we are there. And I read a lot of reviews and tried to narrow my options before asking the list because a too-open question is kind of useless.
      Noisy and salty are not my favorite descriptors either, so thanks--this is helpful!

    2. Ok, I know you asked specifically about those two restaurants, but I'd recommend Sitka & Spruce. I had some of the best food I've had in Seattle there, and they do interesting things with local ingredients. I don't think it's much further than Zoe or Tavolata from Pike Place Market, even though it's in Capitol Hill. If you go, make a reservation because the place is tiny and very popular. It's inside the Melrose Market building, which has other interesting food-related venues. You can also have a drink at Bar Ferd'nand while you're waiting for your table if you're so inclined.

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      1. re: Thiebaud

        Thanks--will definitely check it out (especially if we can get there on foot. Hadn't heard of Melrose Market Building, which sounds intriguing!