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Hi everyone - My husband, 1 year old son and I will be on holiday in Seattle for three evenings in July. We plan on getting a babysitter one or maybe even two nights, so we can enjoy a really nice dinner...at this point price is not of concern...but an outstanding meal is! I'm utterly overwhelmed by all the outstanding restaurant choices that Seattle had to offer! For one evening, we'd like something along the lines of an amazing tasting menu. For the other evening, we'd like to dine at the best sushi joint that you guys could recommend. We are adventurous eaters and love unusual food.

I was also wondering if you could recommend any places for lunch that would be appropriate to take our young child...we don't want to end up at an awful chain restaurant. Do any of the higher end/top restaurants in Seattle offer a lunch option that we could bring our son too? He is mostly well behaved if there is good in front of him!

Thanks for any help you could provide!

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  1. Slugmurs, I see you are a new Chowhound and welcome to the fold. For Sushi, certainly Shiro's is on every local Chowhound's list. (Let Shiro guide you rather than order off the menu.) Since you are adventurous (as most real Chowhounds are), I recommend Long's Provincial, Tamarind Tree, Seven Stars Szechuan (for their amazing Dungenous crab) and the mussels at Maximillien's at the Market. For lunch, try LOLA, Etta's, Matt's at the Market and the Steelhead Diner. For breakfast, LOLA and Lowell's will treat you well. Have a great visit and let us know what you liked.

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    Tamarind Tree
    1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

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

    Shiro's
    2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

    1. For a parent-only night I'd go big and hit up Rovers or Luc: http://thechefinthehat.com/
      If you want something more along the lines of something you'd only find Seattle natives at, maybe Book Bindery: http://www.bookbinderyrestaurant.com/ (not tasting menu, but great 'date spot')
      If you're being tourist-y around Pioneer Square in the afternoon and need to grab lunch try Salumi: http://www.salumicuredmeats.com/ (note: they will be closed July 1-12)
      Cafe Campagne if you're at Pike Place Market, or Tilikum Place Cafe towards Queen Anne if you're heading up the Space Needle.

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      Pike Place Market
      1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

      Cafe Campagne
      1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

      Queen Anne Cafe
      2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

      Space Needle
      203 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

      Salumi
      309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

      Book Bindery
      198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

      1. For a great tasting menu, I have a few options:

        1. Mistral Kitchen, either the Jewel Box or the Chef's Table. Both are about 9-10 courses, and the chef is fabulous with a good mixture of local and creative. YOu get more personal attention at the Chef's Table plus he tailors the dinner to your tastes. Service is formal, but nothing in Seattle is that formal, so you wouldn't need to dress up.

        2. A much more casual/noisy place, but great food, is Staple & Fancy. Staple is the regular menu. Fancy is a chef's choice tasting menu. It officially lists 4 courses, but many courses are lots of small dishes. When we went as a couple, there were 6-8 small plates appetizers, two pastas to share, two entrees, and dessert. Everything is served family style and the service is casual. The food will emphasize local ingredients and mediterranean preparations/twist.

        3. Rover's is classic French. white table cloths, very formal. Great food, but I don't think of it as local or as in touch with the PNW. Rover's originally only did tasting menus, but has added a la carte. Choice between 5 and 9 course tasting menus. Very well balanced and appropriate amount of food.

        4. Last one. Corson Building. Creative local foods. There is one setting and chef's choice. It is mostly communal tables and everyone is served at once family style. WIne included. Several courses. It's more rustic than the others, and it has the pros and cons of a communcal place--you could sit next to someone great or someone horrible.

        Lunch. Anything at or around Pike Place. Anything in the I district.

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        Mistral Kitchen
        2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

        The Corson Building
        5609 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

        1. Sitka and Spruce would be great for dinner. Another dinner option would be Staple and Fancy in Ballard. Sushi Kappo Tamura is good sustainable sushi in Eastlake. A lot of people like Nishino in Madison Park. Poppy on Broadway is good and pretty unusual/interesting.

          For lunch check out Nettletown in Eastlake, not fancy, but good interesting tasty local organic food. I've brought my son there many many times. I think you could go to almost any "top" restaurant in Seattle with a 1 year old at lunch time. Matt's in the Market and Steelhead diner I second.

          http://nettletown.com/index.htm

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          Poppy
          622 Broadway E, Seattle, WA

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

          Nishino
          3130 E Madison St Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98112

          Matt's In the Market
          94 Pike St Ste 32, Seattle, WA 98101

          Staple & Fancy Mercantile
          4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

          Nettletown
          2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

          sushi kappo tamura
          2968 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

          1. Thanks so much for all your input! I really really appreciate! We can not wait to visit Seattle! Will definitely let you guys know where we dined! Thanks again for all the recommendations.

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            1. re: Slugmurs

              I second the recs for Nettletown and Poppy. Nettletown is great for lunch/brunch, unique, and is very accomodating to people with children. It's a small, very friendly room where you won't feel uncomfortable having a child and the staff will take care of you. The food and vibe there are simply wonderful- subtle and soulful. And those are house pickled bread and butter jalepenos by the place where you pick up your silverware (very informal).

              Andrew

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              Nettletown
              2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102