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linzandchris Jun 18, 2011 05:33 PM

I am planning a one night stay in Seattle and would like to take my partner to the BEST steakhouse in the city. So far, I have heard that it's a toss up between the Met and El Gaucho. I would appreciate your feedback before I make a decision. Thank you!

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    jlom907 Jun 18, 2011 06:20 PM

    The met all the way. Much better feel of steak house and better steak. Been to both many times and always enjoy the Met much more and just the cool vibe.

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    1. re: jlom907
      kaleokahu Jun 18, 2011 11:28 PM

      Couldn't disagree more. The Met's vibe is geriatric, EG's is like finding yourself in a 50's movie. The Met does their cheesy cauliflower soup well, and that's about it. They even had to pay for the in-flight magazine "Best Steakhouses" endorsement.

      I would say Szmania's or Canlis.

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      Canlis Restaurant
      2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

      Szmania's Restaurant
      3321 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199

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      grangie angie Jun 19, 2011 03:27 PM

      The Met definitely....Love it!!

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        grangie angie Jun 19, 2011 03:31 PM

        Forgot to mention........The Met is IN the city-that's what you requested,right?
        The other 2 are NOT.
        Szmania is in Magnolia and Canlis is in Queen Anne.
        Hope this helps.

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        Canlis Restaurant
        2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

        Szmania's Restaurant
        3321 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199

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        1. re: grangie angie
          kaleokahu Jun 19, 2011 10:15 PM

          Hi, grangie angie:

          Hmmm, last time I looked, Magnolia and Queen Anne were in the City of Seattle. Has there been a secession?

          Aloha,
          Kaleo

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

          1. re: kaleokahu
            terrier Jun 19, 2011 10:35 PM

            I understand this perspective - Staten Island is part of New York City, but I don't give tourists recommendations for SI restaurants when asked for a restaurant "in the city." (Queen Anne is more like Brooklyn Heights, though; Magnolia, Sunnyside.)

            The Met still serves a decent piece of beef, in-flight magazine ads or no. I agree that Canlis is a better restaurant, but for someone choosing between the Met and El Gouge-O, the location might be a deal-breaker.

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            Canlis Restaurant
            2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

            1. re: terrier
              kaleokahu Jun 20, 2011 12:50 PM

              Hi, terrier:

              LOL, they filled Interbay and sluiced lower QA, so it's not like the Bataan Death March to get to Szmania's or Canlis. Heck we even have a bridge to Ballard now, also--unfortunately--in the City. From the W Hotel, it's 13 minutes by car/cab to Szmania's, 7 to Canlis.

              The OP(s) didn't say *where* they were staying, and they didn't ask for a steakhouse rec downtown or within walker/stumbling range. I gather the OPs are from Olympia, so they might not be tourists, either. Even so, seriously, if someone asked you for the best X restaurant in NYC, and you considered the very best one to be on Staten Island, you'd recommend a lesser place in Manhattan?

              I agree wholeheartedly that the Met still serves a decent piece of meat. But if they actually had to compete with all the steakhouses nationwide for the best, the only way they could make the top 100 would be the way they did it: pay for the endorsement.

              But, let's ask them: Hey OPs, how many miles you willing to drive/cab for the best steakhouse in Seattle?

              Aloha,
              Kaleo

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              Canlis Restaurant
              2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

              Szmania's Restaurant
              3321 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199

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                akq Jun 20, 2011 05:23 PM

                Are you interpreting "in the city" as "downtown"? If so, would you give recs for Cap Hill or Belltown? Lower QA? The ID? SLU?

                If you're willing to spend as much on dinner as any of these places will cost, I can't imagine you wouldn't be willing to shell out $20 for a cab to get to the better one.

                That said - of all of those, I vote the Met, but by default as I've never eaten at either of Szmania or Canlis and I have been extremely disappointed with The Gauche. The Met's never totally let me down.

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                Canlis Restaurant
                2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

                Szmania's Restaurant
                3321 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199

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                  grangie angie Jun 20, 2011 07:45 PM

                  Yes,I def. am interpreting IN the city,as "downtown".

                  As a transplanted New Yorker,that was how Manhattan/'downtown' was interpreted,
                  as the 'city'.

                  But I guess geographical boundaries are more wide spread here in Seattle?

                  1. re: grangie angie
                    kaleokahu Jun 20, 2011 09:57 PM

                    Hi, graingie:

                    Since you responded to akq's question to terrier, I might as well respond to yours to acq...

                    As a transplanted New Yorker, you probably know that there are 5 boroughs in NYC, each in a different county, and the total area is about 300 square miles. We (now including you) don't have that here. One 85 sq. mile city in one county, with a bunch of indistinct neighborhoods filled with folks who like living in their (and your) one city. Even your transplant city's Department of Neighborhoods isn't exactly clear where one 'hood ends and another begins.

                    Downtown is one of those neighborhoods, co-equal with all the others. When we mean to distinguish Downtown from the rest of the city, we usually use a word like, well... "Downtown".

                    But for argument's sake, let's call the City the area bounded by First and Third Avenues and University and Columbia Streets. Even within that little Lichtenstein, the Met comes in third IMO. Fifth if you count the private clubs.

                    I urge you to convince the City Council to renounce, abandon and jettison all neighborhoods except this area. Many are the taxpayers who would like to say they are not in the city, I think including the Canlis family and Mr. & Mrs. Szmania.

                    Aloha,
                    Kaleo

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                    Canlis Restaurant
                    2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

                    Szmania's Restaurant
                    3321 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199

                    1. re: kaleokahu
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                      linzandchris Jun 20, 2011 10:14 PM

                      Thank you everyone for your feedback. I had no idea that my original post would provoke so much discussion!
                      In response to your questions...Yes, we are from Olympia and familiar with the greater Seattle area. I specified downtown because I intend to book a room there (also interested in any recommendations you may have in the $200 range). We are not at all opposed to driving out of the way if it's worth it. Most of our time in Seattle is spent in Ballard with family, so we haven't had much opportunity to enjoy other areas for awhile.
                      I will still consider the Met and will definitely check out Canlis. Thanks again!
                      Lindsey

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                      Canlis Restaurant
                      2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

                      1. re: linzandchris
                        kaleokahu Jun 21, 2011 10:21 PM

                        Hi, Lindsay & Chris:

                        Hope you have a nice stay and a great steak.

                        With respect, you *didn't* specify downtown in your OP. FYI, "Downtown" neighborhoods include the Central Business District (where Ruth's Chris, Morton's, The Met, The Brooklyn, Sazerac, Sullivan's, etc. are), and four other neighborhoods: First Hill, The Market (Il Bistro, Maxmillien), Belltown (El Gaucho), Yesler Terrace (?), the ID (too many to count), and Pioneer Square (Il Terazzo Carmine).

                        All the places I've listed above are good restaurants. But there are many others a 1-iron away from "Downtown" that are splendid (e.g., Sitka & Spruce). And still others, a short drive away, can be very, very good (Canlis, Daniel's, Rover's, The Book Bindery, etc., etc.,). So the whole "Downtown" thing is a bit silly, unless you're afoot.

                        If you are considering El Gaucho (and if you have not been, it is a unique experience), you might consider booking a room at the hotel upstairs. One flight down for dinner (and back up to sleep), two flights down for the coolest movie venue in Seattle, The Big Picture. The setup allows for not leaving the building for a weekend, if saving shoeleather or gas is a priority.

                        Again, have fun.

                        Aloha,
                        Kaleo

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                        Book Bindery
                        198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

                        1. re: kaleokahu
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                          Lauren Jun 22, 2011 10:42 AM

                          I don't consider First Hill, Yesler Terrace, or the ID downtown. Maybe Pioneer Square but even that's pushing it.

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                            grangie angie Jun 22, 2011 11:21 AM

                            Lauren,totally agree with you.

                            1. re: Lauren
                              kaleokahu Jun 22, 2011 04:02 PM

                              Hi, Lauren: "I don't consider First Hill, Yesler Terrace, or the ID downtown."

                              LOL, neither do I, so you have my and grangie's full support in your run for mayor, city council, or the Director of the Dept. of Neighborhoods.

                              This thread started out with a request for recs "in the city", not downtown. Had the OP been clearer, she would have gotten different answers and we could have avoided the political geography.

                              Aloha,
                              Kaleo

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