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one night in seattle - 30th birthday

hungrylibrarian Jul 18, 2011 08:28 PM

Hello --

My boyfriend and I are driving up from Portland for one night for my birthday. While I had dreams of celebrating (mourning) the end of my 20s at the French Laundry, the challenge of getting a reservation has me headed north instead of south.

I don't need the most 'seattle' meal. I'd like something somewhat splurgy, but it doesn't need to be the most expensive either (I'm going to end up at TFL one day). Just something really delicious and memorable. We're staying at the Hotel 1000, but I'm happy to cab it for a great meal.

Any thoughts?

  1. d
    Datahead Jul 22, 2011 04:02 PM

    Ivar's Salmon House, with a view table down the throat of Lake Union and alder-smoked salmon. Plus the museum-quality NW Coast tribal artifacts on display. One of the best experiences in Seattle.

    Ivar's Salmon House
    401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105

    Lake Union Cafe
    3119 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

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    1. re: Datahead
      GreenYoshi Jul 23, 2011 09:16 AM

      I actually like Salmon House and think it deserve more credit than it gets around here, but i don't think it's the right spot if this guy was thinking French Laundry before...

      Between the view, the food and general Seattle-ness of it, i think Canlis has to be the call.

      Canlis Restaurant
      2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

    2. lavaca Jul 19, 2011 01:11 PM

      The best high-end meal I've had in Seattle was at Spinasse. It's essentially a modern take on rustic Piedmontese cooking, with of care and attention devoted to every aspect of the meal (for example, you're presented with an aperitivi menu when you sit down). The overall quality level is very high - we tried at least a dozen dishes and found almost all of them to be excellent - and they serve a lot of things you don't often see around these parts. Go for the degustazione menu if you're willing to spend $95/person, since it maximizes the number of different dishes you get to try.

      Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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      1. re: lavaca
        BuffaloBandit Jul 22, 2011 11:52 AM

        Corson Building... I emphatically second that recommendation. I also love Cascina Spinasse, but if you're coming this weekend, I'd pass on anything in Capitol Hill, as the block party will be in full swing.

        Cascina Spinasse
        1531 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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

        1. re: BuffaloBandit
          bluedog67 Jul 22, 2011 03:53 PM

          I second Mistral Kitchen, and would add Crush for consideration. Honestly, all of the suggestions above are great. Staple & Fancy is a little more casual.

          Mistral Kitchen
          2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

      2. c
        cocktailhour Jul 19, 2011 11:32 AM

        Chef's Table at Mistral Kitchen or "fancy" at Staple & Fancy or Rover's. All three are different in atmosphere and price point, all are delicious.

        Mistral Kitchen
        2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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        1. re: cocktailhour
          pusherman Jul 19, 2011 12:43 PM

          If you're committed to the price fixe tasting menu, what about the tasting menu at Corson, or if that's too much, the one at Elemental or Art of the Table.

          "Fancy" at S&F is great, too, but much less fancy than the others.

          Art of the Table
          1054 N 39th St, Seattle, WA 98103

        2. d
          dagrassroots Jul 18, 2011 09:19 PM

          I would do the tasting menu at canlis.

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          1. re: dagrassroots
            equinoise Jul 19, 2011 10:38 AM

            That's a good idea. Maybe one of the prix fixe menus at Mistral Kitchen?

            Mistral Kitchen
            2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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