one night in seattle - 30th birthday
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.
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
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.
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
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
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.
1531 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
The Corson Building
5609 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108