In about ten days time, three of us from Toronto will be visiting your fair city for about 3-4 days - or more importantly nights - as far as dinners are concerned.
At the moment I don' know exactly where we're be staying but it will undoubtedly be a hotel in the downtown area. However, we will have a car.
It's a difficult question, I know, but where would you head for if you had to choose three different Seattle restaurants for dinner? I think at one of them should be a seafood restaurant as you are on the ocean whereas Toronto definitely is not.
We're all on the frostier side if fifty so have more "conservative" tatses. The kinds of places we go to in Toronto would be French bistro/North Amrican/International but usually not anywhere east of Suez. Also we also like restaurants where you can actually talk as, I'm afraid, the three of us all like to talk though we very rarely agree.
So any help any of you can give us in making this a memorable and successful trip would be very much appreciated.
ER2, For seafood, I suggest Blue Acre Seafood or Etta's. For other dinners (given your parameters) The Dahlia Lounge, the upstairs bar at Maximillien's at the Market and 94 Stewart Street (located, ironically, at 94 Stewart St.). If you can talk your friends into something more of a true Chowhound destination, I highly recommend Harvest Vine in Madison Park. (Call for reservations and ask to be seated in the wine cellar.) Review their menu and see what you think; if you can "sell this" to your friends, it will be worth it. For lunch one day, I suggest Seven Stars Szechuan for the Dungenous crab. While it is quite spicy, it will possibly be one of the best seafood experiences you will ever have and a true Seattle destination. While at the market during lunch time, drop by Emmett Watson's for some oysters or fish & chips. If you can channel the late Emmett's aura, your Seattle visit will be extra special. Enjoy!
2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
94 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
conversation at the dinner table - what a concept! mature diners (including myself) should consider ray's boathouse (shilsole bay; prefer downstairs) for seafood, (though blueacre is not to be denigrated), le gourmand (ballard) for classic french, il terrazzo de carmine (pioneer square) for perfectly presented italian and matt's in the market (pike place market) for inventive pacific northwest cuisine without the decibels.
For seafood I'd recommend Ponti Seafood Grill. I had dinner there about a month ago and the pan roasted ling cod was really good. I also love their classic Thai Curry Penne. Avoid the Yakima mimosa salad, that didn't work. They have a lovely deck overlooking the ship canal. After or before dinner walk across the Fremont bridge and check out the Fremont neighborhood and the Burke Gilman Trail.
I'd also recommend Il Terrazzo, Tilikum Place Cafe, Mistral Kitchen (go for lunch or an early dinner) and Bisato.
I'll second Ponti. We had dinner there recently and it was very good. The grilled Copper River King and Halibut were both perfectly cooked and delicious. The sides were also very good. An English pea risotto with arugula pesto and tomato relish for the King and polenta and fava beans for the halibut...
Try Chez Shea at Pike Place Market. Food is delicious and conversation is actually possible. Other places to try would be Place Pigalle (also at The Market) or Il Bistro (downstairs but close to Rachel the Pig).
Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101
Place Pigalle Restaurant
, Seattle, WA 98101
93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Many thanks to firecracker, knowspicker, Bethwick, howard 1st and Leper for your kindly advice.
As it turned out, we only had two evenings in Seattle, not three as we had originally planned. On our first evening (Saturday) we went to Il Terazzo Carmine where I enjoyed a saute of local clams and mussels in wine and garlic, followed by some sweetbreads in a tasty sauce. A very pleasant room that was quiet enough for conversation. The service was attentive without being over fussy.The next evening (Sunday) we went to Ponti seafood Grill. I thought the setting was very attractive - it was a beautifully sunny evening - and the food was excellent. I had oysters to start with and the pan fried ling cod was very tasty indeed. Good service.
So thanks again for making our visit to your very attractive city so pleasant. If any of you are ever heading to Toronto, I'd be only too happy to return the favour.