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Aug 15, 2011 03:21 PM

Seafood/Restaurants in Seattle

Hi all...My husband and I are travelling to Seattle to visit friends in about a week. I am looking for a good seafood happy hour option (maybe somewhere with a patio where we can sit outside on the water?!?)

Also, I have looked into some restaurants for dinner:

Staple and Fancy
Book Bindery
Pink Door

We will be taking our friends out for dinner one night, so we would like something nice that has varied options, but not to $$....would Pink Door fit the bill?

Then one night we will be going out along...we are seafood lovers, so which of the other 3 would you suggest or is there one I am missing.


Pink Door
1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Book Bindery
198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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  1. Happy Hour at Waterfront Seafood Grill at Pier 70 - biggest deck on the water you will find. Alternatives: Ponti Seafood Grill on the Ship Canal or Ray's Boathouse or Cafe at Shilshole.

    Ray's Boathouse Restaurant
    6049 Seaview Ave., Seattle, WA 98107

    Waterfront Seafood Grill
    2801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

    Ponti Seafood Grill
    3014 3rd Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109

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    1. re: tsquare

      Ponti has an outdoor deck overlooking the canal (a very Seattle experience, to be sure) and a nice happy hour - I remember the Caesar and squid being especially good, though it's been a while. Because commerce does not necessarily honor geography, it may mean nothing that Ponti is just a few hundred yards from Fishermen's Terminal, prime port of the Pacific fishing fleet, but it's a romantic notion. By the way, a few blocks down the street, at the South end of the Ballard bridge, you will often see sandwich boards at that announce when a catcher-processor is selling immediately flash-frozen fish (fish does not get better than this - ignore skeptics) at the docks.
      In summer, you might very well hear the boats tooting their horns (different signals for different Seattle bridges) to ask the bridge-tender to open the drawbridge.
      (OK, so there's plenty of politics around the issue that most of the tax-paid cost of opening these bridges is for yacht-owners, while hundreds of workers cars sit idling, but that's a whole nother topic).
      Enjoy - Seattle in summer is as good as it gets.
      (in service of the Late Emmett Watson, and his famous cause, "lesser Seattle", I must say do not move here, you'll hate the rainy season.)

    2. I also recommend Ponti as they seem to be on top of their game these days. I would also suggest the Pink Door because it is a quintessential Seattle experience.

      Pink Door
      1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101