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Help me decide between these 3 restaurants--Matt's, Anthony's & Steelhead???

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bohemiana Aug 16, 2011 05:09 PM

We've got two dinners in town this week before our cruise to Alaska. For one night I want to go to Paseo because I've heard so much about it. But I can't decide for the other night between Matt's in the Market, Anthony's Pier 66 and Steelhead Diner. We're staying downtown so I would like to stick around there or a short cab ride away. I'm most interested in good seafood and value for the money, less interested in chic/trendy/view. Also, my dad is a little hard of hearing so if one of these is really noisy that won't work.

Thanks!!

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Steelhead Diner
95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

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    Leper RE: bohemiana Aug 16, 2011 07:11 PM

    Bohemiana, Matt's at the Market is the most Seattle-centric of your three choices. (Although Steelhead Diner offers exceptionally good food.) Have your dad order a Bloody Mary at Matt's and sit back and enjoy a wonderful dining experience. When you have finished, wander over to the upstairs bar at Maximillien's at the Market for an after dinner drink and enjoy some ambiance from another century. (Anthony's is nothing special unless you consider Red Lobster a dining destination.)

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    Steelhead Diner
    95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

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      lmcsherr RE: bohemiana Aug 16, 2011 09:00 PM

      I have to 2nd Leper's comments. Matt's was a great meal and I'm not so impressed by Steehead. Definitely not Anthony's.

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        tsquare RE: bohemiana Aug 17, 2011 07:20 AM

        I haven't been in some time, but I did think Matt's was crushingly loud. Might depend on where you sit?

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          bohemiana RE: tsquare Aug 17, 2011 12:26 PM

          "Crushingly" is too loud. I hate this trend in dining--it's like they think the louder you have to shout to be heard the more fun you must be having. My dad simply can't follow a conversation if it's loud. I'll call to see if they have a quite area.

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            Lauren RE: bohemiana Aug 17, 2011 01:02 PM

            Unfortunately Steelhead is going to be equally loud. And, as Leper and others mentioned, Anthony's should be skipped.

            If Matt's doesn't work, I'd suggest The Book Bindery. I've had two really good meals there and they have and "adult" dining room. Which is not to say it's boring, just that you can hear your dining companions.

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            Book Bindery
            198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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              Leper RE: Lauren Aug 17, 2011 01:29 PM

              Lauren, We recently experienced the Book Bindery and were very impressed with both the food and the service. It is a true Chowhound destination.

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              Book Bindery
              198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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          PAO RE: bohemiana Aug 17, 2011 06:13 PM

          Anthony's is just a pedestrian chain restaurant. I agree with the comments that Steelhead Diner is not all that wonderful. Have never been to Matt's.

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          Steelhead Diner
          95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

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            bohemiana RE: PAO Aug 29, 2011 04:39 PM

            We ended up skipping Paseo and went to Anthony's and another place called Blueacre. You were right--Anthony's was very pedestrian. Actually the food was o.k.--nothing special, very average--but the service was terrible. Blueacre on the otherhand was very, very good, and the atmosphere and service were also very nice. We started out at happy hour at Blueacre for drinks and appetizers (and $1 oysters), and then moved to a table.

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            GreenYoshi RE: bohemiana Aug 17, 2011 07:37 PM

            Just thought I'd point out that Paseo often runs out of bread by dinner (at which point they serve over rice), so you may want to make it a lunch.

            As a visitor, you shouldn't be confused by what Paseo is. Despite it's warranted praise, it's a sandwich shack. A very good one (although not as world changing as some would have you believe), but a sandwich place none the less. I'd pick a different dinner if I were you... Maybe Revel if you're in that area.

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              GreenYoshi RE: GreenYoshi Aug 17, 2011 07:41 PM

              Oh yeah, and Matt's. No question.
              I like Anthony's as a "value" place doing basic, old-school seafood, but clearly that's not what you're looking for.

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                roolala RE: GreenYoshi Aug 17, 2011 08:57 PM

                As much as I love Revel, the noise level there tends to be on the high side, which probably wouldn't work for you.

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                sweetpotater RE: bohemiana Aug 19, 2011 11:45 AM

                We went to Steelhead this week. The fried dishes—chicken sandwich, fish and chips, fried oysters—were so-so. My friends enjoyed their large-fresh-fish-on-plate dishes, but I didn't try them. The service was lousy. If I didn't know better I'd say our waitress was stoned.

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                  FoodDee RE: sweetpotater Aug 20, 2011 08:47 AM

                  I unfortunately have to agree that our last experience at Steelhead was really poor foodwise - so much so that they removed two of the 3 meals from the bill. A dinner at Bluacre this past week was also bad and service was pathetic. The entrees came out way too soon and the server just stood there with the plates hovering over us since there wasn't room on the table for them. The collard greens were too salty to eat and when this was mentioned to the server we were told to fill out a comment card.

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                  firecracker RE: bohemiana Aug 21, 2011 10:38 PM

                  For quiet ambiance and good food try Chez Shea (just down the hall from Matt's). Think you and your dad will appreciate this place more than Matt's or Steelhead. Please cross Anthony's off your list. It is a nothing place.

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                  Chez Shea
                  94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

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                    vday RE: firecracker Aug 21, 2011 11:23 PM

                    We recently ate at both Matt's and CheaShea while visiting Seattle. CheaShea is more refined and quieter . . . so I agree with firecracker. We had delicious drinks and food there. We also enjoyed Matt's, but it is not a good place to take someone who is hard of hearing if you go when the place is full.

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