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

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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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  1. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: tsquare

          "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.

          1. re: bohemiana

            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

            1. re: Lauren

              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

        2. 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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          1. re: PAO

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: GreenYoshi

              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.

              1. re: GreenYoshi

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

              2. 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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                1. re: sweetpotater

                  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.

                2. 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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                  1. re: firecracker

                    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.