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60th Birthday Dinner in Seattle

aem_chow Sep 9, 2011 11:43 AM

I'm flying in from our of town to surprise my mom on her 60th in the beginning of October. I'd like to plan a night out for her, me and my husband, and my sister and her boyfriend. (so 5 people total). I'm thinking drinks somewhere and then dinner somewhere else later.

I'm looking for places that have great food and drinks and stylish atmosphere but that don't completely break the bank. My mom skews more hip than formal, so I'm hoping for fancier hip places rather than a white linen tablecloth kind of thing.

Suggestions MUCH appreciated.


  1. k
    kaleokahu Sep 13, 2011 10:42 PM

    IMO It is difficult to better Il Terrrazo Carmine. Relaxed and luxuriant. It's what I'd want on my 60th in Seattle.


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    1. re: kaleokahu
      Leper Sep 14, 2011 02:36 PM

      I second Kaleo's recommendation.

      1. re: Leper
        FoodDee Sep 14, 2011 09:07 PM

        But its much more old school than hip!

        1. re: FoodDee
          kaleokahu Sep 15, 2011 02:02 PM

          Hi, FoodDee:

          Well, all I can say is Carmine *is* hip for most 60-y-o's.


          1. re: kaleokahu
            FoodDee Sep 15, 2011 04:03 PM

            Sorry - I'm in that age range and didn't find anything about it hip!

    2. b
      Brunhilde Sep 13, 2011 06:53 PM

      I would do drinks at Spur, I love their west coast Pimm's cocktail, with an appetizers or two there, (lamb tartare! Or ahi crudo! Wait, both!) then move to Bistro for small plates. Check the prices on their menu, because while my boyfriend and I found it completely reasonable for the quality of food and came away satisfied (if not a little overfull) from sharing 3 plates, a lambchop each (the best!!!), and a dessert, others have complained about the small-ity of the plates.

      1. l
        Lauren Sep 12, 2011 02:20 PM

        I would say drinks/oysters at The Walrus and the Carpenter and then dinner at Staple & Fancy. Get the "fancy" menu - four courses for $45, which is a great value. Both places definitely skew hip.

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        1. re: Lauren
          aem_chow Sep 12, 2011 07:21 PM

          Thanks so much Lauren! Those look great!

          1. re: aem_chow
            bluedog67 Sep 13, 2011 06:04 PM

            Dont disagree with above, but Frank Bruni has arranged it so that everyone must now wait an hour (or 2!) for a table at Walrus. May not fit your plans to have to wait. If that's ok, then go with above plan. You can make a res at Staple- it is a great deal.

            1. re: bluedog67
              Lauren Sep 14, 2011 10:36 AM

              Is it really? I haven't been since his review. Wow. I was thinking they could go and sit at the bar - is it an hour or two for that too?

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