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Sep 9, 2011 11:43 AM

60th Birthday Dinner in Seattle

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.


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  1. 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

      Thanks so much Lauren! Those look great!

      1. re: aem_chow

        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

          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?

    2. 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. 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

          I second Kaleo's recommendation.

          1. re: Leper

            But its much more old school than hip!

            1. re: FoodDee

              Hi, FoodDee:

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


              1. re: kaleokahu

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