HOME > Chowhound > Greater Seattle >

Discussion

One Night (Anniversary) in Seattle - Where to eat (I've searched! Still have questions)

  • 10
  • Share

I've searched the boards but am still having a problem picking a special occasion restaurant for my first anniversary next month. We're only in town for one night, and will probably base our hotel choice on our restaurant choice.

My biggest issue is that lots of Seattle restaurants appear to be closed on Sundays (ah well, Canlis & Book Bindery looked good until then) AND that I am deathly allergic to shellfish, so shellfish-heavy menus are off-putting.

Any other suggestions? Ambience is important (should feel special/romantic, doesn't need to be stuffy) and we're willing to spend however much it takes to have a lovely, memorable Sunday evening meal in Seattle. Help?

-----
Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Book Bindery
198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
Posting Guidelines | FAQs | Feedback
Cancel
  1. The part that trips me up is the special/romantic atmosphere. We have a lot of good restaurants here, but most of them don't qualify in that category. Chez Shea comes to mind. You're going to get a really good meal, and the ambiance can't be beat. I think Le Pichet is really romantic, and the food is very good, but the menu is pretty straight up French bistro, so you have to be in the mood for that. Too bad the space at Mistral Kitchen isn't more romantic...

    I wonder if the new Michael Mina--RN74--qualifies. I haven't been, only heard the good reviews, and it sounds like a special occasion place to me, but I don't know about the ambiance.

    -----
    Le Pichet
    Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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

    Mistral Kitchen
    2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

    2 Replies
    1. re: christy319

      Thanks Christy, Chez Shea looks great, and I may have overstated the need for "special", what I really mean is "not crazy brightly lit and/or obnoxiously loud" and that looks like it might fit the bill well.

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

      1. re: Janderson2

        I would also highly reccomend Chez Shea; my BF and I had one of the most romantic meals we have EVER had, just a couple months into dating; and we have travelled extensively together in France, Spain and Italy with very food-centric plans...

        We did the tasting menu with wine pairings, all was excellent.

        The food, the ambiance (lovely flattering lighting!), and the service were all exemplary. I emailed them a couple of days later asking for a copy of the menu from the evening, and ended up in a most delightful exchange with the DR mgr. I am sure if you have issues with items on the menu, you could alert to your seafood allergy (please, do - they would hate to poison you!), and they can plan substitutions for you in advance.

        We are planning on returning for my birthday in December for this experience again.

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

    2. I would also suggest Tulio's based upon your criteria.

      -----
      Tulio
      1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

      1. Has anyone been to Crush recently? I went some time back and found it to be delicious and cozy, but it seems to have fallen off of this board's radar.

        3 Replies
        1. re: Brunhilde

          RN74 is NOT romantic. It is great food, and occasion worthy, but that occasion should be willing to talk over all the din. It is rather noisy.

          Spur would be great, and agree with Chez Shea and Crush. I also like Boat St for a date. Mistral would work, too. Less cozy than above, but not too bright or noisy.

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

          1. re: Brunhilde

            We are dining at Crush on Wednesday night, probably for SRW menu, but knowing my BF, will most likely add items from the regular menu as well.
            Will do a report post meal...

            1. re: Brunhilde

              I've never been a huge fan of Crush. I find it to be quite noisy and the food I've ordered has been mediocre and therefore overpriced. Chez Shea is a much better option IMHO.

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

            2. Personally, I'd go to Kirkland (you could stay in the Heathman--good restaurant there for lunch and breakfast) and go to Cafe Juanita.

              -----
              Cafe Juanita
              Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

              1. Crush would be my choice. I like it better than Chex Shea. To each his own. Mistral has a very nice atmosphere.