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Special occasion restaurant for a family dinner?

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I'll be coming home from LA for Christmas and want to take my dad and two college-aged sisters out to a nice dinner one night. My dad has a bit of a traditional palate and doesn't like Thai food, but likes all other Asian food. My sisters and I are up for anything. (Except Canlis, I don't want to go there.) I'd like to keep the search to Seattle proper, not the Eastside.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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  1. Try Tulio's for good Itialian food. In fact, it's better than good!

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    Tulio
    1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

    1. I second Tulio's as a Seattle gem. Il Terrazo Carmine would also be an excellent destination.

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      Tulio
      1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

      1. For upper end Vietnamese, you could try Monsoon (I'm assuming that you don't want little holes in the wall or I'd recommend Green Leaf and also Tsukushinbo for Japanese). I'd pick Tulio's over Il Terrazo Carmine, and Spinasse over both. For French bistro/cafe, try Le Pichet or Cafe Campagne. For seafood, Ponti's Seafood Grill is good. For high end French, there's Le Gourmand or Rovers.

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        Cafe Campagne
        1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

        Le Pichet
        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

        Spinasse
        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

        Tulio
        1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

        Tsukushinbo
        515 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104

        1. You might enjoy Long Provincial Viatnamese in DT Seattle. Creative food, nice decor and service.
          You can do a search for reviews of it on this board.