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Group Lunch in University District Area

Hi there,

I've been asked to plan a lunch for a wedding party somewhere near the University District. It'll be on a weekday and there will be somewhere between 10 and 12 people. I'm hoping to find something relatively casual, a place where we can all sit together for awhile and hang out and eat.

I'm not from the area, so aside from Yelp, etc I have no clue! Some options I've found are Boom Noodle and Delfinos ... would these be any good? Are there places that are better?

ANY advice would be great.

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  1. I like the Continental Restaurant and Pastry Shop just south of 47th on the West side of U Way.
    Ask for feta on your lamb burger if that is what you order.

    1. There's Flowers Bar & Restaurant on Univ. Ave & 43, it's spacious and provides a veggie/vegan lunch buffet too:

      http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/1/4138/re...

      Or Cedars on 50 Ave & Brooklyn (behind Safeway), a fusion of Indian and eastern Mediterranean:

      http://www.cedarsseattle.com/

      Or back to University Village Mall (Boom Noodles, Delfinos, etc) and go to Pallino Pastaria:

      http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/1/2646/re...

      1. Also consider agua verde which is close to the UW medical center and right on the water. Tasty catfish tacos!

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        1. re: akq

          If the weather is nice, Agua Verde would be a great option, as it has scenic outdoor seating. I'd advice checking ahead on space, as it can get crowded.

          1. re: pusherman

            I "third" Agua Verde. I don't know if they take reservations; call and check. If they don't, try to get there early.

            1. re: PAO

              Or head westward along Boat St, onto Pacific, under the bridge, onto Northlake, to Ivar's Salmon House ?

              http://www.ivars.com/index.php?page=l...

              1. re: LotusRapper

                You took the words right outta my mouth, Lotus.
                The place had good history in it, has a great view, presents an established menu with plenty of NW connection. I claim that on a good day, you can get a great piece of fish there, though friends dispute my findings. The prices are moderate and Happy Hour (Bar only) is a killer.

                1. re: mrnelso

                  I've been there twice, sometime btwn 2000 and 2004, when the missus was doing masters @ U-Dub. One time the food was quite good. The other time ..... so/so. Being that it was so many years ago, and chefs/cooks change constantly in the industry, I can only hope the food is at the minimum, better than average these days. But then again as you say, Ivar's is such an integral part of Seattle's history that makes it a worthy option to consider.

                  1. re: mrnelso

                    Their Happy Hour used to be pretty sweet, but they taken off some of the better items and raised the prices on other. It's still not a bad place to go though.

                    1. re: GreenYoshi

                      Ivar's is especially good, I think, for out-of-town visitors, as it features local history, a great view, and well-known food that (usually, though ymmv) runs from entirely serviceable to quite good. Ivar is good with clams, mussels, and fish-and-chips.
                      In summer, the barge is open, so you can hang out on the water for hours.

          2. I'd cross I-5 westward to Wallingford/Green Lake.

            Maybe Elysian or the Publican in Tangletown where there are many beers to be had.

            Or maybe South across the University Bridge to Eastlake Bar & Grill, which doesn't have great food, but servicable and kind of nice for out of towners with a nice view of Gas works and Lake Union.

            All of those are pretty nice places to hang out for a while.