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May 2, 2012 12:20 PM

Quiet Restaurants in Seattle

Call me old-fasioned, call me Seattle-provincial, whatever, there seems to be a dearth of quiet restaurants in Seattle any more. Any of you Hounds in Seattle know moderately priced QUIET restaurants in Seattle proper. I don't want to have to go to Canlis or The Georgian Room for quiet ambience. I really miss the old days of Osteria La Spiga when it was on the corner of Broadway and East Union, especially on Monday nights when they'd have a live jazz trio, playing very softly in the background. I was appalled recently to read that Ethan Stowell actually turns up the music when he thinks "his" restaurant is too quiet. What a pompous ass with total disrespect for his clientele. Is it too much to ask for a peaceful, serene, (gasp) romantic dining experience?

So, any suggestions?



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  1. I'm with you on this one. I'll NEVER return to Barrio Seattle even though the food was pretty good, because it was so loud it made my head hurt. Actually, Ponti's has several smaller rooms and if you can get into one of those rather than the main dining room, the noise there is not bad at all.

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    1. re: PAO

      Chez Shea and Le Gourmand, but u better hurry.

      1. re: mrnelso

        Sadly, Chez Shea's last night was this last Saturday. RIP, her lovely ambiance, fresh local well made food, and QUIET romantic dining room. Sigh...

    2. I second the suggestion for Ponti. Excellent food and service in a fine dining atmosphere.

        1. re: Lauren

          I second Nell's. Spectacular food and lovely quiet atmosphere. That is one of my favorite things about the place.

        2. Le Gourmand is closing effective, I think, 6/30. Rover's is quiet but pricey.