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Jun 11, 2012 08:58 AM

"Fancy" Chinese Restaurant in Seattle?

Today is my daughter's 10th birthday and I'm looking for a nice Chinese restaurant in Seattle to celebrate it in. I am very familiar with all the great Chinese food here, but it's mostly found in dumpy little spots. So, I'm looking for a place with a really nice,pretty dining room. Don't care too much about the food, my daughter has pretty bad taste in food thus far (sweet and sour chicken,chow mein,etc.). Any suggestions?

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  1. both CHINA HARBOR on westlake and LOUIES in ballard offer fancy decor and dull food

    1. Regent Bakery on Capitol Hill has decent food and a pretty space (there are photos of the dining room on Yelp, if that helps).

      1. O'Asian. Honestly haven't been there for anything but dimsum, but the setting isn't bad.

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        1. re: ethereal

          What about Bako, where Jade Pagoda was? Haven't tried yet, but sounds like it will please both of you. Also, Long Provincial (Vietnamese not Chinese) is upscale but good with kids and delicious.

          1. re: ethereal

            +1 on O'Asian. I was there last week for some dim sum and it was good. I can't vouch for the other dishes but if the green bean dish I had at lunch was an indicator then it's probably not too bad. The decor is probably the nicest in Seattle.

            China Harbor has a nice view.

            If you are willing to go East then Din Tai Fung would be a great choice. It's nice atmosphere and food.

            Though not quite as fancy as the above mentioned places Fortune Garden at the Corner of King and Maynard is pretty nice. They replaced the old Ga Ga Loc so they have a fresh remodel and the cleanest restroom I've ever seen in the ID. The menu is very much like 663 Bistro but featuring more seafood and I thought the quality was as good 663. [If you are a 663 fan you will recognize the waitress who used to work at 663]. This would be my personal choice for the food and decent prices.

            The other International District spot that would work for that is Red Lantern. It's pretty nice though I haven't been as recently. They have more Asian foods other than Chinese on the menu but the food was pretty good when I tried it last.

          2. As mentioned, O'Asian, Din Tai Fung, and Red Lantern should fit your bill.

            It sounds like any "Asian" eatery would work, as food is of secondary importance. I would also consider Monsoon, PF Chang's, Wild Ginger, Zen Garden (up north a bit), Tea Palace in Renton.

            1. If you can stand a little driving up to South Snohomish County, the Zen Garden in Mill Creek might work for you: