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NEED ADVICE FROM SEATTLE DINERS

Hello all—I live in Atlanta and will be visiting Seattle for 2 dinners later this month (late Sunday arrival and Monday night). My wife doesn’t eat meat, and we’re OD’d on Italian and French. We love seafood. We’ll be staying downtown, and will use taxis as required. We prefer to dine at unique restaurants, providing excellent service, and very good + quality on food, presentation, etc. (We only have two nights so I figure we should make it special). So far, I have narrowed it down to Crush for Sunday, and Canlis for Monday. Any and all comments are greatly appreciated. I will provide feedback on my final selections and experiences. Thank you all!! ATLfoodie

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  1. I'm in the minority on this board, but I don't find Crush memorable. Overpriced it is though. You can get much better food and service at Walrus and Carpenter, Staple & Fancy, Book Bindery and other places. For views and okay seafood try Palisades or Ray's Boathouse.

    Report back and enjoy our city!

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    1. re: firecracker

      thanks firecracker....I will check out those restaurants too. View is not important, and I do not want just "okay" seafood.

      1. re: atlfoodie

        We actually found the service at Walrus & Carpenter to be only fair and be aware that they don't take reservations - our wait on a Sunday ran almost 2 hours.

        1. re: FoodDee

          Thanks! That combination would eliminate Walrus.

          1. re: FoodDee

            The waits can be long at W&C unless you get there at opening, Atlfoodie and his wife are coming in from Atlanta so being there at opening may fit right in with the three hour time difference between our two cities. They may be ready to eat at a time we consider early.

            1. re: firecracker

              Actually it says that they are coming in late on Sunday - which could actually work out better. That said, we still were underimpressed with the service and found the food a bit hit and miss.

              1. re: FoodDee

                Or Monday when there is no farmers market, and if they can get there early, before 9-5'ers are getting off and going out.

      2. canlis has been living on its reputation for years; i had a miserable timewith both food and service at my last visit (emphasize LAST!) and will not return. the best seafood downtown is unquestionably blueacre (7th/olive) although i have found ray's much better than 'OK". perhaps you might consider a trip to the international district (our 'chinatown") and something from the live tanks at either sea garden (7th/king) or ho ho (6th/walter), both of which i've enjoyed on past visits. i also like taking friends to sitka & spruce (melrose market) especially with taylor shellfish right next door.

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        1. re: howard 1st

          howard 1st-thanks. Sunday day of arrival would call for a downtown area restaurant around 8-8:30. I like your idea about the chines fish tanks. We've enjoyed that in China and elsewhere, so why not in Seattle? I'll look up your recommendations too, in addition to firecracker's.

        2. Firecracker & howard 1st: Thanks for sharing. I've researched various places all afternoon, and this is my final list (still need to select only TWO restaurants...tough to do among so many great ones). So far, I like: Book Bindery, Sitka & Spruce, Seastar, Poppy. Also considering AQUA el Gaucho, along with my initial Crush and Canliss.

          Any further comments from the community is appreciated. Thanks!!

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          1. re: atlfoodie

            How about Terra Plata or Harvest Vine?

          2. Thanks to all who contributed. I value your perspectives. After researching I've decided on Seastar for Sunday, and either Book Bindery or Poppy for Monday. I'll let you all know my thoughts after my visit. Thanks!!!atlfoodie

            1. Hi- Note: I am not from Seattle but my office is there and I visit a lot. I also don't eat meat and am a seafood fanatic. Last time I was there I had the salt and pepper dungeness crab at the Flying Fish and I can promise you that I will not come back to Seattle without getting this each and every time!

              Oysters were amazing here as well. As a seafood lover I really loved this stop.

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              1. re: BellaBoston

                BellaBoston, Thanks for your recommendation!! Looks like a solid contender for lunch, as it's just outside the downtown area, and we have our two nights for dinner already locked in.

                1. re: atlfoodie

                  You might want to check to make sure that Poppy is actually serving their normal food on Mondays. I know they were doing an Indian "pop-up" night on Mondays a few months ago.

                  1. re: sirsnacksalot

                    sirsnacksalot, thanks for the heads ups. I called Poppy, and they confirmed that they stopped that indian pop-up a few months ago. Thanks!!

                2. re: BellaBoston

                  +1 on Flying Fish recco - would be a great lunch stop. Christine Keff, the owner, has very good suppliers and her seafood is top notch!

                  1. re: gingershelley

                    Gingershelley, thank you for confirming my decision to go to Flying fish for lunch. Sounds like we'll have some great food in Seattle. Will keep you all posted on my return to Atlanta.

                3. Seattle Diners and fellow Chowhounds: Many thanks for all of your comments to my earlier posts. I am now back home in Atlanta and wanted to give you some feedback on my dining experience. First, let me say how difficult it was for me to chose "a" restaurant to go to...there are so many I wanted or would have gone to. Really!!!! So, for our one night dining experience, where I promised my wife we'd have fresh, local seafood, we went to..........

                  Seastar Resturant and Raw Bar

                  A solid restaurant I would enjoy going back to. I called several weeks in advance to make special note of my wife's important birthday which we would be celebrating here, and the management went above and beyond to make us both feel special.

                  We were in Seatlle for only two nights, and wanted quality, local seafood, regardless of price. We were very satisfied. We started with their northwest oyster sampler @ $23, providing us with 3 pairs of assorted oysters. Nice presentation! Following were two 1/2 salads, spinach and maytag, both delicious, at $5-6.The Halibut w/ morels @ $37, and the plank salmon @ $34 were both exquisite. We also ordered one crab cake @ $4, as an accompaniment which was very much appreciated and devoured.

                  The sommelier assisted us vith many wines by the glass, and the prices ranged from $6-17 for a premium glass.

                  All in all, a most memorable evening, and a worthy addition to Seattle's restaurant scene. We would definitely return!!

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                  1. re: atlfoodie

                    Glad you enjoyed Seastar. Next time, get the coconut cream pie. It's pretty fabulous!

                    1. re: atlfoodie

                      Thanks for the report! How formal was Seastar? We are staying at the Pan Pacific and need a nearby restaurant one night. It's after a long day of hiking so concerned we might be too casual...

                      1. re: SaraPA

                        Well, I'm sure you'd want to wash up and change clothes from hiking all day. But, jackets for men are not the norm if that's what you want to know. But, neither are shorts. Do yourself a favor, and make an effort and go.