HOME > Chowhound > Greater Seattle >
Are you making a specialty food? Tell us about it

Dinner in Key Arena Area

Tripper Oct 6, 2012 07:22 AM

We are going to a concert at Key Arena on a Saturday night in November . Seeking a place for dinner we can walk to. Staying at the nearby Maxwell Hotel. Group of four...would like a nice but casual dinner before the show. Any cuisine and price range. I searched the board but came up empty no doubt because I am not identifying the neighborhood correctly. Any suggestions appreciated.

  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. g
    Gizmo56 Oct 6, 2012 11:29 AM

    Toulouse Petit, right at the corner or Mercer and Queen Anne.

    Arrive early enough to get a booth in the bar just before the happy hour commences at 4 pm. Food is competently prepared New Orleans style, and the happy hour small plate selection is vast and very affordable, so you can keep it coming. The room gets loud, so sit away from the bar itself, toward the outer perimeter. Check the happy hour menu online to plot your strategy for the evening:


    Might that be Neil Young & Crazy Horse you are going to see at the Key?

    2 Replies
    1. re: Gizmo56
      Tripper Oct 6, 2012 07:28 PM

      It is...thank you very much for a great option!

      1. re: Tripper
        Gizmo56 Oct 7, 2012 05:28 AM


    2. f
      firecracker Oct 6, 2012 05:29 PM

      Crow would be another resto in the Seattle Center area. Menus can be found at http://www.eatatcrow.com/index.php/me.... Good reviews on Yelp for this one too.

      4 Replies
      1. re: firecracker
        Tripper Oct 6, 2012 07:29 PM

        Thanks...will forward both to my friends and let them pick!

        1. re: Tripper
          firecracker Oct 7, 2012 09:03 AM

          You can't go wrong with either place!

          1. re: firecracker
            Tripper Nov 11, 2012 06:43 PM

            We ended up at Crow for dinner..,.it was excellent. Very nice platter of middle eastern dips and pita bread, good pasta and very flavorful juicy chicken. Toulouse Petit was our breakfast favorite...ate their twice. Really good bloody marys.

            1. re: Tripper
              Gizmo56 Nov 12, 2012 12:29 AM

              "keep on rockin' in the free world"

              Glad you made it to Toulose. I'll be having breakfast there this morning.

      2. p
        PaqpIn Oct 7, 2012 05:03 PM

        The newish Collections Cafe is right across the lawn from Key Arena in the Seattle Center and is very good. http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/ Service is good and the decor is worth checking out. Food is very good as well.

        1. q
          Quintious Oct 7, 2012 09:16 PM

          Ten Mercer is an absolutely fantastic place that tends to fly under the radar.

          It's located at....10 Mercer.

          1. g
            GreenYoshi Oct 8, 2012 09:39 AM

            I'm a big fan of Bambino's if you want to go a more casual route.
            I haven't been since they added a new bar a few weeks ago, but their pizza is some of the best in the city, and they always have a great beer selection.

            1. fuzzyboy Nov 13, 2012 04:49 PM

              Crow's sib, Betty is at the top of QA hill too!

              Show Hidden Posts