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Nov 7, 2012 11:45 AM

Seattle this weekend - must eats for 10 ppl?

There's 10 of us Vancouverites heading down to Seattle for the long weekend to catch the Seahawks game on Sunday. We rented a house in Capital Hill since the area seemed to be up our alley with restaurants/craft cocktail bars etc. We all love food but understand that a lot of the really good restaurants don't take reservations and will be hard pressed to get a table for ten.

I've already considered Sitka and Spruce, Serious Pie, Lola for lunch and Spinasse and Walrus and the Carpenter. How easy is it for a group of 10 to make reservations and/or wait for a table at these places? I've also tentatively made reservations for Needle and Thread for Saturday night and was thinking of Canon and Artusi for drinks.

I'll need recommendations for lunch and dinner recommendations for Saturday as well as Monday lunch before we head back. We will be celebrating a birthday Saturday night so would love a fun dinner recommendation and then bar nearby afterwards. We're in our early to mid 30's so fun and loud is okay, but kitschy, touristy and club beats while eating are not!

Also, if there are any suggestions for how to get to and from the game and tailgating tips as its most of our first time going to an NFL game! Thanks!

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  1. You could try Madison Park Conservatory for dinner. I did a quick look and it seems as though they may have room for a later (8ish) dinner Saturday. There is a bar, the Attic, near that is a hangout for grads from UW, so it would fit in with your age group. The bar is nothing fancy but it would do the trick.

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    1. re: venice4504

      Thanks for the suggestion! Looks like a hidden gem and will definitely be on my list next time I'm in town!

      We wanted to find something relatively walking distance to where we are staying (near Seattle University) and so tentatively booked reservations to both Anchovies and Olives and La Spiga. Our party also went from 10 people to a slightly more manageable 8 people.

      Any feedback on either restaurant? I've also tried to book a reservations for predrinks or after drinks at Arturi since getting into Spinasse seems to be near impossible! Do we need to book reservations for these small craft cocktail bars?

      1. re: qimburlee

        If you end up at La Spiga, the pappardelle with braised duck ragu is excellent. Another option I'd recommend for dinner is Oddfellow's cafe, also on Capitol Hill. They should be able to accomodate a larger party. Pre-Game on Sunday, check out Collins Pub (great beers on tap and some of the best "bar food" in my opinion). Or, if you want to roll up your sleeves, head to Tat's for a cheese steak sandwich, which is right across the street from Collins Pub. Have fun and Go Hawks!

    2. Quinn's Pub on 10th and Pike is nearby and IMO quite tasty. They have a large table upstairs that could easily hold 8+. I'm a fan of their burgers, bone marrow, and steaks, plus they have a pretty good beer and liquor selection.
      For cocktails, I'm a fan of Tavern Law. It's kinda small, but you might be able to reserve some space in the upstairs speakeasy section.
      For excellent beer in the area, try Pine Box (lower capital hill) or Collins Pub (Pioneer square, closer to the stadiums).

      It's not a terribly long walk from Seattle U, but you can take a bus down Madison street to 1st Ave, and then walk the rest of the way.