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Jul 21, 2013 05:34 PM

waterfront, waterview?

Hi, thanks for all the help and suggestions so far, I have been reading other posts like crazy, and was hoping for some recs on waterfront eats for B, L or Dinner. Will have car, anything but sushi. Thanks again

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  1. I will once again be a cheerleader for Ray's. Was there yesterday, can't beat that view.

    1. I agree with Ray's. There's an unwritten rule in Seattle that restaurants with great views tend to not have good food. Ray's may be an exception to that.Salty's has a great view, but food that is mediocre at best.

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      1. re: PAO

        x3 for Ray's.

        Start with a drink and an ap outside at the "cafe" and then have a leisurely dinner watching the sunset inside the downstairs "Boathouse" dining room (time your reservation accordingly).

        1. re: Gizmo56

          what time is sunset in your part of the world the next week?

          1. re: daisylover

            I am writing this at 8:57 pm. We are just starting to transition from dusk to darkness. If you can time your reservation so that you would pay the check around around 9:15 to 9:30, you should enjoy the full effect of the sun setting.

      2. Marination Ma Kai.

        Elliott's is good for lunch and they have a nice patio. but I find dinner overpriced.

        AQUA doesn't have the best food, but you cannot beat that outdoor waterfront deck. It's good for happy hour.

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        1. re: christy319

          Though neither has the panoramic view of Ray's, we enjoy dining al fresco at Ponti and Chinook's and each feature lovely local exposure on the working water
          Not on the waterfront, but overlooking it, Maximilien, Matt's, the deck at Pink Door,and Place Pigalle have good views, as do the The Athenian, Lowell's, and Soundview Cafe, though researching the menus at these last is advisable if you're inclined to maximize.
          For myself, a plate of Hangtown Fry with the locals over coffee at breakfast is a sure winner and one of the cheapest panoramic Seattle views this side of the Volunteer Park Water Tower (do it)

          1. re: mrnelso

            My family is in town visiting. Last time I took them to Ray's. They are not as... let's call it discerning, as I am and they actually commented that the food was disappointing. I don't think I can go to Ray's any more.

            This time we're giving Ponti a try.

            1. re: Lauren

              For the less "discerning" visitors, I often steer people to a window table at Cutter's Crabhouse. 5 Star view (including the busy ferry traffic coming to and from the Colman Dock), a very "safe" set of menu selections, and situated right alongside the Pike Place Market, so it makes an effortless dinner stop for visitors who spend an afternoon seeing the market.


              1. re: Gizmo56

                Cutter's is a great suggestion for that kind of dining. Thanks for reminding me!

                Our dinner at Ponti was decent. The halibut and cod were both over cooked but still tasty. The sable fish was one of the best preps I've had; lightly smoked with an asian spice rub. The wine list was good. The desserts were all eaten and the cheese plate was good. I'd go back.

        2. Little Water Cantina on Eastlake. I LIKE their food, (not LOVE) but their patio is my favorite in the city right now.

          Also will second votes for Maxmillien and Matt's in the Market. Maxmillien has a big ol patio and a great happy hour. Matt's has really great food (more on the upscale tip). Both involve a little way finding in the Pike Place Market.