One night in Seattle & one near Redmond
Looking for dinner recommendations - will be in Seattle one night and in the Redmond area the other, in a few weeks.
On prior visits to Seattle, I've dined at Spinasse and Quinn's - really loved them both but want to try something new. Any recommendations for a place with a similar "feel" in terms of ambience and style of food would be great.
Know very little about Redmond although based on searching the board, it is looking like we may need to venture to Kirkland or Bellevue to find better food?
Probably the only thing in Redmond that would even come close is Pomegranate. Cafe Juanita in Kirkland is the most upscale restaurant on the Eastside. Unfortunately the Eastside doesn't really offer very much with the "feel" that you are looking for. Possibly Cantinetta in Bellevue.
Brix Wine Bistro in the Juanita neighborhood of Kirkland is upscale and yet comfortable. Volterra now has a downtown Kirkland sister to its Seattle location. If you're on an expense account, consider Bis on Main in Bellevue.
If you're looking for good ethnic cuisine in Redmond, try Spicy Talk. Tropea offers terrific Italian.
Woodinville is a bit of a drive, but worth it for the offerings at Barking Frog and Italianissimo. I doubt if you can get reservations at this late date for the much vaunted Herbfarm - arguably the best resto in the Seattle area.
Hadn't thought of volterra - friends who have been have given it mixed reviews. Do love Spicy Talk. Bis on Main had gone way downhill, but hear there is now a new chef so hopefully things have improved. A lot of people like Italianissimo but I doubt if it can be compared to Spinasse.
Redmond's strength these days is ethnic food due to the international employee base of Microsoft. If you want good Indian or Szechuan (I can't help noticing your screen name...) you're set. The whole Eastside now if 30% foreign born so there is a lot of good ethnic food around. But places like Spinasse or Quinn's, not so much.
For food on the eastside, I'd head on over to Cafe Juanita. A bit more elegant (but only a bit) than Spinasse, but top notch food and service.
Wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions and thought I'd give a recap of the trip.
We were staying in Redmond with family. Our first night we went to Anthony's HomePort in Kirkland for late night happy hour bites. Food was solid, nothing to write home about necessarily, but after a flight and just wanting something casual and inexpensive, it hit the spot.
The next day we did lunch at Monsoon in Capitol Hill - very good - all of the dishes were spot on. That night we ended up at Spinasse. Even though I'd been before, so glad to revisit. It was wonderful. Food, ambience, everything. We shared the appetizer sampler, I had the small size pasta with ragu, my husband had 2 small size pastas (one was the night's special - a stuffed bowtie shaped pasta w/braised goat filling and the other a ravioli), and brother had the rabbit main with a side of the pasta with butter/sage.
Saturday we had a late breakfast at The 5 Point Cafe in Belltown. It wasn't planned, we just walked by it, saw it had a good crowd and thought it would be a good place to stop. Service was not great but my husband's breakfast was quite good - some sort of Mexican omelette - HUGE portion. That night we dined at Staple and Fancy in Ballard. We did not opt for the family style tasting menu, though I've heard that's the way to go.
Finally as to Redmond, we stopped in to Redmond Bar & Grill for a quick lunch during the Seahawks game. Good bar food and the service was actually somewhat remarkable given how packed they were for the game.