Dine Out and Cozy In at the City's Most Intimate Eateries

Finding a delicious place to eat in Seattle comes without much effort. So does finding a table with a view. And a spot with an intimate atmosphere and a charming waitstaff. And and and...The list goes on and on. Bottom line: positive culinary experiences here are frequent–perhaps even the norm. If you're a foodie in this town, you've found yourself in the perfect locale. Arrive hungry, and savor it all!

Lucky for those seeking a romantic venue in which to share a meal with their significant other, Seattle offers umpteen choices. Maybe you wish to feel that you've been whisked away to a cozy French cafe or a plush Italian villa for the evening, or perhaps you prefer to chat over candlelight at your own private island-table within a bustling, hip eatery. Regardless, chefs send out dishes brimming with flavor and featuring some of the region's freshest and most unique ingredient, and attentive waitstaff give you VIP treatment that gives the night a special air. Many of the list's choices are located in downtown hotels, making the locations practical for visiting guests. However, others require a rental car or short taxi ride. We promise, though; it's worth the journey.

Comfortable and unpretentious, Serafina has been a Seattle favorite for years. This charming outpost has become one of the main culinary draws of the Eastlake neighborhood, and the adjoining Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar is an excellent place for...  Read More

Café Juanita
Photo courtesy of Bruce Miyahara

Named for the creek it rests beside, this fantastic restaurant is influenced by Italian cuisine, although it's not the red-sauce-and-cheese variety. Instead, dishes are more refined, featuring first-rate ingredients and careful preparation....  Read More

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Atkinson/Kirsten Graham PR

In Upper Fremont, RockCreek Seafood & Spirits proves a popular restaurant and bar that welcomes diners to its airy, inviting space every day of the week. Here Chef Eric Donnelly perfectly prepares unexpected fish alongside the classics....  Read More

This once-tiny restaurant, greatly expanded in 2007, offers incredible views of the Market and the Puget Sound, courtesy of huge, semicircular windows. Flawless seafood is the name of the game, and it's collected fresh from vendors below. Oyster...  Read More

Tavolata (Belltown)
Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Smith

In Belltown, Ethan Stowell has done it once again by wowing diners at his Italian gem Tavolta. Here, pasta reigns--from rigatoni to casarecce, conchiglie to linguini. A restaurant whose name means "to gather around a table," Tavolta is an ideal...  Read More

No Seattle food guide would be complete without a mention of Canlis, for generations a stalwart standby for special occasions and wowing visitors. The traditional, white-tablecloth dining room lets visitors take in serene views of beautiful and...  Read More

Get transported to a Parisian cafe with charming, authentic decor like 19th-century sconces from a church in the French countryside, a clock that once hung in a Paris metro station and a host stand that once serviced a small French hotel. The...  Read More


Funky and hip, this Italian eatery features rustic food and boasts live entertainment in the adjacent lounge. The interior has a certain bohemian charm, but the best area to dine is on the rooftop deck, which affords a magnificent view of Puget...  Read More

Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge
Photo courtesy of Six Seven Restaurant

As Seattle's only true waterfront hotel, The Edgewater Hotel dazzles with its picture-perfect location overlooking Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains. At this rustic-meets-modern lodge where roughly half of the hotel's 223 rooms offer stunning...  Read More

Polished woods and hand-crafted detailing characterize this lovely restaurant, which features an open kitchen, along with upstairs and downstairs dining rooms (and some patio seating in warmer months). Frequented by professionals at lunch, Tulio...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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