Enjoy the ultimate splurge at this elevated, fine-dining restaurant in Bellevue, and get ready to drink in views of a lifetime. On a crystal-clear day, Mt. Rainier shows her mighty peak on one side, as Seattle's skyline rises in front of the distant Olympic Mountain peaks. While a full steak and sushi dinner seems to be an event saved for special occasions here, you may also choose to treat yourself to cocktails, delicious wine and small plates with a view in the lounge. These panorama views promise to steal your breath away, and leave you wanting to come back for more soon.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Enjoy the ultimate splurge at this elevated, fine-dining restaurant in Bellevue, and get ready to drink in views of a lifetime.
Corinne's expert tip: Insider's tip: Ask at the bar for a "Contento," a smoky mezcal cocktail with prickly pear, lime and annatto syrup. To make this fine-dining venue even more appealing (and accessible), take advantage of happy hour specials like a twist on bento boxes and Wagyu burgers from 3 to 6 p.m. daily and 9 p.m. to close on Sunday through Thursday.
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 food is equally delightful; try main dishes like moules frites, steak frites, the fish of the day, ricotta Cavatelli and the roasted half chicken with Dijon dumpling, black trumpet mushroom and Brussels sprout gratin. The Back Bar, the self-proclaimed "sexiest place in town" with its crystal chandelier and Art Deco sconces, is the ideal spot for cocktails before or after your meal.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: La vie est belle at Ballard's quaint Bastille Cafe and Bar. If anyone knows romance, it's the French!
Corinne's expert tip: This is a perfect weekend brunch spot, thanks to its proximity to the wonderful Ballard farmers market.
In a welcoming, approachable and plant-filled space, this new culinary addition to Greenlake has been making waves since its arrival. Eight Row brings the flavors of Central Washington farming communities to Seattle with its "innovative, farm-inspired, pan-american food," accompanied by a thoughtfully curated lineup of beer, cider and wine from around the globe. (The restaurant's craft cocktails are named after tree fruit cultivars, as a nod to Chef's family's orchards, located on the other side of the mountains.) The lights dim in the evening, making it a perfect time to converse with your favorite person over standout dishes like Baywater sweet oysters, rockfish ceviche, fried eggplant, pumpkin gnocchi and the whole trout, served with roasted fennel, grilled radicchio, brûléed orange, pistachio and sorrel.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: In a lovely, approachable and plant-filled space, Eight Row brings the flavors of Central Washington farming communities to Greenlake.
Corinne's expert tip: Stop by for weekend brunch (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); think sourdough waffles, fried oyster hash and duck confit pozole.
This fantastic Belltown restaurant caters to the executive set and date-night couples in a see-and-be-seen atmosphere (think flickering candlelight and live jazz on the piano). You'll often see tables of suited powerbrokers closing deals in an environment similar to an old-fashioned supper club. The multi-level dining room is spacious and upscale, a fitting environment for expense accounts (or those indulging on special occasions). An open charcoal grill is the focal point of the menu; steaks arrive large, tender and perfectly cooked. The baseball cut of top sirloin comes highly recommended, and the filet mignon is succulent as well. Additionally, caesar salad (prepared tableside) adds a theatrical touch.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Cozy up in this Belltown steakhouse that has the feel of an old-fashioned supper club and is known for its personalized, unparalleled service.
Corinne's expert tip: This Belltown spot (has stood the test of time. Also check out AQUA by El Gaucho, located just down the hill (and by the water's edge).
This once-tiny restaurant, greatly expanded in 2007, offers incredible views of Puget Sounds and the bustling market below, courtesy of huge, semicircular windows. Flawless seafood is the name of the game, and it's collected fresh from vendors below. Oyster sandwiches, often eaten at the counter, are much-coveted at lunch, and dinnertime calls forth such delicacies as tortilla-crusted Alaskan halibut, pan-roasted wild salmon and mussels steamed with chorizo, charmoula and cava. In the evenings, the atmosphere is candlelit and romantic, although tables are at a premium. Don't leave without treating yourself to the Candy Bar Square or an artisan cheese board.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Grab a table for two at this perfectly-placed downtown restaurant that offers incredible views of Pike Place Market and Puget Sound.
John's expert tip: Check out the bar program, available Monday through Saturday (from 5 to 7 p.m.); think succulent seafood platters, carafes of house cocktails and wines from afar (France) and near (Oregon).
Funky and hip (yet also elegant and romantic), this Italian eatery features rustic food and live entertainment (think cabaret and burlesque) 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 Sound. Begin your meal with bruschetta or the antipasto plate of savory morsels. Entrees include Tuscan grilled chicken, gnocchi with wild mushrooms, roasted pork loin and Muscovy duck. You'll also find a range of pastas and a daily risotto special that's usually a great bet, too! Comforting desserts include such fare as bread pudding and apple crisp.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: In bustling Pike Place Market, The Pink Door serves rustic Italian dishes in a charming bohemian-chic setting; enjoy nightly entertainment as an added bonus.
Corinne's expert tip: Try to score a table on the rooftop deck for fantastic views of the Puget Sound! Check out the nightly entertainment schedule before you go: https://www.thepinkdoor.net/entertainment/
Award-winning Chef Renee Erickson (The Whale Wins, Bateau, Barnacle, Bar Melusine) partnered with Business Manager Jeremy Price and Developer Chad Dale to realize her long-time vision for an oyster bar. It makes perfect sense then, that she would do it in her own neighborhood. The Walrus and the Carpenter blends the elegance of France with the casual comfort of a local fishing pub. "The idea is to serve the highest quality food and drink in a space that is stripped of pretense and feels like home." Opened in 2010, The Walrus and The Carpenter proves one of the city's most delicious and popular culinary scenes (and for good reason). Expect tallboys, Muscadet, piles of chubby oysters, a delightful array of local cheeses, meat delights like steak tartare and smart plates served in a lively, approachable space in Old Ballard.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Head to Ballard and settle into one of Seattle's most delicious and popular restaurants: The Walrus and Carpenter, owned by award-winning Chef Renee Erickson.
Corinne's expert tip: There is almost always a line at this walk-ins-only hot spot, so arrive early and be prepared to grab a leisurely drink or two at on-site Barnacle or in a nearby venue like Percy's & Co., The Noble Fir or Conor Byrne Pub for a casual pint.
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 Bay views (the remainder face the iconic skyline), guests enjoy the Pacific Northwest-inspired decor and spectacular on-site dining at Six Seven, where patrons savor scrumptious fare inside or out. Aside from sensational panoramic views in the light-filled dining room, Six Seven visitors find teal booths, funky wood panel walls, subtly elegant chandeliers, a central stone fireplace and faux-industrial tree fixtures that bring a whimsical bent to a classy space. Savor outstanding options like the lox or "Seasonal Farm Fresh Omelet" at breakfast time; later indulge in the "Roast Penn Cove Mussels," breading-less crab cakes, cedar plank salmon and, a must-try, the gorgonzola-crusted filet mignon, adorned with forager mushroom ragout, asparagus, potato crisp and natural jus.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: At Seattle's only true waterfront hotel, The Edgewater Hotel, enjoy scrumptious fare as the sun sets over the sparkling waters just beyond your table's edge.
Corinne's expert tip: Enjoy live music in the sophisticated lounge every Friday and Saturday night.
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 happy hour cocktails as a pre-cursor to your dinner. Serafina's cuisine draws on rustic traditions of the Italian countryside and is eminently satisfying. Representative dishes include buckwheat pasta, slow-cooked lamb shanks, braised rabbit, homemade veal meatballs, pumpkin-leek ravioli and a ragu of duck, veal and pork. You'll also find steamed mussels, rich sausages and wild-mushroom risotto. Dessert options include a luscious chocolate-hazelnut torte, sweet profiteroles and a homey rhubarb crisp.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: A neighborhood favorite in Eastlake, Serafina's cuisine draws on rustic traditions of the Italian countryside, and the ambiance is charming, too.
Corinne's expert tip: Grabbing a happy hour cocktail and/or snack next door at adjoining Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar is a great way to start off the evening.
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 busy Lake Union below. Such stunning surroundings only enhance the phenomenal gustatory experience, which includes offerings of stuffed chicken, lamb shank with puree; mint and garlic, and delectable cuts of beef and fresh seafood. For diners who can't decide, a great option is the fixed-price menu: Each of the five courses is paired with the appropriate glass of wine from the spectacular Canlis cellar. In fact, Canlis is one of only 85 restaurants worldwide to have received the "Grand Award" for its wine collection.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Perhaps the city's most lauded fine-dining venue, Canlis is an ideal culinary treat for a special occasion or simply for a splurge.
John's expert tip: After dinner at Canlis, you will have enjoyed wine from one of the most awarded wine collections anywhere. (All of their wine is also available for retail sale and delivery.)