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Dine Out and Savor the City's Most Romantic 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 abound–and perhaps are 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 a significant other, Seattle offers umpteen choices. Maybe you want 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 ingredients, while attentive waitstaff offer VIP treatment that gives the night a special air. Several of the list's choices can be found in downtown hotels, making the locations practical for visiting guests. However, others require a rental car or short Uber/bus ride. We promise, though; it will be worth the journey.


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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. Among the offerings you'll find: silky foie gras, sweetbreads in marsala sauce, seared yellowfin tuna and bacon-wrapped roasted rabbit. Accompanying them are such delicacies as fava beans, polenta, asparagus, artichokes and a medley of earthy mushrooms. Desserts follow suit and include several Italian classics: tiramisu, panna cotta and berries laced with balsamic vinegar. The excellent wine list offers a perfect accompaniment, whether Italian or a regional vintage.


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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.




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.


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Poppy
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In a warm, inviting North Capitol Hill space, Poppy serves James Beard Award-winning chef Jerry Traunfeld's seasonal cuisine featuring herbs from his extensive urban herb garden out back and spices from around the globe. The ever-changing menu offers small and large plates (perfect for splitting with your loved one), creative cocktails, delicious wines, show-stopper desserts, as well as s a daily thali, described as "a tray of 10 harmonious dishes served at once." For the ultimate delicious bargain, try the Tuesday special: a thali platter designed for two people to share plus eggplant fries OR a dessert, all for just $35.




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 chocolate pot de creme, a signature dessert that serves as a perfect ending to a fantastic meal.


Tulio Ristorante
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Polished woods and hand-crafted detailing characterize this welcoming restaurant, which features an open kitchen, along with upstairs and downstairs dining rooms (and some patio seating in warmer months). Previously named "Seattle's Best Italian" and its "Best Kept Secret," the downtown venue is known for its authentic cuisine and attentive service. Chef Walter Pisano's innovative yet authentic take on Italian fare incorporates only the freshest Pacific Northwest ingredients. The menu includes such treats as salmon ravioli, sweet-potato gnocchi with sage butter, pepper-crusted roast pork loin and marinated Washington lamb sirloin. You'll also find pizzas and calzones on the lunch menu. Tulio makes the perfect start to any special evening occasion, especially when combined with an outing to one of the several nearby theaters.


The Walrus and the Carpenter
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Price/The Walrus and the Carpenter


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.


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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.


Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge
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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.




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 that 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.


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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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