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.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Special occasions call for a delicious, Italian-inspired meal in this fantastic, intimate restaurant in Kirkland.
Corinne's expert tip: Check out the website for upcoming events like dinners with local chefs and winemakers.
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).
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 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.
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).
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.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Tulio whisks couples away to a friendly Italian eatery where the staff is consistently charming and the fare delicious.
Corinne's expert tip: Check online for special events like daily grappa happy hours as well as frequent packages that combine dining deals with a night at the theater! After dinner, consider staying overnight in one of the luxurious rooms of the Kimpton Hotel Vintage.
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 in a nearby venue.
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: 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/
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: Guests will enjoy a locally-sourced wine list; look for more additions coming to the selection of whites in the near future, like varietals from nearby Chateau Ste. Michelle, for example.
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.
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.