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Best Romantic Dining in Seattle

Dine Out to Support Local Businesses 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!

Luckily 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 Seattle, making the locations practical for visiting guests. However, others require a rental car or short rideshare journey. We promise, though; it will be worth the journey.

*Be sure to read up on the city's latest indoor dining requirements, like showing proof of vaccination with a valid ID or, in some cases, a negative PCR COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours prior to entry.


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Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
Photo courtesy of Suzi Pratt/ Ascend Prime Steak and Sushi

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 offered from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to close.

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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.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: In bustling Pike Place Market, The Pink Door serves rustic Italian dishes in a charming bohemian-chic setting; enjoy live 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 entertainment schedule before you go; the restaurant's aerial performance are first come, first served in the Lounge.

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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.

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: In order to meet current testing/vaccination proof requirements, Covid-19 test kits are sold onsite at The Brim.

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El Gaucho Seattle
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This fantastic downtown 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 storied steakhouse that has the feel of an old-fashioned supper club and is known for its personalized, unparalleled service.

Corinne's expert tip: This storied downtown establishment has stood the test of time, and is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary with perks like a special wine offering, an exceptional Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon made by renowned Washington winemaker, Gilles Nicault. Also check out AQUA by El Gaucho, located just down the hill (and by the water's edge).

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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, perfect for date nights in an intimate setting. 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. A bar happy hour takes place Monday through Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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: Enjoy Serafina's delicious dishes at home, too, with takeout options available every day at 4 p.m.

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Brimmer and Heeltap
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Since late 2013, this charming neighborhood venue has been delighting loyal patrons in an environment they call "inviting, lively and comforting." (We concur; it's all true!) The friendly staff pridefully brings "a sense of playfulness" to everything they do, from the authentic hospitality and warm ambiance to an inventive menu of fresh, seasonal dishes. Veggie lovers savor the delightful Poached Radish Salad and seasonal goodies like grilled, local asparagus, while stand-out mains range from the Salmon Aguachile (cured, sockeye salmon, radish, coriander) to the Guajillo Braised Beef Cheek (masa gnocchi, olive confit). For a memorable grand finale, tuck into the Horchata Panna Cotta (chile caramel, chocolate crisp) or seasonal delights, while vowing to return this to this welcoming Seattle oasis as soon as possible.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Grab a table for two at this charming neighborhood restaurant that offers incredible local fare and some of the friendliest service you'll find around town.

Corinne's expert tip: While dinner is currently available Wednesdays through Sundays, the venue's darling garden café is open for coffee and food daily, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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No Seattle food guide would be complete without a mention of Canlis, for generations a stalwart standby for special occasions and wowing visitors. Since the pandemic began, the Canlis team has made countless pivots to make their offerings more approachable while also supporting their local community members. The traditional, white-tablecloth dining room now runs a four-course dining program, while visitors take in serene views of beautiful and busy Lake Union below. Such stunning surroundings only enhance the phenomenal gustatory experience, led by Executive Chef Aisha Ibrahim; the menu includes offerings from Manila clams and grilled sablefish with matsutake mushrooms to Dungeness crab salad and duck with lale, kasu butter and winter luxury pumpkin. Enjoy meals paired with appropriate glasses 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.)

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Conversation
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Cozy up over a delicious, intimate meal at Conversation in downtown's Thompson Seattle, a contemporary 12-story hotel designed by Olson Kundig. Inside a most inviting space, which encourages genuine human connection (per the restaurant's name), Chef Kaleena Bliss has reimagined a menu that starts every morning, and ends every day, on the sweetest note. During brunch hours, try standouts like the smoked salmon lox platter; smoked ham melt with bacon, tomato, arugula, cheddar, sourdough and breakfast potatoes; or Belgian waffles with fresh peaches and blueberries, Chantilly cream and maple syrup. In the evening, soak up the warm ambience as you savor seasonal veggies and foraged goods plus mains like filet of beef, Moulard duck breast, ling cod and handmade potato gnocchi.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Cozy up over a delicious, intimate meal at Conversation in downtown's Thompson Seattle, a contemporary 12-story hotel designed by Olson Kundig

Corinne's expert tip: Check out seasonal and special holiday offerings, like the five-course menu available on Valentine's Day that features dishes from oysters on the half shell and winter squash risotto to filet of beef, ling cod or Moulard duck breast with creamy farro, broccolini, Tokyo turnip and sunchoke cream. The grand finale here includes warm housemade cookies and chocolate truffles.

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The Walrus and the Carpenter
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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: Before or after your meal, 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.

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Bourbon Steak
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A warm, inviting haven in downtown, Bourbon Steak was recently introduced to Seattle (in the former RN74 space) by award-Winning Chef Michael Mina. This modern American steakhouse features innovative interpretations of classic dishes, while also celebrating Pacific Northwest seafood and seasonal vegetables (think glazed mushrooms, butternut squash, etc.). Whether it's through relationships with Pike Place vendors just down the road, or businesses like Hama Hama Oyster Company, the team loves to support its local community. The restaurant also focuses on all-natural, organic and hormone-free cuts of beef, tempered in herb-infused butter and grilled to order. Highlights from a recent scrumptious feast ranged from a trio of duck fat fries and Michael's tuna tartare, a staple from Chef's menu for 30-plus years, to phyllo-wrapped scallops, A5 Wagyu served on a hot stone with pickled cucumbers, wasabi, yuzu ponzu and pine-spruce salt (a restaurant speciality) to dry-aged, bone-in strip from Washington State.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Enjoy exceptional food and service, plus a warm, romantic ambiance, in this bustling downtown haven by award-Winning Chef Michael Mina.

Corinne's expert tip: This restaurant is anchored by its central bar, which features a thoughtfully composed wine list (the sommelier here exhibits incredible pairing expertise, no matter the dish!) plus hand-crafted signature cocktails highlighting spirits from local distilleries (like Westland Whiskey) and other global gems. The bar also offers a unique happy hour menu.

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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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