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One dinner in Seattle

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One dinner in Seattle

The DH and I will be flying into Sea-Tac from Juneau on a Sunday in August. Rather than taking a redeye flight home, we are planning to stay the night near the airport and fly home on Monday morning. We like good food, so we are likely to take the Light Rail into Seattle to stretch our legs and have dinner before returning to the hotel. I'm looking for recommendations for a restaurant within about a mile radius of a Light Rail station. I gather that Pike Place Market closes at 5pm on Sundays but is there a restaurant there that stays open later that you would suggest?

I'm expecting we will have eaten a copious amount of good seafood while in Alaska, so maybe some Asian food would make a nice change. We are fond of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese food but not-so-much Indian or Korean.

If there's a seafood place that's a "must", please mention it.

At home, we would expect to spend $ 40-60 per person before tax, tip and alcohol. Less is fine, too, of course. We won't have dressy clothes with us on this trip.

And one more thing: a place that's really loud makes us unhappy.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Renton, WA
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1. Re: One dinner in Seattle

Take the link light rail from the airport to the International District stop. You will find many Asian restaurants there and ii is easy walking.

Seattle, Wa
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2. Re: One dinner in Seattle

Downtown if I had to pick one, I'd say Matt's in the Market. Another great Market choice is Le Pichet. Etta's is good as well. Not in the Market but near rail downtown/Pioneer Square--Taylor Shellfish.

But if you stay on light rail until the Capitol Hill stop, you have so many good choices. If dining is the priority and you want more of a vibrant neighborhood setting, I'd do that. Too many great places to name--check out this list.


You mentioned Vietnamese--I love BA Bar on Capitol Hill. Great food but also a very Seattle atmosphere. Bit of a walk from the CH rail stop, but you can closer with the streetcar, or just order a car.

Don't assume you'll get good seafood in AK. My experience is that restaurants there fall into 2 categories--Stuck in the 1980s, or, Very Touristy. In some places I've even had a hard time finding fish--most all of it goes straight to wholesalers for shipment around the world. And the majority of visitors eat on their cruise ships so I'm not even sure there's the demand for anything better unfortunately.

Edited: 06 June 2018, 20:53
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3. Re: One dinner in Seattle

Two places come to mind, both within 3-4 blocks of the Westlake light rail station...

Long Provincial - https://longprovincial.com/ - terrific Vietnamese food in lovely (but no view) surroundings.

Sushi Kashiba - https://sushikashiba.com/ - Japanese food from Seattle's "Sushi Sensei" in a room overlooking the Pike Place market and waterfront.

Map - https://goo.gl/maps/7GbDh1SUVem

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4. Re: One dinner in Seattle

Maneki is a James Beard American Classic. It is close to Pioneer Square and International District light rail stops.




From the Capitol Hill light rail stop consider Stateside. Eric Johnson's refined French-Vietnamese fusion channels French colonial Indochina. Johnson worked for both Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten in New York before working for JGV in Paris then opening his Shanghai location.





I never considered Stateside to be tremendously loud but most of the buzzy restaurants in Seattle are going to be louder. The adjoining Foreign National bar run by Stateside can be quite loud.

In the same area (Melrose Market area) Pacific NW local seasonal guru Matt Dillon runs Sitka and Spruce.


A few blocks from there is Johnathan Sundstrom's Lark -- one of my favorites in town.


Both Dillon and Sundstrom have won national awards. Both are James Beard award winners and Food and Wine Magazine Best New Chef class alumni.

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5. Re: One dinner in Seattle

Our meal at Matt's @ The Market was excellent. We had a window table and were able to catch a beautiful sunset during our meal. :)

Chicago, Illinois
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6. Re: One dinner in Seattle

Thank you all for your suggestions and comments. They are very helpful. I'm going to look at those links, menus and TA reviews.

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7. Re: One dinner in Seattle

So just in case anyone was wondering, since this will be my spouse's birthday dinner, I asked him to choose the venue, after reading all your suggestions. He remembered fondly a wonderful omakase dinner we had years ago in Vancouver, B.C. at a spot we'd read about so he chose Sushi Kashiba, hoping to have another fine meal. Due to time constraints, we won't be able to eat at the sushi bar. I have secured a reservation for a table instead.

Thank you all once again for your suggestions.


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8. Re: One dinner in Seattle

You will be a happy couple.

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