Real Seattleites know that people in this town love lots of things (at least 27 of 'em!) more than dating, but if you're gonna do it -- and with Valentine's Day just a few weeks away you'd better -- you'd better do it right, that is to say, at one of Seattle's 10 most romantic restaurants...
Madison Valley If you recall the risotto episode of Seinfeld, then you know there’s nothing that’ll get you in the mood quite like a warm bowl of said slow-cooked dish, and Bar Cantinetta’s rustic risotto with crispy prosciutto, foraged mushrooms, and Grana should more than do the trick. This small, European-esque spot in Madison Valley also touts a hefty bevanda selection like its 20-year Tawny Smith Woodhouse, Bellewood eau de Vie apple brandy, and more, to go with it.
Queen Anne Definitely one of the fancier places in town, you’ll want to throw on the sport coat that’s been collecting dust in the closet before taking your lucky lady out to Canlis. Inhale both the gorgeous view of Lake Union and the stellar food and drink at this highly acclaimed restaurant. Open for dinner only, service starts at 5:30pm on weekdays and 5pm on the weekend, and you’ll want to be sure to make a reservation for this one -- seats tend to fill up quickly.
Downtown Warmly lit and intimate, this saucy space in Pike Place Market is the perfect place to slip into on a rainy night and enjoy a pasta dinner for two (bonus points for the breathtaking view of the Puget Sound), and if you do it after 11pm on Saturdays you'll get and eyeful of tantalizing burlesque to go with dinner.
Capitol Hill This small and intimate space is a definite winner, courtesy of Chef Jason Stratton who preps a truly impressive menu of super-authentic Italian dishes like polpette di coniglio (rabbit meatballs with leeks, salsify, parsnips, and fried rosemary) and anatra con mele e rape (pan-seared magret duck breast with apple-parsnip gloria grata & apple cider sauce), the pronunciation of which will, if nothing else, get your tongue warmed up for later.
Ballard Need we say more than incredible oysters? A well-known aphrodisiac, we can’t think of a better dish to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, or a better place to do it than the elegant-without-being-stuffy Walrus and the Carpenter, which also touts a solid selection of craft cocktails and wine.
Pioneer Square If you’re skipping dinner in place of lunch, Pioneer Square’s London Plane is a gorgeous place to dine midday. Light and airy, this corner spot offers small plates and large plates galore, such as the oil-cured tuna and sliced leg of lamb. Even better? You can pick up a beautiful bouquet of flowers for your special someone right up front.
Capitol Hill Dark and sexy, this Capitol Hill standby serves as both a casual hang and a romantic dinner spot, so ditch the soccer screenings up front and slip into the back room with your date to nosh on everything from tasty charcuterie like rillette de porc and assiette de jambon cru, to full on demi-poulet extravaganzas.
Downtown This sophisticated spot Downtown serves the perfect combo of PNW meets Italian fare. It likely won’t be warm enough to dine out on the patio in February, but don’t fret, the ornate interior is the perfect place to sip on a grappa flight and enjoy Tulio’s linguine (with local clams, preserved lemon, chili flakes, and garlic bread crumbs) a la Lady and the Tramp.
Capitol Hill Helmed by a husband & wife team who legit met while crushing Deluxes at the nearby Dick's (so maybe it's one of Seattle's most romantic restaurants?), Altura slings next-level Boot-food in a Broadway eat space over-looked by an almost life-sized statue of an angel, which is what she'll think you are for taking her to this hard-to-get-into eatery.
Belltown Right on the corner of 1st and Vine, the quite intimacy of this subtly outstanding gastropub is unique in the mostly unsexy Belltown. It serves uniquely rich small plates, from pork belly kimchi to bacon-lemon scallops, which go well with the seriously sweet cocktails.
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