Food & Drink

The 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Seattle

Published On 01/28/2015 Published On 01/28/2015
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Canlis
The Pink Door
Spinasse
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Café Presse
Tulio
Marty Kelly
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1. Bar Cantinetta 2811 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112 (Madison Park)

Bar Cantinetta is a hybrid of already existing Italian joints in Seatown, but it's relatively more delicious and innovative. Their tapas plates, as well as extensive wine list, are jaw-dropping in comparison to the canned sauce/rigatoni you were going to make yourself at home.

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2. Canlis 2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (Queen Anne)

The finest of Seattle's relatively few fine dining destinations, Canlis is worth it alone for its gorgeous views of Lake Union and unusual setting inside a refurbished mid century modern home. But Canlis also brings the heat with an unbeatable version of Seattle's signature Dungeness crab cakes, and possibly the city's best steak.

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3. The Pink Door 1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

This super-romantic Italian resto Downtown boasts a gorgeous patio, in addition to regular acrobatic & burlesque shows.

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4. Cascina Spinasse 1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

The Italian mainstay serves up handmade pastas, salumi/charcuterie, and tasty desserts like panzanella and panna cotta.

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5. The Walrus and the Carpenter 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

This chic oyster bar serves neither walrus nor houses carpenters (that we know of) but it does dish out mounds of delicious shellfish in a comfortable atmosphere. Additionally, this cozy, neighborhood spot -- which has been recognized by The New York Times also serves incredible desserts, with highlights being maple bread pudding and roasted Medjool dates.

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6. The London Plane 322 Occidental Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

This collaborative effort offers great wines, take-home essentials (cookbooks! homeware!), tasty homemade sourdough bread, and other specialty foods.

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7. Cafe Presse 1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

With mutliple international soccer jerseys hanging in frames, French menus, and endless options for wine and coffee, Cafe Presse is is the ultra-European answer to Seattle's boom in trendy coffee shops. One would think at first glance that the menu came straight from Paris, with entirely French names and dishes like simple baguette sandwiches, charcuterie plates, and sirloin steak-frites (that's steak and fries, obviously). It's merely the appearance of the American dollar sign that separate this place from the real thing.

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8. Tulio Ristorante 1100 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

This sophisticated spot Downtown serves the perfect combo of PNW meets Italian fare. Enjoy Tulio’s linguine (with local clams, preserved lemon, chili flakes, and garlic bread crumbs) a la Lady and the Tramp with a date.

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9. Altura Restaurant 617 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

Altura Restaurant is an Italian spot with a weekly-changing menu meant to capitalize on the freshest ingredients sourced from organic, independent farms around the Northwest. An insane list of regional wine from Italy, plus a plethora of dishes (featuring handmade pasta,)are also sure to impress. The cozy, romantic vibe of Altura makes it a perfect Capitol Hill spot for date night or an intimate gathering with friends.

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10. Black Bottle 2600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

Right on the corner of First and Vine, this nondescript gastropub is the perfect evening getaway from the sometimes unsexy madness of Belltown. Don’t underestimate the term “small plate”, as these dishes are teeming with richness and flavor. From pork belly kimchi to bacon lemon scallops, you won’t leave disappointed.