The 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Seattle

You'll at least fall in love with the ambiance.

Momiji
Photo Courtesy of Momiji

There is perhaps no date more classic than the dinner date—by candlelight or Edison bulb, over carbonara or sushi, wearing a suit and tie or a bathing suit— no matter how you do it, it simply feels romantic at its core. And Seattle is home to dozens of eateries that fulfill the requirements of a good dinner date (delicious, intimate, slightly expensive in a way that feels elegant, which is, I’m assuming, what it feels like to be rich). The only thing left to do, then, is take your pick. Conveniently, we’ve narrowed down your options to a neat 10. Peruse at your leisure and get ready for a delectable dinner date in your near future.

Terra Plata

First Hill
Terra Plata’s rooftop is almost unbeatable in terms of ambiance, but let’s talk about the food: hyper-local and ever-evolving, Chef Tamara Murphy’s menu is always in-season and always delicious. Dine-in service has returned but proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (within 72 hours of your visit) is required for entry.
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Ristorante Picolinos
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Ristorante Picolinos

Ballard
In terms of old school Italian, Ristorante Picolinos takes the cake. We’re talking homemade gnocchi, antipasti for days, rigatoni bolognese… you name it, they’ve got it. Come with an appetite (obviously) and aim to get a table in the back garden—it’s serene, and full of heaters in the wintertime, so no need to worry about bringing a parka for your date.
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Momiji

Capitol Hill
Momiji’s peaceful courtyard makes for the perfect getaway from its hectic surroundings in the bustling neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Grab a table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the garden, order enough sushi for two, and enjoy.
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The Pink Door
The Pink Door

The Pink Door

Downtown
Nestled in Post Alley next to Pike Place Market is The Pink Door, a longstanding escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown specializing in Italian-American cuisine. Like lots of Italian food, the menu here is inspired by family gatherings and secret recipes, and like lots of Seattle-area restaurants, the ingredients are mostly local, sourced almost exclusively from Butler Farms just across the water on Bainbridge Island. FYI, proof of vaccination is required upon entry.
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San Fermo

Ballard
If you’ve ever walked the quaint cobblestone street that is Ballard Avenue, you probably already know San Fermo as the little white-house-turned-restaurant serving up a rotating menu of, most famously, homemade pasta. On that note, the saffron spaghetti bolognese is not to be missed, but San Fermo caters to vegetarian sensibilities too.
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Archipelago
Photo by Jackie Warren

Archipelago

Hillman City
If you’re looking for something intimate, cozy, and prix-fixe, look no further than Archipelago, which serves up a curated menu of 9-12 courses inspired by both the Pacific Northwest and the Philippines. The catch? This spot is so popular, it’s sold out through the end of November. Get in line and you might be able to eke your way in before the New Year. No promises though. Oh, and make sure you’re fully vaccinated if you’re planning on dining in—it’s required by the restaurant.
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The Corson Building

Georgetown
The Corson Building was built in 1910 as a residential home, and the current owners of the now-restaurant have kept much of that familial spirit intact. Think prix-fixe Sunday Suppers, and, pre-COVID, a family-style dining setup. Nowadays they’re keeping everyone separate, in the covered, heated garden area, but the food still stands as some of the best New American you can find in the city, and every course is most definitely made with love.
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Phoenecia Restaurant West Seattle
Phoenecia Restaurant West Seattle

The Phoenecia

West Seattle Junction
The Phoenecia is something of an institution, at least in West Seattle—having first opened in 1975, it's now on its third location, and this one comes with all the trappings of a romantic evening out (think crystal chandeliers, emerald green walls, a marble bar top, etc.). But while the restaurant may be more elegant than ever, The Phoenecia kitchen hasn’t really strayed from what it does best: the classics. You can still expect to find your favorite Lebanese-inspired food, like “The Jewel of the Ocean,” a signature seafood dish that’s been on the menu since the 1970s.
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Bateau interior
Photo by David Dosset

Bateau

Capitol Hill
Meat eaters, rejoice. The only restaurant in Chef Renee Erickson’s Sea Creatures lineup to focus exclusively on steak, Bateau is something of a dream come true (unless you are, like me, a vegetarian). Bateau cooks the whole cow, and practically speaking that means that you’ll get a choice of cuts when you arrive, based on what has and has not already been claimed.
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Eden Hill Restaurant

Queen Anne
If Queen Anne is the coziest of neighborhoods in Seattle, then Eden Hill is the perfect embodiment of the vibe: tucked away, quaint, and seating only 24 guests at a time, it almost feels like you’re at one big dinner party (of strangers) rather than at a restaurant. Sit inside or out and dine on a selection of rotating dishes—mostly small plates—or the tasting menu.
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Emma Banks is a contributor for Thrillist.