Valentine's Day is less than a month away, but fear not -- book a table at one of these esteemed restos and you can avoid the needlessly steep prix fixe traps, and concentrate on what's really important: ordering the second cheapest bottle of wine on the menu.
Waterfront Seafood Grill (2801 Alaskan Way, at Pier 70; Belltown; 206.956.9171) Boasting serious Sound views, the Belltown spot's bivalve-heavy menu also boasts lobster multiple ways (Napoleon, bisque, sliders, tails, etc.) as well as a grown-up version of Mac & Cheese, the former of which hopefully better describes your seduction technique. Don't front on the power of a pretty view
Cantinetta (3650 Wallingford Ave N, at N 37th; Wallingford; 206.632.1000) Wallingford's dimly lit pasteria offers Washington/Italian vinos and rustic eats like Pappardelle Bolognese, and corn puree-sided salmon from the Copper River, which is what Joaquin Phoenix called his brother growing up, when he was being the robber. This "little eatery" has lots of info on their website
Bis on Main (10213 Main St; Bellevue; 425.455.2033) Voted most romantic Bellevue resto four years running, this intimate Old Town spot serves up 400 wines, and is a la carting bistro-style eats like roasted pheasant breasts and sausage, the conjunction of which is Valentine's Day entire point. Get voted most romantic thanks to BisOnMain.com Il Terrazzo Carmine (411 1st Ave S; Pioneer Square; 206.467.7797) Score an extensive list of Old World eats including sweetbreads with prosciutto & peas, and a grilled rib veal chop w/ rosemary oil essence under a wood slat ceiling & dimly lit chandeliers at the intimate Italianery on the alley side of P Square, which is like four P's or something. Make V-Day a classic with a table at ITC's website
Serafina (2043 Eastlake Ave E; Eastlake; 206.323.0807) The genially decked Eastlake spot's doing its classic Italian like eggplant baked in tomato sauce with ricotta cheese, and pumpkin & leek stuffed half moon ravioli, so good it should lead quickly to the waxing (crescent) phase of the evening. Go table hunting at Serafina.com
Bastille (5307 Ballard Ave NW; Ballard; 206.453.5014) For a less-stuffy V-Day hit the boisterous Ballard French-taurant, where they do have the option of a prix fixe, but also their usual drinks (the gin/Champagne French 75) and eats like mussels & fries, and oysters -- so you know if you go here, you're guaranteed a good shucking. She'll let you storm her Bastille if you get a reservation
Luc (2800 E. Madison; Madison Park; 206.328.6645) Head to Madison Valley and hit up Top Chef Master "The Chef in the Hat"'s French/ Moroccan/ American nook, featuring vittles like a grilled pork chop with a sage mustard rub, and sexy specialties meant to be shared, like a braised Beef Tongue, also the only language spoken during Street Fighter II. Use the force (of the internet to get a table at) Luc