8/16/2012 02:16:00 PM

Seattle's Most Romantic Restaurants

Bis on Main
Candlelight dinners are a time-tested way to score points when schmoozing that special someone, but choosing the perfect spot can be tricky. We've rounded up the nine of the most romantic restaurants in the Seattle area for your dining convenience - but we're leaving the canoodling up to you.

Bis on Main 
Food: 24
Decor: 22
Service: 23
Cost: $44
Even A-listers know reservations are “essential” at Joe Vilardi’s “swank” New American in “old town” Bellevue, where “memorable” meals are built around a menu so appealing, diners have a “hard time deciding what to order”; the “chic” space features changing art and lends itself to “business” dining or a “quiet, romantic night out” enhanced by “experienced” staffers who “know their stuff.”

10213 Main St.; 425-455-2033

Boat Street Cafe 
Food: 27
Decor: 22
Service: 24
Cost: $39
Bon vivants feel like they’re “escaping to France” at chef-owner Renee Erickson’s “unpretentious” lower Queen Anne bistro, a sibling of the Walrus & the Carpenter, where the “fabulous” midpriced fare – including “killer housemade pickles” – comes via a “brilliant” staff; antique posters of Babar the Elephant add to the “delightful” dinner setting complete with slate tables and candlelight, while the more “sparse” adjacent area called the Boat Street Kitchen serves lunch and weekend brunch.

3131 Western Ave.; 206-632-4602

Book Bindery 
Food: -
Decor: -
Service: -
Cost: $-
Posh New American eats from chef Shaun McCrain play with textures and flavors in this midpriced Queen Anne entry located alongside a tree-lined Lake Washington Ship Canal park; attached to the Almquist Family Vintners winery, the elegant room feels like a genteel library in an old-money mansion, with park and water views in the front, and, in back, the vintner’s barrel room is visible through a windowed wall.

198 Nickerson St.; 206-283-2665

Cafe Campagne 
Food: 26
Decor: 22
Service: 23
Cost: $38
This midpriced Pike Place Market “favorite” elicits “ooh-la-la’s” for “fine” bistro fare including “addictive” lamb burgers and frites delivered by a “pleasant”, “professional” staff; the “cozy” quarters hung with vintage posters channel “St.-Germain” for patrons who praise it as a “great bargain” for the genre.

1600 Post Alley; 206-728-2233

Cafe Juanita 
Food: 28
Decor: 24
Service: 27
Cost: $62
“Dazzled” fans “can’t say enough” about the “superbly prepared” “creative” dishes chef-owner Holly Smith turns out at her “charming” Northern Italian “hidden” in Kirkland and rated No. 1 for Food in the Seattle Survey; set in a midcentury house with a “cozy fireplace”, the simple dining room has a “warm”, “romantic” feel and the “top-notch” staff is “congenial” and “knowledgeable”, making for an experience that’s “expensive” but “all-around outstanding.”

9702 Northeast 120th Place; 425-823-1505

Herbfarm Restaurant 
Food: 28
Decor: 26
Service: 28
Cost: $215
“Atop the bucket list” of sybaritic surveyors is the “amazing” evening of “serious dining” at this Woodinville wine country “destination” where “you’re never sure what will come next” during the nine-course Pacific NW “extravaganza” of “pure perfection”, complete with wines and “unparalleled service” that’s rated No. 1 in Seattle; it all begins with a tour of the garden and afterward some “stay the night” in the suites, but be aware that you might need to “get a second job” to foot the bill.

14590 Northeast 145th St.; 425-485-5300

Pink Door 
Food: 22
Decor: 22
Service: 21
Cost: $37
“Well-done” midpriced Italian fare is only part of the picture at this “unique” Pike Place Market perennial offering “delightful lunches” “outside on the deck” and classy “outrĂ©” cabaret acts during the “dinner show”; service is “friendly” amid “whimsical” decor in a downstairs setting that’s pure “baroque basement”, and half the “quirky fun” is finding the “speakeasy” pink door on Post Alley.

1919 Post Alley; 206-443-3241

Food: 25
Decor: 21
Service: 23
Cost: $44
“Stunningly delicious” dinners with “fresh-from-the-market” flavors and “nuanced sauces” draw surveyors to this pricey Queen Anne French–Pacific NWer that’s a sibling of June; the staff “radiates charm” in a “romantic” room that’s “tiny” but “comfortable.”

2209 Queen Anne Ave N; 206-352-6213

Food: 28
Decor: 25
Service: 27
Cost: $94
“Charming”, “talented chef-owner” Thierry Rautureau “reinterprets” French cuisine in “gorgeous”, “imaginative” dishes fashioned from the “finest Pacific Northwest ingredients” at his genteel Madison Valley house enhanced by “flowers, linens” and a “phenomenal staff” that exhibits the “right combination of proper and friendly”; while it’s not cheap, tasting menus start at $59 and Friday lunches are a local favorite.

2808 East Madison St.; 206-325-7442 

1 comment :

  1. It's Cafe Campagne (not Champagne)...just FYI...