When you’re asked to choose “a nice seafood place” by someone who will be paying for your meal, and you get those flashing cartoon dollar signs in your eyeballs, Aqua is the power play. All of the dishes, from crab-stuffed halibut to cedar plank-roasted salmon, taste like if wedding catering was actually good, and the restaurant is on the waterfront, which means great bay views. Eating indoors isn’t bad either - the vibe is sophisticated but not stuffy, and there’s a pianist in-house. If you’re trying to win over some potential clients or introduce your parents to the person you will probably end up marrying, and you need the venue to do most of the impressing, Aqua is a good choice.
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Japonessa somehow pulls of Japanese-Mexican fusion, and it’s a great place for a birthday dinner or date night downtown.
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
Din Tai Fung is a popular dumpling empire that originated in Taiwan and is now Downtown. Good luck getting a table.
Cafe Hitchcock is an all-day coffee shop downtown serving sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls.
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Republic is a restaurant in South Lake Union that serves American food that ranges from burgers to risotto.
Manolin is a beautiful seafood-focused restaurant in Fremont. It’s strangely affordable, and you can use it for just about any dining situation.
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The Pink Door
The Pink Door is part circus burlesque, part Italian restaurant, and is one of the best dining experiences you can have in Seattle.
Bateau in Capitol Hill is the most unique steakhouse in Seattle - if not the entire West Coast.
Matt’s In The Market
Matt’s In The Market is a Pike Place institution for seafood and upscale American dishes.
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