I'm usually one to be hypercritical, but...
It may not (any longer) be trendy, but I had a flawless birthday dinner tonight at Il Bistro. I had not been there for years, and there wasn't much of a crowd. We didn't put the dog on in terms of lots of dishes ordered, but they nailed EVERYTHING. As in Nadia Comenichi's original perfect score. The service was attentive and accomodating all around, the food outstanding, and the total experience all about the experience, not about extraneous things. The osso bucco was very, very good, and the gnocchi with duck confit browned in butter with herbs and finished with honey was so stunning my wife and I just stared at each other as we tried to out-spear each other.
What a pleasant change from high-expectation, low-result places. They got it backwards. Home run.
93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101