Have an old friend visiting from out of town. They are just passing through and wanted to show them a lively part of Seattle on their one evening. I was thinking the Capitol Hill Pike/Pine area. Here'st he thing, I'm an Eastsider and have only been in Caffe Vita up there in the past 5 years.
We're looking for a place that
-Takes reservations (party of 8 on a Saturday night)
-Is lively, but not so loud you can't have a conversation
-Good food (doesn't need to a gourmet experience, but something solid)
-Has drinks (variety of local/microbrew beers might be good)
I was thinking perhaps Barrio or Elysian. I've been to different locations of both of these restaurants, but not the Capitol Hill ones. Thoughts or other recommendations?
Also, what pubs nearby are good for just drinks?
Friend is coming from Colorado, if that matters.