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SEA - Familiar Quandry

Nikki | Jul 26, 2008 10:03 PM

This has been discussed on the boards ad nauseum, I know, but I still don't have a solution!

Guests coming into town for one night only and I need to take them out for a "Seattle" dinner.

Of course, I'd love to be able to offer them great seafood with a great view/seattle-y atmosphere. But, these are family members that I really like -- and who like good food. Rays, Anthony's, Chinook's just don't cut it for me. Beautiful views with OK food, but not "my-one-and-only-night-in-Seattle" good.

I've only been in Seattle for about 2 years, and there are still many good restaurants that I've not been to. Can anyone help??

Is there someplace that is a good compromise? "Better" food with an awesome view or great food with a decent view? A great restaurant with a "Seattle" atmosphere that doesn't rely on a view that I'm not thinking of? What about Flying Fish or Matt's (haven't yet been to either). Been to Etta's with out of town guests, and that might do, but any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Here are a few more specs to complicate things:

* I don't think they will want Asian

* My 4 1/2-year-old daughter will be coming along. She is generally well-behaved in restaurants, but can I bring her to Matt's? She's the main reason I haven't been yet, and I'd probably choose Matt's for this dinner in a heartbeat if it weren't for her.

* The family has offered to buy, but I'd like to be polite and not choose the *most* expensive spot in town.

Thanks for your help!

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