I'd like to ask for some help on choosing a dinner place to meet up with an out of town friend later this week. I live in W WA, and go to Sea often enough, but I go with my 2 little kids and so am looking for a casual family place usually.
This time, I'd like the food and atmosphere to be a smidge more upscale. I read the boards, and was all set to recommend Tilth, Il Terrazo, Matt's, Chez Shea, Harvest Vine, Dahlia, Poppy, etc. but was frankly blown away by the prices on their websites.
Can anyone recommend an eatery with great food (I'd like to give my friend 3-4 choices), a nice atmosphere that isn't too loud to chat, where there will be a good number of entree choices below $20 (or a small plates place where we can get 2 each for about the same). My friend says American, PNW, or ethnic is fine (but didn't want Asian cuisines). The places above are the ones whose food and style are the type I am hoping to find, but in a lower price tier. I'd also prefer to avoid really difficult parking and sketchy neighborhoods. We are 2 girls, and I noticed for example that Il Terrazo was in Pioneer Sq - not an area I'm comfy walking around in after dark.
2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101