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Drinks or dinner with a view

My husband and I will be in Seattle for 5 days beginning this Friday. I am so Excited! Does anyone have a recommendation for a good place for a drink or dinner that also has a good view.

We love great food so ideally a restaurant recommendation would be for a great restaurant. Budget wise dinner without alchol would be $100 or so for 2.

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1. Re: Drinks or dinner with a view

A lot of the restaurants on the downtown waterfront have fantastic views but mediocre food. A couple exceptions--Elliott's has a great lunch and happy hour (I find it overpriced and not great for dinner); Anthony's on Pier 66 is a reliable local chain. There are a bunch of places in/near the Pike Place Market that have views. I haven't been to the recently overhauled Cutter's Crabhouse, but it sounds like a fine place to have a drink, with a great view (their happy hour just got a great review in the local paper). The deck at the Pink Door has a neat view, and you can just have drinks on it if you want. Oh, and the bar at Maximilien, . Lots of creaky wood floor ambiance, too. Matt's in the Market is probably your food-iest option, and it's a nice view over the market to the bay and the mountains, but it's not as sweeping a view as others (and you probably need to reserve a view table).

If you have a car, Ponti, on the Ship Canal in Fremont, has a neat view--it's not expansive, but it's cool to see all the boats go by. Ray's in Ballard is an old standby, with a great view of the Sound and mountains, but I haven't been in years so I can't say if the food is still great. Salty's in West Seattle has a killer view but the food....eh. They have a bar though!

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2. Re: Drinks or dinner with a view

If you have a car, I'd definitely head to Ray's. With your budget you'll probably want to dine upstairs in the cafe (versus downstairs in the more expensive boathouse). If the weather is nice, you can sit outside on the deck overlooking the Sound (though you might have to have a bit of a wait for one of those tables).

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3. Re: Drinks or dinner with a view

Another view option would be Salty's on Alki. The view is back toward the city skyline. There is a small ferry that runs between the Seattle waterfront and Alki.

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There was a rather long exchange of posts about Ray's in the last couple of days. Ray's Boathouse is kind of an iconic NW fine dining seafood restaurant but there have been some questions about how much of a standout it really is or deserves to be. It benefits from a remarkable location at the SW tip of Ballard at the intersection of the mouth of the ship canal, Puget Sound and Shilshole marina. I have had excellent food and service the last couple times I have eaten at the Boathouse but I have only been to the Boathouse maybe once a year over the last two years. Others feel strongly that they are merely trading on past reputation and provide a mediocre experience. Objectively they get good reviews (Zagat's 24, 24, 23 and 4-4.5* out of 5 on Open Table, Yelp, Urbanspoon and Seattle CitySearch. They also brought on a new and excellent chef, formerly of Andaluca, at the beginning of the year and they have been revamping the upstairs Ray's Cafe in a way that sounds really positive.

On the other hand I think maybe at $100 or so for two people (without wine) Ray's might strain your budget. Ray's is also not considered one of the cutting edge places to eat contemporary Pacific NW cuisine. For the same reasons SixSeven at the Edgewater is likely out. They are on the downtown waterfront and get reviews similar to those of Rays Boathouse with prices similar to those at Ray's.

Here are the websites if you want to take a look at the menus

http://www.rays.com/boathouse

edgewaterhotel.com/seattle-six-seven-restaur…

I'm going to tentatively rule out Canlis as well as outside of your budget parameters. Canlis is up on Queen Anne Hill looking over Lake Union. It is considered one of the great Seattle restaurants. Very romantic with a top wine list. Recently their newest chef Jason Franey (Formerly of 11 Madison Park in NYC) has also received national attention (Food and Wine Best New Chef 2011, GQ, and finalist for James Beard Best New Chef NW 2012). However here is the menu if you want to take a look or decide you have some flexibility on your dinner budget.

http://www.canlis.com/

One place that you might consider is Lecosho. It is run by Matt Janke, the original owner of Matt's in the Market. It looks towards Puget Sound from about halfway off the Harbor Steps. It is not the view that you get at Ray's or Canlis for example but it is a view. The contemporary Pacific NW cusine is creative and well prepared. Small plates $7-12. Large plates $19-$30.

http://lecosho.com/

I could recommend a large number of exciting places to eat in Seattle but most are not going to have views.

Here are some resources:

Seattle Eater Heat Map

…eater.com/archives/2012/06/07/eater-seattle…

Eater's Top 38 Seattle Restaurants

…eater.com/archives/2012/04/02/the-38-essent…

Map of James Beard Winners (as of August 2011)

…eater.com/archives/2011/08/04/seattles-jame…

urbanspoon.com/c/1/Seattle-restaurants.html

http://tabletalkradio.net/

http://www.seattlemag.com/restaurants

http://www.seattlemet.com/eat-and-drink/

seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/foodwine/

freshpickedseattle.com/food-events-calendar/

http://www.eatinseattle.com/

Food and Wine Best New Chefs

2012 Cormac Mahoney (Madison Park Conservatory)

2011 Jason Frane (Canlis)

2010 Jason Stratton (Spinasse)

2009 Mark Fuller (Ma'Ono)

2008 Ethan Stowell • 2008 (Staple and Fancy, Anchovies and Olives, Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf)

2007 Matthew Dillon (Sitka and Spruce, the Corson Building)

2006 Jason Wilson (Crush)

2005 Maria Hines (Tilth, Golden Beetle)

2001 Jonathan Sundstrom (Lark)

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5. Re: Drinks or dinner with a view

I agree that Ray's Boathouse is very difficult to do for $100 for 2 including wine. However, Ray's Cafe upstairs is well within their budget - more casual dining space and menu with prices to reflect that. The outdoor patio is also upstairs at the Cafe.

http://www.rays.com/cafe

Rays is usually hotly debated here, but honestly I have never had a bad meal in the ~10 times I've eaten there...my parents have eaten there more frequently and it's still their favorite place for seafood. Standouts are the cioppino and the rockfish.

I think for great view + great food, it's pretty hard to beat. Just a personal opinion.

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6. Re: Drinks or dinner with a view

I'm a fan of Cutter's, at the north end of the Market. Large diverse menu, nice dining room and service, good view. I also like Anthony's on the waterfront. Maximillen's right in the Market is nice too.

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7. Re: Drinks or dinner with a view

You might have a look at Art Restaurant in the Four Seasons hotel a block from the Pike Market. http://www.artrestaurantseattle.com/ Great happy hour, good food, probably can fit into your budget.

Beautiful view of Puget Sound - I don't have a picture from the restaurant, but here's one "of" the restaurant - in the building right in front of the widest shiny one in the middle of the picture. http://gardyloo.us/20091226_71c2.JPG

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8. Re: Drinks or dinner with a view

Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for all your advice and all the linnks. We have our work cut out to narrow it down to a few! That's a great thing! Canlis looks really good. Given we have lots of meals we will have to hit a few of these great suggestions!

Thanks again!

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9. Re: Drinks or dinner with a view

Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see a mention of Sky City restaurant atop the Space Needle. Yes, it's a tourist attraction but the food is remarkably good. It's rightly considered among Seattle's top restaurants. With dinner, the normally $18 elevator fare is included, so the cost is a bit more palatable. We (along with friends) had a great birthday meal there last winter -- and the view of Puget Sound and the city can't be beat!

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10. Re: Drinks or dinner with a view

Maximillen @ The Market has very pretty views, we also love Salty's on Alki Beach. They have a nice outdoor patio there and the views are gorgeous! If you likie seafood, this would be a a great choice for your meal with a view. :)