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Best downtown Seattle waterfront restaurant

Flower Mound, Texas
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Best downtown Seattle waterfront restaurant

My wife and I (both in our mid 20s) are flying in on a friday for one night in Seattle so we are looking for a waterfront restaurant we HAVE to go to for our only night in Seattle. We are going to brunch at the space needle on Saturday morning. Wife loves seafood and as along as they have shrimp or crab I'll be happy. Just looking for somewhere nice, maybe not coat required, since we are just getting off a plane around 6. Definitely don't want to go to a Red Lobster or kiddie place. As long as we are on the water and have great seafood, we should be alright! Thanks!

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1. Re: Best downtown Seattle waterfront restaurant

Forgot to mention we are staying at the Westin in Downtown, so would like some where walking distance in the area

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Unfortunately, the waterfront restaurants aren't where you'll find the best food, so I would say there are no waterfront places you "have" to go to. It's where you go if being on the water is more important than the food. None of them will require a coat or anything close--they will be full of tourists in very casual dress. Of the ones on the water, Anthony's or Elliott's probably are the best, though I find Elliott's very overpriced for dinner (lunch is fine, happy hour is great if you can get in--it's mobbed during tourist season). Anthony's has a more casual restaurant (Bell St Diner) which has pretty good food and fairly reasonable prices. They will have your crab and shrimp. Aqua has a beautiful deck and is a lovely place to have a drink but dinner is wildly overpriced. These are all downtown, which is what I assume you need. Salty's has a great view and you take the water taxi there from downtown, which is fun, but again, it won't be the best food in Seattle.

One place that is on the water that is good is Ray's, but it's not downtown, and I think the cab ride would be $20 or so each way.

Since you are already going to one place where the food is way overpriced and not good (Space Needle) I'd recommend thinking about whether the view or food is more important. You can always have a drink at someplace like Aqua then go get good seafood at any number of downtown restaurants that are higher quality--Matt's in the Market, Boat Street Cafe, Blueacre, Steelhead Diner, Seatown...you should be able to find menus for these online to see if they look good to you.

If you want the freshest seafood (incl. crab) at prices way lower than downtown, but with fish store ambiance (you can get wine though!), walk or cab up from downtown to Taylor Shellfish. I'd call to make sure they have crab available that day, but you cannot beat the prices or freshness. http://taylormelrose.com/

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3. Re: Best downtown Seattle waterfront restaurant

I appreciate you taking the time for that extensive write up on Seattle. We are in land locked north Texas, so being near the ocean/water is something I miss being from the east cost. Definitely would prefer water this time and our next trip, we will try the more downtown located restaurants!

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I laid out the waterfront options in a recent post. Based on reviews I would say your best bet overall on the waterfront would be Elliott's.

tripadvisor.com/…51752817

That being said I agree that we have so many seafood restaurants and not all are waterfront or with a view. Here is a recent thread discussing some in other parts of town.

tripadvisor.com/…51752817

Then there are places like the Brooklyn (2nd and University) and the Metropolitan Grill (2nd and Madison) that are steak and seafood places. There is Shuckers at the Fairmount (4th and Senca). There is Matt's in the Market (Pike Place Market) and Lecosho (Harbor Steps) that are local seasonal focused restaurants sourcing a lot of their menu from the Market. They typically have good seafood options.

http://www.thebrooklyn.com/

http://www.themetropolitangrill.com/menus/

www.fairmont.com/seattle/dining/shuckers/

http://www.mattsinthemarket.com/

http://lecosho.com/

Up, just north of Olympic Sculpture Park, near the intersection of Belltown, the Waterfront, Interbay and lower Queen Anne is Boat Street Cafe. This is the Renee Erickson's (award winning owner of nationally recognized Walrus and the Carpenter and Whale Wins) flagship restaurant. It is beautiul food in a suprisingly romantic space.

In the Denny Triangle area (between Belltown, Seattle Center and South Lake Union) is Seastar.

http://www.seastarrestaurant.com/

On Capitol Hill in my posts above I mentioned Anchovies and Olives and Taylor but the neighborhood has some of the top restaurants in the city where there is a lot of exciting modern Pacific NW cuisine focused on what is local, seasonal and artisanal. All of these places are going to have great seafood. One of my favorites is Lark. Jonathan Sundstrom is just one of our award winning chefs. I have also been enjoying Tamara Murphy's Terra Plata.

http://larkseattle.com/menu

http://terraplata.com

Hope that helps

-K

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5. Re: Best downtown Seattle waterfront restaurant

I don't know they are the "best" but my two favorite waterfront restaurants are: Anthony's Pier 66 and Cutter's Bayhouse. Etta's Seafood, Steelhead Diner have more interesting food but no water views.

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6. Re: Best downtown Seattle waterfront restaurant

Etta's and Shuckers are our favorite Seattle spots for seafood. Oh, and re: your brunch at the Space Needle -- I think you will enjoy it immensely. We have eaten there several times at all times of the day and have always had pretty good meals. Considering the cost of the $18 elevator ride is included, we didn't think the food was overpriced and the quality is actually pretty good.

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7. Re: Best downtown Seattle waterfront restaurant

6/7 at the Edgewater Hotel on the waterfront has lovely views and nice food including what I think is the best clam chowder in Seattle.

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8. Re: Best downtown Seattle waterfront restaurant

I'd also vote for 6/7 at the Edgewater. I think the food there is very good, it's literally right on the water and the room itself is lovely.

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9. Re: Best downtown Seattle waterfront restaurant

I put two of the same link in that prior post. Here is the one where I collected the ratings and cost data for the waterfront restaurants.

tripadvisor.com/…51946877

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10. Re: Best downtown Seattle waterfront restaurant

We enjoyed our dinner at Elliott's. Not the best of our trip, but enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. We didn't eat at the restaurant just below the top of the Space Needle, but my wife had dinner one evening at a restaurant almost next to the base and said it was quite good. There are lots of restaurants near, but not right at, the waterfront (e.g.,just above Pike's market).