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University Area Places to Go

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University Area Places to Go

What restaurants/bars or other places around the University of Washington area would you recommend? We, two adults and a 15 year old boy who will be in a computer camp during the day, will be there for a week and are looking for things to do, particularly after 5:00 PM. We know about the Locks and Ray's Boathouse, but little else. Please help.

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1. Re: University Area Places to Go

What time of year?

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There's tons of restaurants around the University area, and you are minutes from downtown,etc. Depends what you want. Where are you staying?

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Next week.

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We are staying on 63rd Ave NE.

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We are supposed to have gorgeous weather!! I would go to Agua Verde http://aguaverde.com/paddleclub/ and rent kayaks!! Last rental is at 6:30 and it should be plenty warm out if the forecast holds up. It stays light till about 9:30 this time of year by the way. It's also a Mexican restaurant, but won't compare to anything in Austin IMO, so I'd skip the food.

For a quintessential Seattle experience, go to Ivar's Salmon House http://www.ivars.com/locations/salmon-house and sit outside on the deck. They have a happy hour every day from 3:00 to close with pretty good food deals or you can order off the main menu. The food won't be life changing, but it's pretty good, and you cannot beat the experience of sitting outside and watching people pull up on their boats, etc., as well as the great view of downtown. You can also just get fish and chips and sit on an adjoining patio for a quick bite.

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Thanks, these are great suggestions and we will follow-up.

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7. Re: University Area Places to Go

Are you staying near Sandpoint/Magnuson Park?

If you are, for a steak, I like Jak's, on 45th in Laurelhurst.

Plenty of eateries in U Village, just off 45th. The Ram @ U Village has decent beer, burgers, that type of fare (and it's ok for kids). Liam's and Piatti are quite good in U Village, with outdoor seating. Din Tai Fung, the noodle house has opened in U Village.

I too like Agua Verde, Ivar's (particularly on the dock) you can choose sit down service or their take-out fish bar.

For a finer northwest focused food experience (though not fancy) try Westward on North Lake, outdoor dining too.

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Sand Point Grill is pretty yummy for a neighborhood place!! http://www.sandpointgrillseattle.com/#home. No outdoor seating though.

Portage Bay Cafe on Roosevelt is great for breakfast. http://www.portagebaycafe.com/local/

The Arboretum depts.washington.edu/uwbg/gardens/wpa.shtml is a great park to check out and the Japanese garden within the arboretum is pretty cool. http://www.seattlejapanesegarden.org. Not sure if a teenaged boy would find it exciting though.

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You might find Gas Works Park on the north side of Lake Union to be of interest.

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