Treat yourself to a night on the town with friends and family while in Seattle. These five spots have it all—chic ambiance, distinctive cocktails and tasty food.
From celebrated chef Ethan Stowell comes this restaurant in the Four Seasons. Amid Northwestern-meets-mid-century-modern décor with views of Elliott Bay, dine on simply prepared dishes that let the fresh, local ingredients shine. Start with oysters before diving into things like Penn Cove mussels, mushroom ravioli or a Wagyu eye of ribeye steak. The restaurant also serves breakfast and lunch, or stop in for small bites and a cocktail during happy hour—may we suggest the Market Mule, made with local Copperworks Gin and Rachel's Ginger Beer, both located within walking distance of the restaurant. Have a larger group? There are two options for private dining, which can accommodate up to 16 people.
Part of Michael Mina’s group of restaurants, RN74 chef David Varley serves up delicious creations from seasonal ingredients. Try things like Tails & Trotters Pork Schnitzel and Maine Lobster Pot Pie. For a decadent treat at this swanky spot, have the chef’s tasting menu, with curated dishes from the chef of “things you need to be eating.” There is also a pre-theater menu if you’re headed to a show at The Paramount or The 5th Avenue theaters—the three-course prix fixe menu is available from 5-6 pm Monday-Saturday. If you're coming with a group, consider the Chef's Table, a semi-private option which can seat up to 18 guests.
Anthony’s Pier 66
This waterfront restaurant boasts panoramic views of the downtown skyline, Mount Rainier and Elliott Bay. Dine overlooking sailboats in the adjacent marina—there is guest moorage available should you choose to arrive via the water. Get your fill of fresh seafood with dishes like the Fresh Alaska Duet of salmon and halibut, Northwest cioppino, Dungeness crab fettuccine, crab legs or mussels. They also have a few different steaks, if your tastes run turf instead of surf. The South Dining Room is availble for parities of up to 80 people, should you be looking for something private.
Ivar’s Acres of Clams
This mainstay of Seattle dining—it’s been around for 77 years!—just got an extensive facelift, including restoration of some original features of the 1901 pier. Located on the waterfront at Pier 54, Ivar’s Acres of Clams serves fresh seafood alongside amazing views of Elliott Bay, Fire Station No. 3 (located over the water, complete with a fire boat!) and the ferries. Start your evening with a cup of the famous clam chowder followed by any number of seafood dishes including crab legs, clams, fish ’n’ chips or grilled salmon. The restaurant's Kalakala Room is a private space for up to 120 guests, and it includes a large fireplace to keep everyone cozy while gazing at views of Elliott Bay.