Whether you’re looking for a tasting menu, or just a cozy spot to wind down over a big, warm bowl of moules frites, Seattle restaurants can help you do date night right. If you’re in the city for Valentine’s Day, be sure to make a reservation for you and yours at one of these romantic restaurants in Seattle.
Set in a mid-century modern home overlooking Lake Union and the Cascades, Canlis is one of Seattle’s most essential, acclaimed restaurants. Chef Brady Williams is just 30 years old, and his thoughtful menus landed him a James Beard “Rising Star nomination. Enjoy the space’s clean lines, dim lights, dark woods, and stone accents, which all add an intimate feel. And to truly experience all the restaurant has to offer (and to make for an interesting date), opt for the $110 tasting menu. Canlis: 2576 Aurora Ave N.; 206-283-3313
If your date loves seafood, head to this trendy Ballard bar for local clams, mussels, house-smoked fish, frites and specialty meats. It’s the perfect blend of sophisticated French oyster bar and laid-back, Pacific Northwest neighborhood joint. Life tip: don’t skip dessert! Try the maple bread pudding or the roasted medjool dates. The Walrus and the Carpenter: 4743 Ballard Ave NW; 206-395-9227
Serving classic, simple French food, Cafe Presse is proof that restaurants can be both upscale and unpretentious. Full coffee service and house-made pastries make this a great spot to cozy up and spend a rainy day, too. Cafe Presse: 1117 12th Ave; (206) 709-7674
Handmade pastas, a tasting menu, and an expertly curated wine list—Altura has everything you need for a romantic Valentine’s Day night out. It’s one of the most romantic restaurants and makes a perfect prelude to a show at the nearby Annex Theatre. Altura: 617 Broadway E; 206-402-6749
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