From Olympic Mountain sunsets to fresh oysters, Seattle has everything you need for a romantic evening. Though a walk in the park—really any Seattle park—has the potential to create a spark, sometimes you’re looking for something a bit more spectacular. Here are some of the Emerald City’s most romantic restaurants that will spoil its guests with views, food, and even some acrobatic inspiration.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Executive Chef Nathan Lockwood, who helmed a team in previous endeavors that earned a Michelin star, leads this exquisite restaurant named after the Italian word for “achieving a great depth or height.” Dinner costs $137 per person—and with good reason. The seasonally inspired menu offers only a handful of dishes, allowing focus, precision, and excellence in every bite.
Part of the Relais & Chateaux brand, the modern design of Canlis has been hosting some of the city’s most iconic fine-dining experiences since the 1950s. Providing stunning views of Seattle, Lake Union, and the Cascades, Canlis is the epitome of quality over quantity. It was the winner of the 2017 James Beard Outstanding Wine Program Award thanks to its impressive 80-plus-page list of wines.
Founded in 1984 by a Naples native, Il Terrazzo Carmine provides dishes that are authentically Italian. Though the cuisine is consistently nothing short of phenomenal, the restaurant has set itself apart through its hospitality. Necktie-donned waitstaff adapt seamlessly to patrons at each table, which are spaced not to maximize seats, but rather for dining privacy. Here, old-school formality combined with personal service begets a truly luxurious experience.
Lark offers the finest of the Pacific Northwest with a menu revolving around local, organic, and seasonal ingredients. This place, set in a charming space, is one to consider when you have a taste for foie gras, caviar, or rabbit ravioli. Don’t forget to explore Bitter/Raw, the accompanying shellfish bar.
Pike Place Market is the hub for the Pacific Northwest’s best produce, meats, dairy, and artisan everything—and it’s also the location of Matt’s in the Market. With that market right outside its door, imagine the quality of each dish. Matt’s in the Market, founded in 1996, offers an eclectic menu featuring dishes from falafel to escargot. The atmosphere may be a bit more casual, but the food is not at all.
Serving daily dinners and weekend brunch, RockCreek is full of Pacific Northwest charm. With high ceilings, the loft area looks over the main dining room. Patrons can choose from a variety of expertly prepared seafood, from regional to exotic fish and including a whole section for oysters—on the half shell or as shooters.
The incomparable Six Seven Restaurant sits inside The Edgewater, a hotel that floats on a dock over Elliott Bay. The brilliant views of the Olympic Mountains and Seattle skyline drop jaws that are subsequently filled with the best of the Pacific Northwest. Accompanied by regional wines and live music on the weekends, Six Seven is a one-stop shop for an unforgettable evening.
Bringing the unique passion of Northern Italy’s Piedmont region to Seattle, Spinasse expertly transforms artisan products from the Pacific Northwest by using traditional Piedmont techniques. The rustic space, also inspired by authentic Piedmont restaurants, welcomes guests as they sit to enjoy Chef Stuart Lane’s seasonally inspired menu, complete with a variety of handmade pasta.
Since 1981, The Pink Door has been keeping diners on their toes. The seasonal and locally sourced dishes reflect both the flavors and philosophy of Italian cuisine: simple yet delectable. Accompanying entertainment is neither traditional nor tawdry, including music, tarot, and trapeze performances, but it is free of charge except on Saturday nights when The Pink Door presents “the longest-running cabaret and burlesque in the Pacific Northwest.”
Opened in 1992, Tulio is named after the father of Chef Walter Pisano, who pulls from his Italian heritage as well as his extensive travels through Europe to spin Pacific Northwest ingredients into the finest Italian dishes. Tulio happily provides gluten-free and vegetarian options to cater to a variety of dietary restrictions. Pair your dish with some grappa or limoncello and consider dining upstairs for a more intimate setting.