Seattle is filled with epicurean delights. And when a special evening, or just an ordinary one, calls for an intimate and romantic spot, we have three that we think fit the bill.
The Harvest Vine
2701 East Madison
Seattle, WA 98112
A Basque/Spanish inspired cuisine with tapas (small plates) and delicious Spanish wines, head to the downstairs intimate dining room at The Harvest Vine. Lots of fish and pork, using Mediterranean ingredients like olive oil, fresh veggies and herbs and spices, the menu changes about twice a month, depending on what is in season. The intimate setting in the basement uses stone, brick and dark woods. You’re actually in the wine cellar, where the walls are lined with Riojas from various regions. Serving dinner nightly and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, it’s a quiet and delightful atmosphere that invites the feeling of old world Europe.
3309 Wallingford Ave North
Seattle, WA 98103
Owned and operated by Phred Westfall and Laurie Riedeman, this couple has figured out what works for them, and it has delighted foodies from Seattle and beyond. The restaurant is simple and elegant. Their website states they cannot seat parties larger than six, so it’s designed for small, intimate gatherings. Phred is a master at pairing wines with Laurie’s ridiculously delicious dishes. Each course is beautifully presented. No fuss, no muss. In fact, there’s no menu. The evening’s meal is pre-determined by Laurie, and changes nearly every week, with what is fresh, local and organic, and in season. Phred finds the perfect wines to pair with each part of the meal, and the dinner is expected to be savored. Head for Elemental when you are ready for a relaxing, worry-free evening when you are ready to be presented with a tasty meal and drink, and can spend the time enjoying every morsel.
1411 N 45th Street
In a cozy, Granny Smith green craftsman home, is the Tilth restaurant. With cozy dining inside, the happy yellow and green dining room flickers with candlelight. There are only eight tables inside, along with a few seats at the bar, and a few tables outside on the patio, weather permitting. Certified organic from Oregon Tilth, the restaurant prides itself on wild and certified organic and local ingredients, according to the restaurant’s website. In 2008, the New York Times named Tilth “one of the best new restaurants in the country”. With both Northwest and European wines, nightly dinner and weekend brunch, and under the watchful eye of its owner and award-winning chef Maria Hines, you are guaranteed that every bite will be mouth-watering, and the entire experience will be comfortable, warm and inviting.