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Best Valentine’s Day 2013 Restaurant Specials In Seattle

February 6, 2013 5:00 AM

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and reservation lines at restaurants are buzzing off the hook. Sure, you can always grab a quick bite or carry out and a catch the latest blockbuster at your local Cineplex to commemorate this special night but if you are looking to make it a memorable evening, a memorable meal is definitely in order. Seattle has its fair share of foodies in love and fortunately it also has some of the best restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.


RN74

1433 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 456-7474
www.michaelmina.net

Price: $80 / person

You can pretend you are at a romantic train station in Paris waiting for your next exciting adventure as the tiles on the Last Bottle Board, a European train station-style reader board, flip over to announce the last bottles of particular wine available for the night. But the real romantic escapade will be the Valentine’s Day tasting menu at RN74 that starts off with an amuse bouche of caviar parfait and smoked salmon. A Dungeness crab salad with hearts of palm and baby beets is next up on this journey followed by a Painted Hills rib eye served with a trio of salsify, Bloomsdale spinach and sauce Perigourdine. To top off the whole experience Kim Mahar, pastry chef at RN74 will serve up a Manjari chocolate flourless cake, blood orange glass and pomegranate sorbet. And of course, petite fours to cap off the perfect evening. Go all out and let RN74 pair each course with a glass of bubbly.


The Metropolitan Grill

820 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-3287
www.themetropolitangrill.com

Price: $95 / person

What says “romance” more than a tuxedo-clad maître d’ waiting at the door to whisk you away to a nice comfy booth in one of the best steak houses in Seattle? The Metropolitan Grill is famous for their prime beef where every steak they serve is custom dry-aged. But Met Grill understands that you also might want a nice romantic ‘night in’ this Valentine’s Day, so they have assembled their very romantic Holiday Kit to make sure that you can enjoy the classic steakhouse experience without stepping outside your home. Each Holiday Kit comfortably serves two and includes Pre-seasoned prime dry aged chateaubriand, roasted root vegetables, mushroom caps, mashed potatoes and the Met’s own Cliff Sauce for the beef, which consists of dry mustard, au jus, Worcestershire, and red wine and butter. All of this comes with cooking instructions from Executive Chef Eric Hellner. The only thing you need to provide is the tuxedo and, of course, the romance.

Collections Cafe At Chihuly Garden And Glass
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 753-4940
www.chihulygardenandglass.com

Price: $275 per couple

Impress the one you love with an evening that promises to be filled with the beauty of art, music and some very inspired dining. Be immersed in the colorful and playful world of renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly when you step into the Collections Café, where the Glasshouse of the Chihuly Garden and Glass will be decorated as a garden conservatory with private dining tables. Start the night right with a champagne toast upon your arrival and then settle in for a four course dinner that highlights some of the best fare the Northwest has to offer. Your night of celebration also includes a bottle of wine or champagne along with some live music to set the mood. You’ll also get to see the art that inspired the night’s offering with admission to Chihuly Garden and Glass. Complete the evening with a keepsake from the Chihuly Studio, along with a photo of the night.


Elliott’s Oyster House

1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-4340
www.elliottsoysterhouse.com

Price $11- $75

You can’t get much more romantic than a Valentine’s dinner down on the waterfront. As the sun sets and the ferries glide across Elliott Bay you and your squeeze will be sharing this special evening dining on some of the freshest seafood this city has to offer. For almost 20 years, Elliott’s Oyster House has been making special memories for couples all over this region and this year is no different. Elliott’s goes “all in” and offers up a butter poached Maine lobster on this day dedicated to lovers. And what’s not to love about a lobster poached in sweet cream butter and served with some sautéed wild mushrooms, lemon-pepper spaetzle and asparagus? If you want a little turf with your surf, Elliott’s serves up a grilled beef tenderloin and lobster tail. Enjoy this tasty duo basted in lemon herb butter along with some mashed potatoes and asparagus then complete the night with sweet batter dipped coconut strawberries.

Trace Seattle
1112 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 246-6000
www.traceseattle.com

Price $65

It’s all about choices this Valentine’s Day at this airy and sleek restaurant that recently got a nod from Food and Wine magazine as one of the Best Hotel Restaurants in 2012. Your Valentine will no doubt be impressed with this downtown dining destination. Step off the busy sidewalks into an enclave of style and sustenance. You’ll be welcomed with an amuse soup of sweet carrots and some Shigoku oysters followed by a choice of salads including the fresh Hawaiian hearts of palm and the Bosc pear salad with smokey blue cheese. Seafood is next up on your night of dining with three choices, including the Pacific black cod and the Maine lobster. More choices follow with the entree, where you’ll find the likes of the red wine braised short rib and the grilled beef tenderloin to tempt your senses. And don’t forget to save a little room for dessert, which presents choices like the pecan torte and the ever so appropriate St. Valentine’s beet red velvet cake. Trace makes sure to send you home happy with some petit fours.

Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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