Seattle Restaurant Week
Dates: April 8 to April 19, 2012
Price: Three-course dinner for $28 per person

Every April, Seattle hosts Restaurant Week. This is an 11-day celebration of amazing local cuisine that pays tribute to loyal diners in the area. The city features 150 restaurants, all offering three-course meals for only $28. It is a chance for the public to try out new restaurants or celebrate their favorite spots with one heck of a deal. It is fun, it is scrumptious and it is an event that can’t be missed. Refer to this list of four restaurants that absolutely deserve consideration during the celebration.


Steelhead Diner 
95 Pine St, Suite 17
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 625-0129

Price: $15 – $25
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Located in the historic Pike Place Market, shopping for ingredients for their daily fresh sheet at Steelhead Diner is easy. The cuisine screams Pacific Northwest from the fresh fish to the use of local foods and products. Snuggle up to the chef’s counter and watch the action unfold. Weather permitting, they have a great patio overlooking Post Alley that provides ample people watching during your meal. With a great wine list and fabulous atmosphere, Steelhead is a must during restaurant week.

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622 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 324-1108

Price: $30 – $50
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fri and Sat – 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Who needs one, big plate of food when you can get one big plate with many individual dishes? Chef Jerry Traunfeld of Poppy is changing the face of dinner one small plate at a time. Different from the ever popular tapas style eating, Poppy provides each diner with a personal plate boasting 10 complementary flavors. From nettle gnocchi to chickpea soup and seared duck, the palate will never bore.


Staple & Fancy 
4739 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-1200

Price: $25 and over
Hours: Daily – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Ethan Stowell is a master in the kitchen. He has opened many restaurants around town, but Staple and Fancy stands out amongst the rest. Here, everyone is family. Food is served up for the whole table and the staff is warm and inviting. Participation from everyone is expected, so show up hungry. The menu options are limited because Stowell believes in quality over quantity. The cuisine changes often but maintains an overall Italian theme. With great wine, friends and fabulous food, Staple and Fancy might just be better than dinner at home.


Palace Kitchen 
2030 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2001

Price: $15 – $25
Hours: Daily – 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

No one can mention ‘Seattle’ and ‘restaurant’ and not receive a reply of ‘Tom Douglas.’ With 10 restaurants and counting in the Seattle area, Tom Douglas is king of these parts. Palace Kitchen is one his finer establishments donning ornate chandeliers, a beautiful bar and a huge, open kitchen that continuously emits succulent smells. This restaurant offers options for all types of tastes, ensuring you leave satisfied. Open late, it is the place to be and be seen while dining on some of the best food in the area. A bit pricey normally, and deservedly so, Restaurant Week is the perfect time to get here and see what the hype is all about.

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Denise LaCaille is a freelance writer living in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington and is passionate about the local food scene. Every weekend youll find her at farmers markets scouring for the freshest ingredients to create healthy dishes for her food blog she writes with her twin sister. Her work can be found at