Romantic Restaurants in Seattle and Tacoma

Where to Find the Most Romance for Your Special Occassion

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or just looking for a romantic night out, Seattle and Tacoma have a solid array of romantic restaurants to choose from. From ritzy romance to casual elegance to cozy holes-in-the-wall, there is a Seattle area restaurant that will fit your idea of the perfect night out.

In no particular order, below are some recommendations for some of the most romantic restaurants in Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma.

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    Salty’s on Alki

    View from Salty's at Alki
    View from Salty's at Alki. Kristin Kendle

    Type of cuisine: Seafood
    Why it’s romantic: There’s something about a view that brings out the romantic in us all, and Salty’s Alki Beach location has an unparalleled view of Seattle’s skyline and Elliott Bay. Huge windows line every side of the restaurant. Where many other restaurants on this list are cozy and dark, Salty’s is bright and open. Even better, just about every seat in the house is positioned to enjoy the view. Additionally, the Redondo Beach location in Des Moines is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Olympics.
    Reservations: Call the location’s number (listed below) or book online.
    Locations:
    Alki Beach – 1936 Harbor Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126 - 206-937-1600
    Redondo Beach – 28201 Redondo Beach Drive S, Des Moines, WA 98198 - 253-946-0636

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    Il Bistro
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    Type of cuisine: Italian
    Why it’s romantic: Il Bistro strives to embody the very meaning of romantic dining, and has been voted Most Romantic Restaurant by everyone from “Seattle Weekly” to “Seattle Magazine.” The restaurant is tucked beneath Pike Place; the lighting is pleasantly lowered, creating a warm ambiance; and the food is delicious. Bonus—there’s a very reasonable (and delicious) happy hour menu daily from 5 until 6:30 p.m., Sunday – Thursday from 10 p.m. to midnight, and 11 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
    Reservations: Recommended. Call 206-682-3049 or reserve a table online.
    Location: 93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

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    Pink Door Seattle
    The Pink Door has a cabaret feel inside. angela n.

    Type of cuisine: Italian-American
    Why it’s romantic: The restaurant is marked only by a vaguely pink door and no sign to offer an edge of exclusive coolness. Inside has a quirky, slightly circus charm—think trapeze artists, occasional burlesque dancers, cabaret acts, and other always free live entertainment (except their burlesque shows that do have a cover). During the warmer months, the outdoor patio seating is a wonderful place to watch the sunset over the water.
    Reservations: Walk-in seating is available in the lounge and often in the restaurant. Book reservations online or call 206-443-3241.
    Location: 1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

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    Serafina Seattle
    Tuna and prosecco at Serafina. Jameson Fink

    Type of cuisine: Italian
    Why it’s romantic: Serafina’s atmosphere is warm and inviting, pleasantly decorated, but casual. It’s all about comfort here and this is an easy place to open up on a first date or reinvigorate a long-term relationship with a night out. White table cloths, exposed-brick walls, and an adorable patio area don’t hurt either.
    Reservations: Recommended. Call 206-323-0807 or schedule online.
    Location: 2043 Eastlake Avenue E, Seattle, WA 98102

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    Space Needle at Seattle Center
    Space Needle at Seattle Center. Kristin Kendle

    Type of cuisine: American with an emphasis on Northwest ingredients.
    Why it’s romantic: Yes, the Space Needle is the symbol of everything touristy, but the fact is that you really can’t beat the view at SkyCity. The restaurant is located at the top of the Space Needle and slowly rotates throughout your meal so you get to see Seattle and the surrounding mountains, water and hills from every angle. You also get free admission to the Space Needle Observation Deck.
    Reservations: Recommended. For holidays or parties larger than four, call 206-905-2100. For parties of four or less, reservations can also be made on SkyCity’s website.
    Location: Space Needle, 400 Broad Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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    Indochine Tacoma
    Toasted Sesame Chicken Wraps at Indochine. Kristin Kendle

    Type of cuisine: Asian fusion with an emphasis on Thai
    Why it’s romantic: Indochine is set in an early-1900s brick building. The integration of industrial exposed-brick walls with beautiful hardwood, iron accents with rich red drapes, and a reflecting pond at the center makes for one romantic restaurant. The surroundings are tranquil and relaxing, especially if you go on a quieter weeknight.
    Reservations: Walk-ins are often accepted. For reservations, call 253-272-8200 or reserve online.
    Location: 1924 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

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    Pacific Grill Tacoma
    Photo courtesy: Pacific Grill

    Type of cuisine: Seafood and Northwest
    Why it’s romantic: Pacific Grill is chic with a splash of artsy. Set in a restored historic building, the ceilings stretch to 17 feet high and the walls are still the original brickwork. The décor is modern, creative and punctuated by glowing sealife artwork made by Ayala Serfaty. Their happy hour goes all day long on weekdays so this is also an excellent spot for a lunch date.
    Reservations: Call 253-627-3535
    Location: 1502 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

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    Wild Ginger

    Satay
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    Type of cuisine: Asian and Pacific Rim
    Why it’s romantic: If you prefer a more modern feel with your romance, Wild Ginger’s décor is full of clean lines, neutral colors and zen-appeal. There is also a vegan menu at Wild Ginger, which may be particularly romantic if the man or woman you’re wooing is a vegan.
    Reservations: Call the phone numbers listed below, or book online.
    Locations:
    1401 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 – 206-623-4450
    11020 NE 6th Avenue, Suite 90, Bellevue, WA 98004 – 425-495-8889

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    Daniel’s Broiler

    Steak dinner
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    Type of cuisine: Steak and seafood
    Why it’s romantic: Daniel’s Broiler combines steak, prime rib and seafood with lovely views of Lake Union, or of mountains and the Seattle skyline from Bellevue’s 21st floor location. Live piano music softens the atmosphere and an award-winning wine list ensures your meal has the perfect complement.
    Reservations: Call the phone numbers listed below.
    Locations:
    809 Fairview Place North, Seattle, WA 98109 – 206-621-8262
    10500 NE 8th Street, 21st Floor, Bellevue, WA 98004 – 425-462-4662
    200 Lake Washington Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98122 – 206-329-4191

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    El Gaucho
    Type of cuisine: Steak and seafood
    Locations:
    450 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 – 425-455-2715
    2505 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 – 206-728-1337
    2119 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402 – 253-272-1510

    Palisade
    Type of cuisine: Steak and seafood
    Location: Elliott Bay Marina, 2601 West Marina Place, Seattle, WA 98199 – 206-285-1000

    Il Terrazzo Carmine
    Type of cuisine: Italian
    Location: 411 1st Ave S Seattle, WA 98104 – 206-467-7797

    Place Pigalle
    Type of cuisine: Emphasis on Northwest ingredients
    Location: 81 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101 – 206-624-1756

    Maximilien Restaurant
    Type of cuisine: French
    Location: 81 Pike Street Seattle, WA 98101 – 206-682-7270

    Boat Street Café
    Type of cuisine: French/American
    Location: 3131 Western Avenue #301 Seattle, WA 98121 – 206-632-4602

    Melting Pot
    Type of cuisine: Fondue
    Locations:
    2121 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402 – 253-535-3939
    14 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109 – 206-378-1208

    The Herbfarm
    Type of cuisine: Local ingredients prepared into thematic 9-course menus paired with wine
    Location: 14590 Northeast 145th Street Woodinville, WA 98072 – 425-485-5300

    Salish Lodge
    Type of cuisine: Northwest
    Location: 6501 Railroad Avenue, Snoqualmie, WA 98065 – 800-2-SALISH

    Andaluca
    Type of cuisine: Mediterranean
    Location: 407 Olive Way Seattle, WA 98101 – 206-382-6999

    Ruth’s Chris Steak House
    Type of cuisine: Steakhouse
    Location: 727 Pine Street Seattle, WA 98101 – 206-624-8524

    Canlis Restaurant
    Type of cuisine: Northwest
    Location: 2576 Aurora Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109 – 206-283-3313