14 Places to enjoy a Valentine's Day meal | Seattle 2020

Happy happy February! I'm excited to have another blot post up (yay!), and to be sharing another year of restaurant recommendations to take your Valentine! There's a range of cuisines, price points, and locations throughout the Seattle area. Some of these also have a special Valentine's Day menu that I'll link if available, but I'll also be sharing some of my favorites from these places and suggestions! These places I would also recommend any other time, not just for V-day, for a date night - check them out below!

Broadway/Capitol Hill

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1. Altura - I had the pleasure of eating here last year and it is one of my favorite tasting menus in this area! The use of seasonal ingredients is superb as everything is prepared with care leaving you with an incredible dining experience. You start off with a wide variety of Stuzzichini, small bites, before diving right into your main courses. This is an excellent place to take your significant other if you're looking to spend a good few hours enjoying each other's company over amazing food. Since everything is pre-selected, you don't have to worry about choosing what to eat, plus they also have a wine and non-alcoholic drink pairing as well!

2. Spinasse - If you're looking for a feel good, comforting place to dine on delicious Italian food, then this is the spot. The décor makes it feel like a home even with large bar seating and an open view of the kitchen. I would suggest an Aperol Spritz to pair with some appetizers like the Cipollini ripiene, roasted cipollini onions stuffed with beef and pork (yum!) and the Proscuitto di Parma. Maybe grab a salad as well. Then you MUST get the Tajarin con burro e salvia, fine egg noodles with the most simple yet delicious sage butter. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu but this place is wonderful if you're looking to get cozy with your date!

3. Artusi - If you're looking for something a bit more lowkey yet still delicious, then check out Artusi right next door to Spinasse. It's definitely more of a bar and they have a great Pasta Night option (2 pastas and a bottle of wine for $45). Another favorite spot I would recommend any time (even their brunch deals are amazing).
4. Coastal Kitchen - This is still one of my favorite spots on 15th! It's definitely more lively and energetic and the food is great as well. They've got some of the best oysters out there and I love their location changing themed menus (this month is Barcelona). You can't go wrong with their classics or light bites, plus add some oysters for the both of you (hey, Oysters are supposed to be an aphrodisiac, haha), and enjoy a couple of cocktails while you're at it!


5. Bottlehouse - This place is perfect if you're looking for a light meal and just want to get a little personal. Bottlehouse is located in the cute Madrona neighborhood and is in what looks to be an old house. Seating is very intimate and they don't serve liquor or full on meals, but they do have awesome wines and charcuterie boards. I go here with my girl friends everyone now and then and it's still one of my favorite places! Can't wait to go on an actual date here one day, hehe.

6. Vendemmia - If you want more food for your date, then check out Vendemmia, on the same street, just a couple blocks down. They have a great selection of Italian-inspired dishes using locally sourced product whenever they can. Plus, I like their drink menu. This year, they have a Valentine's Day menu you don't want to miss, the best part is that they have starters to share so you won't have to choose that part!

7. Luc - Luc is located in the Madison Valley neighborhood in Seattle and is another favorite area of mines with cute shops and delicious restaurants. It's a French bistro-styled restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere, perfect for date night. They're also doing a Valentine's Day menu with an awesome menu selection for the day. Definitely check them out.

Downtown/Pioneer Square

8. Miller's Guild - If you're looking to get down on with the beef, then check out Miller's Guild. It has a moody (in a good way) feel to it and am impressive live-fired Infierno grill. If you make it here, you should definitely do one of the inferno live fire grilled prime beef steaks. You also can't go wrong with sharing a few of the starter plates and sides like the grilled Spanish octopus, black trumpet mushroom risotto, or good 'ol mashed potatoes to pair with your steak! This is the spot if you're looking to get down and grub with your date!

9. Il Terrazzo Carmine - If you're looking for a romantic and a little bit classy spot for delicious Italian food, then be sure to book your evening here! You'll love this fine dining experience as you eat through your way with some Italian classics and excellent service.

Mount Baker/Columbia City

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10. Iconiq -  This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city from it's lovely location on Mount Baker overlooking the Seattle skyline to it's simple décor and open kitchen viewing. Chef here makes my favorite Japanese clam chowder and usually has some excellent seasonal menu items as well. They're serving a special Valentine's Day menu as well so be sure too book while you can since these menu items will only be there for a few days!

11. La Medusa - Another wonderful Italian restaurant located in heart of Columbia City serving local produce and a seasonal Mediterranean menu that is great for a date night. The place is also on the smaller side so book fast if you can! You can't go wrong with pretty much anything on the menu and the home-feel to this restaurant makes it more relaxing for a date.

West Seattle

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12. Little Prague European Bakery & Deli - If you're looking for a quiet, afternoon date, then this little gem in West Seattle is for you. They have savory traditional Czech foods like steamed bread and Moravian roast pork with Saurkraut, savory puff pastries, and my personal favorite, fresh made cream cheese kolaches for a sweet treat! If it isn't raining, taking a walk around the neighborhood after your meal is a great way to continue your date.

Eastside (Bellevue/Kirkland)

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13. Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi - Whether you're looking for surf or turf, you'll get the best of both here, along with a killer view and modern setting. This is definitely an upscale place with the finest ingredients for both meats and seafood (think A5 Wagyu and Osetra caviar), and some very innovative drinks, and fun dessert. If both you and your date are into a fancier experience, then this is one to check out on the East side.

14. Café Juanita - Here's another favorite of mine I love for their tasting menu. They also offer a Valentine's Day menu which takes the thinking out of it if you're looking for an amazing tasting experience on the East side. If you're looking to try a few things, I can't recommend the Tajarin with Sage butter (add caviar for an extra oomph) and the Octopus.

Looking for more restaurant recommendations for Valentine's Day? Then check out my blog post from last year where I share 7 Greater Seattle Area Restaurants to Take Your Valentine! You've got one week left to go to RSVP. Enjoy!


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