By Kelsey Llewellyn
Although Seattle is often celebrated for its coffee, reputed for being rainy and associated with the Space Needle, this north-western city is also home to a collection of upscale restaurants. Whether you’re hungry from hiking the Cascade Mountains, sailing in the Puget Sound or even binge-watching your favorite episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Seattle’s fine dining venues will provide you with once-in-a-lifetime meals. Ranging from glamorous throwbacks to intimate and cozy spaces, these are the best restaurants in Seattle according to Elite Traveler.
At the Canlis family’s restaurant, grab a seat in front of floor-to-ceiling windows, and enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Union, the city and Cascade mountain range. As the third generation of chefs in the Canlis family, the current owners understand fine cookery better than anyone. This flagship of fine dining offers a delicious four-course menu that keeps people returning meal after meal. But its high-quality dishes (ranging from the restaurant’s renowned “Canlis Salad” to salmon served with wild rice, spruce turnips, and green tomatoes) are not the only thing that draws gastronomes back. Canlis was finally recognized for its stellar wines this year, when it was awarded the coveted James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine Program.” For a more intimate experience, choose between three private dining suites. Boasting a sweeping view (as well as a telescope with which to enjoy it!), The Caché serves as Seattle’s most exclusive private table. Seemingly nestled amongst the trees, this room is a private hideaway for romantic evenings of fine dining and even provides guests with a couch to lounge in between courses.