Bastille is the quintessential Ballard utility move. Its well-designed dining room and swanky bistro feel makes it perfect for a candlelit date, group dinner around the indoor firepit, birthday, or a casual weeknight solo meal at the bar. Everything on the menu is great, but the steak frites is one of the best plates of meat-and-potatoes in the city, and the bahn mi (with housemade lemongrass sausage and sriracha aioli) will make you wish French restaurants always had some Vietnamese stuff on the menu.
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San Fermo is a charming Italian restaurant in an old house where an indie rom-com would take place. Use it for a first date in Ballard.
Shingletown Saloon is a dive bar, but with string lights, nice people, solid bar snacks, and no sticky floor. It’s a good place for a hang in Ballard.
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Oddfellows Cafe & Bar
Oddfellows is a French Bistro, espresso bar, and old-school grocery store in Capitol Hill. It’s good for a lot of things, but especially brunch.
L’Oursin is a French restaurant in the Central District that serves natural wine and a great burger that you can only get at the bar on Mondays.
Deep Dive is an underwater-themed bar in South Lake Union that has excellent cocktails and fancy small plates.
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Stateside is a classy Vietnamese fusion spot in Capitol Hill where you’ll feel like you’re on a mini-vacation.
Copine is an elegant American/French spot in Ballard that’s great for a special occasion or date.
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