If you’re planning a special occasion dinner with a bunch of people including kids, Cortina is a great place do it. The homemade pastas are delicious - you'll find things like garganelli with peas and prosciutto or the spicy squid ink spaghetti with lobster. There are also some very good wood-fired pizzas. The service here is also extra friendly.
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Japonessa somehow pulls of Japanese-Mexican fusion, and it’s a great place for a birthday dinner or date night downtown.
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
Din Tai Fung is a popular dumpling empire that originated in Taiwan and is now Downtown. Good luck getting a table.
Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
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Mercato Stellina Pizzeria
Mercato Stellina Pizzeria is the fancy pizza spot in Bellevue where you should have your next Eastside date.
Raccolto is a West Seattle Italian spot from the same people behind Contadino, and the pasta is almost as good. If you can’t get a seat, try the bar.
Swel in Fremont is a slightly upscale Italian spot where you’ll want to focus on the flatbread pizzas.
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Bramling Cross is an excellent gastropub in Ballard where you could take your parents or a date.
Frēlard Pizza Company
Want to have an adult pizza party? With beer? On a patio? Frēlard in Fremont is your move.
Ballard Pizza Co.
Ballard Pizza Company has some of the best New York Pizza in town, and it’s a great spot for a big group hang or casual weeknight meal.
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