If you’re in the market for a setting to impress your parents, a significant other, or your parents and your significant other simultaneously, go to Samara. It’s an upscale spot in Ballard with a real living flower on every table and an American menu of things like almond-crusted halibut and fancy bacon with a tangy fennel cabbage slaw. Everything is very tasteful without being stuffy, and the housemade pastries, crackers, and breads will make you want to break out your rolling pin and open that bakery you dream about every time you consider quitting your job.
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Pestle Rock is a casual Thai spot in Ballard serving stuff you won’t find anywhere else in town. Come when you want something other than pad Thai.
Bramling Cross is an excellent gastropub in Ballard where you could take your parents or a date.
Percy’s & Co.
Percy’s is a Southern bar/restaurant in Ballard with a great patio and a lot of bourbon.
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The Lookout is a dive bar in Capitol Hill with surprisingly good fish and chips and a great view.
The Walrus And The Carpenter
There are a lot of oysters in Seattle, and Walrus And The Carpenter has some of the very best. Hit the Ballard spot for excellent seafood and drinks.
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Bateau in Capitol Hill is the most unique steakhouse in Seattle - if not the entire West Coast.
Copine is an elegant American/French spot in Ballard that’s great for a special occasion or date.
Opus Co. is a tiny neighborhood restaurant in Greenwood serving food that’s both highly creative and delicious.
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