by Whitney Ricketts - 22 Reviews - 51 List
In a hippie town with (darling) rugged hippie restaurants, it's difficult to find a polished gem of a place fit for that power play. Here are our picks for where to schmooze your superiors, cozy up to coworkers and broker that new deal.
Updated: October 20, 2009
Steelhead's owners, Kevin and Theresa Davis, have created an old-school feel in a new-school space, a landmark noshery on the hill above Pike Place Market. Soaring views of the Sound accompany a down-home menu of Southern comfort food, from oyster po? boys to grilled rabbit. Steelhead showcases the sights and tastes of Seattle, without the stale feeling of an establishment restaurant.
Everything about JUNO is meticulous: from the black and white checkered tile to the classic menu of steaks and seafood. On the first floor of the historically redesigned Arctic Club Hotel, JUNO harkens back to the gilded frenzy of the Klondike Gold Rush, providing the perfect ambiance for a daring business discussion.
Perched above Pike Place Market's bustling main corner of produce and fish mongers, this bashfully sophisticated restaurant serves a lunch menu of new takes on classics. Sourcing all ingredients locally, the menu changes often as ingredients go in and out of season. Make sure you make a reservation; the tiny place is easily--and often--packed.
Tom Douglas? crowning jewel, the warmly lit Dahlia, has been a culinary powerhouse in this town dating back to the '90s. Inventive without being weird, classic without losing its hipness, Dahlia is a great place to impress your business associates--or your in-laws. The Tuscan bread salad is legendary, as are all desserts, made next door at the Dahlia Bakery.
The newest steakhouse to town, Capital Grille, hits the nail on the proverbial head with its rich mahogany tones and penguin-suited servers. Seemingly snatched from the set of ?Mad Men,? Capital Grille is a luxurious dip into a glittering era of pomp and circumstance. Located right downtown in the historic Cobb Building on 4th and University, Capital Grille is also open for lunch and has a beautiful, dimly lit bar.
The Met is classic Seattle; every attorney in this town has spent their time at that bar, drinking doubles of bourbon on the rocks. Set in the middle of the business district, The Met offers everything from a 13-ounce filet to lobster bisque. Ideal for meat aficionados, it's a good spot to taste test the American beef versus the Japanese Wagyu beef, and impress your peers with your discerning palate.
Hotel 1000's modern-chic restaurant blends a little bit of LA ambiance into the sustainable Seattle hipster scene. White leather chairs, clean hard lines and neon back-lit booths adorn the sleek restaurant on 1st and Madison. The menu has everything from truffle fries to the ?boka poke,? a salad of tender tuna sashimi and avocados. Happy hour is jovial, indeed, with $5 glass pours and half off the ?urban bites? menu.