- Though founder Carmine Smeraldo passed away earlier this year, his legacy lives on at Il Terrazzo Carmine. For upscale, classic Italian fare served in an elegant, rustic, and romantic setting, it's peerless.
- El Gaucho opened in Belltown in 1996 and instantly established itself as distinctive with the sleek, dark, masculine Pampas Room. It's a setting that evokes a time when men were men.
- Revel's unfussy, simple, dining room relies on the striking, modern art on the walls. But, that's not all: the kitchen has been brought into the dining room and lends the room vibrancy and plenty of visual interest.
- [Photo: Canlis] Since 1950, there has never been a better reason to dress up in Seattle than to have dinner at Canlis. The ode to mid-century modern design serves as a foil for the spectacular views of Lake Union and the twinkling lights of the city.
- The farm to table began at The Herbfarm, and the cozy, farmhouse setting perfectly reinforces the philosophy. This is the type of setting that has you picturing yourself opening a bed and breakfast.
- The newly expanded Matt's in the Market has lost none of its charm. One of the dining room's genius traits is showcasing the restaurant's Pike Place Market setting, with the large half-moon windows prominently showcasing the market action below.
- Le Pichet is a faithful, perfect iteration of a Parisian bistro in Seattle. Whether it's jazz on a Sunday or getting a bite and a carafe of wine at the bar, you're at risking for booking a ticket to Paris after a visit.
- Melissa Nyffeler's dining room and tiny bar are two of the prettiest low-key, romantic spaces in town. Nyffeler's personal collection of dining trays provide most of the decoration and the delicate gold foil on blue accent walls reinforce the charm of the
- Jerry Traunfeld's ode to modern Danish style has been panned as Ikea-like, but it was recently nominated for a prestigious restaurant design award. The seating is cleverly done, maximizing numbers and taking advantage of the trickier angles of the buildin
- Reminsicent of an Italian country house, the Corson Building is such a charming setting that it has converted those who don't normally take to communal dining. The intimate, rustic setting whisks you away far from the city.
- The tatami room at Maneki is a must-have experience in Seattle dining. Maneki has been operating for over one hundred years and has turned many a Seattle diner onto Japanese food.
- Juno Restaurant and the Polar Bar evoke the founding of the city and before. The Gold Rush and the wealth and prosperity that followed thereafter are captured in the spectacular dome and intricate wall carvings.
- This incarnation of Vito's is an updated homage to a restaurant that was the place to be for the Seattle power brokers of yesteryear. An artist, Greg Lundgren has established a destination dining space. Pro tip: don't forget to visit the Cougar Room
- Ray's Boathouse has been a beacon for Ballard residents, boaters, and longtime residents for decades. The straightforward dining room showcases the floor to ceiling windows, and that VIEW.
Here's a guide to Seattle's 14 most iconic dining rooms. Some of them are spaces that have inspired other restaurateurs, while others are simply interiors that are beloved by diners in this city. All of them are worth visiting at least once. For more nostalgia, here are Seattle's most iconic dishes and iconic drinks.
·Il Terrazzo Carmine
·Matt's in the Market
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