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Where to Go to Avoid Restaurant Week

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During Seattle Restaurant Week, which runs now through October 27, diners at over 150 participating restaurants can get a 3-course meal for $28. People love Restaurant Week. Unfortunately, past things which people have loved also include beheading innocent civilians without due process of law, and also Snuggies, so it's safe to say that most people can't be trusted to know what's good.

The fact is that while the public loves Restaurant Week, the people who actually work in the restaurants hate it: the tips are lousy. The menus are dumbed-down. And it's impossible to get a reservation. In fact, some nefarious assholes will book multiple reservations, at the same time, but at different restaurants, decide which one to go to, and then skip out on the others without cancelling first! Those savages!

While most of Seattle's finest dining rooms are participating in Restaurant Week, there are still plenty of awesome places that aren't. And to head off your inevitable complaint that you can't get a three course meal for $28 at the places that don't do Restaurant Week, I've complied menus at every place on this list that do, in fact, allow you to eat a three course meal for $28. Obviously, my idea of a "course" has been distorted wildly, mostly because I'm lazy, but that's your problem.

So without further ado, here are a dozen really really delicious restaurants, all of which get the SMFG Seal of Approval, who AREN'T PARTICIPATING IN RESTAURANT WEEK! That whispered "awesome" you just heard involuntarily came from your own lips.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. El Quetzal

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3209 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
206- 329-2970

2. Serious Pie

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316 Virginia St
Seattle, WA 98101

3. Elemental

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3309 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Shiro's

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2401 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

5. Volunteer Park Cafe

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1501 17th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

6. Zippy's

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9614 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

7. John Howie Steak Restaurant

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11111 NE 8th St #125
Bellevue, WA 98004

8. Revel

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403 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

9. Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Madison Park Conservatory

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1927 43rd Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

11. Canlis

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2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

12. Le Pichet

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1933 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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1. El Quetzal

3209 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
3209 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

2. Serious Pie

316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101
316 Virginia St
Seattle, WA 98101

3. Elemental

3309 Wallingford Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
3309 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Shiro's

2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
2401 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

5. Volunteer Park Cafe

1501 17th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
1501 17th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

6. Zippy's

9614 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
9614 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

7. John Howie Steak Restaurant

11111 NE 8th St #125, Bellevue, WA 98004
11111 NE 8th St #125
Bellevue, WA 98004

8. Revel

403 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
403 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

9. Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Madison Park Conservatory

1927 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
1927 43rd Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

11. Canlis

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

12. Le Pichet

1933 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
1933 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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