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Our Favorite Restaurants in Seattle to Take a Date

From Romantic Evenings to Tinder Dates, Here's Where to Go
January 3, 2023
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Seattle is full of foodie hot spots, but few compare to an evening spent indulging at The Corson Building in Georgetown. (The Corson Building via Facebook)

Adapted from an article originally published on our sister site, The Stranger, in 2019.

Whether you're looking for somewhere to take a Tinder date or you're planning a romantic dinner with your long-term partner, picking the right restaurant is important. Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite Seattle restaurants that are full of date-night vibes.

Mamnoon Add to a List
This beautifully designed space on Capitol hill has brought sophisticated flavors from Syria, Lebanon, and the greater Middle East to Seattle. It's the perfect place for a romantic evening nibbling on dishes meant to share, like creamy labneh or hummus bi awarma (hummus with spiced pork belly), with fresh pita made in-house and mains like winter squash and bulgur dumplings drizzled with a garlic yogurt sauce. The wine and drink lists are worth a shout-out as well, featuring signature cocktails like the spicy Mamnoon mule, with kummel (a caraway and fennel liqueur), ginger beer, and a light dusting of curry powder. KARA TIERNAN

Black Bottle Add to a List
Get cozy with your partner or Tinder date at this intimate Belltown spot. The lights are dim, the shareable menu is vast, and the wine list is on point. Black Bottle is the perfect place to split some oysters on the half shell, lightly charred flatbreads with prosciutto and béchamel, a mid-range Malbec, and some laughs. Full disclosure: The "gastropub" cuisine is hard to pinpoint, with empanadas listed alongside spice-seared sashimi yellowfin, but who cares? You're mostly here to drink and pretend you're listening to your partner while eavesdropping on the table next to you. KARA TIERNAN

Bizzarro Italian Cafe Add to a List
Bizzarro keeps shabby-chic 1990s kitsch alive via butt-ugly Goodwill paintings and plastic dinosaur heads on the walls, fake skeletons, a bike hanging from the ceiling, and a bunch of other intentionally zany decorative elements that make for good date conversation. Gimmicks aside, Bizzarro's food is pretty fantastic. All the pasta is essentially perfection, particularly the Elk Bolognese and the Forest Floor Frenzy (walnuts and mushrooms in a sherry sauce over pappardelle), as is the Cow, a medium-rare Anderson Farms strip steak au poivre paired with roasted veggies. If you always dreamed of eating lasagna in a Faith No More video, go here. MEG VAN HUYGEN

READERS' CHOICE WINNER: In Bocca al Lupo Add to a List
It's easy to see why readers chose Fremont's Italian pizzeria In Bocca al Lupo (an Italian idiom that means "into the wolf's mouth"), as their favorite date night spot—an intimate atmosphere accented with rustic wood furniture, rosary bead chandeliers that give off a low sexy light, and a menu of high-quality Neapolitan-style pizzas. The restaurant's centerpiece is a red-tiled beehive pizza oven that greets you as you walk in the door. Delicious pies aside, the menu also features antipasti (try the excellent salumi plate), salads (order the arancia rosso with blood orange, pistachios, and goat cheese), pastas (the capellini pomodoro comes highly recommended), and enormous, perfectly toasted calzones. LEILANI POLK

Serafina Add to a List
Back when I was a concierge in fancy hotels, Ray J showed up at my little podium and asked me for a romantic place to take his two "friends." I sent him to Serafina. Afterward, he came and found me and gave me a $5 tip. You know if the man behind the Kim Kardashian sex tape and the track "Sexy Can I" was that moved by it, the place must be dope. Obviously he knows a thing or two about healthy relationships. Serafina oozes a romantic Italian joint vibe and the service is consistently impeccable. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE

The Corson Building Add to a List
Seattle is full of foodie hot spots, but few compare to an evening spent indulging at the Corson Building in Georgetown. Matt Dillon has created a truly Tuscan experience in the Northwest, where diners enjoy thoughtfully curated dishes served communal style in a charming building that makes you forget you're under the I-5 overpass and ignore the faint rumbling of planes taking off from nearby Boeing Field. The menu reflects what's in season, with offerings like steamed halibut with whey-braised squash, brussels sprouts, and a raita sauce with curry leaf brown butter, or roasted guinea hen breasts with yellowfoot chanterelles, Tardivo radicchio, and hazelnut-sage pesto. KARA TIERNAN

Your House
With a bit of careful planning, you could even outdo the commercial dining experience. Nothing says you care like going out of your way to cook. However, whether or not you suck at cooking, I recommend doing something easy, like pasta. There are plenty of places that will hook you up with some fresh quality pasta (La PastaDeLaurenti, etc.), and making pasta sauce from scratch is both simple and guaranteed to impress your date, especially if they don't know what "puttanesca" translates to. Grab a bottle of impressively labeled Italian red wine, make sure to give yourself at least a half hour to prep before your date shows up, and don't forget a good romantic comedy. I highly recommend Rambo: First Blood, Part II—it's got everything from kinky shock play to tragic jungle love. What's not to like? TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE

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