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Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

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Salisbury, Maryland
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Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

Can anyone recommend a good place in downtown Seattle for a rehearsal dinner for around 30 people - moderate to upscale - somewhere they have actually been or know of - not just from a list of restaurants please - I have looked at many - trying to narrow it down to a few good ones. for next January. thx

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1. Re: Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

I can give you a big list, but it would help for you to give us some idea of those you are thinking of/are truly considering. You could go completely upscale - i.e.; Canlis, but that would cost you a pretty penny, but IMO that could "upstage" the wedding.

Several of the Tom Douglas Restaurants have wonderful private dining rooms. Start here:

http://tomdouglas.com

Also:

What night of the week?

Where is the wedding?

Atmosphere?

Type of Food?

View or no view?

do you want to compliment the wedding or have a completely different experience? Do the Bride & Groom live in Seattle?

Edited: 3:21 pm, October 24, 2013
Seattle
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2. Re: Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

Dahlia Lounge has a private dining room (a Tom Douglas place). Cutter's (seafood and varied menu) has a semi-private room (with nice waterfront views). Wild Ginger is another that might work (pan-asian food).

Or if you tell us what's on the list you are working from, we could maybe give you specific comments about those?

suze

Salisbury, Maryland
posts: 16
reviews: 86
3. Re: Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

thank you - the wedding is in Woodinville. the bride and groom live in seattle. I have looked at Palisade. I did look at Canlis but looks too expensive. I also looked at Tulios at the Kimpton Vintage Park, but not sure about that one.

It is a Friday night in January. Not too worried about a view- that would be secondary consideration. Atmosphere- warm and vibrant-not stuffy, not old-fashioned and not 1980s catering! lol. Not sure how to say whether to complement the wedding or not- let's say not at this point- as I don't know what the wedding style is. Since I don't know everyone's food preferences I would prefer to keep it more mainstream as opposed to going for a certain type- that is why Palisades looked good- anyway, I am open to recommendations. Thank you.

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4. Re: Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

<not stuffy, not old-fashioned and not 1980s> - then skip Canlis

Dahlia Lounge fits exactly what you are describing <warm and vibrant>

How about Ponti's? I think it's somewhat similar to the Palisades idea. Located near the Fremont Bridge.

http://www.pontiseafoodgrill.com/

Salisbury, Maryland
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5. Re: Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

dahlia sounded great- so i called them- they are already booked for the day we need- so i will look at pontis- thank you

Salisbury, Maryland
posts: 16
reviews: 86
6. Re: Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

having looked at the tom douglas places, other than dahlia, which is booked, none of the others appear to work. i am now between Cutters, Palisades and Rays Boathouse maybe? Wild Ginger looks great but I am concerned about going all Asian in case there are people who might not like it...

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7. Re: Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

Are the majority of the guests staying in Seattle?

Palisade is nice, and a good location, they do a good job. I love their view, but in January, it will be dark, dark, dark, so, personally I think I would consider other locations that are more central to downtown or to where your wedding party is staying.

Tulio is warm, inviting and wonderful. I always enjoy a dinner at Tulio during the winter months just for that reason. It's smallish restaurant, and the private dining area would suit your group. The food is delicious and it's not "stuffy" or old school in any way.

Dahlia Lounge (Tom Douglas) is a Seattle classic, in a good way. Their private dining room would suit your group well. I like Dahlia for out-of-town guests because of their emphasis on local, organic Northwest preparations. You won't be disappointed. Plus you can have TD'd coconut cream pie for dessert. It's located right in the heart of downtown.

Right at the Pike Place Market, you might enjoy Steelhead Diner. They have a private dining room that is just the right size for your group.

www.steelheaddiner.com/privatedining.html

Also right in the market, and something perhaps a little different, outside the box, you might consider renting the Tasting Room Seattle. It's a wine co-op, and a nice space for a smaller group. They can coordinate food options.

http://tastingroomseattle.com/about

Another option, and one of my favorites is Serafina and it's sister Cicchetti. Located near Lake Union, it's more of a neighborhood restaurant. Warm, wonderful dining. Fabulous food. Typically music on the weekends, if guests want to linger after your event.

http://serafinaseattle.com/private-dining/

Hope that helps!

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8. Re: Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

I prefer the food at Palisades over Cutters, but others have had better experiences than I. I have not been to Cutters for a banquet, just several meals that I have felt were mediocre.

Ray's has just redone their restaurant and menu - it's a nice improvement. Downside to Ray's is that it is a very long and expensive cab ride from downtown. Personally, if you add in cab fare, I think you can do better in other locations.

Did you try Tom Douglas' Lola? I like their menu very much - it's Mediterranean focused, with a Northwest spin, but that may not be what you are thinking of for a Northwest meal.

Another one of my favorite restaurants is Il Terrazzo Carmine, in Pioneer Square. It's been around forever, but at the same time a hidden gem. Excellent food. Outstanding service.

http://ilterrazzocarmine.com/privateroom.html

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9. Re: Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

A couple more:

Right in the Pike Place Market, with views over Elliott Bay, Maximillen.

maximilienrestaurant.com/parties/index.html

Also in the Market, Matt's in the Market.

http://www.mattsinthemarket.com

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10. Re: Rehearsal Dinner suggestion

Palisades is also quite far from downtown, and in January the chances are it will entail driving in the rain. Personally, I'd tend to stick a little closer to downtown.

Sazerac in the Hotel Monaco comes to mind - very interesting food (sort of Northwest-Cajun fusion) and very convenient for a number of downtown hotels. http://www.sazeracrestaurant.com/index.php

Elliott's Oyster House on the central waterfront does superb private dining; among the best if not THE best seafood in town - http://www.elliottsoysterhouse.com/

Serafina, located on Eastlake just a bit northeast of downtown (but close to Lake Union) is superb. http://serafinaseattle.com/serafina/