El Gaucho Seattle
With its swanky service, live jazz and glittering candlelight, El Gaucho Seattle transports guests to a past era where hospitality and romance reign. After over 20 years in Belltown, in 2020 the entire restaurant upended and moved to a new destination in the historic Union Stables building. The old-school glamour remains, however, with a leather padded bar facing the main dining room, classy booth seating and a theatrical indoor fire table. Naturally, steak remains the focus point at El Gaucho, with guests invited to choose from a carefully put-together menu of traditional steakhouse classics – and those favorite tableside preparations are still on offer. Elevating its offering to match modern expectations, El Gaucho now has a firm focus on sustainably farmed organic ingredients. Guests also have the option of renting a private room for a more intimate dinner or a larger gathering.
Located in Seattle’s bustling entertainment district known as Capitol Hill, Altura provides guests with luxury dining that is as memorable as the neighborhood in which it resides. Translated from Italian, Altura means height or high place – an appropriate name for this upscale restaurant, as it consistently sets (and exceeds) lofty gastronomic standards. Dinner at Altura is more than a meal; it is an experience that extends over a period of two to three hours. Chef Nathan Lockwood’s menu changes daily in order to take full advantage of local produce, seafood, foragers and farmers. Born of Italian recipes and locally sourced ingredients, these dishes will never disappoint. Altura’s team curates three beverage options to match its daily menu: a wine pairing, a non-alcoholic beverage pairing and a modern beverage pairing (which includes spirits and beers). A team of sommeliers is always available to provide guests with further guidance.
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Art of the Table
Tucked within the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, Art of the Table is a quaint and intimate space bursting with creative and unexpected pairings. The idea here is that fine dining should be fun and not formal; each diner arrives a guest and leaves a friend. Each cozy table enjoys a view of the kitchen, where enthusiastic chefs engage with curious guests. For the most elevated Art of the Table culinary experience, book a spot on the ten-seat Chef’s Table, which forms a half-moon around the kitchen. Enjoy the highest expression of Pacific North-western cuisine mixed with the best of Seattle’s produce in the five-course tasting menu, highlighting the restaurant’s farm-to-table philosophy which has been carefully maintained through fostering meaningful relationships with carefully selected nearby farmers and producers.
Set in the heart of Capitol Hill, Lark provides a unique ambiance, serving artisan-focused food in an atmosphere that’s relaxed but always attentive. Immense windows and lofty ceilings with reclaimed wooden beams and glowing pendant lights illuminate this restored warehouse on even the most inclement days in the notoriously overcast city. Chef John Sundstrom’s emphasis on local ingredients ensures that the menu – and not the quality of the cuisine – changes with the seasons. The team works with local foragers, farmers and fisheries to create its four-course dinner menu, which borrows flavors and techniques from a variety of international cuisines, including Japanese and Italian.
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